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the-runaways-537e434f4fd5bWe decided to be super generous today considering there is no Ass Whoopin Wednesday posts and not to many albums we love celebrates an anniversary on the day we do these Album Of The Week posts. An anniversary you ask and who is the band? Well on June 1, 1976, The Runaways released their self titled debut record on this day making it 40 years old. The band which was made up of Cherie Currie (Vocals), Joan Jett (Guitar/Vocals), Lita Ford (Guitars), Jackie Fox (Bass, Credit only did not perform on record), Nigel Harrison (Bass), and Sandy West (Drums). Apparently when the album was being created, Kim Fowley (the band’s manager and producer) would not allow Jackie Fox to play on the album which is why Nigel Harrison is credited as the bass player. The album wasn’t too successful however as it only peaked at 174 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts, but it spawned a number one single in Japan and Scandinavia with Cherry Bomb.

The_Runaways-The_Runaways-Trasera1. Cherry Bomb– Apparently the most popular Runaways song is also a song Kim Fowley and Joan Jett quickly wrote on the spot because no one could play the song Cherie Currie picked for her audition. The title is a play on words of Cherie’s name and one of the most bad ass songs ever. 5/5

2. You Drive Me Wild– The next track on the album that was written and sung by Joan Jett. The song has an amazing blues rock guitar riff and a cool guitar solo in a track that talks about sex. 4.5/5

3. Is It Day or Night?– A Currie sung track that talks about the girls having to fight for their lives to survive on the rock scene. 4/5

4. Thunder-An AC/DC like rock track that Cherie Currie once again sings on that mixes a little Kiss flavor in their. 4/5

5. Rock & Roll– The band’s cover of The Velvet Underground classic with Jett on vocals. 4/5

6. Lovers– One of many tracks that Kim Fowley had something to do with writing wise with very sexual lyrics in a cool rock track. 4/5

runaways-with-kim-fowley-19757. American Nights– a cool rock track that just describes teenagers all over the world and what they do at night in a  track sung by Currie. 4/5

8. Blackmail– a not so typical break up song written by women and I say that because instead of sitting there and being depressed, these women get revenge. The song features some awesome vocals from Jett. 4.5/5

9. Secrets– A very interesting track with an interesting message. Currie sings about how they inspire to be something, but they have to hide it because it’s not what they are supposed to do. 4/5

10. Dead End Justice– A cool girl anthem that has a hard driving riff as Currie and Jett share the vocal duties on this song. It’s also the longest track on the album as it clocks in at 7 minutes long. The track features some cheesy dialogue, but it’s cool 4/5

My Final Thoughts– These were some bad ass women who did a lot for women in rock and roll. They proved they could be as dangerous and sexual as the men could be. The only unfortunate thing is that they didn’t stay together for too long, but nevertheless they left quite the impression. That is why I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

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The Runaways have become one of the most notorious bands of the 70’s as of late due to all the books, stories, and even a movie that has been released about the band over the last ten years. While they were a powerhouse for the short amount of time they were together in the late 70’s, it seems that they were also a dysfunctional bunch with a manager named Kim Fowley who was just as insane and dysfunctional as anyone else. Jackie Fuchs, who went by the stage name Jackie Fox, is now the latest member of the girl group to come out with some information on their former manager that is both shocking and unnerving at the same time. Jackie spoke with the Huffington Post claiming that Kim Fowley had raped her back in the day as some of her bandmates watched as well. According to Jackie, the band was celebrating at a hotel after they had played a show in New York on New Years Eve when she was approached by a roadie. The roadie apparently offered her some Quaaludes for her to take with no questions asked. The next thing you know, she tells them that she wakes up and she can hear Kim Fowley offering her to anyone else who would like to have sex with her and she was only 16 at the time. Jackie tells them, “You don’t know what terror is until you realize something bad is about to happen to you and you can’t move a muscle. I can’t move. I can’t speak. All I can do is look him in the eye and do the best I can do to communicate: Please say no. … I don’t know what it looked like from the outside. But I know what was going on inside and it was horror.” She also says that she was slipping in an out of consciousness as Fowley raped her and the last thing she remembers seeing was her bandmates Cherie Currie and Joan Jett just staring at her. She does however say in her story that Currie tried to speak up, but left because everyone was afraid of Fowley. She spoke out about this years ago hoping that she could get Fowley to acknowledge what he did, but unfortunately she never did as Fowley passed away last year from Bladder cancer.

