Posts Tagged ‘Shout At The Devil’

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.

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 20 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Three years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated!

 

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As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

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Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

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8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead

Yesterday I posted an article expressing my feelings on the final chapter of Motley Crue which took place last night at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was January of 2014 with the big press conference that took place where it all started for the Crue, they declared that they were going to hang it all up for good signing a cessation of touring. The only way the band could tour together is that all four members of the Crue had to agree on it otherwise the band was no more. What started out as just 7o plus dates on The Final Tour turned into 164 with the 164TH show last night. It must have been a bittersweet moment for everyone at The Staples Center as the most decadent group of the 80’s ran through their classics like Smoking In The Boys Room, Kickstart My Heart, Wild Side, Shout At The Devil, Wild Side, Girls, Girls, Girls, Live Wire, Saints Of Los Angeles, and so many more. The band closed out the show with the one track that made me want to be a rock star and that was Home Sweet Home. Once the show was over Vince tweeted out, “It was a privilege and honor to play with these guys! Rock on!” Nikki simply tweeted a picture of a typewriter with the words The End. I have the performance of Home Sweet Home here for all of you thanks to some fan filmed footage. Check it out, enjoy it, and thank you for the memories. R.I.P. Motley Crue (1981-2015)

Motley Crue, Dec. 31, 2015, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. Set List

1. “Girls, Girls, Girls”
2. “Wild Side”
3. “Primal Scream”
4. “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)”
5. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)”
6. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”
7. “Looks That Kill”
8. “Mutherf—er of the Year”
9. “Anarchy in the U.K.”
10. “Shout at the Devil”
11. “Louder Than Hell”
12. Drum Solo
13. Guitar Solo
14. “Saints of Los Angeles”
15. “Live Wire”
16. “Dr. Feelgood”
17. “Kickstart My Heart”

Encore

18. “Home Sweet Home”

motley crueTonight is supposedly when all bad things come to an end for hair metal legends Motley Crue as they prepare to play their last show ever tonight at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. It’s kind of a sad moment for yours truly as Motley Crue was the first metal band that I fell in love with when I was a kid. I can remember hanging out with my older brother listening to Shout At The Devil on Cassette at night. I can still feel the electricity I felt the first time I saw all the original members back together again in 2005 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. I can remember being right in front of Tommy Lee when he shot up to the ceiling to do his drum solo at The Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI the following year. I remember riding the bus to school every day with my walkman listening to Dr. Feelgood which I forced my mother to buy me (I was only 7 when the album came out).

10508181_104158163295753_1280681589_nI remember being blown away by how close to the stage I was when I worked the Pit for Cruefest 2 at The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Motley Crue has filled my life with so many great moments and memories that I just wanted to take the time to thank the band. I can’t believe that this is the end, but the end is just the beginning of something new. We have solo material to look forward to from Vince Neil, we have Nikki Sixx’s amazing band Sixx AM to look forward to, and whatever Tommy Lee or Mick Mars decides to do in the future. So, for all you lucky Californians that get to see this show, revel in the moment and soak it all up and party like it’s 1985 all over again. Never fear though because the band announced that the final show is being taped for a concert film that will air in theaters and be shown on Pay Per View. The concert side is being directed by Christian Lamb while Jackass director Jeff Tremaine directs the documentary side of the film. Be on the look out for that and stay updated by going here. With all of that being said, R.I.P. Motley Crue (1981-2015) thanks for all the memories.

