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  • Audio CD (Jan. 29 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IGV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Stay Hungry
2. We're Not Gonna Take It
3. Burn In Hell
4. Horror-Teria: A)Captain Howdy; B)Street Justice
5. I Wanna Rock
6. The Price
7. Don't Let Me Down
8. The Beast
9. S.M.F.

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Certified triple platinum by the RIAA 11/95

Influenced by New York punk bands like the Ramones and Dictators, as well as by traditional heavy metal ensembles, Twisted Sister created brash, simple songs that buzzed with subversive energy, giving the band the appeal of bad-boy cartoon characters. Their third album, Stay Hungry, featured the classic rebel anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" as well as more uptempo tracks like "Burn in Hell" and "S.M.F." (which, in true metal fashion, stands for "Sick Motherfucker"). No one disputes Twisted Sister's competence level. Simply put, they couldn't play well enough to save their five-year recording career, but frontman Dee Snider's outrageous stage presence and accidentally hilarious lyrics ensured that their time in the limelight was thoroughly entertaining. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Format: Audio CD
Man has it really been 25 years? I can't -- no, I don't want to believe it! Yet it must be, since now there's a 25th anniversary edition. For whatever reason (legal, contractual?) when Twisted issued their series of remasters with bonus tracks back in 1997, Stay Hungry was not one of them. Then in 2004 the reunited band recorded an album called STILL Hungry, which was the entire disc re-recorded "the way they originally wanted it to sound". As a fan, I enjoyed it mostly for the new and unreleased bonus tracks, but was underwhelmed by the re-recording. It's impossible to exactly duplicate a song, especially when the singer can no longer hit the high notes in "The Price".

That was then, this is now, and Stay Hungry has finally been remastered and beefed up with a bonus disc of all unreleased material and one brand new song! (None of these unreleased songs were even heard on Still Hungry, either, but a couple were done by Dee on a recent solo album.) The album itself remains one of Sister's best (although my preference is to You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll) and the bonus disc sheds light on what the band was writing at the time.

The remastering and liner notes are excellent. The album sounds like it should, the way a pristine vinyl copy would sound back then. The liner notes reveal friction between the band and producer Tom Werman. Werman rejected a lot of what the band had written which makes up disc two. However, he was also a big supporter of their heavier songs such as "Burn In Hell" and "Horror-Teria: The Beginning", while disliking "We're Not Gonna Take It". Dee Snider, in fact, wanted to save "Horror-Teria" for a rock opera he was composing, but Werman wisely insisted it go on this album.
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Format: Audio CD
This was the album that put Twisted Sister on the map. I had been listening to Dee Snider's radio shows and heard some of the songs on this album, so I decided to give it a shot. I figured I would like it since I'm into metal from the 80's. I couldn't stop playing it for the first few weeks I got it. There is some great music on this album. Unfortunately, as an earlier reviewer mentioned, people dismissed them becuase of their redicoulus costumes, long hair, and comedic music videos, but if you put "Were Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock"(which I think are great songs by the way)aside, Dee wrote some good lyrics to the title track, the "Horror-Teria" medley, "The Price", "Don't let me down", and "The Beast". The album closer "S.M.F." of course went on to become the name of their fans, and 20 years later people are still banging their heads to this album. Plus, he kept the music simple, and sometimes the most simple things can be the most effective. This album is no exception. Dee is also keeping it real as a DJ, hosting the "House of Hair" radio show, which I listen to every saturday, in which he plays the best of the Hairband/Heavy Metal era. A big up to Dee for keeping the music of that era alive, because it's alot better than half the stuff out their today. Don't pass up this piece of that era. Buy it, and as it says in the booklet: PLAY IT LOUD, MUTHA! S.M.F.'s unite!
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Format: Audio CD
In between 1982's raw "You Can't Stop Rock & Roll" and the putridly slick and melodic 1987 release "Love Is For Suckers"; Dee Snider & Company put out a down right fun and hard rocking album. 1984's "Stay Hungry" found Twisted Sister in the middle of the glam metal scene - right up there with Quiet Riot, Ratt, Motley Crue, Poison, etc. Dee Snider was more vocal than any of the other band leaders (Kevin Dubrow, Stephen Pearcy, Vince Neil, Brett Michaels, etc) and deservedly so. The man can talk. The new millenium finds him on the radio doing his "House Of Hair" natiowide broadcast... a true testiment to the 80's and 90's glam and hair bands. Dee has the gift of gab - and the radio suits him perfectly. Mega smash hits with "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" are here. Along with classic rockers "Stay Hungry" and "Burn In Hell". The only filler tune here is "SMF". Snider writes all the tunes here and it's evident he's a dry-witted educated man - he writes great (and often funny) lyrics... and his music is simple. To this day, I can't help but remember the video's from "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" featuring the 'Maestro' himself Mark Metcalf (aka: Doug Neidermeyer from "Animal House"). Classic 80's rock album with some classic cuts here. Every rock library needs some Twisted Sister - and if you have to have one - this is it.
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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