TWISTED SISTER Bassist Says New Version Of 'Stay Hungry' Will Be Produced 'The Right Way'

September 14, 2004

TWISTED SISTER bass player/producer Mark Mendoza spoke to "Smart-Ass Midday Goddess" J.D. Page of Worcester, MA's 100.1 The Fox last Friday (Sept. 10) about touring, re-recording the group's classic "Stay Hungry" album (to be released under the new title "Still Hungry") and comments made by "Stay Hungry" producer Tom Werman about the group's decision to re-record the entire CD. Several excerpts from the interview follow:

J.D. Page: Tom Werman is not happy at all about "Still Hungry" coming October 5 that you produced.

Mark Mendoza: "Let's get this straight right here and right now. I don't know what he said. I don't particulary care what he thinks or says. I'm not particulary anti-Tom Werman or pro-Tom Werman. It's just that I'm producing the new 'Still Hungry' album on behalf of TWISTED SISTER, and it's gonna be done the right way."

J.D. Page: How was it not done the right way the first time?

Mark Mendoza: "Listen to it. I'll tell you what… When the new one comes out, you compare the two, and you give me your opinion. 'Cause the new one… actually, the old original 'Stay Hungry' sounds like the demo tapes for the new one."

J.D. Page: There are some theories that it was produced differently back then when everything was set up for cassettes and vinyl and now that we are in the CD era…

Mark Mendoza: "It was produced differently because some people didn't do their jobs the right way."

J.D. Page: From a producer's point of view, can you elaborate on that?

Mark Mendoza: "Some people just didn't do the job the right way."

J.D. Page: What does that mean to listeners that don't know what it's like to produce an album?

Mark Mendoza: "You have to take certain steps to make sure it sounds correct and the arrangements are correct and include the important songs… Let me say… Tom Werman didn't even wanna do — did not wanna do — 'I Wanna Rock' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It'. He said those are horrible songs. Ultimately, the band got in his face and pushed that one. They are the biggest hits we ever had. He didn't wanna do those two songs."

J.D. Page: He says that Dee Snider has always had a problem sharing credit with anyone, he's a one-man show and it's distasteful. Why would he say something like that?

Mark Mendoza: "He's trying to take potshots at the band. He didn't get along with Dee."

J.D. Page: But yet he still produced the album. He was pissed off about that?

Mark Mendoza: "I'm sure that when his check came in he didn't mind."

Audio of Mark Mendoza's entire six-and-a-half-minute interview with 100.1 The Fox is available for download in two parts in MP3 format: Part#1 (3.3 MB),Part#2 (2.8 MB).

(Thanks: J.D. Page / 100.1 The Fox)

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