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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”.


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.




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”



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.







DIO Last In Line Lineup

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:







Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Today we’re continuing our trip back in time to the metal power ballads that either we loved or hated. Let me know what some of yours are and I’ll feature them in a future post.


L to R: Jeff Pilson, Don Dokken, George Lynch and Mick Brown

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Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

For today’s power ballad, we take a trip back to 1985 to a track off Dokken’s second album “Tooth and Nail” called “Alone Again.” The song chronicles the hurt and depression after a romantic breakup. When asked about the song, singer Don Dokken said that he had written the song when he was 25 but had put it in a box and forgot about it. When the band were working on the “Tooth and Nail” album, their record label had mentioned that power ballads were the next big thing at that time, so Don brought the tape to the studio and along with bassist Jeff Pilson “Alone Again” was born.

The song became the band’s biggest hit and the video was played in heavy rotation on MTV. Shot mostly in black and white, the video shows the band in concert and cuts to Don in his hotel room alone after their shows dealing with the pain of the breakup. See the classic video below:







Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you enjoyed the spooky posts from last month. This month we’re gonna go back in time to the metal power ballads that either we loved or hated. I’ll share some of my favorites and let me know what some of yours are and I’ll feature them in an upcoming post.


L to R: Tim Gaines, Michael Sweet, Oz Fox and Robert Sweet

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Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the third album by the band Stryper called “To Hell With The Devil” for the track “Honestly.” The song which was their biggest hit from the album was the most requested video on MTV and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Stryper, who hail from Orange County, California are a Christian Metal Band who threw out bibles to their fans during their shows in the 80’s. They constantly came under fire for their religious beliefs and were criticized for opening for such bands Ratt and Bon Jovi in their early days, with critics citing that they were not a true Christian band.


As the 90’s hit, Stryper started to veer their image and message into a different direction, eventually going their separate ways in 1993. While various members of the band have reunited at different points since then, their latest album “God Damn Evil” was released earlier this year with 3 of the 4 original members of the band.

I absolutely love “Honestly” and while the song is about not just loving others, but God as well, it’s a song that definitely stands the test of time over 30 years later. Check out the video below:



L to R: Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia

Today marks the 35th anniversary of one of the most ground breaking metal albums released on this day, September 26 in 1983, by the one and only Motley Crue called “Shout at the Devil” on Elektra Records.

This is the album that put Motley Crue on the map and pushed the band to international stardom.  When the album was first released, the band came under fire for not only the use of a pentagram on the cover, but also the album title. Additionally, the band were presumed to be Satan worshipers. Bassist Nikki Sixx  explained in several interviews that the title is “Shout AT the Devil”  not with the devil and was surprised that others seemed to get a different impression. To quell the controversy, when future editions of the album were released, the cover was changed to pictures of the 4 members of the band.


Shout at the Devil reached #17 on the Billboard 200 chart and the songs “Looks That Kill” and “Too Young to Fall in Love” were chart hits as well. The videos for both songs were extremely popular on Headbanger’s Ball on MTV .

The track listing for “Shout at the Devil” is as follows:

  1. In The Beginning
  2. Shout at the Devil
  3. Looks That Kill
  4. Bastard
  5. God Bless the Children of the Beast (instrumental)
  6. Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)
  7. Red Hot
  8. Too Young to Fall in Love
  9. Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid
  10. Ten Seconds to Love
  11. Danger

“In the Beginning” is narrated by engineer and producer Geoff Workman, who worked with such bands as Queen, Twisted Sister and Journey to name a few.

While the band has vowed and signed a contract that they will never tour as Motley Crue again, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have both confirmed that the band has reunited and are in the studio only to record new music, as well as songs for the upcoming movie adaptation of their autobiography “The Dirt” which began shooting this past February. The Crue legacy lives on!