Picks and Pans Review: Mr. T's Commandments

updated 11/19/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/19/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Mr. T

Anyone who's ever doubted whether Mr. T has a heart of gold—there's never been any question about his chest—might listen to this album of advice for kids. Above a set of serviceable disco-funk arrangements, T raps about the dangers of such things as drugs, despair, talking to strangers and not respecting your parents. Given the strength of T's appeal to children, there may be something to be gained by playing his record for them. It has some drawbacks though. He's not much on the dangers of bad English ("Please, don't talk to no strangers"). His delivery is still on the crude side: "Honor thy father and mother/ The Bible makes it clear/ If you break the rule/ God help you, fool/ You got Mr. T to fear." And in the track Mr. T, Mr. T (He Was Made for Love), a parody of the 1957 Bobbettes hit Mr. Lee, the chorus sings, "He's five foot ten." T's real height is 5' 11½", but the printed lyrics for the tune on the liner say, "He's 6'4"." Let's see: Are there any tunes about fibbing on this album? (Columbia)

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