Posts Tagged ‘Glam Metal’

R-3389224-1377464743-7582.jpegI couldn’t believe in all the years that I have been reviewing albums that I never did one on one of my favorite albums from not just the 1980’s, but from the band Ratt. The LA Sunset Strip heavies featuring Stephen Pearcy (Vocals), Warren DeMartini (Lead Guitar), Robbin Crosby (Lead Guitar), Juan Croucier (Bass), and Bobby Blotzer (Drums) would release their second album Invasion Of Your Privacy on June 13, 1985 via Atlantic Records and was produced by Beau Hill (Alice Cooper/Europe). Much like the band’s debut album Out Of The Cellar, the album would peak at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts with two tracks out of the three singles released charting on the Billboard Hot 100 while one single (Lay It Down) charted in the top 20 on the mainstream rock charts. The album which featured Playboy Playmate Marianne Gravatte on the cover and in the video for Lay It Down would go on to sell over 2 million copies certifying it double platinum making it a very successful album for the band and is the last album the band would make that would sell as many copies as it did and this was the last to chart as high as it did. 

ratt-812571-ab1. You’re In Love– The first track on the album that just rips right from the beginning in this song that is all about a girl that’s used to getting what she wants until she meets her match and falls in love with him. 5/5

2. Never Use Love– Another amazing guitar riff starts off this track written by Pearcy that is all about someone who doesn’t want their partner using love as a tool or weapon. 5/5

3. Lay It Down– Ratt’s last top 40 hit is next on the deck and it is absolutely amazing. I think the track is pretty deep in that it’s sung from a women’s perspective as they don’t always know what they want whether it’s to be pleased or be the pleaser. 5/5

4. Give It All– A great song that I think is about escapades with various women while on tour if you ask me. 5/5

5. Closer To My Heart– Much like Wanted Man on the previous record, this one starts with acoustics before Juan takes over with his bass riff before the comes in eventually in this track about being betrayed. 4.5/5

ratt-invasion-of-your-privacy-back6. Between the Eyes– This track could be the sequel to the previous track in where this is about someone who has cheated on you, but still wants to have sex with you. 4.5/5

7. What You Give Is What You Get– The third and final single off the album that was written by Juan Croucier. It has that power chord heavy intro with the guitar solo and the amazing playing from the band throughout in this track whose meaning is in the same vein as my way or the highway and it’s true because what you put in and is exactly what you get. 5/5

8. Got Me on the Line– A great track musically and lyrically. It’s about a guy who thinks that a women on the other line of a sex chat hotline is the real deal. 5/5

9. You Should Know by Now– A deep cut on the record that is all about someone who is going to enjoy life and not miss out on it. 4.5/5

10. Dangerous but Worth the Risk– an amazing deep cut on the record that also happens to be the last track and one of the best guitar tracks too. I think the track is all about the risks the guys take when they go on the road with groupies and drugs. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is one of the greatest albums the band ever did throughout their whole career. Almost every single track on this album is just absolutely amazing and worth listening to. That is why I am giving the album 4.85 stars out of five for a final grade.

R-2542972-1500984918-1755.jpegIt is Mötley Crüe week here on Moshpits and Movies where we are celebrating the release of the band’s brand new Netflix biopic The Dirt which was released this past Friday (March 22). We figured that we would cap off Mötley Crüe week by covering one of the band’s albums for the Album Of The Week post and we are giving you two albums for the price of one this week. On November 10, 1981, the band which was made up of Vince Neil (Vocals), Nikki Sixx (Bass), Mick Mars (Guitars), and Tommy Lee (Drums) would self release their debut album Too Fast For Love on their own label Leathür Records. Eventually when the band was signed to Elektra Records, the label would remix the album and re-release it in August of 1982. As far as the track lisiting and artwork is concerned, we are giving you the Leathür Records Edition of the album which features ten tracks as opposed to the nine track Elektra Records release. The original pressing of the album was limited to 900 copies to which the band quickly sold and the re-released version  eventually went Platinum while also peaking at 77 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

