Now streaming: We Are Twisted F***ing Sister

The tsagony and the ecstasy of rock stardom is perfectly depicted in “We Are Twisted F***ing Sister.” From small clubs in New Jersey to sold-out shows in the UK, the documentary is the story of the rise of Twisted Sister from bar band to one of the predominant heavy metal bands of the ’80s.

The documentary relies on interviews with the band members, mostly founding member Jay Jay French and frontman Dee Snider, as well as the fans from the early days.

Behind the makeup and costumes, these guys are hard workers who love their fans. There’s no way you can watch this documentary and think anything else.

Dee is a true original — a beautiful, ugly, glam metal god. He’s also an intelligent guy, and a champion of free speech (if you haven’t already watched it, you have to see the video of him testifying against the PMRC back in the day).

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, portrait, backstage at Reading Festival, 29th August 1982. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, portrait, backstage at Reading Festival, 29th August 1982. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The documentary has some great anecdotes from the early days — including one particularly charming story from Suzette Snider, about how she became the band’s costume designer after going to a show only to discover she was wearing the same shirt as Dee.

“We Are Twisted F***ing Sister” nods to the die-hard fans who helped the band get famous — plus there’s a ton of live footage from the early days and the quality is surprisingly good, given its age.

My only criticism of the documentary is that it ends rather abruptly. Once the band “makes it” and finally gets a record deal, the story ends. As the bright pink words on the screen say, the rest is another story (see Behind the Music).

Who can resist a good rockumentary? Why even bother trying to resist? “We Are Twisted F***ing Sister” is available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix right now.

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