“Be Chrool to Your Scuel” by Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister have become a byword for everything wrong with the Hair Metal genre, but if you’re only familiar with their most famous work you might be confused about why. Their breakthrough record Stay Hungry managed to produce two hits, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, that are still staples of Rock radio today, and while neither is particularly good or interesting as Hair Metal goes, it was on their next two albums that they gained their reputation as the laughingstock of their genre. Their last two albums featured a garishly ugly sound that was apparently an attempted compromise between the relatively authentic Heavy Metal of their early albums and the poppy sound of Stay Hungry, but wound up with none of the redeeming qualities of either. This song, a bloated would-be showpiece with a huge lineup of big-name guest stars and a music video that was banned from MTV, is a pretty good illustration of their notorious second album’s style, painfully cheesy and borderline unlistenable, with a stupid joke title and a lyric that reads like an idiot’s version of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”. There’s a reason these guys are a walking punchline even among Hair Metal fans, and while they may be best known today for their two passably mediocre hit tunes, enough people remember this album and the one after it to keep the ridicule associated with these idiots alive.

Verdict: Bad.

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