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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”

DEF LEPPARD – PYROMANIA – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen and Rick Savage

Pictures courtesy of Pinterest and Def Leppard Rock Brigade

Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the third album by Def Leppard called “Pyromania”, which is considered one of the best metal albums of all time.

During the recording of “Pyromania”, the band fired original guitarist Pete Willis for excessive alcohol abuse and replaced him with Phil Collen, who was in the band Girl, at the time. The album sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone and hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #18 on the UK albums chart.

“Photograph”, “Foolin’ and “Rock Of Ages” hit the Top 40 charts and received heavy airplay on MTV. Long time producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who had a reputation for being a perfectionist helped drive the band to create an album that was highly influential and definitely a classic. The lineup for “Pyromania” includes: Joe Elliott – vocals, Rick Savage – bass, Phil Collen and Steve Clark – guitars and Rick Allen – drums. The track listing for “Pyromania” is as follows:

1) Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)
2) Photograph
3) Stagefright
4) Too Late For Love
5) Die Hard The Hunter
6) Foolin’
7) Rock of Ages
8) Comin’ Under Fire
9) Action! Not Words
10) Billy’s Got A Gun

Def Leppard are still recording and touring today and have been able to remain strong despite some huge tragedies since forming in 1977, including the death of Steve Clark, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and bassist Rick Savage being diagnosed with Bells Palsy.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC VIDEOS BELOW:

FOOLIN’

PHOTOGRAPH

ROCK OF AGES

 

DIO – THE LAST IN LINE – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Jimmy Bain, Claude Schnell, Ronnie James Dio, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice

Photos courtesy of Red Ring Records and Amazon.com

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a journey back in time to 1984 to the second album by Dio called “The Last in Line” released on Warner Brothers records.

The album which was the first Dio album to feature Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell, was certified gold by the RIAA in 1984 and is considered one of the most classic albums of it’s time. Videos for We Rock, The Last in Line and Mystery received substantial airplay on MTV.

The lineup for “The Last In Line” includes Ronnie James Dio – vocals, Vivian Campbell – guitar, Jimmy Bain – bass, Claude Schnell – keyboards and Vinny Appice – drums.

Check out the videos below from the album:

MYSTERY

THE LAST IN LINE

WE ROCK