Twisted Sister’s frontman Dee Snider recently posted a series of tweets on his Twitter account and replied to a fan’s comment considering the case of metal bands who were often referred to as hair metal by making a reference to Pearl Jam and Pantera.
As you probably know, Dee Snider is one of the rockstars who are the most active on social media. He often enjoys using his Twitter account to express his views on social and political matters, respond to his followers’ questions considering his long term career, and discuss his opinions on metal music.
Recently he shared an article about metal bands who were given the title ‘hair bands‘ but were indeed metal as hell. As you may know, hair or glam metal is used to describe bands that have been influenced by pop and have adopted the fashion and image of 1970s glam-rock. The term was coined in the late ’90s and has been used to describe famous bands such as Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Pantera, and many more.
Dee Snider recently posted an article that listed 10 famous metal bands who were unfairly described as ‘hair bands’ as they were metal to the core. Seeing this article excited Snider who was apparently tired of repeating why the term ‘hair band’ should not be used to describe bands that were formed in the ’70s and ’80s and shared his views on Pantera.
Here’s what Snider said in his tweet while sharing an article about hair bands that were actually metal:
“Thank you! ’10 Hair Bands Who Were Actually Metal As Hell.'”
Here’s what a follower responded to this tweet after seeing Pantera on the list:
“Yeah, Pantera was hair metal. Ridiculous!”
To which Dee Snider responded:
“Pantera doesn’t belong on a list of hair metal bands who were metal. They should be on a list of metal bands who were hair bands (originally). #fact”
Then another user told Dee Snider that what is interesting is to see the evolution of bands and stated that Alice In Chains could also be considered as a ‘hair band’. Dee Snider agreed with this statement and said that Mother Love Bone, the predecessors of Pearl Jam could also be seen as a ‘hair band.’
Here’s what Dee Snider’s follower said:
“For sure. The evolution of bands is very interesting. Alice In Chains was a ‘hair’ band once, too.”
To which Snider replied:
“And Pearl Jam in their original incarnation as Mother Love Bone.”
These tweets led to a heated argument between metal fans. While some argued that they were indeed hair bands, others tried to explain that the term was coined in the late ’90s and thus, it cannot be used to describe bands like Twisted Sister, Skid Row, or Pantera. One of the most crucial arguments came from Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach who agreed with Dee Snider.
Dee Snider then retweeted Bach’s tweet and said that he’s on the right and stated that the term ‘hair metal’ was used in a derogatory way by critics to make fun of metal bands who had adopted the glam-rock fashion and image. He then said that he doesn’t appreciate this term but that he is so tired of arguing about the same thing, that he has now given up.
Here’s what Sebastian Bach said in his response:
“The term hair metal did not exist till the late ’90s at the earliest. This is the truth. There was never such thing as hair metal in the times of Twisted Sister, Skid Row, or Pantera. I’m so tired of tweeting this.”
To which Snider responded by saying:
“Correct! Again, a term made up by critics as a put-down. I don’t like it but I gave up fighting it.”
Yeah, Pantera was hair metal. Ridiculous!
— Tim Hill (@jbeamhill) December 27, 2020
The term hair metal did not exist till the late 90s at the earliest. This is the truth. there was never such thing as hair metal in the times of Twisted Sister Skid Row or Pantera. I'm so tired of tweeting this
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) December 27, 2020
CORRECT! Again, a term made up by critics as a put down. I don’t like it but I gave up fighting it. https://t.co/OOYEHJiZM7
— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) December 27, 2020