the real me frontLast week, we debuted a new segment where I post my vinyl of the week because who doesn’t love them some vinyl or wax (whatever you prefer to call it). Back in the day, bands would release singles off of their albums on 7 inch or 45’s as they are commonly known in the industry and not on iTunes or Spotify which is what is done today. Typically the single would have the main track on one side and a B-side that was usually a track that wasn’t meant to be a single on the other side. For this week’s Vinly Single Of The Week, we are checking out one from one of the 1980’s most underrated metal bands of all time in the form of LA’s W.A.S.P. (don’t ask me what it stands for). In April of 1989, the band would release their fourth studio album in The Headless Children which featured tracks like the title track, Forever Free, Mean Man, and the first single released off the album in The Real Me which was a cover of The Who track. The single which I have featured the non-album track lake Of Fools as the b-side for the single. One of the cool things is that it folds open and features a mirror so that you look into it to see the real you. Check out W.A.S.P.’s insanely amazing cover of this awesome track below and collect Vinyl cause it rules.

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duckman posterIf you are reading the headline, then you know that it’s absolutely true that my old radio show from my days at Bridgewater State University is coming back for one night only. That is not a mistake because every year, the college holds it’s annual Alumni Takeover during the school’s Homecoming weekend which allows some old alums to come back and host a show for an hour or so. For the last three years, I have had some fun wracking my brain to come up with a playlist that I thought you would enjoy as well, but this year it’s going to change. I think every year, I am going to pick a theme and I am just going to run with it. This year, I have something special planned out for you guys, but you’ll have to wait and just wonder exactly what Pedal To The Metal Fest is all about. I do not have the exact day and time I am going to be on, but you should know that Alumni Takeover weekend is October 12TH and 13TH. Stay tuned here because as soon as I find out what time I’ll be on, I will let you guys know here and on the Facebook page.

fight night 1I don’t know if you guys know or not, but there is a huge fight tonight on Pay Per View between two of the best in the business right now that are not retired. I am talking about GGG (Genady Golovkin) versus Canelo Alvarez part two. It’s the biggest rematch of the year that was supposed to happen months earlier, but it’s here now and we want to celebrate that on the blog. So, we are taking our Tuesday Night Fights idea and we are changing it to Fight Night for tonight as we check out the film Kickboxer. The film stars Jean Claude Van Damme (Lionheart) as Kurt Sloane, an athletically gifted, but unpolished kickboxer who agrees to be in his brother Eric’s (Dennis Alexio) corner for his match against the mysterious and dangerous Tong Po (Michael Qissi). After paralyzing his brother, Kurt finds Xian Chow (Dennis Chan), a master of the Muay Thai and kickboxing to train him for a match against Tong Po. Now going into the match which is being held an ancient fighting ground which is not regulated by any Kickboxing committee, Jean seems to be way over his head. Michael at the time of filming had a two year age advantage to go along with his four inch height advantage as well. We are not sure what their weight’s or their reach advantage were for the fight, but it promised to be a good one.

Van damme vs qissi 1The crowd was ready for what promised to be an interesting match to say the least and they were waiting for their champion Tong Po who made quite the entrance. Tong Po certainly did not lack any confidence as came close to the ring and neither did his corner who were sure they had done all they could to ensure a victory. The fighters in the beginning were doing the traditional hand wrapping which consisted of rope being wrapped around the hand, dipped in a honey like substance, and then placed in a trey of broken glass which is not a regulated glove. While Kurt began to dip his gloves into the glass, Tong Po began the psychological warfare by licking his glove as to cut his tongue to show how much he enjoyed the pain. Then Tong Po’s manager and crime kingpin began to taunt Kurt with threats of killing his brother which you can imagine was weighing heavily in his head. Tong Po starts off the first round telling Sloane that he’s only using knees in this round and he begins to toy with him as he punishes him with knees to the midsection as well as several strikes to the head. Before the first round ended, he had hit Sloane with a ton of strikes to the midsection that was hurting the challenger.

