Slaughter - Stick It To Ya is an album that has really stuck to me lately. I have been listening to Stick It To Ya each day this past week, these songs on this album just seem to have hit me the right way. Released in 1990, Stick It To Ya has at least four songs that were played quite steadily on FM radio back in the very early 90′s. Up All Night, Spend My Life, Fly To The Angels and Mad About You were the hits, if you will. I have always liked this band for certain, the vocals of Mark Slaughter and the straight up Heavy Metal sound of Slaughter never fails to put me in a cool mood. Labeling Slaughter as a Glam/Hair Metal Band just does not jive with me, their brand of Rock will always be Heavy Metal, in my Metal opinion. I saw Slaughter live back around 1990 or so, they were opening up for Poison. The other opening act that night was BulletBoys. Slaughter did an all acoustic set that evening… I was disappointed that they were not going to let it all Rock out, frankly I was stunned. Despite my initial feelings with Slaughter doing the acoustic versions of their songs, it turned out to be quite cool after all. I was able to see a different look of Slaughter that night, this band showed me they were damn good musicians. This concert took place at Lake Compounce Amusement Park, in Bristol, Connecticut.
I have owned for some time, the CD - The Best Of by Slaughter, the ten songs on this disc are great, only Fly To The Angels and Spend My Life are missing from the song selection. Not cool. So, I promised myself to add the real Slaughter albums to my CD collection over time, starting with Stick It To Ya. About one week ago, I found the used copy of Stick It To Ya at my local f.y.e., the astounding Metal price of $4.49 is all it took for me to claim this CD as my own. Man, I cannot get enough of this album… every single song too. Going back to 1990 for just a Metal second… Spend My Life was a song that reminded me of my girlfriend I was going steady with back then, it still does remind me of her for she is my incredible wife for the past fifteen years now. My wife, (girlfriend was her title back in 1990), gave me unconditional love and support when I needed it most back in the early 90′s. (Believe me, she still does). Spend My Life could not have been released at a better time than 1990, this song means a ton to me.
I just spoke about Stick It To Ya today, in a conversation with my best buddy Scott, (he digs Slaughter too)… telling him that I could not believe it has been 20 years since this album was released, (give or take a few months). He understood where I was coming from. I told Scott, it seems like it was just a couple of years ago, when Slaughter made their move onto the Heavy Metal scene. This is what happens as you get older I guess, albums and bands you really dig don’t age, they only get better with time and are there for you at the push of the play button. I will be pushing that play button for Slaughter and Stick It To Ya for a very long time to come.
Track Listing for the original release of Stick It To Ya:
- Eye to Eye – 3:57
- Burnin’ Bridges – 4:07
- Up All Night 4:16
- Spend My Life – 3:21
- Thinking of June (Instrumental) – 1:05
- She Wants More – 3:55
- Fly to the Angels – 5:05
- Mad About You – 4:05
- That’s Not Enough – 3:25
- You Are the One – 3:55
- Gave Me Your Heart – 3:51
- Desperately – 3:34
- Loaded Gun – 4:18
- Fly to the Angels (Acoustic Version) – 3:22
- Wingin’ It – 1:11
Some Extra Info on Slaughter’s Stick It To Ya… to better fulfill your Metal Soul:
* Stick It To Ya has gone double platinum, selling over 2 million albums – very cool.
* Stick It To Ya was nominated for best Heavy Metal album of the year, by the 1991 edition of the American Music Awards.
* Stick It To Ya was released on January 27, 1990, on Chrysalis Records.
Slaughter as they appeared on Stick It To Ya: Mark Slaughter - lead vocals and guitar, Tim Kelly - guitar, Dana Strum - bass guitar and Blas Elias - drums