Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda knew “something was going on” when band recorded ‘Stay Hungry’
Twisted Sister lead guitarist Eddie Ojeda was interviewed by Epic Ink star Josh Bodwell at this year’s Headbangers Con, which was held in Portland, Oregon, USA in November 10 and 11, 2018.
Ojeda was asked about Twisted Sister‘s best known anthems “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, and the guitarist stated (as transcribed by Blabbermouth with slight edits):
“When we did ‘Stay Hungry’, I knew there was something going on. ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll‘ and ‘Under The Blade’, they did okay, but ‘Stay Hungry’ was the album that really went big. The anthems in there like ‘I Wanna Rock’ and ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’. ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ has paid a lot of bills, so I don’t complain. If you’re at a ballgame, all of the sudden it comes on. You’re sitting at a ballgame and the guy next to me is rocking out to the song and I’m, like, ‘Okay, I’m not going to say anything.’ It’s pretty awesome while watching the [New York] Mets and the stadium and all of the sudden, one of your songs comes on, it’s a pretty great feeling. It’s funny because I always said when they start playing the song in a parade, then you know you got a hit song. Sure enough, in the Thanksgiving parade, they had somebody doing ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’. The bad thing was, this was about two years ago, all these people with walkers, they did this whole dance thing. I’ll take that. [Laughs] I’ve also seen it in movies or seen college bands. We’ve put it on our web site a few times. A lot of colleges use it. It’s become one of those songs that teams use. I knew it was a single because the way it had a whole anthem thing to it. Yeah, you never know what’s going to happen with something, like that’s going to be the one that does it for you. Luckily, it did.”
You can read further excerpts from the interview with Eddie Ojeda at Blabbermouth or listen to the interview by Josh Bodwell below: