Love Is for Suckers

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Love is for Suckers
Studio album by Twisted Sister
Released August 13, 1987
Recorded Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Heavy metal
Label Atlantic
Producer Beau Hill
Twisted Sister chronology
Come Out and Play
(1985)
Love is for Suckers
(1987)
Still Hungry
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
L.A. Times 3/5 stars[2]
The Press-Courier favorable[3]
The Pittsburgh Press favorable[4]

Love Is for Suckers is the fifth studio album by the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. It was strongly influenced by hair metal bands, although the band split after its release and had a lot of conflicts with this record which led to a split.[5][6] According to the Live At Wacken DVD, the material was originally meant to be a solo album by Twisted Sister's lead singer, Dee Snider, but the label pushed for it to be released under the Twisted Sister name instead. Love Is For Suckers was released by Atlantic Records on August 13, 1987. The tour for the album ended in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 10, 1987. Two days later, on October 12, 1987, vocalist Dee Snider announced his departure from the band.

This would be Twisted Sister's final studio album, as all albums since have been compilations or live albums (with the exception of 2004's Still Hungry which was a rerecording of 1984's Stay Hungry and A Twisted Christmas in 2006).

Dee Snider has stated that he likes many of the songs on the album, vocally. However he feels that if they play any of them live, it may bring back bad memories for the band. In 2012 the band introduced "Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)" into their set, following demands from fans for material to be included from all of the band's studio albums.[7]

In a 2009 interview by Ruben Mosqueda, Snider spoke of his thoughts on the album; "There's some great stuff on there man! The thing is, that was supposed to be my first solo album. The thing was the record company and management pressured me into making it a Twisted Sister record. There's some stuff that was in the Twisted Sister vein but it was supposed to be a solo record, that album was meant to give the band the break we needed. I felt that by releasing a solo album I could put that out there, get it out my system, and then after a short break we could regroup and work on a new album. The recording, the promotion and touring of Love is for Suckers went on to kill the band. Management and the record company in their infinite wisdom know best. Oh let's put five guys who can't stand each other in a studio for three months!"[8]

No songs from this album appeared on the band's 1992 greatest hits album Big Hits and Nasty Cuts.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dee Snider, except where noted.

  1. "Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)" – 4:19
  2. "Hot Love" – 3:28
  3. "Love Is for Suckers" (Marky Carter, Dee Snider) – 3:25
  4. "I'm So Hot for You" – 4:05
  5. "Tonight" – 3:51
  6. "Me and the Boys" – 3:52
  7. "One Bad Habit" – 3:18
  8. "I Want This Night (To Last Forever)" (Mark Tanner, Marty Wagner, Dee Snider) – 4:18
  9. "You Are All That I Need" – 4:17
  10. "Yeah Right" – 3:14

Re-release bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Feel Appeal" [*] – 3:19
  2. "Statutory Date" [*] – 3:11
  3. "If That's What You Want" [*] – 4:25
  4. "I Will Win" [*] – 3:29

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Canadian Albums Chart[9] 78 8
German Albums Chart[10] 59
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 11 8
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 43 2
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 17 1
UK Albums Chart[14] 57 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[15] 74 11

Credits[edit]

Twisted Sister[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Beau Hill - producer, engineer, arrangement
  • Stephen Benben - engineer
  • Ira McLaughlin - assisted engineering
  • Ted Jensen - mastering at Sterling Sound, NYC
  • Reb Beach - arrangement
  • Twisted Sister - arrangement
  • Ronni le Tekro - arrangement
  • Bob Defrin - art direction
  • Frank Moscati - photography
  • Dee Snider - cover concept

Single[edit]

  • "Hot Love" / "Tonight"

Released on August 1, 1987, this was Twisted Sister's final single release. The single version of "Hot Love" is longer than the album version.

References[edit]