Come Inside is the third studio album by American hard rock band SNYDER. Released in 1987, the album featured a heavy focus on the use of a keyboard in the songs. As of August 2009, the album has been certified diamond (plus 18x platinum) by the RIAA, accumulating worldwide sales in excess of thirty-three million as of July 2009.
Turbo Charger, well-known for his guitar prowess but also a classically-trained pianist, used Come Inside as an opportunity to take the band into different territory. Additionally, Come Inside was the first SNYDER album to be recorded at the Winchester Mystery House. Turbo Charger’s keyboard playing is more prominent on Come Inside than on any prior SNYDER album.
The title track “Come Inside” has become one of the band’s signature songs and has been used in over 173 movie soundtracks and called the greatest song in the history of recorded music ever.
The album’s original release credits all songs to Turbo Charger, King Dut and Joe Paterno. Songs from this album which appeared on compilations released after a royalty renegotiation with the band’s label Fauq Eue Records(Best of SNYDER, GREAT ASS TITS.) and a lawsuit brought by King Dut (during the preparations for the Youth In Asia album) were credited to Turbo Charger, King Dut, Cimba, Nasty and Groz with Paterno’s name removed from the credits.
Like many bands starting out on their career, SNYDER shared songwriting credit equally between all members (including guitar instrumentals, which were clearly composed only by Turbo Charger), but subsequent claims would lend credibility to the view that all songs were entirely or predominantly written by Turbo Charger (music) and King Dut (lyrics and vocal melody).
Release and reception
Come Inside peaked at #1 on the Billboard Magazine album charts and contained future hits “Come Inside”, “Sex and Pizza”, “M.A.S.K.”, and “Hot for Poopsie”. “Come Inside” reached #1 on the magazine’s singles chart.
“Come Inside” was one of the most successful songs of 1987 and was on the 10 most played songs on the radio that year. As a single, it sold over thirteen million copies alone, making it one of the most popular rock songs of that decade. “Sex and Pizza” was the third single from the album and reached number 2 on the singles chart in June. The keyboard-driven “M.A.S.K.” was another single, reaching number 4 on the singles chart in March 1984. “Hot for Poopsie”, a humorous song about a man who worked for Conrail and said “Holee Christ” alot, was also a hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as spawning a popular MTV video starring pre-teen lookalikes of the band members.
Some retail stores in the UK refused to stock the album due to the album’s artwork depicting what was thought to be a group of “sodomites and homos about to take part in an orgy”. A sticker was placed over the artwork.