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Twisted Sister - 1987 Love Is For Suckers

ARTIST: Twisted Sister
ALBUM: Love Is For Suckers
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 81772-1 (LP), 7 81772-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1999, Spitfire, 5-27-2 * 2011, Armoury, ARMCD530


LINEUP: Dee Snider- vocals * Eddie Ojeda - guitars * Jay Jay French - guitars * Mark Mendoza - bass * Joey Franco - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant) * 02 Hot Love * 03 Love Is For Suckers * 04 I'm So Hot For You * 05 Tonight * 06 Me And The Boys * 07 One Bad Habit * 08 I Want This Night * 09 You Are All That I Need * 10 Yeah Right * 11 Feel Appeal (bonus) * 12 Statutory Date (bonus) * 13 If That's What You Want (bonus) * 14 I Will Win (bonus)


Twisted Sister's final album was an act of desperation in an attempt to revive a rapidly sinking career. Things had been on the downturn since Dee Snider's battles with the PMRC, which had damaged his credibility as a hard as nails frontman, when he revealed his happy family life to many dismayed fans. 85's 'Come Out And Play' failed, amazing considering the Platinum success of 'Stay Hungry' a year earlier, proof of Snider's gaffe. For 'Suckers..' drummer A.J Pero was replaced by Joey 'Seven' Franco, their first lineup change since their debut. More importantly Twisted Sister, (well.. Snider actually), tried to cash in the melodic hard rock scene of the time, with an album on the verge of AOR. To show how serious they were, Beau Hill was bought in to produce, while names like Kip Winger and Reb Beach are mentioned on backing vocals.

The Songs
Typically the album is well executed for a band who once specialised in all out heavy metal. The only cut in touch with their past is opener 'Wake Up The Sleeping Giant'. There's the usual rebellious lyrics with obligatory group choruses with the right amount of heavy riffing. Try telling me that isn't a very Winger-ish instrumental breakdown though. Once 'Hot Love' rolls around, any of the old style is forgotten, very much an AOR anthem. The hook-line rates with the best, and the guitar work is first rate with dashing melodic fills. In a nutshell this sums up the rest of the album. It verges on metal slightly, 'Love is For Suckers' is faster with more traditional riffs, but it has the feel of Alice Cooper's 'Raise Your Fist And Yell' album that same year, heavy but accessible. 'I'm So Hot For You', 'I Want This Night ( To Last Forever)' and 'You Are All That I Need' would have caused hardcore fans to cringe by titles alone, but there's enough energy to prevent an absolute wimp out. 'Me And The Boys' and 'One Bad Habit' run through some catchy melody lines, the latter with some tasty horns and keyboards. 'Tonight' and 'Yeah Right' up the heaviness slightly, but they are as harmless as any Poison or Winger album of the period. Just good time hard rock.

In Summary
There was no denying the album would flop. Twisted's moment had come and gone. Band relations were strained to breaking point, with Mendoza making no secret of his hatred for control freak Snider in many interviews. After a nondescript tour and total chart failure, Twisted Sister called it a day. Whether it was a wise move to use this melodic approach is unclear. While the album succeeded on those terms, what Twisted needed to do was make a no holds barred metal album on the level of their first two, to show they still meant business. The results would have been similar, but at least they would have gone out on a familiar note. Editors Note: The CD was reissued by Spitfire Records, and contains 4 bonus tracks.

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#1 | jeffduran on December 29 2007 20:38:21
Great Review. The best Sister release in my opinion and i know I stand alone. Somehow I can listen to this more than any of they're others.
#2 | gdazegod on December 14 2015 09:19:11
This was actually supposed to be a Dee Snider solo album, but Atlantic wouldn't play ball unless it was packaged as a TS album. Suits know 'fuck all'.. sorry to say..
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