Boys will (still) be boys
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 10/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't all that thrilled with Danger Danger's self-titled debut, but it was catchy enough that I took a chance on their 1991 follow-up Screw It when I saw it in a clearance bin. If I harbored any hopes that the band had matured a bit since the first album, they were put to rest when I flipped the case over and saw song titles like "Slipped Her the Big One" and "Horny S.O.B". Oh well, Screw It might not be the work of a wiser, more mature Danger Danger, but I doubt that's what people really want in a Danger Danger album.
With Screw It, Danger Danger basically took every element from the debut and turned it up a notch. The melodies are catchier, the production is shinier, Ted Poley's vocals are cleaner, the ballad (I Still Think About You) is cheesier, and the juvenile lyrics (on all of the rest of the songs) are so dumb they go beyond what the music will support. I mean, you'd expect songs like "Get Your S*** Together" and "Slipped Her the Big One" from Faster Pussycat or even the Bulletboys, but coming from the poppy, melodic Danger Danger it sounds like a kid trying out swear words for the first time. You're laughing at them, not with them. And what in the name of all that is holy is the horrible (even by white boy rap standards) "Yeah, You Want It" supposed to prove?
A 3-star rating is the best I can do, and I'm being generous. The songs on Screw It are melodic and catchy, but they're also as dumb as a box of rocks. I'm usually the first person to defend the 80's hair metal scene (well, me and Chuck Klosterman), but even I can't cough up much of a defense for this one. Listening to Screw It you can't help but feel the grunge invasion was justified and even necessary."
Overlooked? You better believe it
Jonathan Weller | Chambersburg, Pennsylvania | 02/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first listened to Danger Danger's first record, I was not overly impressed, but the songs Bang Bang, Naughty Naughty, and Don't Walk Away were good enough to make me buy Screw It. When I first listened to Screw It, I was floored, from the opening of Monkey Business, to the Bon Jovi inspired Don't Blame It On Love, this album is great.
The one and only reason I can see that these guys did'nt reach the level of Warrant, Ratt, Poison, or Bon Jovi, must have been horrible management, they had the look, the talent, and the catchy as a common cold songs, they just never reached that height. With all that said, the good songs on here are just about perfect pop-metal, Crazy Nights, Slipped Her The Big One, Everybody Wants Some, Don't Blame It On Love, and Monkey Business are all five star tracks and should have made these guys stars, but sadly they faded away like all to many other pop-metal acts that deserved more exposure.
Do yourself a favor, and go pick a copy of this record you will not regret it, and I'm sure you'll be hooked just like myself and a throng of other Danger Danger fans were at first listen."