Early Monday Morning Metal – 7/28/08

Nothing is worse than being tired and having so much to do. That is exactly how last week went for me! My work schedule changed again because my assistant is out with an eye injury so I have had the overnight shift for the last two weeks. Of course the overnight shift is where I originally started so going back to my “old job” is a pretty good deal, very relaxing and not too much responsibility. Unfortunately, it’s taken my body the full two weeks to get back into my old sleeping pattern so I have been extra tired. Add the oppressive heat and torrential downpours that we’ve had here in Rhode Island and it’s making my two daughters stir crazy! I’ve been doing anything I can to keep them amused and sneaking in naps while they are playing video games or doing arts & crafts.

Sunday was my day off and I swore that I was going to catch up on the site, my music, and some overdue chores around the house…..I slept instead! I got home at 10am from work and slept most of the afternoon. when I got up, I lasted until after dinner. I think I fell back asleep around 7pm and woke up around 4am…..WIDE AWAKE! So what do you do when you’re up at 4am and everyone else is out cold? You start playing DJ and spin some early Monday Morning Metal!

Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry (1984): This is one of those albums that my oldest daughter really enjoys and I have Spongebob Squarepants to thank! In the Spongebob Squarepants Movie, there is a scene at the end where Spongebob performs the ‘Goofy Goober Rock’. The song is ‘I Wanna Rock’ with different lyrics and a David Lee Roth ‘California Girls’ sample. The good news is that she has borrowed the album and she knows it by heart! She also knows LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS (1987) word for word also and has both albums in her MP3 player. I decided I wanted to hear STAY HUNGRY without the vocal stylings of a 10 yr. old but it is cool to sing along with her.

‘Goofy Goober Rock’

‘I Wanna Rock’

Trixter – Trixter (1990): I know what everyone is thinking, “Trixter?”. Back in my senior year of high school, especially that summer after we graduated, Trixter was a huge deal on RI radio stations. I saw this when I was reaching for STAY HUNGRY so I pulled this out for a quick spin just to hear the two singles. I remember the hype was that all the guys in the band were teenagers, a prime gimmick that all the girls ate up, but they were all in their early 20s! This one doesn’t stand the test of time but it did remind me of hanging out in the parking lots with 50-100 other people on the weekends!

‘Give It To Me Good’

‘One In A Million’

When you sit in front of around 3000 CDs wondering which ones you haven’t heard in a long time, it gets a little crazy. I started making piles of discs to spin and I soon had close to 30 CDs ready to go! Unfortunately, I only had a window of 4 hours before everyone else woke up and my wife got ready for work. The next two choices had to be good…..

Dangerous Toys – Dangerous Toys (1989): Another “parking lot” band that everyone really liked back in the day. I remember driving around in my buddies Nova and playing this cassette over and over again. Best song here for me was ‘Queen Of The Nile’ but the whole record is strong. Dangerous Toys was one of those bands that we all thought would make it really big because they had a similar sound to Guns ‘N Roses. Definitely one of those ’80s bands that gets no credit, ‘Scared’ & ‘Teas’n, Please’n’ were a” over MTV and radio back in the day.

‘Scared’

‘Tease’n, Please’n’

Y&T – In Rock We Trust (1984): I haven’t listened to enough Y&T over the last few years and that’s too bad because they were (and still are) a great band. I was the only one I knew that like Y&T BEFORE ‘Summertime Girls’ hit MTV back in ’85. I remember picking up this cassette after I saw the video for ‘Don’t Stop Runnin’ and that was it. One of my friends use to bust my chops about that song saying it was the best Paul Stanley song that didn’t make ANIMALIZE. I hear some similarities but Y&T weren’t KISS Klones at all. I have the recent reissue that has ‘Go For The Throat’ added from the Hear ‘N Aid benefit album and OPEN FIRE (1985).

