Picks and Pans Review: Love Is for Suckers

updated 08/31/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/31/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Twisted Sister

Dee Snider, you appear to be a man who is more than moderately interested in marketing. Look, babe, why not just forget the record angle? Package Twisted Sister exclusively via the video route. Leave us not mince words, Dee; without your ghoulish visual image looming behind the music, Sister is atrocious. Oh, there's plenty of guitar crunch, but the melodic ideas are plodding and formulaic. In an album the effect becomes oppressive fast. And the lyrics? Okay, you've got Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant) which is a seditious pamphlet urging youth to rebellion—along the lines of the Doors' Five to One. Thing is, the Doors' Jim Morrison was still a young guy himself when he called on the young to rebel. You, Deester, are a 32-year-old father of one. It's embarrassing, babe. The rest of the lyrics, especially on the title track, betray a muddled, immature, offensive, mean-spirited attitude toward relationships and the opposite sex. A shrink might suggest that this is all insecurity masquerading as fantasy aggression. Anyway, let's dump this mess, Dee, and we'll go with a long-form video, The Making of "Love is for Suckers." We'll show you sitting in your Long Island mansion, filing your teeth and plotting how to inflame the volatile emotions of teenage boys. You know, cinema verité. (Atlantic)

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