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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.

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.

afiAFI (A Fire Inside) is one of my favorite bands out there in the punk scene so when I saw the headline AFI and No Doubt plus the word Supergroup, I was like what? So, apparently since AFI are done with their touring cycle for the 2013 amazing album Burials, Davey Havok has foudn a way to keep himself busy as he teams with the remaining members of No Doubt in Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young. The members of No Doubt are not doing anything considering that Gwen Stefani is busy doing The Voice and she is also busy with her new solo album which comes out in March. So, I am wondering exactly what in the world is this going to sound like as you take a punk rocker and mix him with some Ska Punks. I am definitely going to be paying attention to this, but as of right now the band is searching for a label to shop their already written record. So, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available to us.

Scott-Ian-Phil-Anselmo1Last month we saw a huge backlash after disgraced vocalist Phil Anselmo made some anti-Semitic gestures during Dimebash 2016 which include a 11 minute scolding from Machine Head’s Robb Flynn, being kicked off of several festivals, and even a backlash from the metal community as well. Phil even wrote a letter telling the members of Down to continue on without him as he was ashamed for what he did. Well, now longtime Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has commented on the situation basically saying that Phil deserves to be forgiven “if he proves that he deserves to be.” He went on to say, “Just asking to be forgiven doesn’t mean you should be forgiven. And I’ve had a running dialogue with Phil since this happened. It’s not like I just posted something online without actually speaking to my friend. I’ve been having a dialogue back and forth with him. ‘Cause if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t have contacted him at all. But I cared. Phil, I’ve known the dude almost thirty years. He’s like a brother; he’s family. And when someone in your family has a problem, you discuss it and you try and find a solution.” Ian elaborates even further, “My attitude towards the whole thing was, to me, silence is complicity. If you don’t say something about something like this, then you’re condoning it, and I can’t condone that in any way, shape or form. It’s not okay in any world, let alone the metal world, to do these kind of things in any type of context, because words are too powerful, especially Phil Anselmo’s words, because there’s too many impressionable people out there who listen to every f—ing thing that dude says.” What do you think, is Scott Ian right? You be the judge!

original_demandheaderNow that Nikki Sixx is no longer with Motley Crue, he has a lot of free time, but don’t worry because he already has something going. Sixx: A.M. has new music in the works and the band plans to tour in 2016, but there’s a catch with that. You see the band posted a bunch of cities that they can stop through and it’s up to you the fans to decide where they will stop. The cities with the most votes will more likely be added to the tour queue. Here are the cities:

Memphis, Tenn.
Chicago, Ill.
Louisville, Ky.
Bethlehem, Pa.
Charleston, W.V.
Hartford, Conn.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Norfolk, Va.
Nashville, Tenn.
Madison, Wis.
Little Rock, Ark.
Richmond, Va.
Baltimore, Md.
Raleigh, N.C.
Lansing, Mich.
Des Moines, Iowa
Knoxville, Tenn.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Columbia, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Sayreville, N.J.
Rochester, N.Y.
Mobile, Ala.
Baton Rouge, La.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Buffalo, N.Y.
Jackson, Miss.
Providence, R.I.
Springfield, Mo

To vote for your city, please visit this site.

ad5726b8-121e-48fa-8497-ce6cb10dc21d1This next piece of news is one that I do not know how to interpret. If you are a fan of rock group Kiss, the one thing you want to see more than anything else is a reunion of the original members of the band. Well, there is news out there will make you think as Ace Frehley, the Spaceman announced that he is releasing a new album which is a covers record. Where’s the part that makes you think you ask? Well, Paul Stanley, the starchild is on this album as he sings a track. Boom, are you thinking now? The album is called Origins Vol. 1 and Stanley plays on the cover of Free’s Fire And Water. The album also features Slash (Thin Lizzy’s Emerald), Lita Ford (The Troggs Wild Thing), John 5 (Jimi Hendrix’s Spanish Castle Magic and Kiss’s Parasite), and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready (Kiss’s Cold Gin). Ace will be heading out on tour soon, so check out some tour dates here and check out the full track listing below:

Ace Frehley, ‘Origins Vol. 1′ Track Listing:

1. “White Room” (Cream)
2. “Street Fighting Man” (Rolling Stones)
3. “Spanish Castle Magic” (Jimi Hendrix) feat. John 5
4. “Fire and Water” (Free) feat. Paul Stanley
5. “Emerald” (Thin Lizzy) feat. Slash
6. “Bring It On Home” (Led Zeppelin)
7. “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) feat. Lita Ford
8. “Parasite” (KISS) feat. John 5
9. “Magic Carpet Ride” (Steppenwolf)
10. “Cold Gin” (KISS) feat. Mike McCready
11. “Till The End of the Day” (Kinks)
12. “Rock and Roll Hell” (KISS)

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.

