As some of you know, I was a third shifter for ten years so I was able to get in at least seven hours of music while I worked. The change this past October from the overnight shift (12-8am) to the 6pm-2am shift has taken it’s toll on the work playlists. I don’t work with a skeleton crew anymore, I actually have to manage my workers now and that means no CDs or MP3 players until midnight. When I went in at 6pm Monday evening, I had no idea I would be staying until 4am but that gave me four hours of pure music:
KISS – Crazy Nights (1987) - I’m preparing for my March Metal review but I’m a huge KISS fan and this is one of those albums I have an emotional attachment to. I’ll save the review for March 26th.
UFO – Essential UFO (1992) – Another one of my favorite bands and a great compilation of UFO featuring Michael Schenker on guitar.
Dio – Dream Evil (1987) – Another prep listen for my March Metal Madness review slated for this coming Monday.
Wig Wam – Wigwamania (2006) – Take 1986 and apply it to Hard Rock in 2006. Wig Wam has made a gem of an album that the Poisons, Bon Jovis, and Def Leppards of the world wish they could make. Why does a relatively new band get such critical acclaim by going ’80s retro and the old bands receive a ton of criticism for going “current”? Odd, isn’t it? This album is just full of hooks.
To round out the remainder of the shift, I hit “shuffle all tracks” on my Dell DJ and I heard songs by Tygers Of Pan Tang, Savatage, Kidd Wikkid, Krokus, Alice Cooper, more KISS, and Alcatrazz.
I got home at 4:30, and got three hours of sleep before it was time to get up with my youngest daughter and the dog. After we got home from the record store (another post later), I was able to give the Winger album a few more spins, and I was able to listen to Black Stone Cherry - s/t (2006), Tankard – The Beauty And The Beer (2006), and the new Shaw/Blades – Influence (2007).
Nothing like a day of music…..