Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dee Snider...

"Happy 57th Birthday"
Dee Snider...

Dee Snider (born David Daniel Snider, on March 15, 1955 in Massapequa,
 New York, USA) is the heavily made-up frontman for the U.S. band Twisted Sister.
As a child he sang in a church choir, and several school choruses 
(Snider's father is Jewish, but "left the faith when he was 15" according to Snider, 
quoted in The New York Times. His mother is Catholic. Both sets of families opposed
 his parents' marriage. His parents raised Snider and his siblings as Episcopalian 
Christians as a strange compromise). He developed a habit of dressing differently 
from his peers, and a strong desire to become a singer in a makeup band. 
In 1975 Snider changed several rock bands, and in early 1976 he joined 
the recently formed Twisted Sister.
In 1998, he wrote and starred in the horror film "Strangeland".
In 2001 he was the voice of Gol, the main villain for the PS2 videogame Jak & Daxter: 
The Precursor Legacy.
Snider played himself in the 2002 TV-movie "Warning: Parental Advisory."
In 2004 and 2005 he was the narrator for a live show known as Van Helsing's
 Curse which tours the US around Halloween giving a mix of 
famous music with dark overtones and an occasional part of a
 storytelling to accompany the music. The concert has also been released on CD.
As of 2005 Snider is the host of the nationally syndicated House of Hair radio show. 
He lives part-time in Setauket, New York, where he raises and trains dogs.
Snider is also a narrator for many shows and specials on VH1.
Snider has been married to his wife Suzette since 1981. They have 4 children.
 They are Jesse, Shane, Cody, and Cheyenne.

fact about Dee:

Twisted Sister was one of the first rock groups to come under fire by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a "watchdog" group founded by Tipper Gore, wife of former VIce Prresident Al Gore. The music videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" (c. 1984) depicted violence, and in both videos Mark Metcalf plays a bullying authority figure, either a dominant father or school principal. As a result of the Senate hearings in 1985, parental advisory stickers were placed on records that contained "explicit" lyrics--especially rap music--and vulgar sexual overtones or that promoted misogyny, racism and anti-cop lyrics.
He took on Tipper Gore and her "watchdog" group, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), when she tried to get his band Twisted Sister's album banned, and he spoke in favor of musicians rights included in the First Amendment. He actively campaigned for Arnold Schwarzenegger in that actor's campaign for the California governor (even going as far as to sing his song "We're Not Gonna Take It" at rallies for both men).

One of my favs....

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