Snider can still rock but he doesn’t want to
Dee shouts down fans who say he’s lost ability to write new Twisted Sister material, insisting: “I just don’t feel motivated”
Dee Snider insists he’s perfectly capable of writing new Twisted Sister material – but he simply doesn’t want to.
Instead the singer is happy to explore other creative outlets including recording his new Broadway-inspired album and writing his autobiography.
Confronted with the allegation that he and Twisted Sister aren’t releasing new music because he’s lost the ability to write it, and instead “hides behind” his other output, Snider is firm in his response.
He tells BraveWords: “I do know I can write.
“The reason why I don’t is simply because I don’t think the market is there, and I don’t feel motivated. I don’t feel passionate about it.
“There was a time in my life when I wrote just for myself and it didn’t’ matter that nobody heard my songs. But after you’ve had your songs played on the radio, sold millions of copies, had the videos shown on MTV and people were singing and acknowledging your work… doing it for myself doesn’t float my boat any more.”
Snider cites the example of his own favourite song, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which appeared on post-TS outfit Desperado’s 1996 album Bloodied But Unbowed.
“It’s my proudest moment as a writer,” he explains. “Nobody even knows. I have literally 150 to 200 songs and nobody has ever heard them. I got disheartened. I’m tired of creating for nobody but myself, sitting in my room going, ‘Wow, this is such a good song – people would love it if only they could hear it.”
His theatrical song album, Dee Does Broadway, is released this week – check out some sample tracks here. Also out is his autobiography, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, in which he recalls the low period of the early 1990s when he was broke and reduced to handing out fliers for his wife’s make-up business.
Snider explains: “I start the book in the parking lot of a catering hall. I’m being chased through the parking lot by security. I’m running, not because I’m afraid of being thrown in jail, but because I’m afraid they’ll go, ‘Dee Snider? Why are you out here fliering cars?’ I say to myself for the millionth time, ‘How they hell did this happen?’ Then, I go back to the day I decided to be a rock star and tell the story. I end the book with me going out that night with my three kids and wife at home, so I could go put flyers on the cars because we need money.
“They wanted me to write an epilogue because it was so depressing. People know I’m back, but it was so heart-breaking. It’s been fifteen years since that day.”