Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French recently joined Metal Asylum for an interview. During the conversation, he stated that the band’s ‘Leader Of The Pack’ cover was a big mistake.
‘Leader Of The Pack’ is a song by the girl group The Shangri-Las. The song is about a teenage girl named Betty who is dating the leader of a motorcycle pack, Jimmy. After her parents’ disapproval, Betty leaves Jimmy and he dies in an accident.
In 1985, Twisted Sister released a cover version of ‘Leader Of The Pack’ which was included in their fourth studio album ‘Come Out And Play.’ However, Twisted Sister’s version was from ‘the pack leader’s perspective where the female lover had a car accident. But in the music video of the song, she doesn’t die.
In the interview on Metal Asylum, Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French commented on their cover of ‘Leader Of The Pack.’ After being reminded that he described the song as a mistake in his book ‘Twisted Business,’ the guitarist said it was, and the band never hesitated to admit that.
Following that, French talked about the mistakes and good decisions Twisted Sister has made. He said that the band came back in 2001 for the benefit and then had an amazing run from 2003 to 2016 where they were the biggest festival band in the world.
Asked if ‘Leader Of The Pack’ was a mistake,
“Well, what are you gonna do? It was and the band’s never been shy to say it was a big mistake. There were a lot of mistakes made.
There were a lot of good decisions made, there were mistakes made. The most satisfying thing about our life is that we came back in 2001 for the benefit and then had an amazing run from 2003 to 2016 where we were the biggest festival band in the world. And to have that validation basically is the reason why you and I are talking. If the band had never come back, I don’t know how much it would matter.
But between the band coming back and the songs ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ and ‘I Wanna Rock’ becoming so much standardized in the minds of people for TV shows, commercials, and soundtracks, maybe there wouldn’t be any interest.“
Below, you can watch the full interview and listen to Twisted Sister’s ‘Leader Of The Pack Cover.’