‘Don’t Stop Runnin’

Black ‘N Blue – Black ‘N Blue (1984): Great debut! I remember the hype on Black ‘N Blue in all the magazines back in ’83/’84 and I got this cassette without ever hearing a note. Side 1 was always my favorite: ‘The Strong Will Rock’, ‘School Of Hard Knocks’, ‘Autoblast’, ‘Hold On To 18′, and ‘Wicked Bitch’. ‘Hold On To 18′ had decent MTV rotation, I was glued to that station 24/7! All BNB albums are hard to find on CD but the reissue box set on Majestic came out a few years ago so I picked it up. I play this record once a month and it’s probably one of my favorite from ’84. Too band Gene $immons diluted their sound on future records. BTW, watch the video…..doesn’t Jaime St. James look like a cross between Dee Snider & Paul Stanley? And who is that guitarist that looks like Ace Frehley? LOL!

‘Hold On To 18′

Metal Mixtape – 4/6/08

Another Sunday is in the books and the work week has started off with a bang! Sunday overtime is good for the wallet but bad for the soul, the nice thing is that I get off work early and I can go home to listen to music. Everyone’s asleep, the headphones are on and I’m sitting in front of the stereo and CDs…..

Riot – ‘Outlaw’ (1981): What a great song from FIRE DOWN UNDER! Massive hook in the chorus and solid guitar. Mark Reale is just a great guitarist. Guy Speranza was a solid vocalist…..(Guy Speranza R.I.P. – pancreatic cancer – 2003)

Riot – ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ (1982): Guy Speranza leaves, Rhett Forrester takes over. Solid opening track, real gritty. Guitar is top notch and Forrester erases any doubts at the mic. (Rhett Forrester R.I.P. – murdered – 1994)

Rainbow – ‘Stone Cold’ (1982): I can never get enough Joe Lynn Turner and he was at his best when teamed with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow. Such a cool effortless vocal by the king of smooth…..JLT. Does this guy ever sound bad?

Helix – ‘Rock You’ (1984): “Gimme an R….!” A great anthem for rock! I never get bored listening to Helix and this was a great song during my early teenage years. I remember this song being played between Ted Nugent and Aerosmith at my first concert in Providence. Everyone was chanting R-O-C-K…..it was awesome!

Twisted Sister – ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll’ (1983): While we’re on the subject of Rock anthems, this is one of the most underrated of the early ’80s. TS before they got big, I always thought they looked better in denim & leather in the video than they did in the costumes & makeup live.

ZZ Top – ‘T.V. Dinners’ (1983): Saw the video earlier in the day and I had to hear the song again. This was the first ZZ Top video I ever saw. Not sure how I missed the other videos, I had MTV when it came out in ’81 and I was hooked. “I even like the chicken if the sauce is not too blue….” Classic!

Dangerous Toys – ‘Scared’ (1989): Huge hit here in Rhode Island! Basically a GnR clone but they were loved in my Metal circle back in the day. Great album too.

KISS – ‘Sure Know Something’ (1979): Probably my favorite KISS song and it comes off a very underrated album, DYNASTY. If you fatten the sound on most songs and take the disco out, the album would Rock. ‘Sure Know Something’ was the second single and it flopped. I like it because it’s more of a ballad type song and Paul Stanley sings great. Always liked this tune.

KISS – ‘Mr. Speed’ (1976): OK, this ties ‘Sure Know Something’ for favorite KISS song. ROCK AND ROLL OVER is my favorite KISS album and I always loved this song. Every tour, I wish that they would go deep and pull this song out.

Motley Crue – ‘Helter Skelter’ (1983): I heard the original by The Beatles on the classic rock station when I was driving home. I really only listened to the Crue version but I did notice that The Beatles rocked that song hard. I still like the Crue version better.

Motley Crue – ‘Afraid’ (1997): Yes, I’m one of those guys that actually likes GENERATION SWINE. I thought ‘Afraid’ was a good single and it came out great live when I saw Crue and Cheap Trick in Worcester, MA on the tour. What I remember most about this tune is the girl I was dating when this came out, the song described her perfectly.