4 Years Ago (2017)
Someone said to me “Nothing matters except the result”.
Remember a time when a music business executive would say to an artist, nothing matters except the sales.
Because the connection a fan makes with the music and the artist didn’t matter to them. The community built around the artist and their songs doesn’t matter. The community built around a scene doesn’t matter. The time spent away from loved ones doesn’t matter. The support of other artists, songwriters and families doesn’t matter. All the hours the artist spent in the dark to get to the light doesn’t matter.
Rather than treating the artist as an asset that companies should invest in, artists are seen as costs that should be minimised.
I covered “Out On The Streets” and “King Of The Fools” from the “Come Out And Play” album by Twisted Sister.
“Fight For Your Rights” by Motley Crue got a mention. It made me wonder how a band with so many addictions could get it together to churn out an album. “Theater of Pain” has a reputation as a “filler” album. But the album does have some “unfinished” deep cuts, like this song.
Who wrote the Bible?Who set the laws?
“Waiting For Darkness” from Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark At The Moon” was mentioned.
“That’s The Way I Wanna Rock ‘ N’ Roll” from AC/DC’s much maligned 1988 album “Blow Up Your Video” got a write up. It was released as a single, however “Heatseeker” was doing a decent job taking the limelight, that this little ditty was ignored.
“Young Lust” from Aerosmith is a favorite from the monster “Pump” album. Some monster songs stole all the glory like “Love In The Elevator”, “Janie’s Got A Gun”, “The Other Side” and “What It Takes”. So it’s easy for songs like “Young Lust” to be lost.
Check out Joey Kramer as he goes to town on the drums, with his double kick underpinning the groove and tempo of the song.
The controversial “One In A Million” from Guns N Roses got a write up.
I covered “Mine All Mine” from Van Halen. I know it was a single, but since the singles from “5150” were still on the airwaves along with “Jump” and “Panama”, it meant “Mine All Mine” just percolated outside the Van Hagar Halen hit factory.
The drumming is frantic, making a clichéd keyboard riff sound heavy as hell and how good is the guitar solo from EVH?
I covered some “forgotten” Whitesnake cuts from the “Slide It In” and “Slip Of The Tongue” album like “Standing In The Shadow”, “Guilty Of Love”, “Kittens Got Claws” and “Wings Of The Storm”.
“Rock Me To The Top” and “Before My Eyes” from Tesla got mentioned.
And Kiss has a lot of forgotten cuts like “Tomorrow”, “Naked City”, “Exciter”, “I’ve Had Enough”, “King Of The Mountain”, “My Way” and “Silver Spoon”.
“Had Enough” by Mr Big, “What’s It Gonna Be” from Ratt,Rock And Roll’s Gonna Save The World” by Y&T are included.
“Gutter Ballet”, “When The Crowds Are Gone”, “Hounds” and “Summer’s Rain” from Savatage are forgotten.
Does anyone remember “Metal Heart” from Accept?
“Downhearted”, “Reckless – Don’t Be So” and “The Boys Light Up” from Australian Crawl round out the list.
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And Roxy Blue. I was late to the party on that one.
And I liked it as the songs are great blends of the best that hard rock had to offer back then.
“Some people get into this business for the attention, they want the babes or the money or the Porsche, but when we first got together we didn’t know that this was going to become a business. We were just friends who wanted to jam.” – Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche founder, ex guitarist and main songwriter)
Be in it for the right reasons.
“The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.” – Eddie Van Halen
“To this day I don’t have a guitar idol. I have people who are my favorites.”– Randy Rhoads (RIP) Guitarist
Be influenced by many. Progress is derivative.
And that’s another wrap for another week.