Joan Jett has however responded to the accusations in an interview with Yahoo Music saying, “Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened. For a group of young teenagers thrust into ’70s rock stardom there were relationships that were bizarre, but I was not aware of this incident. Obviously Jackie’s story is extremely upsetting and although we haven’t spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing.” Cherie Currie also responded to the accusations the other day on Facebook and we have the posts below for you.

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720x405-HOFThis year, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has unveiled what I think is a controversial list for the class of 2015 all because of one name. The class of 2015 is Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Green Day. Ringo Starr is going to be receiving the award for musical excellence. Now let’s soak this in for a minute and understand that in order to be eligible for the rock and roll hall of fame, your first album had to have come out 25 years ago. Also, let’s soak in the fact that Joan Baez, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Deep Purple, Yes, Warren Zevon, The Cure, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Slayer, Bon Jovi, and so many more have still not been inducted into the hall of fame, but you decide to induct Green Day on their first year of eligibility? I get their first record 1000 Hours EP was released 25 years ago, but no one knew who they were until Dookie was released. I would have made the band wait a little longer, but they make the calls, not us. Let’s be honest, I would love to see Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Slayer get inducted into the hall, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.I also can’t believe that they continue to ignore Deep Purple, it’s astonishing. I essentially do not have a problem with Green Day being in the hall of fame itself because after all my generation’s first compact disc purchase was Dookie (or at least everyone I meet says it was their first record they bought with their own money). Again, I just would have made them wait a little longer.I think it’s about damn time that Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble get inducted cause that was a given and I understand them putting Lou Reed in considering he died not too long ago. I’m just saying the hall has absolutely no clue.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-soundtrack-570x570Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is only the second soundtrack that I have ever reviewed for the album of the week (Trick Or Treat being the first), but it’s the first soundtrack that I have reviewed that features various artists. The first soundtrack I ever reviewed was done entirely by the same artist, but I just felt this one was not one to miss. The great thing about Guardians Of The Galaxy besides all the awesome special effects, great acting, and amazing story was the soundtrack. It was definitely captured everyone’s attention as it supported the movie flawlessly and was a definite highlight. There are so many great songs from the 70’s on this album that every time you hear a different track, you get sent back in time to a better place. From The Raspberries to Marvin Gaye, this soundtrack has it all and at one point the album even hit number one on the Billboard Top 200 being the first soundtrack with previously released material to do so.

back cd cover1. Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede- the Swedish rock band who covered this song complete with the Hooga Chaka chant in 1974 made this a pop rock classic and Björn Skifs vocals are amazing. 5/5

2. Go All The Way by The Raspberries- This song was banned by the BBC back in the day due to it’s sexually suggestive lyrics, but man the song really rips. It has the balls of a rock song and the swagger to be sensitive enough for the ladies. 4/5

3. Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum- This song rips, but at the same time it has a very religious tone to the lyrics and that is due to the fact that Norman once watched Porter Wagoner on TV singing a gospel song and Norman felt he could do the same. 5/5

4. Moonage Daydream by David Bowie- This was David Bowie at his glam rock best during the Ziggy Stardust days. 5/5

5. Fooled Around And Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop- This is one of my favorite tracks on this album with an interesting story. Elvin Bishop was a blues guitarist and when he wrote this song, he felt that his gravelly voice  wouldn’t do the song justice so he invited his back up singer Mickey Thomas to sing the song. Little did he know Mickey would end up singing in Jefferson Starship and Starship. 5/5

6. I’m Not In Love by 10CC- The amazing pop rock song whose lyrics reveal that the narrator is essentially in denial about the song’s obvious romantic theme. The song also features a wall of voices that replaced the slow tempo beat the song originally had which was huge at the time. 4/5

7. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5- The Soul Train like classic from Michael Jackson and his brothers is one of the most amazing songs on the soundtrack that will be sure to have dancing along with baby Groot. 5/5va-guardians-of-the-galaxy-2014-cd-cover-1897918. Come And Get Your Love by Redbone- This is the funk classic by the Native American group Redbone that features a killer bass riff and a cool guitar riff during the chorus. 4/5

9. Cherry Bomb by The Runaways- This is the in your face, sexually charged debut track that introduced the world to Cherry Curie, Lita Ford, and Joan Jett. 5/5

10. Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes- This is the soft rock tune that makes you want to be on a beach drinking pina coladas, but you can’t help but sing along. 4/5

11. O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps- The soul classic from Five Stairsteps that gives you hope that things will get better for you when you hear it. This very message is what made the song so popular with the pop and R&B crowds. 5/5

12. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell- This is another soul classic sung by the legend Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Both of them were a great contrast to each other when you hear them sing together and it’s another inspirational song. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Much like the soundtrack to the film Stand By Me, I can listen to this over and over again without getting bored. The music brings me back to better times and isn’t that a powerful thing? All of the songs seem natural next to each other because they all flow well together even though some are so different than others. A lot of films can take note from this because they demonstrated how a soundtrack can help a film and not hinder it. In my opinion though, the film was amazing anyways, but the soundtrack definitely helped make everything seem perfect. I am giving the soundtrack 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

aaEveryone was looking forward to performances from A Day To Remember, Guns N Roses, and even Zakk Wylde’s, but nobody saw this coming at the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards which was Slayer opening the show as the surprise performer. One of the things people expect at this particular awards show is to see who the surprise guest performer will be, but Slayer didn’t need it as the bulldozed their way through classics South Of Heaven, War Ensemble, and the premiere of a brand new track Implode. It was especially cool to see Marilyn Manson intro the band in. Right after Slayer was done with their set, it was time to meet this year’s hosts of the show since Chris Jericho wasn’t doing it this year. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of VH1 Classics That Metal Show were the hosts and their intro was horrible. Then it was off to the first presenters of the show as Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park came out to present The Best Vocalist Award (see below for complete list of winners), then that was followed by Dave Navarro and Jill Janus of Huntress presenting the Best Live Band Award.

a dayFrankie Palmeri of Emmure came out next to present the next live band of the night which was A Day To Remember who brought something completely different than Slayer, but they pleased the crowd as the band performed hit songs such as Right Back At It Again, End Of Me, and their closer All I Want. They were the second band to perform and still no surprise guest on stage with which is unusual at this point in the show. Then there was some technical difficulties as we waited for the cameras to show us Tony Hawk and Carmen Electra who were presenting the best live band award which was won by Avenged Sevenfold. They weren’t at The Nokia Theater, but they were brought in via satellite from a gig in Minneapolis where they gave the award away to a fan from the crowd. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and a couple of members from Memphis May Fire came out next to present the best new band award.

maxThen the legendary Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with the sexy brand new lead singer of Arch Enemy Alissa White-Gluz to intro The Pretty Reckless who were the next band to perform that night. Taylor Momsen is beautiful and very sexual on stage as most of you may know, but she has an amazing band that backs her up as they had one heck of a performance. The band performed their tracks Fucked Up World, Heaven Knows, and Going To Hell. Zakk Wylde would eventually come out to do a special Piano performance of In This River to pay tribute to all that have fallen over the years, but who was working the special video screwed up saying that Jani Lane was the singer for Motorhead. Then more technical difficulties plagued the show as we waited for Suicide Silence to take the stage to perform for the first time with their brand new singer Eddie Hermida. The band would play the tracks You Only Live Once and No Pity For A Coward, but it was their last song that was amazing. The band brought out Max Cavalera of Soulfly/Sepultura fame and they performed Roots on stage together that had me saying thank God someone finally had a guest on stage.

