- Product Code: ARMCD529
- You will get bonus-scraps: 15
- Availability: In Stock
- Price in bonus-scraps: 149
Second remastered re-release of the fourth full-length album by legendary American Glam/Heavy Metal band.
Twisted Sister was left in a strange position after the massive breakthrough success of their 1984 album, "Stay Hungry". While the album contained more of a Pop edge than their more raw preceding albums ("Under The Blade" and "You Can't Stop Rock n' Roll"), the Heavy Metal masses worldwide still embraced the album, as did the lucrative MTV/Pop audience. After the success of "Stay Hungry", Twisted Sister was faced with the question whether they should continue in a more Pop-oriented direction or return to their early Heavy Metal roots. They tried to do a bit of both, but the approach proved unsuccessful since "Come Out And Play" marked the start of the band's decline. According to an interview with lead singer and songwriter Dee Snider, found in the CD sleeve of "Club Daze, Vol. 1: The Studio Sessions", The Shangri-Las cover "Leader of the Pack", which was first included on "Ruff Cuts" (1982) (an early EP mostly unknown to those outside the core fan base), was intended to boost the band's popularity while keeping old fans pleased. Eventually neither that nor "Be Chrool To Your Scuel", featuring such musical guests as Alice Cooper, Brian Setzer and Billy Joel among many others, received the reaction that the band and their record label were expecting.
From a musical viewpoint, the album was not a huge departure from "Stay Hungry", despite a little more commercial sounding production by Scorpions/Accept producer, Dieter Dierks.
The title track featured Dee Snider clicking bottles together saying "Twisted Sister, come out and play" several times in the beginning, a reference to the 1979 cult classic movie "The Warriors", when the main villain, Luther, chants "Warriors, come out to play" while clicking bottles together as well. The song "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" is a parody of the Beach Boys' song, "Be True To Your School", though the music is unique. It also featured Alice Cooper (also on vocals), Billy Joel on piano, Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats on guitar and Clarence Clemons of the E-Street Band on saxophone. The video was banned from MTV, as it was deemed too violently anti-school.
Although the album sold more than 1000000 copies, earning it Platinum album status, the supporting tour was a fiasco, with cancelled dates and low attendances. Drummer A.J. Pero left the band after the tour ended in 1986, contributing to the chaos which eventually led to band's breakup after the release of "Love Is For Suckers" in late-1987.
When originally released on Atlantic, the cassette version of “Come Out And Play”, as Japan Edition of CD, included a bonus track, "King of the Fools," which was included on the Spitfire Records CD reissue in 1999. This remastered re-release includes the same bonus track as well!
Armoury Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment Inc., 1985/1999 (ARMCD529). Made in Germany.
1. Come Out And Play 4:55
2. Leader Of The Pack (cover The Shangri-Las) 3:44
3. You Want What We Got 3:44
4. I Believe In Rock 'n' Roll 4:03
5. The Fire Still Burns 3:33
6. Be Chrool To Your Scuel 3:54
7. I Believe In You 5:23
8. Out On The Streets 4:27
9. Lookin' Out For #1 3:07
10. Kill Or Be Killed 2:46
11. King Of The Fools 6:26
Total playing time: 46:02