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dead boysEvery once in a while when deciding on an album to cover for the Album Of The Week, I will venture off into different genres like Pop, Hip Hop, Mashups, and even punk rock music. Well, I am not sure if I have covered a punk album, but this week’s band is one that I remember from the CBGB‘s film that was directed by Randall Miller and released in 2013. The Dead Boys were a band from Cleveland, Ohio that were depicted to be this band that were just 100LL octane (Jet Fuel) energy and one of the most dangerous bands around. The band essentially only released two studio albums while they were an active unit and I am going to cover one of them in 1978’s We Have Come For Your Children which was released in June of 1978 which means the album is having it’s 40TH Anniversary this year. The album was produced by Mountain vocalist/Bassist Felix Pappalardi and the album featured Stiv Bators (Lead Vocals), Cheetah Chrome (Guitar), Jimmy Zero (Guitar), Jeff Magnum (Bass), and Johnny Blitz (Drums) for the very last time. Stiv Bator would pass away in 1990 leaving no chance for another album.

wehavecome_lp_us_side11. 3rd Generation Nation– A cool build up opens up this rock track that is basically an anthem for the band telling everyone we could conform, but we are not going to and you’re going to pay for it. 4.5/5

2. I Won’t Look Back– A cool track written by Jimmy Zero that is all about even though he may not have been popular before, but now in his life he’s not worried about it so he’s not looking back. 4/5

3. I Don’t Wanna Be No Catholic Boy– A col track that features Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone on background vocals. It’s a track basically saying f*** the rules of society, we here to have a good time. 4/5

4. Flame Thrower Love– It’s high octane rock and roll right here as Stiv Bator sings about just wanting to do whatever the hell he wants to. 4/5

5. Son Of Sam– Complete with dog barking in the beginning of the track it’s a very dark track that is Stiv singing in the perspectuve of the famous New York Blackouts serial killer of 1976. 5/5

IMG_88786. Tell Me– This is the band’s high octane cover of The Rolling Stones track from their self titled album. 4/5

7. Big City– A track that has to be Stiv or whoever talking about their experience coming from Cleveland to New York and everything that has happened leading to that. 4/5

8. Calling On You– A track that showcases the fact that these guys can get melodic, just listen to the opening of it. Then it’s high energy from then on out. 4/5

9. Dead And Alive– A pure rock and roll track that sees our hardened members of New York City and what they were going through in those times. 4.5/5

10. Ain’t It Fun-This is the last track on the album and it may be one of the greatest punk songs ever that was covered by Guns N Roses. It seems to be a true punk song in the lyrics as well as it’s just let me go against everything that is the norm because after all ain’t it fun. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I don’t understand how this band was considered just a punk band because they featured so many of the great elements of rock and roll. It’s no wonder that Guns N Roses paid tribute to them, you can hear elements of them in their music. My favorite track on the album is Ain’t It Fun and Son Of Sam. It’s tough to pick a least favorite track because all the music is great, but lyrically Calling On You makes no sense to me. I am going to give the album a 4.3 out of five for a final grade.

 

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who is that guyIt has been quite some time since since I had watched or even reviewed a Rock Doc so I figured there was no better time than now to start. Normally when I am trying to decide what documentary to watch, I usually do not pick one unless I know the subject matter. That was definitely not the case with today’s choice for Rock Docs entitled Who The Fuck Is That Guy’? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago. To put it in simple terms, the reason I chose to watch this documentary was for the simple fact that it had the word Metallica in the description. The documentary follows the life of a gay Puerto Rican New Yorker who would end up being one of the most important people in the metal industry simply for the fact that he signed Metallica. Watch the documentary as you get testimony straight from the source himself Michael Alago as well as James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Cyndi Lauper, Mina Caputo, Cherry Vanilla, Cheetah Chrome, Rob Zombie, John Lydon, Eric Bogosian, Mike Gitter, Phil Caivano, Phil Anselmo, Sean Yseult, John Joseph, Joe Sib, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, and so many more in this amazing doc.

who is that guy 2You may still be wondering just who in the hell Michael Alago is, but he truly is such an important figure for heavy metal because he signed so many acts from Metallica, Metal Church, White Zombie, and so many more. You find out that he was a guy that truly loved music back in the 70’s and 80’s as he describes the night life in New York City and all the legendary clubs that hosted shows back in the day from the L’amour, The Ritz, CBGBs, and so many more. You figure out that all of the names I mentioned above have a huge amount of respect for Michael Alago. He’s a guy who broke down a lot of barriers in the business being a gay man tackling an over-testosteroned genre and he made people understand that it was all about the music. The documentary features interviews, some animation for certain stories he or someone else tells, and a lot of great photos that Michael has had in his collection. You also learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80’s firsthand from someone who survived it in Michael Alago. Check it out on Netflix right now as we speak and I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.