Van Damme vs Qissi 2Tong Po started the second round much like he did in the first telling Sloane exactly what he planned to do and that was using only his elbows this time. Po started the round swinging, but Sloane was able to avoid the big strikes countering with a nice stuff kick to the midsection that Tong Po was impressed with. But before you knew it, Po was back in control as he began to punish Sloane with vicious elbows to the head and gut. Tong Po was in total control of the match and you wondered how much more punishment could Sloane take from him. The one thing I have to give him credit for is that he stood tall in the ring with Tong Po as the second round came to a close. One thing that was noticeable throughout the fight and that was Sloane’s coach Xian was missing for most of the match and for very good reasons as he was rescuing Kurt’s brother Eric who was being held captive by Freddie Lee’s men. The only logical question going into the third round of the fight was how much more punishment could Kurt take? There has to be a point when he says enough is enough and would it come sooner than later?

van damme vs qissi 3The third round began almost as the second round did and with Sloane in trouble as Tong Po was going all out using the glass as a weapon as he punched and backhanded Sloane repeatedly. Sloane was in trouble as Po just started laying him out with combo after combo to the head and midsection ending it with a double crossed back hand to the face as the third round ended. To make matters worse, Tong Po taunted him with, “You bleed like Mylee (played by Rochelle Ashana). Mylee good expletive” which angered the challenger immensely. As the third round began, Tong Po was signally to Kurt what he was going to do in the round, but it didn’t matter as a whistle from the crowd rang out through the arena. It was Kurt’s brother Eric ensuring him that he was OK. This event was about to change thew whole complexity of the match because now Kurt could be free to fight the way he wanted to without fear of consequences. Whether or not Tong Po knew, he was in trouble because Kurt meant business and business was about to pick up in round four.

van damme vs qissi 4As soon as he realized who was in the crowd, he ordered Mylee to cut the ropes off his hands. As soon as Po realized this, he began to attack, but was met with a nice kick to the face that stunned the champion. Then out of nowhere, Kurt hits him with a roundhouse kick that sends the champion into a daze as he was rocked. He then began demonstrating all the things that Po said he was going to do to him with kicks, elbows, and fists which were all connecting for the challenger. He then followed it up with a barrage of roundhouse kicks and back kicks that sent the champion out of the ring and into the crowd. As the time keeper was about to ring the bell, new friend Winston Taylor (played by Haskell V. Anderson III) prevented him from doing so. Out of pure frustration, Tong Po grabbed a torch and began to charge at Sloane, but he was ready with a roundhouse kick that delivered. From this point forward, Sloane was in complete control of the match as he decimated his opponent in the ring with vicious rights and lefts and tons of amazing kicks that left their mark. To add insult to injury, he even delivered a nice kick to Freddie Lee that sent him to the ground. Kurt Sloane was the winner of the match as he successfully avenged what had happened to his brother.

Slayer-God-Hates-Us-All-singIt is crazy to think that 17 years ago was the day that terrorists would attack the twin towers in New York on that awful day. It is a day that Americans will never forget because it had an impact on us that I would have to think that Pearl Harbor had on America back when that happened. 17 years ago today, Slayer would release an album that would put them back on the map (not that they ever left) in God Hates Us All. It was an album that had a different approach to it as Kerry King took over writing duties lyrically and it was the first album to not be produced by Rick Rubin since 1985’s Hell Awaits. The album was produced by Matt Hyde while it featured Tom Araya (Lead Vocals/Bass), Jeff Hanneman (Guitar), Kerry King (Guitar), and Paul Bostaph (Drums) on what would be his last Slayer record until 2015’s Repentless. The albums release was delayed due to controversy over the album cover that you see above so it was finally released on September 11, 2001. Then to make matters worse, the band took a lot of heat for the album because of what had happened on the day it came out. This was the second time, the band was blamed for something like this as they filmed the music video for Seasons In The Abyss in Egypt just before the Gulf War started. Nonetheless, the album debuted and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts selling 51,000 copies in it’s first week.

