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80’s HONORABLE MENTIONS

Happy Wednesday Metalheads, hope you’re having a great week. To finish of this month’s Top 5 lists of my favorite 80’s bands, albums and videos, I wanted to mention some of the bands, songs and videos that didn’t make the Top 5 but definitely rank right up there with my favorites. I’ll pick one artist, band, album, video and song from each category that I never get tired of and if I was stranded on a desert island I’d have to have these with me.

OZZY OSBOURNE

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One of my all-time favorites, my metal collection wouldn’t be complete without the Ozzman.

DOKKEN

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The first song I heard by Dokken was “Breakin’ The Chains” and I was hooked. Each album just got better and better and I never get tired of listening to them

QUEENSRYCHE – OPERATION: MINDCRIME

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A perfect concept album from start to finish and no disputing definitely a classic

QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH

This was one of the very first metal videos I had ever seen and no matter how many times I see this video I’m still hooked

Let me know what some of your 80’s honorable mentions are in the comments below! I look forward to reading your responses!

QUEENSRYCHE – QUEENSRYCHE (EP) – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Geoff Tate, Scott Rockenfield, Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton

Pictures courtesy of Discogs and Wikipedia

Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the self titled EP by Queensrcyhe which was released independently on 206 records and reissued in 1983 by EMI.

When Queensryche, who were originally called The Mob, were getting ready to go into the studio, they called upon singer Geoff Tate, who was in another band at the time, to sing on their upcoming recording. The band changed their name to Queensryche after The Mob was not available and released the EP which received glowing reviews and prompted Tate leave his current band to join Queensryche full-time.

In support of the EP, Queensryche went out on tour and opened for bands like Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister. They released “Queen of the Reich” as a single and shot a video for the song. The classic lineup for the EP includes: Geoff Tate – vocals, Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo – guitars, Eddie Jackson – bass and Scott Rockenfield – drums.

Check out the classic video for “Queen of The Ryche”

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

QUIET RIOT – BANG YOUR HEAD – METAL REWIND

Growing up in the 80’s was such a great time for me with lots of great memories which led me to want to share some of my favorites (and possibly yours) then and now.

Welcome to METAL REWIND!! Every Friday I’ll write about an old song, album, band or video from back in the day that always gets my blood flowing and reminds me of days past. I gladly welcome any requests or suggestions and would love to feature your favorites as well.

To begin, this week we’ll take a trip back to 1983, to one of the very first songs that put heavy metal into the spotlight, Quiet Riot’s Metal Health (Bang Your Head) off the album of the same name, Metal Health.

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L to R: Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali

Images courtesy of : Wikipedia & vintageheavymetal.com

The video begins with lead singer Kevin Dubrow in a straight jacket and metal mask planning his escape to entice us all to bang our heads because metal health is what we all need along with bandmates: bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and  drummer Frankie Banali.

The track reached #31 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and was #35 on VH1’s Top 40 Metal songs of all time and has been used in numerous movies and shows, including the professional video wrestling game: Showdown: Legends of Wrestling.

Sadly, singer Kevin DuBrow died of a cocaine overdose in 2007, however his brother Terry DuBrow, a world renowned plastic surgeon, who’s wife Heather is featured on the Housewives of Orange County and had a show on E! called Botched, has his late brother’s platinum records displayed on the walls of his home and speaks about his brother every chance he gets.

Bassist Rudy Sarzo, was one of the original members of Quiet Riot along with guitarist Randy Rhoads, who both left Quiet Riot to become part of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. However after Rhoads death in 1982, Sarzo rejoined Quiet Riot but left in 1985 due to DuBrow constantly bickering and insulting fellow metal bands. Sarzo has had a long career in metal including stints in Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult and Geoff Tate’s Queensryche.

Guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who replaced Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot played with the band until their breakup in 2003. When they reformed in 2004, Cavazo was not included in the reunited lineup and subsequent album release. Cavazo formed his own band, 3 Legged Dog and also became a member of RATT, til earlier this year.

Drummer Frankie Banali, who is the only original member of the band from their classic lineup is still touring with a new lineup of Quiet Riot. Banali started a Kickstarter campaign and produced a documentary released in 2014 that chronicles Quiet Riot’s career called: Quiet Riot – Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back – the infamous lyric from “Metal Health.”

Bang Your Head to the classic video Metal Health below: