Stay Hungry (album)

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Stay Hungry
Twister Sister - Stay Hungry.jpg
Studio album by Twisted Sister
Released May 10, 1984
Recorded February–March 1984 (Original LP songs) at Record Plant, New York City, Westlake Audio, Los Angeles and Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles; December 1983 (Bonus CD songs, except "Radio Spot" and "30") at Nino's Studios, Baldwin, New York; April 1984 ("Radio Spot") at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles; February 2009 ("30") at Audio Magic, West Babylon, New York [1]
Genre Heavy metal
Length 36:58
Label Atlantic
Producer Tom Werman
Twisted Sister chronology
You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll
Stay Hungry
Come Out and Play
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Sleaze Roxx 5/5 stars[3]

Stay Hungry is the third album by American heavy metal band Twisted Sister. Released on May 10, 1984, the album features the band's two biggest hits, "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". It also features the power ballad "The Price". According to RIAA certification, Stay Hungry gained multi-platinum status with U.S. sales of more than 3,000,000 copies.[4]

Twisted Sister performed the song "Burn in Hell" during a cameo appearance in the 1985 film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The song "Burn in Hell" was covered by black metal band Dimmu Borgir on Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. "We're Not Gonna Take It" was also covered by Bif Naked on the Ready to Rumble soundtrack. The two songs that comprise the Horror-Teria segment became the basis of Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider's 1998 film Strangeland, in which Captain Howdy was played by Snider himself. The "Captain Howdy" segment of the "Horror-Teria" suite would later be covered by the death metal group Broken Hope on their album Repulsive Conception and in 1999 by the Swedish heavy metal band Morgana Lefay on their Symphony of the Damned, Re-symphonised album.

In 2004, the band re-recorded the tracks from this album and re-released them under the title Still Hungry.

In 2009, the band played Stay Hungry in its entirety for the first time including songs never played live before, such as "Don't Let Me Down" and "Horror-Teria: Street Justice".

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written by Dee Snider.

No. Title Length
1. "Stay Hungry"   3:03
2. "We're Not Gonna Take It"   3:38
3. "Burn in Hell"   4:43
4. "Horror-Teria (The Beginning):
a) Captain Howdy
b) Street Justice"  
5. "I Wanna Rock"   3:06
6. "The Price"   3:48
7. "Don't Let Me Down"   4:26
8. "The Beast"   3:30
9. "S.M.F."   3:01
Total length:

Deluxe edition[edit]

A 25th Anniversary Edition that includes a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup released on June 30, 2009 from Rhino Records. The first disc contains remastered versions of the nine tracks from the May 1984 original. The bonus disc uncovers 15 unreleased recordings including alternate versions of album tracks as well as a new track recorded for the deluxe edition. Additionally, any music fan that bought the CD or vinyl of Stay Hungry 25th Anniversary Edition in any participating independent record store received a free gift from the band: a DVD of the Twisted Sister 1984 Uncut Live At San Bernardino concert. Originally broadcast on MTV as the Stay Hungry Live concert, it had been commercially unavailable for years and previously unavailable as DVD. June 30, 2009 was the only day the DVD was available and only through participating, independent record stores with a limited stock.

Commented guitarist Jay Jay French, "While other bands have made exclusive deals with big box chains and discounters, Twisted Sister remembers all the independent record shops who have supported us through the years."[5]

Bonus disc[edit]

  1. “Death From Above”
  2. “Prime Motivator”
  3. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Early Demo
  4. “Death Run”
  5. “This One’s For You”
  6. “S.M.F.” – Early Demo
  7. “We’re Coming On”
  8. “Call My Name”
  9. “Burn In Hell” – Early Demo
  10. “Pay The Price”
  11. “What’s Love Without You”
  12. “Our Voice Will Be Heard”
  13. “You Got To Fight”
  14. “The Price” – Early Demo
  15. “Stay Hungry” – Early Demo
  16. Radio Spot
  17. “30” – New Track
  18. “Lollipop Guild” – Hidden Track


Twisted Sister[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Gabby McGachan: Sound Effects
  • Neidermeyer: Sound Effects, Handclapping
  • Dean Werman: Sound Effects


  • Arranged By Twisted Sister & Tom Werman
  • Produced By Tom Werman
  • Engineered By Geoff Workman; additional engineers: Gary McGachan (Cherokee Studios), John "Red" Agnello (Record Plant) & Greg Laney (Westlake Studio)
  • Mastered By George Marino at Sterling Sound (New York City)
  • All Songs Published by Snidest Music Co. (ASCAP)