51SYlv5R4hL1. Darkness Of Christ– It’s just an intro track, but it feels like unholy hell is about to be unleashed on you and you are going to wish it never happened. 5/5

2. Disciple– This is the unholy hell that is unleashed on you in the form of this bulldozer of a track that smashed your brains to pieces while reminding you that God doesn’t actually love you. Just look at everything that happens in the world. 5/5

3. God Send Death– A track that Jeff Hanneman wrote that is about people who kill for pleasure after Hanneman had read several books about serial killers. 5/5

4. New Faith– An interesting track that is about someone who has followed a religion blindly for so long that he finally wakes up and sees what has been wrong with faith the whole time. He see’s the indulgences that are tempting him to sin, etc. 4.5/5

5. Cast Down– a track that is all about a fallen angel who gets in to a really serious drug habit that is ruining his life in typical extreme Slayer style music. 4/5

6. Threshold– an in your face track that matches the attitude of the lyrics which is about a guy who is at his wit’s end with an individual who is just pissing him off. 4.5/5

7. Exile– a fierce track that is all about hating that person that is so opposite of you that you want to exile them from your life so bad. Everyone has one of these in their lives. 4.5/5

SLAYER-God-Hates-Us-All-4-18. Seven Faces– A very eerie and melodic intro before pure madness ensues with one hell of a scream from Araya helps drive this track about someone who is falling for every temptation like the seven deadly sins. 4.5/5

9. Bloodline– My favorite track on the whole album that originally appeared on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack and was the band’s test to see if they wanted Matt Hyde to produce the record. The song is about vampires or just people who feed on your life all the time. 5/5

10. Deviance– This is the other track on the album that Jeff Hanneman wrote about people who kill for pleasure in his obsession with why do they do it. The track even opens with a police officer calling in something and a woman screaming to amplify the theme. 4.5/5

11. War Zone– This song is just pure intensity right from the start as it feels like a machine gun blasting pure metal anarchy right at you in this track that is you telling someone that there is no way in hell that you are afraid of them and you’ll bring the fight to them whenever and wherever. 5/5

12. Here Comes the Pain-a track that was written for a WCW video game I believe that is your typical macho bravado I am going to kick your ass song. 4/5

13. Payback– The last track on the record does not let up as it brings the intensity with no problems at all. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory as it’s all about revenge. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Kerry King said he wanted to stop doing lyrics about Satan and what ever else D&D related and more street credible lyrics and it certainly paid off to a point. There is no denying his abilities as a writer and it certainly ranks up there with the best of them. My favorite tracks on the album are Bloodline, Disciple, War Zone, and God Send Death. To clarify, I like all of the songs, but if I had one that I least liked it would be the last two tracks just cause they’re kind of generic to me. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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wall of voodooThis is one of those new segments that I was talking about last week when I gave you guys the update. This one is called the Vinyl Single Of The Week and it is all about Vinyl which has the been craze over the last couple of years. Back in the day, bands would release singles off of their albums on 7 inch or 45’s as they are commonly known in the industry and not on iTunes or Spotify which is what is done today. Typically the single would have the main track on one side and a B-side that was usually a track that wasn’t meant to be a single on the other side. This week, we are checking out a single from one of the more interesting new wave bands from the 1980’s in LA New Wave group Wall Of Voodoo. In 1982, the band would release their second album Call Of The West and in 1983, they would release the single that changed their careers in Mexican Radio which included the B-side which was the title track Call Of The West. With the band’s signature mix of New Wave and Ennio Morricone styled Spaghetti western sound kicks off on the track where you can hear some differences in the 7 inch mix then the regular mix like the echo on Stan Ridgway’s vocals and the overtalk over the first few bars which the LP version did not contain to name a few.