MOTLEY_CRUE_TOO+FAST+FOR+LOVE+-+1ST+ISSUE+2ND+PRESSING+WINSERT+1-951b1. Live Wire– The fierce and ferocious opener kicks off the show with one of the most popular tracks that band performed throughout their careers. I think the track is about when your young you think you’re unstoppable just because what you think you bring to the table is fresh and new. 5/5

2. Public Enemy #1-an awesome track that takes a look at how amazing just being young, wild, and free is because you break all the rules and everyone wants you. The song was co-written with Nikki’s former London bandmate Lizzie Grey who is credited on the song. 5/5

3. Take Me To The Top– an amazing song that has a slight punk rock feel to it at times that is all about fighting those inner demons and temptations as you go to the top. 5/5

4. Merry-Go-Round– a slow and methodical track that apparently is about something that Nikki witnessed as a kid in Seattle when he saw a man refuse to come off a Merry Go Round and was taken away in a straitjacket. 5/5

5. Piece of Your Action– This is the last track on side A and one of two songs that Vince Neil co-wrote on the album that is the original version of Ten Seconds To Love (not really, but as far as lyrical meaning it is). 5/5

Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (Leathur) - Back Cover6. Starry Eyes-Another amazing song that is musically in the same style as Merry-Go-Round and it’s all about a girl who you are just memorized by because she can do things no other can. The song features one of my favorite builds up to a guitar solo the band has ever done. 5/5

7. Stick to Your Guns– a very Aerosmith like swagger to the track int he beginning before the band launches into overdrive Mötley Crüe style. The track is all about doing what you think is right for you and screw what everyone else says. 5/5

8. Come on and Dance-a cool, raw hard rock classic that is all about a stripper and what this stripper can do that just hooks all the guys in. You have to love the cowbell playing that Tommy Lee includes in this song. 5/5

9. Too Fast For Love-The second best track on the record that is already amazing to begin with and that punk infused rock is awesome in this track that is all about living that rock star life. 5/5

10. On With The Show– Another amazing song and what an amazing track to end an album with. The track is song is almost autobiographical at the time for the year as it chronicles the death of Frank Feranna Jr. and the birth of Nikki Sixx. This is the second song on the album that was co-written by Vince Neil. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Besides Shout At The Devil, this may be the greatest Mötley Crüe record ever recorded due to the fact of how hungry the band was and how raw their sound was in this track. Shout featured a more polished sound that was provided thanks to Elektra and their resources. I love every single song on this record which is why I am going to give the album 5 stars out of five for a final grade. Welcome to the five star club!!!

shout cover of the weekWe are continuing to celebrate Mötley Crüe week here on Moshpits and Movies thanks to the release of the Netflix biopic The Dirt which was released this past Friday (March 22ND). Mötley Crüe are one of those bands that was very influential as they were the leaders of the pack back in their time so it’s safe to say they influenced a lot of bands. Steel Panther is a band that pays tribute to the decadent days of the 80’s in a very exaggerated way, but that is the fun of it. While on tour in Indianapolis back in December of 2018, Steel Panther were on stage at the Old National Centre and they performed Shout At The Devil live and thanks to Fat Samurai on Youtube, we can watch it and it kicks ass. I am not 100% sure who is playing bass for the band in the video, but he’s doing his best impression of Nikki Sixx which I give him credit for. Satchel does an incredible job shredding on guitar while Michael Starr takes the vocals to a whole other level. Check out the live performance below:

51qMElGc5NL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_It is Motley Crue week here on Moshpits and Movies as we continue to celebrate the release of the new Netflix rock biopic The Dirt which is based off of one of the best selling rock autobiographies The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band that was written by Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee, and Nikki Sixx alongside Neil Stauss and we are covering here for Heavy Metal Book Report. The way the book works is that each member of the band gets their own chapter to tell some wild and insane stories that also features chapters from Doc McGhee and Tom Zutant as well. The book tells the wild and insane story of the one of the 1980’s most decadent and dangerous bands in the world as they take you on a true journey through sex, drugs, and good ole fashioned rock and roll Motley Crue style. You get to travel alongside the band as they describe all their triumphs alongside all the tragedies that made the band notorious all over the world. It’s a one way ticket through hell and back so you better make sure that your strapped in because it’s a journey that you’ll never forget. Hear all the stories that made the film like the story of Bullwinkle, the tragic death of Razzle and everything that happened while Vince was in jail to the night that Nikki Sixx died and came back to life and so much more.

