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NUCLEAR ASSAULT – CRITICAL MASS – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we go back to 1989 for a track by the band Nuclear Assault off their third album called “Handle With Care” for the track “Critical Mass.”

Formed in 1984 after bassist Dan Lilker was fired from Anthrax, Nuclear Assault released two demos that helped them secure a multi-album deal with Combat Records and a tour across the United States. Their first two albums on Combat Records were starting to create a buzz, however “Handle With Care” and the video “Critical Mass” became a staple on MTV, most notably on Headbangers Ball. 

One of the best parts of this video is the appearance of the secretary who brought down Televangelist Jim Bakker (husband of Tammy Faye Bakker) and sometime metal video guest star Jessica Hahn who tries her best to show she’s a Nuclear Assault fan! Check out the video below and don’t forget to follow the bouncing yellow circle!

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LOUDNESS – LET IT GO – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the sixth album by the Japanese band Loudness called “Lightning Strikes” for the track “Let It Go.”

“Let It Go” is the opening track on “Lightning Strikes” and the video for the song received substantial airplay on MTV and Headbanger’s Ball. The album produced by Max Norman, who has also produced albums for Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200 chart and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks. Norman also wrote some of the lyrics for the album but was not credited.

The album is known as “Shadows of War” in Japan and has a different track order as well as a difference in some of the vocals and melodies on the album.

Although the band has has it’s ups and downs over the years and some lineup changes, they released their 27th studio album “Rise to Glory” in 2018 and toured in support of the album.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR LET IT GO

VAN HALEN – HOT FOR TEACHER – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1984 to the sixth and one of the most popular albums by Van Halen titled “1984” for the track “Hot For Teacher.”

The song which reached #56 on the Billboard Top 100 was one of the most popular videos in rotation on MTV and prompted the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) to request that the video and song be pulled from radio and TV due to the “sexually suggestive” lyrics. The beginning of the video shows Waldo (sweet, sweet Waldo) who must face his new surroundings and is very nervous when getting on to the bus. The video also features kid versions of the band members and an impromptu strip show much to the delight of the young kids as well as an excellent solo by Eddie Van Halen.

This was the last album with the original Van Halen lineup of Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony (except for Van Halen’s Best of which included 2 new tracks). Singer Sammy Hagar replaced Roth in 1986 and sang with the band til his departure in 1996. Former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone joined the band after Sammy’s departure but parted ways with Van Halen in 1999.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR HOT FOR TEACHER 

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS – I HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU

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Pictures courtesy of Rarerecords.com

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Today we wrap up our “Metal Women Who Rock” series with a trip back to 1988 to the sixth album by Joan Jett called “Up Your Alley” for the track “I Hate Myself For Loving You.”

Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor played guitar on the track and the song was played in heavy rotation on MTV and Headbanger’s Ball.  The song charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at #8 and earned Joan Jett and The Blackhearts a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Jett, who turns 61 this year shows no signs of slowing down and is not only still making music, but she has also made guest appearances in several TV shows and films. She is also currently active in the sports world and is a huge supporter of the US Armed Forces touring across the world for United Service Organizations, Inc. for over 20 years.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “I HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU”

 

 

BANG TANGO – SOMEONE LIKE YOU

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Today in the final installment of this month’s hair band series we going to take a trip back to 1989 to the debut album by Bang Tango called “Psycho Cafe” for the track “Someone Like You.”

The band which formed in 1988, had been playing in clubs around the Sunset Strip. As the band gained popularity several record labels were interested in the band before they signed with MCA Records. “Someone Like You” received substantial airplay on MTV, especially on Headbanger’s Ball and the album reached #58 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1989. The success of the song and album led to tours with Cheap Trick, L.A. Guns and Bulletboys.

After two more albums the band broke up in 1996, but reformed with original members singer, Joe Leste and bassist Kyle Kyle only.  While they collaborated together in different musical projects, the band once again came to a halt in 1999 and Joe Leste went on to form the band Beautiful Creatures in 2001.

Joe started the band up again in 2003, but he is the only original member of the band currently. There has been talk of a new album, but there is no release date as of yet.

In the meantime, check out the video for “Someone Like You” below

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

 

BLACK N’BLUE – HOLD ON TO 18 – METAL REWIND

Today we take a trip back to 1984 to the self-titled debut album by Black ‘n Blue for the song “Hold on to 18.”

Originally formed in Portland, Oregon by childhood friends Jamie St. James and future KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. “Hold on to 18” received substantial airplay on the radio and MTV and led Black ‘n Blue to release 3 additional albums, before their break-up in 1989. The albums, “Nasty, Nasty” and “In Heat” were produced by Gene Simmons.

Black ‘n Blue reunited a few times and the band is still on the scene today. They released their 5th studio album, “Hell Yeah” in 2011 and have more plans for touring in the future.

Check out the classic video below for the song “Hold on to 18”