As most of you already know that I am a huge Motley Crue fan since I was three years old and that is not a lie. I’m 33 years old now and the Crue have been around a little longer than that, but that hasn’t stopped them from tearing it up. The band last year announced that they were going to call it a day saying that “all bad things must end.” The band said that you may in the future see new Crue songs (not albums), but they would never tour again after the last tour date in December of this year unless all the members agreed to do it. As is the case with most of their last few tours the band has written new music for each tour as you can remember before the final tour announcement, Sex was the latest song from the band. For the final tour, the band wrote the track All Bad Things which coincides with what the band had been saying in the press conference. The band has also released a music video for the track and that is why it is this week’s Music Video Of The Week. The video for the song is a retrospective video that shows you footage from when they got together all the way through all the albums which show all their transformations with each album. It’s cool to see footage of them in the Shout At The Devil days all the way through Dr. Feelgood and the current time.You get to see all the hi-jinks that Nikki and Tommy were always up to as well as seeing the new rig they brought along on the tour. Check out the band and say goodbye before they “leave” forever and in the meantime check out the video below:

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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steel pantherWho would’ve thought that this rock band from LA would make the splash they have made in the scene today. I’ve seen people call Steel Panther a joke hair metal band, a parody band, and they might be those things, but Steel Panther kicks major ass. I have converted people from all different walks of rock and metal into Steel Panther fans with a listen of Feel The Steel, the band’s second album and their major label debut. For a while before the release of their third record Balls Out, I wondered if Michael Starr (Vocals), Satchel (Guitar),  Lexxi Foxxx (Bass), and Stix Zadinia (Drums) could top the Feel The Steel. For one thing, they had a real bad ass album cover of a sexy chick holding some big steel balls. One thing I love about this band is that for a long time, bands were writing sexual messages in their songs, but they were hidden in meanings. Steel Panther will just come out and tell you that they want to F&*# you in their track. I always like telling people about this cause I kind of feel like a music nerd, but Michael Starr at one time was a member of the LA Guns.

steel panther 3The album starts off with the intro titled In The Future which has Dane Cook tell us in a very In The Beginning from Shout At The Devil like voice that it’s the year 6969 and a lot of other crazy info is happening. Supersonic Sex Machine takes over with a real badass riff as Michael Starr sings in the first person as a robot that is an advanced sex machine. Just Like Tiger Woods is the next track on the record and we are greeted with a meaty sleazy riff while they tell you that if you want to be like Tiger Woods then you basically need to get rich. 17 Girls In A Row is a song that has swagger as it challenges the male libido everywhere. Can you have sex with 17 girls in a row? If You Really Really Love Me is one of the coolest power ballad like songs that pretty much tells the significant other to look the other way if they really love you. It Won’t Suck Itself is a song that is a complete innuendo, but the track features Chad Kroeger from Nickleback singing a verse while Nuno Bettencourt from Extreme plays the guitar solo. I feel Tomorrow Night is that rock anthem in the same vein as Party All Day where you can’t help, but sing along to the chorus. Why Can’t You Trust Me is the ballad of the album cause it’s not a rock album without one. That’s What Girls Are For is a sleaze filled rock anthem that is bound to piss off any feminist out there where Michael teaches us what girls are here for.

steel panther 2Every guy should listen to Gold Digging Whore as the band gives very important advice. For example here is an line from the song, “She’s gonna suck all the money from your bank account, then she’ll f*** all your friends. She’ll do a gangbang with your friends, yeah.” I Like Drugs is an adrenaline fueled rocker about how they love drugs. See Marilyn Manson used to complain about how he didn’t like the drugs, but the drugs like him. Well for Michael, he actually likes them, but drugs don’t like him. The guitar is walling in Critters, a track about anal sex, but he offers some good advice here. Here is the secret to nailing a stripper, “If you’re at the strip joint hanging out with the guys. When you get a table dance just look her in the eyes, tell her that she’s ugly and treat her really mean. She’d really want to fuck you ’cause strippers have low self esteem.” Let Me Cum In is a blues tinged track about either needing a place to stay or a place to keep your junk warm. Weenie Ride is a kind of a funny track that is a ballad complete with a piano to make it more touching. I just have to say one thing before I grade this amazing album and it’s for Stix. You still owe me an interview from right when this album came out. So, I am waiting, but I am going to give this album 4 stars out of five for a final grade.