Stay Hungry (album)

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Stay Hungry
Twister Sister - Stay Hungry.jpg
Cover photo by Mark Weiss
Studio album by Twisted Sister
ReleasedMay 10, 1984
RecordedFebruary–March 1984
StudioRecord Plant, New York City, Westlake Audio and Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerTom Werman
Twisted Sister chronology
You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
Stay Hungry
Come Out and Play
Singles from Stay Hungry
  1. "We're Not Gonna Take It" / "You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll"
    Released: April 27, 1984
  2. "I Wanna Rock" / "The Kids Are Back"
    Released: October 1984
  3. "The Price" / "S.M.F."
    Released: December 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]
Ultimate Guitar Archive8.9/10[4]

Stay Hungry is the third studio 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.[5]

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".

In 2017, Rolling Stone listed the album at No. 76 on its list of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written by Dee Snider.

Side one
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"
Side two
5."I Wanna Rock"3:06
6."The Price"3:48
7."Don't Let Me Down"4:26
8."The Beast"3:30

Deluxe edition[edit]

A 25th Anniversary Edition was released on June 30, 2009 by Rhino Records. The first disc contains remastered versions of the nine tracks from the May 1984 original. The bonus disc uncovers 15 unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, recorded in December 1983 at Nino's Studios, Baldwin, New York, as well as the new track "30" recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup at Audio Magic, West Babylon, New York.

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 Stay Hungry Live, the concert 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.[7]

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."[7]

Bonus disc[edit]

  1. "Death from Above" – 2:42
  2. "Prime Motivator" – 2:25
  3. "We’re Not Gonna Take It" – 2:47 (early demo)
  4. "Death Run" – 1:45
  5. "This One’s for You" – 2:00
  6. "S.M.F." – 2:14 (early demo)
  7. "We’re Coming On" – 1:42
  8. "Call My Name" – 2:10
  9. "Burn in Hell" – 5:08 (early demo)
  10. "Pay the Price" – 1:42
  11. "What’s Love Without You" – 1:44
  12. "Our Voice Will Be Heard" – 1:29
  13. "You Got to Fight" – 1:39
  14. "The Price" – 2:36 (early demo)
  15. "Stay Hungry" – 1:58 (early demo)
  16. "KMET Radio Spot" – 0:24
  17. "30" – 4:23 (new track)
  18. "Lollipop Guild" – 0:30 (hidden track)


Twisted Sister[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Dean Werman, Gabby McGachan, Neidermeyer - sound effects, handclapping


  • Tom Werman - producer, arrangements with Twisted Sister
  • Geoff Workman - engineer, mixing
  • Gary McGachan - additional engineer at Cherokee Studios
  • John "Red" Agnello - additional engineer at Record Plant
  • Greg Laney - additional engineer at Westlake Studio
  • George Marino - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • Bob Defrin - art direction



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1995 3x Platinum (+ 3,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA 1985 5x Platinum (+ 500,000)[23]


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