joan jettAlice Cooper presented The Golden God Award to Joan Jett who mentioned The Runaways. After her speech, she wanted to perform, but they nixed it so that Alice could introduce the performance. She opened up her performance with a rocking version of Bad Reputation which was tearing up the house. The next track she performed was a track that she had written with Dave Grohl called Any Weather which captured the spirit of the Blackhearts. Then Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were on fire with the next song I Hate Myself For Loving You for which she was joined onstage by Taylor Momsen. What I didn’t understand is that after the performance was done they performed it again to which Billy Gibbons would join them on stage to be the cheerleader. It was one heck of a performance anyways, but I believe they may have been shooting a version for television.

gnrAndrew Dice Clay came out to present the video montage for Axl Rose while Nicolas Cage presented Axl Rose of  Guns N Rose with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course from that point on, we were wondering how long it was going to take for the band to actual perform. The crowd was definitely anxiously awaiting the band to hit the stage as we also knew that Duff McKagan would be performing with the band. The band eventually came out and started rocking right away with It’s So Easy. The band would blaze through one of my all time favorite tracks Welcome To The Jungle with a killer intro by DJ Ashba. One thing I will admit is that Axl’s vocals were a little off tonight when it came to his high notes. Then for the third track of the night they would dig into their latest album Chinese Democracy with the Better. The band would then perform This I Love from Chinese Democracy. Then the band kicked into the kickass Use Your Illusion II track You Could Be Mine. The band would continue with Sweet Child Of Mine and a Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/November Rain medley after Axl introduced the whole band to the crowd. My final thoughts on the show is that I thought it could have been executed a little bit better than it had been in the past. I certainly miss having Chris Jericho hosting the show, but after a while the boys from That Metal Show did fine.

Awards:

Best Vocalist- Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Live Band- Rob Zombie

Most Dedicated Fans- Avenged Sevenfold

Best New Talent- Twelve Foot Ninja

Paul Gray Best Bassist- Chris Kael

Best Drummer- Arin Ilejay

Comeback Of The Year- Deep Purple

Best Film & Video- This Is A Wasteland by Pierce The Veil

Song Of The Year- Lift Me Up by Five Finger Death Punch

Most Metal Athlete- Josh Barnett

Golden God Award- Joan Jett

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist- Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates

Album Of The Year- 13 by Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award- Axl Rose of Guns N Roses

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I have some news for all of you regarding this years Revolver Golden God awards, the one award show that celebrates metal the right way. If you thought the previous Golden God Awards shows were cool, this year is going to blow your mind. Joan Jett is going to be receiving the Golden God Award which will presented to her by 2011 winner Alice Cooper. When he was asked about Jett, Cooper said, “No one deserves this award MORE than Joan Jett. She’s never compromised who she is — she’s a rocker through and through. I wish some of the younger bands had the balls that Joan Jett does!” Guns ‘N Roses frontman Axl Rose is going to be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The next piece of the news that absolutely rocks is the fact that Guns ‘N Roses, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Korn, Black Label Society, The Pretty Reckless, and A Day To Remember are the performers at this years event. Fans will also have a chance to vote for all the categories including the newly renamed Best Guitarist award which is being renamed The Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist Award. Vinnie Paul had this to say about the name changing of the award, “I am very honored that Revolver is renaming the Best Guitarist Award after Dime! He was and always will be what heavy-metal guitar playing is all about. This award is given to the person with those special skills that sets them apart from others. Dime always went for it and I know he would be proud of the winner of this award. So go for it and may the best shredder win! Getcha pull!!” Here are all the categories that fans will get to vote for and if fans want to vote you can do that here.

Album of the Year
Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Hail to the King’
Black Sabbath, ’13′
Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and 2′
Korn, ‘The Paradigm Shift’
Queens of the Stone Age, ‘…Like Clockwork’
Volbeat, ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’

Best Vocalist
Jeremy McKinnon (A Day to Remember)
M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
Papa Emeritus II (Ghost B.C.)
Jonathan Davis (Korn)
Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist(s)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)
Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
Munky & Head (Korn)

Paul Gray Best Bassist
Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold)
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
Fieldy (Korn)
Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies)

Best Drummer presented by Razor & Tie
Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold)
Brad Wilk (for his work with Black Sabbath)
Vinnie Appice (Kill Devil Hill)
Matt Halpern (Periphery)
Chris Adler (for his work with Protest the Hero)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs)

