I loved Twisted Sister videos when I was a kid. Both of my parents were too cheap to get a cable channel past 13 on the dial, so my main avenue for watching music vids was the CBC’s Video Hits with host Samantha Taylor.
Hey, the show was legit. They even picked up Much Music’s most recognizable host this side of Erica Ehm, Gallagher for a hot minute and renamed it Dan Gallagher’s Video Hits.
The graphics done up in all lower case let’s you know they mean business.
Anyway… I used to put on Video Hits just waiting to see what Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, or David Lee Roth would do next. I didn’t care what the genre was as long as the videos were fun to watch! Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It was one of my favs.
The winner of my award for best YouTube comment on this video goes to John Buhl: “5 cross dressers violently assault Vietnam Vet in his own home“. LOL!
And how spoiled was this kid? A TV, Atari 2600, a skateboard, AND a Fender Stratocaster all in his room?
Although I suppose he does share the room with his brother considering there are two beds in it.
Even if the video is cheesier than a greasy plate of Applebee’s nachos, the premise was good enough for Michael Jackson to rip off seven years later:
I’m not sure why Mikey copied the intro since it doesn’t fit in with the song’s message. He probably liked it because it featured a small boy. (Topical!)
ANYWAY…. back to my cock up…
We’re Not Gonna Take It is on Twisted Sister’s biggest selling album, Stay Hungry. It was the only album of theirs that was on my radar and I was only casually looking for it. If I found a playable copy on vinyl for $5(?), I’ll grab it kind of thing.
But then Blogger for the Bold, Super Dekes wrote a glowing review of their previous album, You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll and suddenly this becomes a priority. I know of this album since I passed on the copy my sitting at my local store for $10. The only tune I recognized on it at the time was I Am (I’m Me). After reading how the rest is given the Super Dekes’ Seal o’ Approval, it reminded me of how I needed to give this a Spotify test run.
It passes the “steam a bit from my work computer” test, the “download onto my phone and listen while I’m out for a walk” test, and finally the “I’d rather listen to this again instead of a podcast for my commute home” test. Not all albums past these tests.
I’m now have a mission for my next visit to the record shop. Get You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll. I’m unable to visit the store until the following weekend but luckily it is still there. Huzzah! I inspect the vinyl before I buy. The sleeve is in good shape and the disc will need a bit of cleaning but it is playable. Worth $10.
It isn’t until I get the LP home and put it on the platter that I notice the ROOKIE mistake I had made. I didn’t check the label! The disc in the sleeve is not You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll but it is Stay Hungry instead!
Now here is my dilemma… do I return this or keep it in hope of finding a suitable sleeve for Stay Hungry and a playable disc for You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll. I’m wondering if anyone has successfully done this in the past. What are my chances of making this happen? I’m not too confident and feel like I’ll be buying both again. But if I keep it at least I can listen to Stay Hungry in the meantime! What should I do?