Another week has passed and another war is finished as all of you came by and you voted as to who covered Kiss’s War Machine better. Was it Amon Amarth or was it Six Feet Under? Well, you voted and Amon Amarth came out on top by one vote. When it came to deciding this week’s War Of The Covers, I wanted to go on the hard rock side of things and find a track that some legendary 80’s bands have covered. I found it int he form of the classic 1968 Rolling Stones classic Street Fighting Man which was off of the band’s legendary album Beggar’s Banquet. The two bands we chose for you guys to fight over is none other than 80’s Hair Metal giants Mötley Crüe and a band that should have never been looped in that conversation in Sacramento hard rock legends Tesla. In 2005, Mötley Crüe covered the track for their 2005 greatest hits album Red, White, and Crüe as part of three unreleased never before heard tracks. In 2007, Tesla would include a cover of the song as part of an all covers album entitled Real To Real which also included covers of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Guess Who, and many more. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who you think did the better cover of Street Fighting Man, is it the bad boys from Hollywood Mötley Crüe or is it Tesla? You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.
Posts Tagged ‘Hair Metal’
Tags: Amon Amarth, Beggars Banquet, Cover, Cover Battle, Cover Song, Covers, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Kiss, Motley Crue, Real To Real, Red White and Crüe, Rock, Six Feet Under, Street Fighting Man, Tesla, The Rolling Stones, War Machine, War Of The Covers
Tags: All I'm Gonna Take, Autograph, Friday, Hair Metal, In The Night, Keni Richards, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Isn't Me, Randy Rand, RCA Records, Rock, Send Her To Me, Sign In Please, Steve Lynch, Steve Plunkett, Steven Isham, Thrill Of Love, Turn Up The Radio
Last week, the rock world lost another member as Keni Richards, the original drummer of 1980’s rock band Autograph passed away at the age of 60. I thought it would be cool to cover Autograph’s first album as a way to pay tribute to him. In October of 1984, Autograph which was made up of Keni Richards (Drums, Noises), Steve Plunkett (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Steve Lynch (Lead Guitar), Steven Isham (Keyboards), and Randy Rand (Bass) released their first album Sign In Please via RCA Records. Steve Lynch once commented that the album took only 30 days to record and that, “We were seasoned musicians in the studio so worked very fast and were always well prepared.” While most didn’t believe that the album would be successful, it peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 and it even earned itself Gold status by 1985. Steve Lynch recently commented on the passing of Richards saying, “He was the mighty force that was our backbone 1983-1988. We wish him a pleasant and peaceful journey. Our love and condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed greatly.”
1. Send Her To Me– The second single released off the album that was a hit for the band. The song is about a guy who let go of a girl that he loved, but he realizes that he made a mistake and wants her back. 4/5
2. Turn Up The Radio– This was a true anthem of the 1980’s to the point that you can’t think of the 80’s without this track that starts with a huge build up before it explodes into an anthem that you can’t help but turn up. 5/5
3. Night Teen & Non-Stop– The keys kick off the track before Keni Richards ushers us in this rockin track about a girl who unravels into a wild thing at night. 4/5
4. Cloud 10– A Styx like song with the keys in the beginning and Plunkett singing over it before the band comes in to get the tempo going. The sing seems to be about how there’s success, but to stay on top is hard. 4/5
5. Deep End– A harder edged song than the previous about someone who no matter what they do they are off the deep end of life. 4/5
6. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me– A cool bass riff opens up the track before Lynch gets the ball moving. The song is about a guy who is messing around with a girl he thinks he is with, but in reality he isn’t. 5/5
7. Thrill Of Love– I love the intro of the track because it sounds heavier than most of the songs on the album. This is one of the few times I don’t mind the keyboard playing cause it helps. It’s about the sensation of falling in love. 4.5/5
8. Friday– A cool observant track about life on the Sunset Strip back in the early 80’s back on Friday nights. 4/5
9. In The Night– A decent track about a girl who is basically lonely at home waiting for Mr. Right to come by. 4/5
10. All I’m Gonna Take– A bad ass way to end the album, I love the riff of this song cause it’s more on the serious side. You have to love the harmonizing on the chorus in this track. The song is about being at the point when you feel like enough is enough. 5/5
My Final Thoughts– This was as good as it got for Autograph as the band tried to repeat the success of this album, but to no avail. That is the only problem with releasing a mega successful track like Turn Up The Radio, you better have another on deck because there are other bands looking to take your throne. I am going to give the album 4.35 stars out of five for a final grade.