91S8-v4yBBLFor anyone that has read this book, there is so much that I would have loved to have seen make the film, but I understand how screen writing works versus writing a novel. One of the things that is probably going to happen to you is that if you had a favorite member before, it could possible change during this book. That was one of the things that happened to me when I read this book. I was a huge Vince Neil fan growing up because I thought he was the coolest frontman ever, but after reading the book I instantly became a fan of Nikki Sixx who is the unsung hero of the band. You have to read about his journey as a kid to adult that was toned down heavily in the film because it will shock the hell out of you. There is one story that just tugs on your heart strings and it’s about a sister that he never knew he had and the tragedy behind that story will bring a tear to your eye. One of the things that made me laugh at times was how every member had plenty of pages per chapter and then there’s Mick Mars who at times wouldn’t write much. He lived up to his persona even in the book, but he has some pretty interesting info as far as his backstory is concerned. As I said before in the previous paragraph, this book takes you on one hell of a ride and you’ll feel so dirty when it’s done that you’ll need a shower (just kidding, but seriously though). This is probably my favorite rock autobiography of all time that has never been duplicated and with that being said, I am giving the book five stars out of five for a final grade.

1800256For an album and a time that was super decadent, I feel that I have to set the tone before I can review this week’s album of the week. The year is 1985 and you’re lead singer has served whatever little time that he received for killing your band’s best friend in Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley. What is your band supposed to do at this point in time when all the proverbial sh** has hit the fan? Most bands would crumble without their star lead singer behind the helm and then there are bands that would simply move on and try to find another singer to take his place. That is what 1980’s hair metal legends Mötley Crüe did when lead singer Vince Neil was arrested and charged. Nikki Sixx (bassist) took control of the situation as he started to write new material for the band’s third album Theater Of Pain and then he almost had Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy take Vince’s spot. Luckily for the band, that didn’t need to happen as Vince was eventually released and the album was recorded despite the tensions between the rest of the band (guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee) and Vince. The album was pretty successful for the band as it peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 200 as it went well on it’s way to going four times platinum.

Elektra1. City Boy Blues– The first track on the record that kicks off the new, more glam oriented style for the band as Nikki wrote the song about being a country kid now injected into the city life. 4.5/5

2. Smokin’ In The Boys Room– This is the bands cover of the Brownsville Station classic which helped put them back on the map. 5/5

3. Louder Than Hell– Originally written during the Shout At The Devil sessions and known as Hotter Than Hell originally. The song was reworked and turned into this classic about their love for Metal. This is as close as you’ll get to Shout. 5/5

4. Keep Your Eye On The Money– an interesting track that sounds like their singing about gambling, but I think it’s more about the gamble you take in life in the music business. 4.5/5

5. Home Sweet Home– The ultimate 1980’s ballads which was the ballsiest move the band did at the time because no other band had done it. A live staple that begins and ends with Tommy on Piano. It’s about life on the road and in a little side note this track is what made me fall in love with Mötley Crüe. 5/5

Motley Crue - Theatre Of Pain -ak-6. Tonight (We Need A Lover)– interesting track that is all about the backstage festivities that went on during the decadent 80’s. 4/5

7. Use It Or Lose It– An in your face track that is about life in the fast lane and how you better use it before you lose it. 4/5

8. Save Our Souls– Power chord heaven as this track opens up with a bluesy tinge to Mick’s guitar. It’s another track that explores their decadent ways and how their lucky to be alive. 4/5

