Twisted Sister legend and also the frontman of the band, Dee Snider, was the latest interview guest of SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk’ and exposed his fresh thoughts about the terms in the music industry.
As Dee stated, life is too short to care about the ‘hair metal’ tag for him and he does not care about the categorization in music anymore. He also mentioned Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and how they hate being called heavy metal’ musicians for a long time.
According to the statements of Dee, categorizing the bands is kind of a trivialization for the musicians and they feel kind of pigeonholed this way, and these names were never meant to be complimentary for them.
Here is what Dee told in his latest interview:
“The term ‘heavy metal’ — I was there, dude — was a derogatory title, assigned to the hard rock of a certain type by arrogant, condescending writers and critics. Calling a band heavy metal was originally meant to be a putdown. The bands hated it. The same goes for punk, grunge…
The grunge bands hated —Soundgarden hated to be called grunge. They’d get violent, Pearl Jam. This was a snotty — sort of saying, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s grunge’ — dismissive critics’ nickname for stuff. And ‘hair metal’ was that too.”
“None of these names were ever meant to be complementary, all the bands hated it, but the fans, on the receiving end, we kind of connect with it. But Black Sabbath hated being called heavy metal. So did Led Zeppelin. It’s the writers dismissing you.”
You can watch the whole interview below.
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