Tags: 32 Pennies, Beau Hill, Big Talk, Cold Sweat, D.R.F.S.R., Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, Down Boys, Erik Turner, Glam Rock, Hair Metal, Heaven, In The Sticks, Jani Lane, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, Mike Slamer, Ratt, Ridin' High, Rock, So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law), Sometime She Cries, Steven Sweet, Warrant
For this week’s album of the week, we wanted to keep the train moving forward as we flash-backed to 1989 for this week’s album. One of my favorite artists to come out of the late 1980’s glam scene is LA rock band Warrant who was made up of the late Jani Lane (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar), Joey Allen (Guitar), Erik Turner (Guitar), Jerry Dixon (Bass), and Steven Sweet (Drums). After making a name for themselves on the Sunset Strip, the band would record and release their debut album on January 31, 1989 entitled Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich which was produced by Beau Hill (Ratt). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 10 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it even produced a top 5 hit both on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the album as well because Beau Hill claimed he told the band, “songs are really great, but I think we’re a little weak in the solo department and so I like to bring somebody in.” He claims that everyone in the band signed off so he brought in Mike Slamer (ex-Streets) to do all the guitar work and the solos which is his claim as well as Slamer’s and Slamer’s wife too.
1. 32 Pennies– The band starts off with that rock swagger right from the get go in a song about needing money to impress a girl, but not having much to your name. 5/5
2. Down Boys– This is one of my favorite songs on the album just cause it’s a straightforward rock song about performing oral sex on a woman with those conveniently placed Keyboards during the chorus. 5/5
3. Big Talk– A cool rock track with that awesome bass line about a guy who gets into fights and tells people to basically back up their big talk or just shut up. 5/5
4. Sometime She Cries– This is one of the first ballads on the album that addresses the theme of loneliness. 5/5
5. So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)– A sleaze rock track that has that driving riff about what else, but sex!!! 4/5
6. D.R.F.S.R.– Essentially the title track to the album about a business executive who brags about all the things he has because he makes money off of poor musicians. 5/5
7. In The Sticks– a track with a real bluesy feel to the sleaze rock that were chugging out in a track that seems to be about life changing after sex for the couple, but then I feel it’s about a guy who comes back from the city to try and hit on a poor country girl. You be the judge! 4/5
8. Heaven– The other Power ballad on the album that was originally a song written by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet’s previous band, but re-recorded for Warrant. This is one of the best ballads of the 80’s. 5/5
9. Ridin’ High– That sleaze blues rock comes to play in this track that features some unbelievable riffage in a track that is all about enjoying your life before you die. 4/5
10. Cold Sweat– The last track on the album with that signature sleaze blues sound about bringing a girl home and having your way with them. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– This is definitely an amazing album from the band and an amazing way to make yourselves known on the scene. But as history would have it, we know what follows this one which was even bigger. I am going to give the record 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.
Tags: Album Of The Week, Bulletboys, Do Me Raw, Glam Metal, Goodgirl, Hair Metal, Hang On St. Christopher, Hard Rock, Hell Yeah, Huge, J.B. Lenoir, Jimmy D'Anda, Lonnie Vincent, Marq Torien, Mick Sweda, O Me O My, Ripping Me, Say Your Prayers, Talk To Your Daughter, Ted Templeman, THC Groove, Thrill That Kills, Tom Waits
This 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).