9. Raise Your Hands to Rock– a track that starts with a more clean channel guitar sound at times in this anthem about never giving up on the dream of becoming a rock and roll star. 4/5

10. Fight For Your Rights– a track that is all about living your life to the fullest no matter what laws or what people have to say. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I always thought highly of this album even back in 1985 when my brother would play it for me. After all it contains the quintessential ballad of the 80’s which is also my favorite track on the album. Sure, Mötley Crüe did what any band would do and that is they got better with every release. My least favorite track on the album is actually Raise Your Hands To Rock. I am giving the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

blood tracksIt has been quite some time since I last did a Soundtrack Saturday and I figured I would start it back up by exploring some of the unsung heroes of the 80’s horror movie soundtrack scene. There are bands out there that had been picked and brought in to do a song for a soundtrack that may not have launched in the US at the time of the release of the film so maybe people being curious about the artist in the film might generate some well needed publicity and then sometimes some bands just live in that horror soundtrack infamy. I was watching a horror film when I decided that I was going to look into horror soundtracks to pick the best of the crop for a potential radio show. Sweden as of late has been a hot bed for that sleazy 80’s rock style, but little do people know that there were a lot of bands from that region of the globe with Europe being the obvious more popular band. Easy Action was a band from Sweden who were trying to make a name for themselves much like Europe or Norway’s TNT had done when they hooked up with filmmakers Mats Helge Olsson and Derek Ford to be in the film Blood Tracks. The film follows a band called Solid Gold (Easy Action) as they go to film a music video at an abandoned warehouse, but unfortunately they get stranded by an avalanche. The song I have for you guys is the title track from the film that is as raunch filled as you could possibly want from a mid 80’s metal track. There is some interruption during the track because it’s directly from the film, but check it out below:

freakshowThis week, I was trying to think of an album to cover for Album of the week seeing as we are getting close to our 200TH album. I wanted to cover another hair metal band considering it’s been a while since I covered an album from one of my favorite genres and I stumbled upon one you may not have expected me to cover. The name of the band is the Bulletboys and they hailed from Los Angeles, but there is an interesting tidbit about some of the members. Marq Torien (Vocals) is one of those guys that has been around the block when it comes to bands as he was once a guitarist in Ratt (before they were signed), Hawk, and King Kobra before taking over vocal duties for the Bulletboys. Mick Sweda (Guitar) and Lonnie Vincent (Bass) were in King Kobra before leaving to join Bulletboys along with Torien. Jimmy D’Anda (Drums) is the only member that auditioned for the band. The album I chose for you guys this week is the band’s sophomore effort Freakshow whcih believe it or not is the first album I ever received from them. I was apart of a Columbia House Records and I remember this was one of the cassettes I received as part of the deal they had then. In 1991, the album would peak at number 69 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and was produced by Ted Templeman (Van Halen, Captain Beefheart).

bulletboys-freakshow-back-cover-373811. Hell Yeah!– To get your blood pumping, they start with the bluesy Hell Yeah! to get you moving. 4/5

2. THC Groove– They keep the sleaze like bluesy like riffs going for this next track with a nice bass riff that drives the song. I think you can figure out what the lyrics are about to this one. 4/5

3. Thrill That Kills– This is definitely a harder edged track all about finding that Thrill that will probably kill you eventually. 4/5

4. Hang On St. Christopher– The band had a huge hit with this cover of the Tom Waits track. They definitely sleazed it up to their standards. 5/5

5. Talk To Your Daughter– This is another cover on the album of Chicago blues legend J.B. Lenoir that the band modifies and does an amazing job with. 4.5/5

6. Freakshow– The title track is next and it builds up before it launches forward, but like many tracks before it, it has that bluesy tinge to it. 4/5

bulletboys-freak_show-cd7. Goodgirl– The intro is sleazed up just right with that guitar riff and Marq Torien rocks the mic like a rebellious leader almost like Paul Stanley in All Hell’s Breakin Loose. 4/5

8. Do Me Raw- a sleaze blues track that has elements of Van Halen in it and I think you can guess what this song is about. 4/5

9. Ripping Me– The track kicks off a part of the album that is truly rocking where if you want that hard rock, this is it and they do it with a Van Halen like edge to it. The track seems to be talking about addiction or at least that is what I get from it.