moshpits promo posterI just wanted to take the time to write all the individuals no matter where in the world you are an update as to what is going on at the moment. There has not been a lot of posts on the site as of late besides the Album Of The Week posts and there is sort of a reason for that. Sometimes there is a bit in your life when it finally catches up to you and you find yourself strapped for time and energy because you are dealing with what life gives you. I am hoping that I am going to be able to start doing more with the site very soon like bringing back some of my favorite segments like Cheeseball Cinema, Tuesday Night Fights, as well as some new segments for the blog like a Podcast that I will post on the site. I have been working on several ideas for a podcast for a very long time and I am hoping that I finally have the content set in place. Plus, Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween returns for the seventh year and I am excited for what we have for you this year. I have a lot of ideas and hopefully soon, I’ll be finished with the comic book challenge that I am doing because I am honestly over it already. So, I say just stay tuned here for more as I am looking forward to producing more content for you guys.

joe walshThe inspiration for today’s Album Of The Week is thanks to comedian and Podcaster Marc Maron who hosts the show WTF with Marc Maron. One of the guests that Marc had on the show was legendary guitar player Joe Walsh who is best known for being in the James Gang, solo, and The Eagles. Marc talked about his love for the first time he had heard Rocky Mountain Way and so I figured that I would cover the very album it’s on which is titled The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get which is a play on the expression “The higher you get the better you play!” When Joe left the James Gang, he started a group called the Barnstorm when he moved to Colorado. The band made up of Walsh (Vocals/Guitar), Kenny Passarelli (Bass Guitar), Joe Vitale (Drums), and Rocke Grace (Keyboards) played on Joe’s first two albums and left after the success of this record. The album was a huge success for Joe as it reached number six on the Billboard Pop Charts and it eventually went Gold in the US and silver in the UK all on the back of the single Rocky Mountain Way which was a top 40 hit.

JOE_WALSH_THE+SMOKER+YOU+DRINK,+THE+PLAYER+YOU+GET-130499b1. Rocky Mountain Way– One of the coolest rock songs ever recorded that featured Joe playing the Talk Box. Ultimately the song is about his experience in Colorado, but Joe has said this before, “I’m living in Colorado and I’m mowing the lawn. I look up and there’s the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and there’s snow on them in the summer. And it knocked me back because it was just beautiful. And I thought, ‘Well I have committed. I’m already in Colorado and it’s too late to regret the James Gang. The Rocky Mountain way is better than the way I had, because the music was better.’ I got the words. Bam!” 5/5

2. Book Ends– This is one of the tracks on the album that Joe Vitale sings on as he is talking about the good ole days. I love the overall vibe of the track as it has a little bit of a Beatles feel to it like a Hey Jude. 4.5/5

3. Wolf– I love the melodic beginning of this track because it sets the tone for the rest of the track in this very dark tale of life and the tribulations that we go through to live while the rich (wolf) get richer. 5/5

4. Midnight Moodies– A very cool instrumental track that features a mixture of instruments as the band flexes their muscle like a flute in the track. He may have gotten the influence from Jethro Tull on that part. 4.5/5

5. Happy Ways– This is the only track on the album that Kenny Passarelli sings lead vocals on. I love the bass intro in the beginning to go along with the War style music with the Caribbean influence. 4.5/5

joe_walsh_the_smoker_you_drink_24ktgdrem09_back.jpg6. Meadows– A little scat singing and screaming from Joe kicks off this cool rock track that has a similar feel to Deep Purple’s Women From Tokyo. 4.5/5

7. Dreams– The beginning of the song starts with some piano playing an effect that sounds like a clock is ticking in a track that talks about being a dreamer, taking care of a woman, and giving knowledge to people. 4/5

8. Days Gone By– This is the other track that Joe Vitale sings on that talks about how you need to live your life before you start wondering where it has all gone. 4.5/5

9. Day Dream (Prayer)– The last track on the album that starts with some piano and lyrically it only has four lines. The track has a very Pink Floyd vibe with the organs and the harmonies that are being sung. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– You could definitely tell that Joe was heavily influenced by what was around him at the time. He says in the interview with Marc Maron that he was influenced by everyone that he had met and learned some tricks from this guy, etc. My favorite tracks on the album are Rocky Mountain Way and Wolf. I didn’t dislike any of the tracks, but if I had to pick a least favorite it would be Dreams. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.