Was TWISTED SISTER's 'We're no Gonna take it It' based upon Christmas Carol 'O Come, all Ye Faithful'? JAY JAY FRENCH Responds

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In a new interview with Grand Haven, Michigan"s WMPA radio station, TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French was asked if it"s true that the band"s standard song "We"re no Gonna take It" was based upon the Christmas carol "O Come, every Ye Faithful". He comment (as spelling by urbanbreathnyc.com): "When we began doing the Christmas record" — referring to "A Twisted Christmas", which contained TWISTED SISTER"s version of "O Come, every Ye Faithful" — "the hook of the — once we obtained over the idea the doing the — Dee <Snider, TWISTED SISTER singer> said among these other guitar players in one of his solo projects said come , "You do recognize that "O Come, every Ye Faithful" is the melody line for "We"re not Gonna take it It"?" and Dee goes, "Really?" He had no idea. So we had transposed it, and also it worked. It"s no exact, however close. However it was never consciously done, and we didn"t recognize this, and it wasn"t stated, until years later.

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"The Christmas album came out — think this or no — 14 years ago, and, that course, that tune was a big hit and also got us on the Jay Leno show and Craig Ferguson show and also " Regis and Kelly", and also it acquired a the majority of media coverage, once we were told that we were gonna suck and the album to be gonna bomb," French continued. "The album turned the end to be the biggest-selling hefty metal Christmas album in history. And then word got out the the tune was memory of this. But we didn"t know around it, and Dee didn"t think around it, till he to be told that by that man while we were recording the album."

The opening five words in the lyrics of "O Come, every Ye Faithful" have the very same melody as the chorus the "We"re no Gonna take it It", yet the Christmas carol adheres to a various chord progression and is traditionally played in a various musical layout to the TWISTED SISTER classic.

A mashup the "O Come, every Ye Faithful" and "We"re not Gonna take it It" was performed during a live Christmas concert in Chicago and also was featured in the 2014 stage musical "Dee Snider"s absent & role Christmas Tale".

Snider had actually previously admitted that glam rock tape SLADE and "O Come, all Ye Faithful" were influences while the was creating "We"re not Gonna take it It".

"A Twisted Christmas" featured steel versions that Christmas songs, including "Oh Come all Ye Faithful". Also appearing on the LP to be such vacation chestnuts together "Silver Bells" and also "Let the Snow", propelling the album"s sales to more than 150,000 copies and also spawning a live Christmas present the band performed each year for number of years.

In 2016, TWISTED SISTER took on one final trek, title "Forty and also Fuck It", in celebration event of that 40th anniversary. These mirrors featured the band"s "core lineup" that French, Snider, guitarist Eddie Ojeda and also bassist Mark Mendoza, along with drummer Mike Portnoy. The band"s last-ever concert took place in November of that year — 20 month after the pass of Pero.

TWISTED SISTER"s initial run finished in the late "80s. After an ext than a decade, the tape publicly rejoined in November 2001 to top the invoice of New York Steel, a hard-rock advantage concert come raise money for the New York Police and also Fire Widows" and also Children"s benefit Fund.

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