10. Say Your Prayers– This is one of my favortie tracks on the record as it opens with a cool drum beat very reminiscent of an Ozzy drum riff from No Rest For The Wicked album. The song is definitely the most rocking track on the album. 5/5

11. O Me O My– Another groovin track from the album that shows off the band’s rock wild side and it features a cool guitar solo. 4.5/5

12. Huge– The last track on the album has a slow build up with D’Anda hitting the high hat before Sweda comes right in to kick it into overdrive. The lyrics are very simple because they are just chanting, “Do you have the balls” so it’s a showcase for the band. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– The track listing for the album is going to be different no matter where you look because it has been released in multiple ways. I truly believe that musically this was the band’s best record, but I always felt it was overshadowed by the self titled. I am going to give the album 4.25 stars out of five for a final grade.

twisted_MBF_site_bannerIt has been quite some time since I delivered a review of a Rock Doc for you guys and I figured since there is no Ass Whoopin Wednesday this week that I would give you guys one. Everyone in the world remembers the VH1 Behind The Music episode that covered Twisted Sister because it was great and to the point. Now in 2014 comes a documentary that was directed by Andrew Horn (The Nomi Song) that dives a little deeper into the story of Twisted Sister at least a lot more than the behind the music special did. The film dives deeper into the early years of the band from their creation to their tireless road work that made them known as the hardest working band in all of New York. It also explores how everyone from Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda, AJ Pero, Mark Mendoza all joined the band and all of the road blocks the band faced on their way to super stardom. You’ll see everyone from Randy Jackson (Zebra), Martin Hooker, Phil Carson, Suzette Snider, Kenny Neill, and a whole lot more.

films-twisted_sister-Twisted_Sister_-_2_610_407shar_s_c1One thing that I will say about this documentary is that if you want to know a heck of a lot more about Twisted Sister than anyone else does, this is the documentary for you. I honestly thought going into the film that it was going to span the band’s whole career considering the length of it, but it only really covers their club days to about Stay Hungry. The real juice in my opinion is what happens during the Stay Hungry days and after. The documentary like I said is just way too long and it covers too much detail of what I don’t care about when it comes to Twisted Sister. If you are a diehard Twisted Sister fan then this is definitely your documentary, I would just rather wait for a sequel which I hope they are making. I will admit though that there is some cool facts in this documentary that I didn’t know about like Lemmy hopping on stage during a festival to tell the crowd to check the band out because they were good friends. There is also the time Lemmy and Brian Robertson hopped on stage at a TV taping as they jammed with the band. That is some of the cool information that I liked hearing about more than Jay Jay French telling you how tired he was from being the band’s manager and missing out on living a rockstar life even though he didn’t drink or do drugs. I respect the band and I especially respect Dee Snider so I can see the struggle he went through with Jay Jay French just from watching this. The grading process for this one is a hard one because even though I didn’t love it, it wasn’t a bad doc because it was informative. So, I am going to go ahead and give the documentary an B+ for a final grade.

 

There was a time in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when bands were releasing all covers albums hoping to repeat the success that Metallica had with Garage Inc. Of course, not everyone is going to have the success that they had, but sometimes it’s cool to listen to these albums. I have always wondered at times what bands were influenced by and these albums give us great insight into that. Jani Lane was definitely one of my favorite vocalists from the 80’s Glam Metal scene and you definitely knew that he was into 70’s glam and rock and roll. In 2001, the band with Jani Lane decided to release an all covers album of their own called Under The Influence. The album featured the band covering the likes of Michael Monroe, Nazareth, David Bowie, Badfinger, AC/DC (sung by Billy Morris), and our featured artist Aerosmith. The band covered one of my all time favorite 70’s Aerosmith songs in the classic Toys In The Attic which is off the album of the same name. The song packs the same punch as the original, but while Lane is no Steven Tyler, he still does a terrific job with the song making it his own which isn’t that the point of it all. Check out the track below and while you’re at it, like the official Facebook page for Moshpits & Movies here:

