Twisted Sister - Love is for Suckers

Twisted Sister – Love is for Suckers

As the 80's dawned twisted Sister had evolved into a Motorhead meets the Stones in drag concept. Twisted delivered hard hitting if not sometimes tongue in cheek metal that seemed primed for the big time. With the release of 1984's "Stay Hungary" and the support of a neophyte MTV, Twisted hit the big time.

Only 3 short years later the landscape of music had changed. MTV had become a cultural force and smiling Bon Jovi wanna bees were on the precipice of dominance. Twisted struggled in this environment, releasing the much maligned "Come Out and Play" in 1985. As the band dissolved around him, front man Dee Snider struggled to form a solo project.

Surrounding himself with accomplished players like Kip Winger and Reb Beach, both shortly of Winger and Steve Whiteman of Kix. Snider took his sound to an even more anthemic pop sound, moving further away from classic Twisted than even "Come Out and Play" had. Atlantic refused to release the disc as a Dee Snider solo disc and pressured Snider to release it as a Twisted Sister disc. Reluctantly, Snider acquiesced. Although listed on the liner notes on the album, none of the members of Twisted actually played on it.

Released in the summer of 1987, "Love is For Suckers" promptly fell flat, but that doesn't mean it's a terrible album. It's not great either though. Produced by veteran Beau Hill (Ratt, Warrant) the disc gets lost trying to find itself sometimes. There does not seem to be one organic moment on the whole disc. For every good song ("Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)) there are two terrible songs (Tonight, One Bad Habit).

Taken for what it is, just a fun 1987 style rock disc, "Love is For Suckers" moderately succeeds. Taken as a Twisted Sister disc meant to stand up to "Under the Blade" or "Stay Hungary" it's an abject failure. The extended re-release of the disc feature 4 additional tracks including the just plain retarded "Statutory Date." Frankly this disc is worth getting just for this track alone. You will get hours of listening pleasure from hearing Dee sing about his "Statutory Date / talkin' jailbait / got my eyes on you." Fun stuff from a happily married man in his mid thirties!

Seriously, I like the disc. It's fun, it's not Twisted but it's still worth a listen. It gets an added extra half star for the gut busting "Statutory Date"

3 ½ stars out of 5

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