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My Appetite For Destruction….

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I finally finished reading My Appetite For Destruction, and I have to say it was a damn fine read. When I found out last year that my favorite member of the original Guns N Roses line up Steven Adler was putting out his own book, the sixteen year old in me jumped for joy.

Steven doesn’t leave any stone unturned in this book, as he talks about everything from his early childhood upbringing to his final days in one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. My favorite parts of the book are Stevens stories about his relationship with Axl Rose, and the early road tours pre-platinum albums. What was it like touring with The Cult, Motley Crue, and Iron Maiden? It’s here in all its ugly glory.

The only nit pick I have is that, I wish Steven gave more pages to his relationship with Izzy, and Duff as much as he did with Axl and Slash. Also his days of working with Davy Vain in 1991 as part of the Road Crew project are a lil’ skimmed over. Other than that, I think the book does well in painting a picture of one of the most decadent periods of hard rock music.

The orgies, the drugs, the alcohol, get some major talking time in this biography. It’s pretty much a tell all, which I love to hear in my rock n roll biography’s. There will never be another time like the late 80′s hard rock scene, and Steven Adler puts a stamp of approval on that. Highly recommended read for any hardcore GNR fan.

Rating: 8/10

 

All time hard rock filler songs that still stink….

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Yep, the ever loving filler material. You all know the scenario. The band only had seven good songs written, but they had to fill up another fifteen minutes to make up a whole album. So they wrote a few more songs so bland, boring, and forgettable, that even after twenty years they still suck harder then they did back then. Since I’m stuck in the 80′s these days like Uncle Rico, here is my worst hard rock filler songs of all time:

Time For Change – Motley Crue

Midnight/Tornado – Skid Row

Cry No More – L.A. Guns

Ship Rolls In – Faster Pussycat

Think About You – Guns N Roses

State Of Emergency – Winger

Once Around The Ride – Cinderella

The Morning After – RATT

Turn On The Night – KISS

 

Two Bulletboys line ups. Me so happy….

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My favorite third tier hard rock band from the 80′s will now be double the fun. Mark Torien has his shitty version out on the road. Now the other three original band members, Lonnie Vencent, Mick Sweda, and Jimmy D’Anda, along with some other dude are going out on the road as the Bulletboys. I think this is what the world wants, at a moment when there is so much crisis going on. We need to be surrounded by duplicate line ups of 80′s hard rock bands, as one is just plain boring.

I wont be happy until every one of the 80′s glam bands has two different versions out on the road on a yearly basis. Just imagine, two versions of the Sleeze Beez, Kik Tracee, and Enuff Z’Nuff (one with Lonnie and one with Chip)!!! Now that would be tasty. So let’s see the score card of stupidity in the hard rock world so far shall we….there have now been two versions of L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, and now Bulletboys. Pure perfection.

Only in hard rock could this moronic behavior take place. It’s actually kind of embarrassing telling someone you listen to hard rock, when bands are pulling off stunts like this. It”s like guilt by association type shit. These 80′s rockers are so delusional, thinking they can pack halls all across the world with their weak lineups of one original band member, and four other scrubs that are twenty years younger. Gotta love it. Who needs mid afternoon soar operas when you’ve got this Grade A drama.

As for the Bulletboys, if both versions were playing in town the same night, I would probably go see the Jimmy D’Anda version as he was probably one of the better drummers out of that late 80′s L.A. Sunset Strip scene. Mark Torien still has an amazing voice, but the whole Richard Simmons meets David Lee Roth vibe is too much for this war horse too handle.

 

Great White and seniors discounts….

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I used to be a fan of Great White during Jack Russel’s golden years (1986-1991). Now its a whole other story, as playings arenas, and platinum selling albums are just a distant memory for this wild bunch. The spandex, hair, leather jackets, cowboy boots, plush tour buses are all gone. They’ve been traded in for bellys’s that flop over the belt, bald spots, and mustaches. My how the glam world has changed.

For some strange reason, all these 80′s rock bands have found the need to keep doing it till the wheels fall off. It’s something you don’t see in a lot of other genres. Sure, you might see an old hip-hop, or grunge band from the 90′s doing the odd one off festival show, but not full on tours, or releasing mediocre albums year after year, with only a handful of the original members remaining. I say it’s great if you can go out with all the original members, and play with the same intensity you did way back, but when you put on performances like the one you are about to see, you have to ask yourself “is it about time to call it a day?”