MetalMagicFrontSuperHighResSince I have known that there was a version of Pantera before the Pantera we all grew to love, I wanted to cover their early material for the blog. Before Phil Anselmo joined the band, Pantera was sort of a glam rock/hard rock band that sounded like a mixture of Kiss and Van Halen. Since it’s Dimebag Darrell week here on Moshpits and Movies, I have decided to cover the band’s first release which was called Metal Magic and the album was produced by the band’s father Jerry Abbott. At the time, Terry Glaze was the lead singer and Dimebag went by the name Diamond Darrell (Guitar), Rex Brown was Rex Rocker (Bass), and Vinnie Paul was just Vinnie Paul (Drums). The album was released on June 10, 1983 through the band’s own label which was called Metal Magic Records and you have to love that album cover (as seen above).

1. Ride My Rocket– The track definitely has that Kiss feel to it as the beat is very similar to Detroit Rock City with the Shout At The Devil like intro introducing the band. The guitar solo from Dime is pretty sick, it’s definitely a highlight. 4/5

2. I’ll Be Alright– The song has a harder edge to it than the last track all due to Dime’s guitar playing, but they keep that hard rock edge to it reminding me of Killers era Iron Maiden. But once again the guitar solo is where it’s at and Terry Glaze has a Paul D’Ianno vocal style in this track. 4/5

3. Tell Me If You Want It– This song starts off good, but then it has a real cheesy keyboard piece in it. The song isn’t bad, but you gotta love the whispering of Tell Me If You Want It after Terry Glaze sings that line. 3/5

4. Latest Lover– Another hard rock song that you feel you’ve heard in one of those 80’s teen movies like Summer School, etc. It has some resemblance to Montrose, Y&T, and other hard rock like that. 3/5

5. Biggest Part Of Me– Opens up with some keyboards in a pre-ballad styled song. It’s not that bad cause it fits the times. It sounds like something Hurricane ripped off, but Dime’s solo is actually ripping in this track.  3.5/5

Pantera - Metal Magic - Back6. Metal Magic– The title track ripped off the intro to The Cars Moving In Stereo with the sound effects, but it has that Kiss hard rock feel to it when the music starts. The band absolutely rips on this track as Dime’s playing will melt your face and it’s a definite improvement from the last two tracks. 4/5

7. Widowmaker– This song kicks off with some awesome kick drum beat followed with some ripping guitars, but this is 80’s cheesiness written all over it that I absolutely love it. 4/5

8. Nothin’ On (But The Radio)– Wow I didn’t think it could get any cheesier than the opening bass line, but the guitar riff and solo sort of makes up for the rest of it. 3/5

9. Sad Lover– You would think this was going to be a ballad just from the title, but this song is groovin and it kicks ass. It’s kind of in your face and raunchy with the riff and Terry’s vocals. 4/5

10. Rock Out– This is the last song on the record and it’s Dime at his absolute best at the age of 17 with some squealing riffs with the awesome bass line. The song’s chorus has a Motorhead feel to it which is really cool when they band goes nuts rocking out. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It’s amazing to hear that Dimebag Darrell was only 17 years old when he recorded this album and what formula did they have to follow at the time. Motley Crue and co. were just releasing their most famous albums by 1983 and these guys absolutely ripped. I can however understand why they never made it as a glam/hard rock band. I definitely think Terry Glaze wasn’t bad as a vocalist, but his voice wasn’t over the top enough for the time especially if he wanted to compete with who was out there. The best was yet to come from Dimebag darrell, but this was a great first start for him. It’s a decent record that if you love 80’s metal then you might enjoy this one. I am giving it 3.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

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