We’re Not Gonna Take It

“We’ve got the right to choose it, there ain’t no way we’ll lose it. This is our life, this is our song…”

As 80s hair metal tunes go, Twisted Sister’s 1984 ditty “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was perfectly fine.

Though it wasn’t quite as catchy as Van Halen’s “Jump” or as hard-driving as Judas Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Coming”, it certainly made a splash in the first half of our favorite decade, peaking at #21 in October ’84. And sure, we liked it well enough.

But the best thing about the song, hands-down? Oh, that crazy video.

Not only did it introduce the world to the frizzy-haired, makeup-plastered, spandex-donning zaniness that was Dee Snider and the gang, it also brought back one of our favorite characters from the 70s for what might just be the best video cameo of our favorite decade.

Recall, if you will, 1978’s Animal House–– particularly Mark Metcalf stealing the show as ROTC officer Douglas C. Neidermeyer. Well six years later, it seems, ol’ Neidermeyer is living comfortably in suburbia with a wife and five kids (hey, she calls him ‘Douglas C.’ in the video…) But it’s only when one of the brood cranks up the TS a little too loud that we’re instantly transported back to that day on the parade ground when Flounder felt the wrath of Doug. (1:26 of this clip)

“What is that?!? A Twisted Sister pin? On your uniform??”

It was a brilliantly-conceived bit of nostalgia on Twisted Sister’s part, and it helped a pretty good song become one of the more memorable heavy metal moments of the 80s. (And it would continue in the video for “I Wanna Rock” later in 1984… but that’s a story for another time.)

We ♥ We’re Not Gonna Take It.

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~ by weheart80s on February 29, 2012.

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