I Wanna Rock

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"I Wanna Rock"
Single by Twisted Sister
from the album Stay Hungry
Released 1984
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Genre Heavy metal[1]
Length 3:02 (Album version)
3:24 (Full version)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Dee Snider
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Certification 2x Platinum (CRIA)[2]
Twisted Sister singles chronology
"We're Not Gonna Take It"
(1984)
"I Wanna Rock"
(1985)
"The Price"
(1985)

"I Wanna Rock" is a song from the album Stay Hungry (1984) by Twisted Sister. In 2009 it was named the 17th VH1 Greatest Hard Rock Songs by VH1.[3] The song was also covered by the pop punk band Lit on 2001 Twisted Sister tribute album, Twisted Forever.

Music video[edit]

Like the earlier "We're Not Gonna Take It", the video features actor Mark Metcalf, best known as the sadistic Neidermeyer from the movie Animal House. Here, he plays a ferocious teacher who harasses a student for drawing the Twisted Sister logo on a book or yearbook, shrieking: "What kind of a man desecrates a defenseless textbook?! I've got a good mind to slap your fat face!!" (echoing his line from Animal House: "What kind of man hits a defenseless animal [a misbehaving horse]? I've got a good mind to smash your fat face in."). After his attempts to stop his rock-loving students fail, he crawls into the principal's office – only to be confronted by the principal, played by Stephen Furst (Flounder from Animal House). Furst even gets to reprise one of his big lines from the movie: "Oh boy, is this great!" as he squirts water at the mean teacher.

Charts performance[edit]

Chart (1984-1985) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[4] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 5
South African Chart[7] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 68
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 35

Media appearances[edit]

"I Wanna Rock" is subject to numerous media appearances, including:

Video games
Other media
  • The song is New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's entry music.
  • Its music video appears in an episode of Beavis and Butt-head.
  • The characters sang-along to the song, playing on the radio of the bus, in the 2000 movie Road Trip.
  • Mackdawg productions used the song as the intro of their 2001 snowboard movie called The Resistance, featuring the forum team.
  • It was also heard in the 2008 movie The Rocker.
  • The song was featured on the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, and its subsequent movie adaptation.
Cover versions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry 25th Annyversary Edition". Sleazeroxx.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – July 2009". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "I wanna rock in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock". VG-lista.
  7. ^ John Samson. "I wanna rock in South African Chart". Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Stay Hungry awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hair Apparent: The Main Man Records Tribute to Hair Bands review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Doug Stone. "Twisted Forever review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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