To me 80′s glam bands bands are like The Simpsons of the hard rock world. They don’t know when to hang it up, and just keep beating a dead horse. They remind me of that one house guest at a party, that doesn’t know when to leave. There should be more bands following Jerry Seinfeld’s lead. Jerry decided to end Seinfeld on a high note, rather then milk the show for another ten years. Total class.

Its sad to see a once fine institution reduced to a laughing stock, as you will see in this video on the 2:12 minute mark. The sound quality is garbage, but the footage is brilliant.

 

Top ten 80′s hard rock records….

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Top ten 80′s hard rock records….

This for me is like choosing my favorite child, as part of my youth was spent blasting pretty much every 80′s hard rock band from my ghetto blaster…er….boom box. So after many sleepless nights thinking about this list, I give you my top ten 80′s hard rock albums:

1.) Vain – No Respect: This band, and album was like the hidden gem of the 80′s hard rock scene. Vain took the image of the New York Dolls and the punchiness of Hanoi Rocks and spit it out, in the most infectious tunes ever put on record. This band had it all, the image, songs, and one of the most amazing voices of glam rock, Davy Vain. After No Respect, their record label went under, as the second album All Those Strangers was finished, and about to be released. Too bad, as with a little bit of luck, these San Fran glam rockers coulda’ been huge.

 

“Dizzy” Dean Davidson back in Britney Fox….

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For all of you hard rock glam nerds at heart like myself who just can’t get enough, well here is some fabulous news to report. Britney Fox’s original singer “Dizzy” Dean Davidson is finally returning to the band after abruptly leaving twenty years ago. I for one welcome this move, as the Fox was never the same band without Mr. Davidson at the helm.

Dean back in the day, used to get so much flack from the hard rock community about his blatant vocal style rip off of Tom Keifer from Cinderella. It took such a toll on him, that when he left Britney to create his own his band Black Eyed Susan, he abandoned his raspy vocals stylings all together, instead going for more of a cleaner sound. Black Eyed Susan made one album in 1991, then grunge took over and killed poor Susan. After that, Dizzy Dean fell off the face of the planet. Well now he’s back, and the whole world can breath a sigh of relief.

Now what I’m about to show you isn’t pretty, so for all of you Brutal Truth, Napalm Death heads…..you have been warned. By the way, it’s totally obvious to me now where Thom Yorke got the concept idea for OK Computer.

 

Most limp wristed album of all time….

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Most limp wristed album of all time….

There comes an album once in a life time that is so inoffensive, so sappy, so cheesy, so insulting to the intelligence, that one has to bow to its alter. No its not Slippery When Wet, or Final Countdown, or the whole 80′s KISS catalogue……its Alice Coopers most humiliating moment called Constrictor. This record my freinds epitomises pure grade A, 80′s glam rock cheese at its finest. Jon Bon only wishes he could write this limp wristed.

 

Badlands reissues coming soon….

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Badlands reissues coming soon….

The major cool hard rock label Rock Candy Records is reissuing both the Badlands 1989 self titled and 1991′s Voodoo Highway albums this month. If you don’t know, Badlands is the group Jake E Lee started himself after he left Ozzy Osbourne in the late eighties. Jake picked up singer extraordinaire Ray Gillan (R.I.P.), bassist Greg Chaisson, Eric Singer , and together the four of them went on to create one of the most under rated bluesy hard rock bands of the eighties.

 

Scorpions – Sting In The Tail

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Scorpions – Sting In The Tail

Cant blame these much loved Germans for trying. While this album wont fully erase the bad aftertaste of the last four albums the Scorpions have released since 1996 (with the exception of a few solid tracks off of Humanity: Hour 1), Sting In The Tail can be considered as coming full circle in the style of hard rock the Scorps were known for through out the eighties.

 

Airbourne – No Guts, No Glory

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Airbourne – No Guts, No Glory

No this is how it’s done. For those of you still waiting for Flick Of The Switch part 2, here it is full of piss n vinegar. This is the perfect cure for the all out weak, let down of Black Ice (man that album blew chunks) , or for that matter the last three AC/DC albums since 1995.