Posts Tagged ‘Hair Metal’

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:

war of the covers rolling stonesAnother 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.

warrantFor 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.

750181. 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

750196. 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.

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.

gnr-vs-britny-foxWe 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!

steel-panther-lower-the-barNow 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.