Category Archives: METAL

BON JOVI – RUNAWAY – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads!  Today we’re gonna take a trip back to 1983 to the self-titled debut album by Bon Jovi for the track “Runaway.”

“Runaway” was originally recorded in 1981 with Jon Bon Jovi and a group of studio musicians known as The All Star Review which included  Hugh McDonald – bass, Tim Pierce – guitar, Frankie LaRocka – drums and Roy Bittan – keyboards. The keyboard intro for the song was written by Mick Seeley, who eventually went on to join Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes.

In 1983, New York radio station WAPP (103.5 FM) held a contest to find the best unsigned band and the song, the first single off their debut album won. “Runaway” went all the way to #39 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1984.

“Runaway” is one of the few songs Bon Jovi still plays live today from their older material and it is one of the songs they are most proud of. Check out the video below that introduced Bon Jovi to the world.

BON JOVI – RUNAWAY

 

 

 

 

 

BRITNY FOX – GIRLSCHOOL

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. Today to continue our hair metal theme for the month, we’re gonna take a trip back to 1988 to the self-titled debut album by Britny Fox for the track “Girlschool.”

The song received substantial airplay on MTV and was written by then singer “Dizzy” Dean Davidson.  The song, Davidson has said in interviews was inspired by the Paul McCartney and Wings song, “Mull of Kintyre.” The popularity of song and album helped Britny Fox to book opening act slots on tours with Warrant and Poison and the album hit #39 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1988.

80’s lingerie/video model Kim Anderson also appears in the video as the main student who is listening to her walkman when she walks into class. Anderson has appeared in several music videos and even guest starred on an episode of “Married…With Children.”

Britny Fox disbanded for awhile in 1992, but reformed with original bassist Billy Childs, Johnny Dee on drums, Chris Sanders – guitar and singer /guitarist Tommy Paris. Their are plans for a new album, but no tour plans at the moment.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR GIRLSCHOOL

 

CORONER – MASKED JACKAL – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Tommy T. Baron, Marquis Marky and Ron Royce

Today we take a trip back to 1988 to a track from Coroner’s second album, “Punishment for Decadence” for the track “Masked Jackal.”

Coroner got their start as roadies for the band Celtic Frost and decided to form their own band. “Punishment for Decadence” showcases Coroner’s progression into more melodic guitar work and song themes about politics and personal introspection.

The video for “Masked Jackal” received substantial airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and helped to put Coroner on the map. The band released a few more albums and ended up parting ways in 1996 but reunited almost 15 years later and have plans for a new album this year with a new drummer as original drummer Marquis Marky left the band in 2014.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “MASKED JACKAL” BELOW:

PANTERA – PROUD TO BE LOUD

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads. Hope you’re all having a great week so far. To continue our hair metal month, recently I was watching the Behind The Music Remastered on Pantera and had forgotten all about their early “glam” days. Since I wasn’t really much of a fan back then, I figured let’s go back in time today to 1988 to their fourth album, the first with singer Phil Anselmo called “Power Metal” for the track “Proud to be Loud.” 

The album released on Metal Magic Records has more of a thrash sound to it than their earlier releases and includes the track, “Proud to be Loud” which was produced by Keel guitarist, Marc Ferrari. The album itself was produced by Jerry Abbott, Dimebag Darrell and Vinny Paul’s father.  Jerry who is also a country music songwriter and producer had worked on the production of some of Pantera’s earlier albums early in their career.

Check out the live video below for “Proud to be Loud”

 

ANTHRAX – MADHOUSE – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz and Scott Ian

Today we take a trip back to 1985, to the second album, the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna, by Anthrax,”Spreading The Disease” for the track “Madhouse”.

The album, produced by Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records, was the last album that former singer Neil Turbin contributed any song writing credits to and “Madhouse” was the only track released off the album. The video was banned by MTV, who felt that the song may be considered offensive to some. The song however, has become a staple for the band at their live shows and was covered by Pantera in 1987.

The band lineup for “Spreading The Disease” includes: Joey Belladona – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Frank Bello – bass and Charlie Benante – drums. The track was ranked at #46 on VH1’s 2009 Best Hard Rock Song countdown.

It’s a Madhouse or so they claim…it’s a Madhouse, Am I Insane?

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “MADHOUSE” BELOW

METALHEAD MUG

Hey Metalheads, now you can let the world know your status while you enjoy your morning coffee! Created by my wonderful and very talented friend and artist, Jerry Gonzalez, you can now add this mug to your collection! With Valentine’s Day on the way, it makes a great gift for your favorite metalhead!

Click/copy the link below to get your mug today: https://www.etsy.com/listing/641012720/metalhead-mug-mugs-for-metalheads?ref=shop_home_active_9

NOTE: The mug handle is not broken

While you’re at it stop by and visit his website: http://www.jerrygonzalezart.com and check out more of his great work!

 

POISON – TALK DIRTY TO ME

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope your week is going well so far. This month, I wanted to shift gears a little and focus on those bands that probably did their makeup better than I did in the 80’s. Today let’s take a trip back to 1986 to the first album by Poison “Look What The Cat Dragged In” for the track “Talk Dirty to Me”.

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I remember seeing this video on MTV when it first premiered and then happened to see the album cover after and I remember thinking are those the chicks that were in the video? Needless to say the song grew on me and it became one of the most popular songs off the album and was in heavy rotation on MTV. Poison are often credited for being one of the first bands to start the glam metal movement. The band has noted in interviews that they were heavily influenced by KISS and Aerosmith for their “glam” image.

The album spawned 3 more hits for the band including “Cry Tough”, “I Want Action” and the ballad “I Won’t Forget You”.

The original 4 members reunited in 1996, when guitarist C.C. DeVille returned to the band after he was fired in 1991 for his excessive drug use. DeVille eventually got clean and the band are still touring together as of last summer with no signs of slowing down. “Nothing But a Good Time” with these boys.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “TALK DIRTY TO ME” BELOW