Best Live Band
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Gojira
Lamb of God
Mötley Crüe
Slayer
Rob Zombie

Song of the Year presented by Randall Amplifiers
Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’
Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Hail to the King’
Bring Me the Horizon, ‘Shadow Moses’
Five Finger Death Punch, ‘Lift Me Up’
Of Mice & Men, ‘You’re Not Alone’
The Pretty Reckless, ‘Going to Hell’

Best Film & Video presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Behemoth, ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’
Huntress, ‘Zenith’
Lamb of God, ‘As the Palaces Burn’
Metallica, ‘Metallica Through the Never’
Motionless in White, ‘America’
Pierce the Veil, ‘This Is a Wasteland’

Best New Talent presented by Victory Records
Deafheaven
Heaven’s Basement
Issues
Scar the Martyr
Twelve Foot Ninja
††† (Crosses)

Comeback of the Year
Black Sabbath
Carcass
Deep Purple
Nine Inch Nails
Queens of the Stone Age
Suicidal Tendencies

Most Metal Athlete
Tony Alva (skateboarder)
Grant Balfour (MLB)
Josh Barnett (mixed martial artist, UFC)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors, NBA)
Derek Garland (Metal Mulisha, motocross)
Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins, NHL)

Most Dedicated Fans
A Day to Remember
Avenged Sevenfold
Five Finger Death Punch
Of Mice & Men
The Pretty Reckless
Slayer

 

File:Asylum album cover.jpgThis was one of the first Kiss albums that I ever owned in my life when my Mom bought it for me at a flea market on cassette along with Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time. It’s still one of my all time favorite albums and I can remember the music videos for each song because of the Kiss Exposed DVD. It’s the 13TH studio album by Kiss and the first album to feature Bruce Kulick as a guitarist and he is the third to play in Kiss at the time since Ace Frehley had left the band. The line up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, and Eric Carr would be a staple of the 80’s right up until Eric Carr’s death. If you look at the album cover above, you’ll notice that the lipstick matches the colors on the Kiss solo albums in the late 70’s with the position each one played in the band. Red for Simmons, Purple for Stanley, Blue for Kulick, and Green for Carr.

asylum 2Eric Carr is arguably one of the best drummers Kiss ever had in the group and he flexes his muscles in the beginning of King Of The Mountain, the opening track on the record. It’s a straight up rock song with Paul on vocals and I have to say that Kulicks solo is pretty amazing. Any Way You Slice It is a hard charging rocker that Gene simmons takes full command over with his typical sleaziness with lyrics like “I know you wanna cross the border and you know the doctor’s orders. Well it’s better late than never, can’t stay innocent forever.” Who Wants To Be Lonely is one of my favorite tracks on the album with it’s hip shaking sleaze groovin rock asking the question why would anyone want to be lonely? Trial by Fire has a very similar guitar beat in the beginning to it like Joan Jett’s I Love Rock And Roll and then it starts to sound similar to the beat on Lick It Up when Gene Simmons begins to sing. It’s not one of my favorites on the album, but it’s not bad. I’m Alive is next and the song rips right from the get go as the band flexes their musical muscles. Love’s A Deadly Weapon is very similar to the last track where  it’s a fast paced guitar style, but unfortunately not one of my favorites. 

asylumTears Are Falling was the only radio single ever released and marketed as a single off the album and it’s also one of the few songs that is solely written by Paul Stanley only. The track peaked at number 20 on the Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also happens to be my favorite song on the record and it made me want to be Paul Stanley or to at least have his voice. Secretly Cruel steals a page from classic Kiss with it’s bluesy rock beats and cool lyrics from Gene. Radar For Love is another track that Kiss flexes their blues ability, but this time with the master Paul Stanley on vocals and it’s one of many tracks that Desmond Child co-wrote on the record. Uh! All Night is a classic sleaze filled track by Kiss that everyone loves and of course what do you think the song is about? The music video for the track was very cool with them travelling into a den full of women. Like I said it was one of the first Kiss albums that I ever bought and so it has sentimental value to me, but I am going to give it 3.5 stars out of five.