Watch This Movie: We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!
“If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.” Dee Snider
You may know Twister Sister because of the interesting band name. Maybe you know one or two of their hit songs from the ’80s, like this:
What you probably don’t know is the path that got them from the bars of Long Island to international superstars. The film We Are Twisted F*cking Sister! chronicles that path with band interviews, archival footage from the ’70s and early-’80s, and a visual style that keeps your eyes on the screen.
Here’s an excellent overview of the film, taken from its website:
If you think you know them from their hit songs, the MTV videos and their massive stadium shows, this is the untold story of how they became that band – full of strange, and often hilarious, twists and turns. It’s about Rock ‘n Roll and the business of Rock ‘n Roll. It’s about perseverance and things blowing up in your face. It’s about finding yourself, finding your audience and doing literally anything, however wild, to connect with them. And even though we know how it ends, the roller coaster ride of getting there is what it’s all about. A mesmerizing, and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success.
Students of the music industry should watch this film for more than the fun. There are great lessons to be learned about the DIY (do it yourself) way to survive as a band. Twister Sister was one of the first band to form their own record and merchandise companies. They self-managed for as long as they could and then got help – and you learn what they did and why they had to give up that control.
The biggest lesson of all is the tremendous amount of work bands/musicians/artists need to put in. As you watch We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!, you’ll develop a real respect for the group, even if you hate their music and makeup.
You can stream the movie now on Netflix and through Amazon, or you can buy it through Amazon or iTunes.
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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too). Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.