 

90e6d4e40725e74c32ddfb2c7203116aI figured right now would be the perfect time to review my favorite Ozzy record of all time since we have seen the return of Jake E Lee into to the metal world with his new project Red Dragon Cartel. The Ultimate Sin would be Ozzy’s fourth solo album as well as the second to feature Jake E Lee as the guitarist alongside Phil Soussan (his first and only with Ozzy), and their brand new drummer Randy Castillo. Before the recording of the album, Ozzy would enter the Betty Ford Clinic for treatment of his substance abuse problem in 1985. When he left the studio he was presented with a boatload of music that was written by Lee and most of those songs would eventually form the record. Before Soussan was hired to do the record, longtime Ozzy bassist Bob Daisley had written most of the lyrics for the album, but he had an argument with Ozzy and he left. During the recording sessions for the demos, future Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso worked with Daisley and Lee, but he left as well after Ozzy had committed to work with Sabbath for the Live Aid concert which prompted them to hire former Lita Ford drummer Randy Castillo once recording started.

img_0942The album was originally supposed to called Killer Of Giants, but for some reason Ozzy squashed that idea last minute before the release of the record. The album was released on February 22, 1986 and was certified platinum by May of 1986. To say the least, the album was very successful, but for some odd reason it’s the only Ozzy record to be deleted out of Ozzy’s catalog. You may b asking why and some reasons have been given and proven false, but ultimately no one knows why. The album starts off with the title track and the cadence like drum beat before Jake comes roaring in. Secret Loser is the next track and Jake is on fire with razor sharp guitar riffs while Ozzy talks about losing his battle with drug addiction. The song also contains one of my favorite guitar solos on the album from Jake which showcases his abilities on the guitar. Never Know Why has a cool guitar effect to start the song that makes it seem dark and ominous, but then out of nowhere the band explodes right in. This song was one of my anthems because I felt that Ozzy was singing about us metal heads explaining to the non believers that they will truly never know why we rock. Thank God For The Bomb is one hell of a rocking tune that talks about what was a serious issue back in the 80’s during the tail end of the cold war. The title is obvious sarcasm because the bomb is probably the worst thing ever invented. Never starts off with a killer riff from Jake and he continues with some razor fast riffs that almost force you to play air guitar. The song’s solo starts off sounding very bluesy before Jake kills it on guitar with his lightning fast guitar playing style.

ozzy-osbourne-the-ultimate-sin-4-cdLightning Strikes features some monstrous chunky riffs from guitar maestro Jake with some killer pinches (or false harmonics as I call them) in the chorus. Killer Of Giants features one of the coolest intros from Jake where he’s playing on the clean channel while the song also features some great harmonizing from Ozzy singing about and questioning why the world’s giants continue to threaten to fight. It’s honestly one of my favorites on the record because the song could apply to today’s thinking. Fool Like You features the rhythm section stepping up big time to help create a monster song with Jake’s playing style. Shot In The Dark is one of my favorite songs of all time. It was the first song I had ever heard from Ozzy and it’s the lone track that was co-written by Phil Sossan. It’s believed that the song is about two assassins that are forced to kill each other even though there in love. Sounds a lot like Mr. and Mrs Smith, but I wish I knew the true meaning behind the song. The song features some of my all time favorite riffs from Jake and it’s a song that I can keep on repeat for a long time cause it never gets old.

img-23The unfortunate thing behind this record is what would happen when the tour ended. Unfortunately, Jake was fired by Sharon Osbourne via telegram while he was working on his car. I’ll never truly understand why Ozzy had gotten rid of Jake because Jake still remains my all time Post-Randy Rhoads guitarist. Jake would move on to form Badlands with former Sabbath singer Ray Gillen and current Kiss drummer Eric Singer. After Badlands broke up, it would be years until we had heard from Jake. Randy Castillo would stay in Ozzy for a long time before he left the band in 1994. He would eventually move on to replace Tommy Lee in Motley Crue before his death in 2002. A little fun fact, Tommy helped Randy get the job in Ozzy’s solo band back in 1985. Phil Soussan has played in several bands after leaving Ozzy right after this record and he still continues to record. As I had said before this is one of my favorite Ozzy records of all time so I am giving it 5 stars out of five because that is how much I love it.

File:Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears.JPGNo More Tears was definitely one of my favorite albums from Ozzy that featured Zakk Wylde on guitar. It was Ozzy’s sixth studio album that was released on September 17, 1991 that has some interesting facts about it. I was always under the impression that Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) had performed the bass tracks on the record as you see him in the music videos, but longtime collaborator and bassist Bob Daisley recorded all the bass tracks. It was the last record to feature him on bass and the album also featured four tracks written by Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Mike Inez, however, did compose the music for the title track No More Tears. The album spawned five singles with four of them hitting the top ten and I Don’t Want To Change The World winning a Grammy. The album to date has sold over 5 million and debuted at number 7 when it was released. It was one of two of Ozzy’s biggest selling albums with the other one being The Blizzard Of Ozz. This was also one of the last albums to feature the late and great Randy Castillo on the drums.

bMr. Tinkertrain opens up the album and it has to be one of the most twisted songs on the record as it deals with the topic of child kidnappers. With lines like, “the kind of toys you’ve never seen, man-made and a bit obscene!”  and when the song kicks off you can hear Ozzy say, “Would you like some sweeties, little girl?” The riff is just amazingly awesome as it is one of Zakk’s best because the riff has some big balls and swagger. I Don’t Want To Change The World is the next track on the record and it is one of the tracks written by Lemmy Kilmister. It opens up with a monster riff by the lord of the ping Zakk and some monster bass playing from Daisley in a song about defiant because Ozzy was going through some big changes at the time. Mama, I’m Coming Home is one of the highlights of the record with it’s clean acoustic guitars as Lemmy helped pen this song which is an apology from Ozzy to Sharon. Don’t worry cause the song has some electric to it as it’s another track that demonstrates that Zakk can play and that he is a riff lord. Mama is actually the only solo Ozzy single to ever crack the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The other being his duet with Lita Ford (Close My Eyes Forever).

File:OzzyOsbourne MamaImComingHome Single 1991.jpgDesire is the next track on the record and another track penned by Lemmy. The opening monster bass riff sounds like a steam engine coming down the track before Zakk absolutely rips it, just check out the solo. The title track comes up next with it’s recognizable opening bass riff and the keyboards that make the track eerie before Zakk comes in with his guitar playing while the hand slides up and down the neck playing the same riff, but with the sound getting heavier and lighter depending on where his hands are positioned on the neck. Ozzy’s nasally styled vocals are some of the best on this track as he describes the song as being about a serial killer.  The track also has an art-rock styled bridge that I think is perfect because I miss that part when it’s cut out of the radio single. S.I.N. opens with a blues styled riff from Zakk before it kicks in like a freight train going a 1000. Hellraiser is the last track on the record that features Lemmy as a writer and it’s a track that Ozzy should have released as a single because it rips especially with the call and response between the rhythm section and Zakk Wylde.

abcdTime After Time is just simply an amazing track with Zakk playing the clean guitar in the beginning, but with one click of the pedal it’s off to power chord heaven. Zombie Stomp is another track on the album that starts with a cool bass riff and some sound effects. After a few minutes of the ominous beginning, the band finally kicks it into overdrive as Ozzy tells you to do the Zombie Stomp. A.V.H. has that southern drawl to it with Zakk and his slide guitar in the beginning of the track before they start playing the blues driven hard rock. Road To Nowhere is one of my all time favorite tracks on this record because at one time I thought it described my life. It’s a classic in the same vein as Mama, I’m Coming Home and Time After Time with it’s ballad like intro and heavy rock mixed together. This is an album that definitely put Zakk Wylde on the map and it definitely made people believe that he actually wasn’t the Randy Rhoads clone that they were pinning him for. I am giving this album 4 stars out of five.

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