1. 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
7. 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.
Tags: "Dizzy" Dean Davidson, Appetite For Destruction, Axl Rose, Britny Fox, Cover, Cover Battle, Cover Song, Covers, Girlschool, Guns N Roses, Hair Metal, Hair Of The Dog, Nazareth, Rock, The Spaghetti Incident
We have once again modified and changed the way we are doing this cover battle. We were calling it Original Vs The Cover, but we decided to change it because the original will always win. Last week, we gave you a second option as to who had done the cover of Kansas’s Carry On Wayward Son and you voiced your opinion and Stryper won that battle. So, we have decided to keep that going and we renamed the segment Cover Battle. We will find two bands that have either covered the same song or a song from a featured band and you will have a week to vote as to whose version of the track you liked better. We have an interesting battle for you guys this week as Guns N Roses takes on Britny Fox in whose version of Nazareth’s Hair Of The Dog was better.
Guns N Roses– In one corner we have the band that changed the game when they arrived on the scene in 1987 with Appetite For Destruction. After a double album release and an EP, the band would release their all covers record The Spaghetti Incident which was considered a return to form for the band according to the critics. The album was actually the first GNR record recorded without Izzy Stradlin and the first to feature his replacement Gilby Clarke. They covered everyone from the Misfits to The Skyliners, and the Nazareth track. The track showcased that side of GNR that everyone loved where it was the whiskey filled, gutter rock and roll band that we got with Appetite. Check out their version below:
Britny Fox– Britny Fox was a glam metal band much in the fashion of what was going on in the late 1980’s with bands like Enuff Z’Nuff, Cinderella, and Trixter to name a few. They hit it big with their song Girlschool which was off of their self titled debut album. In 1989, the band would release their second album Boys In Heat which was also their last album ever recorded with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson. The album featured the track Hair Of The Dog as the lone cover on the record and for the most part the music was pretty faithful to the original. The only difference is Davidson’s vocals which combines that famous power screaming that sounds like a combo of Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty and Cinderella’s own Tom Keifer. Check it out below:
Now it’s up to you guys to vote in which version of Hair Of The Dog you liked better. Is it Guns N Roses or Britny Fox? You have until the next post to vote so cast your vote now!
Tags: Bobbie Brown, Cheap Trick, Cherry Pie, Comedy Metal, Cover, Cover Song, Hair Metal, Lower The Bar, Michael Starr, Music Video, Music Video Of The Week, Robin Zander, Rock, She's Tight, Steel Panther, Warrant
Now as promised, here is you regular music video of the week and it comes from everyone’s favorite comedy hair metal outfit Steel Panther. The band recently announced details on their brand new upcoming fourth studio album Lower The Bar which will see the light of day on February 24, 2017. To keep you occupied until then, the band has unleashed a NSFW music video for their cover of the Cheap Trick classic She’s Tight which features Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander lending some vocals as well. Frontman Michael Starr talked about the track saying, “Cheap Trick was one of my favorite bands when I was younger. I’m so proud to have recorded this track for our new album and also to have Robin Zander himself sing with me on the song. It’s like a dream come true.” The video primarily features the band performing in a white room while scantily clad women walk by and shed some clothing making it NSFW (not safe for work). The video also features 80’s video vixen Bobbie Brown where just before she comes on there’s a nod to Warrant and their track Cherry Pie with a slice of cherry pie. Check out the video below and check out some pre-order options here for Lower The Bar.
Tags: AJ Pero, Dee Snider, Documentary, Eddie Ojeda, Glam, Glam Metal, Hair Metal, Jay Jay French, Kenny Neill, Lemmy Kilmister, Mark Mendoza, Metal, Randy Jackson, Rock Docs, Rock Documentaries, Suzette Snider, Twisted Sister, We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, Zebra
It 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.
One 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.