Twisted Sister - Love Is For Suckers was released on August 13, 1987, on Atlantic Records. Back then, as a Metal fan, I was totally engulfed with Thrash and Speed Metal. To make a Metal confession, I never bought this Twisted Sister album, after owning their first four albums. I was not overly impressed with Come Out And Play, (released in 1985), I guess the first three Twisted Sister albums really spoiled me. So, I took in whatever songs MTV or the FM stations were playing from Love Is For Suckers. Seeing the video for Hot Love and hearing it played on FM radio very frequently, back in 1987-1988 was, I thought, the coolest extent of this album. I always liked Hot Love, this song reminds me of some cool times back in 1987-88… and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Hot Love is upbeat and (gasp), commercially catchy in it’s unique Heavy Metal way. A few years ago, I bought Twisted Sister’s Big Hits and Nasty Cuts: The Best of Twisted Sister, it contains several cool live bonus tracks that enticed me… unreal great songs at that. The Metal kicker here, is that there are no songs from Love is for Suckers on this Best of album… I smell controversy. Therefore, my continuation of never hearing more than Hot Love from Love is for Suckers continued… Fast forward to September 18, 2009… Twisted Sister – Love is for Suckers has for all Metal intents and purposes, made a sucker out of me.
Understand, that I could never financially afford or find the time to listen to every Heavy Metal and Hard Rock album that has been created in the last forty years. For me, that is impossible, I would have to be able to do nothing at all but listen to Heavy Metal/Hard Rock every hour, around the clock, with an endless flow of cash available to buy every album out there. Step in my best buddy Scott… a copy of Love is for Suckers arrived in my mail today, thank you Scott. This album was just an unfortunate victim of being overlooked by me for over two decades… today I repent this Heavy Metal error and I am a better Metalhead for it. I now hereby declare, that Love is for Suckers is incredibly better than Come Out And Play, in my Metal opinion. Plus, all of the professionally paid Rock critics who have bashed and trashed this great album over the years should be embarrassed for never listening to it in the first place.
My favorite song is the album opener – Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant), not to sound like a lame television talent show judge here… Dee Snider on vocals is not just powerful, he is electrifying, in my Metal opinion. Whoa, do I wish I listened to this album years ago. I honestly will put this song at the top of my favorite list for Twisted Sister songs and Heavy Metal songs period. Me and the Boys and Yeah Right are two other stand out songs for me as well. Suffice to admit, there is not one song on Love is for Suckers that I would fast forward through ever. A wise Metalhead once told me… great Metal comes to those Metalheads who wait. Well, this Metalhead unbelievably waited twenty two years to finally listen to Love is for Suckers in it’s entirety. I’m sure Dee Snider will forgive me. I am Metal thankful to my best buddy Scott for making me realize… I am a sucker for Love is for Suckers after all.
Twisted Sister as they appeared on Love is for Suckers:
Dee Snider – lead vocals
Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda - lead guitar
Jay Jay French - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza – bass, backing vocals
Joe Franco – drums, percussion (credited as Joey “Seven” Franco)
* Obviously, the legendary A.J. Pero was not the drummer on Love is for Suckers.
* Kip Winger supplies backing vocals on Love is for Suckers… cool.