4 Years Ago (2017)
I was writing about 1983.
“Frontiers” from Journey is the response from a band at the top of the charts as the “Don’t Stop Believin” and Jonathan Cain era was in full swing.
“Separate Ways” is the piece d resistance. How good is the opening keyboard lick?
“Faithfully” inspired “Purple Rain”. In This Moment also use this song as an influence for the outro of their song “World In Flames”.
“Troubled Child” is one of those underrated gems on an album.
“Bent Out Of Shape” from Rainbow is how far MTV changed the way bands wrote albums. Suddenly experimentation, longer guitar solos or longer songs in general went out the window. Every band was trying to make that arena rock song.
But the single here should have been “Stranded” instead of “Street of Dreams”.
“Flick Of The Switch” from AC/DC is a solid album.
The producer of their holy trinity albums, Mutt Lange was also out. Their manager Peter Mensch was also out. Angus and Malcolm stepped up to give the world a live and raw version of AC/DC.
There is a lot of groove and swagger. The slower tempo’s make it sound HEAVY. But the songs don’t get played live, and the album remains largely forgotten to the masses.
“Never Surrender” from Truimph showed a band that could write ambitious and melodic tracks along with metal and rock tracks as well.
Yngwie Malmsteen was involved with Alcatrazz and “No Parole from Rock N’ Roll” with Graham Bonnet on vocals and “Steeler” with Ron Keel on vocals.
8 Years Ago (2013)
I listened to Bon Jovi’s new album “What About Now” and had a rant over it. And then I heard “That’s What the Water Made Me”.
Cause devils in heaven
There’s angels in hell
We live in a world of fakes, a world of avatars and the lines between good and evil are blurred these days.
1994 (27 Years Ago)
“Superunknown” from Soundgarden and “The Downward Spiral” from Nine Inch Nails are released.
1987 (34 Years Ago)
U2 started their world domination era with the release of their fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree”.
1986 (35 Years Ago)
Rick Rubin got Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to record parts of “Walk This Way” so that he and Run DMC could transform it into a hip-hop jam.
Both acts weren’t enthusiastic about the collaboration but money talks and the track resurrected Aerosmith’s career and pushed Run DMC’s name to a whole new audience as well.
1984 (37 Years Ago)
Ian Gillan’s days in Black Sabbath came to an end, just as Mark II of Deep Purple reformed.