Twisted Sister hit the Jackpot in 1984 with "Stay Hungry". They had Two classic, unforgettable videos that showcased youth rebellion (Who hasn't felt like that kid at one point? Getting fed up and wanting to toss your teacher/parent out of a window. Man, I sure did after taking B.S from my teacher in college last term, even hoping Twisted Sister appeared out of nowhere, but I digress) And as we all know, gained notoriety in the process, landing themselves on Tipper Gore and the P.M.R.C's "Hit list" of obscene musicians.
That said, it shouldn't overshadow "Stay Hungry" for what it is, pure, full-throttle metal at it's best. By the time of it's release, Dee Snider and the boys had been playing for about a decade, and it really shows in the brilliant songcraft and musicianship.
It's a shame that "I wanna Rock" and "Were not gonna take it" aren't anthems for my generation today, because they sound as fresh now as they did back then in 1984.
"Stay Hungry" also houses a few severely overlooked Gems, The Jackkhammer riff of "Burn in Hell", and the up-tempo "Don't let me Down" with it's fast tempo, chorus segment, and a pounding riff.
A few more favorites of mine are the sentimental "The Price". "The Beast" is about the beast inevitably approacing, and there's no way to stop him.
In closing I'll say "Stay Hungry" is a must-have for any self-proclaimed Metalhead, If you refuse to listen to this music and call it cheesy, you're missing out and doing yourself a grave disservice. If this by any chance describes you, pick up "Stay Hungry" today and expand your palette.