"By the time the 1990's had arrived, it would not be too long until the hair band era died. As a matter of fact,when hair bands died, the only ones that survived were Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and Poison. That was too bad, because among others, there was another one of those talented hair bands that would find their talent soon underrated due to the succesful arrival of grunge rock. That band was Slaughter. Once Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum were gone from The Vinnie Vincent Invasion, they started Slaughter and hired two musicians who, at the time, were unknown: drummer Blas Elias and guitarist Tim Kelly. The talents of Slaughter, Strum, Elias, and Kelly all resulted in "Stick It To Ya", an underrated rock classic. This album gave Blas Elias and Tim Kelly the opportunity to really show off their talents for the first time, and Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum both shined when they were with Vinnie Vincent, but this was the first time they got to show off their songwriting talents. Neither one of them co-wrote any of Invasion's songs. Songs like "Up All Night", "Mad About You", "Loaded Gun", etc are all fun to jam along to, and ballads like "You Are The One", "Spend My Life", "Fly To The Angels", among others, are also enjoyable to listen to. While "Fly To The Angels" was written about letting go of someone, "You Are The One" sounds like a song any guy missing his girlfriend would write for her as a "Please Come Back" song. "Spend My Life" makes for not only a great hard rock song, but it would also serve as a good song for a wedding. "Desperately" polishes a slick 80's feel with the lyrics and the bass line, proving that Dana Strum is one of the most talented and underrated bassists in rock music. All of the songs on this album are great, and if you like Slaughter, then you will probably not find one weak moment on this CD. Unfortunately, the death of original Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly in a car crash in 1998 would slow Slaughter down, and to this date, even though they are still touring, Slaughter has only put out one album with Jeff Blando, who was hired as Kelly's replacement. But you can catch Mark Slaughter on the road either with Dokken, Warrant, Alice Cooper, or on a tribute record. Also, a few years ago when I was lucky enough to get to see Blue Man Group perform live, I got to see Blas Elias perform live as the Blue Man Group drummer, as it is Elias himself who does all of the Blue Man shows at The Luxor. If you ever go to Vegas, make sure you don't miss the Blue Man Group show- Elias and the show itself are both great! Do you miss the days when hair bands like Warrant were big? Are you a fan of hair bands like Motley Crue? Well, if the answer to both of those questions is yes, pick up either the original version of this album or the re-issued version that has four bonus tracks and new liner notes. You won't be dissapointed."
Stick It To Ya Sticks With Ya
J. Wright | San Diego, CA United States | 05/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard Fly to the Angels and Up All Night, I knew I liked this band. Marc Slaughter has a nice lead vocal and sings some good ballads. Slaughter is what I would call a pop metal band in line with Firehouse and White Lion. They put out some nice rockin' ballads, not much hard stuff.Their debut album is chocked full of good songs, especially Spend My Life, Eye to Eye, Burning Bridges, You Are the One, Mad About You and Desperately. I could skip She Wants More and Loaded Gun. Wingin' It is kinda fun, too.This is the best album from Slaughter. The 1992 release, The Wild Life, is okay. Mass Slaughter (their "Best of" album) is made up primarily of these first two releases."
This album brings back good memories for a girl like me...
email@example.com | United States of America | 04/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am 27 yrs old and when this album came out in 1990, I was 20. Hearing this all over again, reminded me of the wonderful times I spent with my best friend Christine, bonfires at the beach with friends, parties, going for drives without a destination. I feel so old when I look back. Time flies...Thank you for the memories and the CD again."
Still sounds good in 2005
W. Jarkousky | 12/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The test of time is probably the most important stat when it comes to how good a record is. This record I believe has stood the test of time. Released 15 years ago, most of the songs here are predictable and not original, but haw many artist are?
It seems to be that the general public have not been kind to bands like Slaughter, Mr. Big, Extreme, Firehouse, XYZ, and Winger. While everything before it (Motley Crue, G-N-R, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Van Halen) and everything after (nirvana, Peral Jam, and Counting Crows) are reveared today. Do you really think any of those bands are better then the afore mentioned? If you are now between the ages of 27 and 32,(I'm 30) you may be the few people that loved those late 80's early 90's bands that had talent. it is a shame there is not more of us. but I regress Stick it to Ya had a sound that really was different. It really didn't sound like 80's hair bands, but it wasn't new either. Dana Strum's Bass maybe the reason for this. He is a Bass player that probably should have been a guitar player. Mark Slaughter's Vocals, albit annoying at times are still professinal. Of the 15 track here, most of the fisrt half (Eye to Eye, Burning Bridges, Fly to the Angle) are classics no matter what the average Coldplay fan will tell you. The second half of the disc can start to sound like filler at times. Mad About You, and Desperately are the stand out tracks nearing the end of the CD
I followed Slaughter into the 90's and would attend shows where maybe only 100 people would show up and the band would always put on a good show and sign fans CD's and pictures afterwards.
If you have any doubts about getting this disc, do so. It maybe the best $5.00 you spent"