These posts are very time consuming but well worth it, as it gets me listening to songs I hadn’t heard yet, I know how is that possible in this day and age, but it is possible.
Pride And Joy – Coverdale/Page
This song had no traction in Australia when it came to the charts but all the American mags I purchased had it advertised.
David Coverdale even made the front cover of a Guitar World issue with Jimmy Page.
And what’s the deal with its digital release. It’s on Spotify Australia, then its removed, then it’s there and now removed again. But YouTube has it.
And everyone said it “sounds like Led Zep” and I’m like, “yeah it will”, because Jimmy Page is a pretty large part of the Led Zep song writing team, so anything he writes will always sound like Led Zep.
Since Led Zep wasn’t doing anything, Coverdale/Page filled the void nicely.
Two Princes – Spin Doctors
While “Pride And Joy” from Coverdale/Page got no traction in Australia, “Two Princes” went all the way to Number One here and it was everywhere. 278 plus million streams on Spotify and the song still has value and life in its ecosystem.
Don’t Tear Me Up – Mick Jagger
I’d never heard this song until today.
It has that “Walk On The Wild Side” feel in the music.
More U2 like than anything else.
Won’t Get Fooled Again – Van Halen
The VH marketing team always tried to keep VH in the Charts. Their live album didn’t really do anything in Australia and neither did their cover of The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.
Man On The Moon – R.E.M
R.E.M was massive in Australia during the album “Automatic For The People”, to the point that I started to hate every single song on the album. Radio stations played em relentlessly and it didn’t matter to which station you switched.
But time heals all wounds and I’m okay with it.
Black – Pearl Jam
My favourite Pearl Jam song, especially that whole 2 minute outro. And to this day, Pearl Jam are massive in Australia.
They would play 5 to 6 sold out shows in the same city during each tour. I had a work friend who followed them around Australia on one of their tours circa 2005/6.
Good Lovin’s Hard To Find – Lynyrd Skynyrd
I never got back into the reformed Skynyrd, so today is my first day hearing “Good Lovin’s Hard To Find” and it swings with the horns and the rockabilly blues.
Cats In The Cradle – Ugly Kid Joe
Massive in Australia, a cover of Cat Stevens.
The message of a kid, wanting to spend time with his father and the father being too busy to do so because of work or tiredness, resonated with a lot of people.
And as the song nears the end, the father now old and retired, calls up his son to spend time, but the son is too busy because family life and pressures of the workplace and creditors keeps em estranged.
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You – Sting
Disturbed covered it recently, trying to cash in on their success of “The Sound Of Silence”.
Sting’s solo career was hit and miss for me. This song is more rooted to his rock ways than some of the other stuff he did and I like it.
Sometimes Salvation – The Black Crowes
Ballad like and bluesy with a 70’s Rod Stewart like vocal line. Black Crowes delivered on their earlier albums.
Driven By You – Brian May
It’s that usual rock-a-billy style riff in the verses but it wasn’t something that captured my attention for long.
Turn It Up Or Turn It Off – Drivin’N’Cryin’
A perfect rock and roll title for 1993. It’s got that heartland style chord progressions that John Mellencamp made famous.
Somebody Knockin’ – Izzy Stradlin And The Ju Ju Hounds
The laidback jam like hard rock of Izzy Stradlin and his Ju Ju Hounds was perfect for 1993 and so far removed from what was happening on the main commercial charts.
And it struck a chord with people.
Down On Me – Jackyl
And then you have Jackyl who took a riff from The Who and a riff and vocal style from AC/DC. They got no traction in Australia, but the U.S magazines had em featured.
Pull Me Under – Dream Theater
When I saw the title, I thought, blah, another band with titles about sexual innuendo and metaphors. But my cousin kept saying, listen to it, it’s got nothing to do with that.
And I still remember hearing the opening arpeggio notes of the intro riff at my cousin’s place. Then the drum tom pattern came in and I was already taping over Side A on a cassette of new music which I just taped a minute before. I was hooked immediately and within a few weeks I would have the original CD in my possession, becoming a lifelong fan in the process.
Eventually the names of Petrucci, Portnoy, Myung, Moore and Labrie would roll of the tongue like the surnames of my best mates.
The One I Am – Dan Baird
For a song that was Number 16 on the Charts back in 1993, I would have expected a lot more streams than 25,790 on Spotify.
First time listener today.
I remember seeing the name, but I never invested time or funds to listen. And I like the blues rock vibe. So similar to what the Black Crowes were doing, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Drivin N Crying and Izzy Stradlin.
Somebody To Shove – Soul Asylum
It was an MTV Awards performance of “Runaway Train” that made me a fan. When I did some research I saw that this overnight sensation was a decade in the making.
How good is the intro and the verses?
Mister Please – Damn Yankees
This band didn’t do much on the charts in Australia. But I was still a buyer based on my fandom of Night Ranger. I didn’t mind Styx and Nugent, but I did like Night Ranger.
And Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent, worked well together. The two albums they did are excellent hard rock albums.
Eileen – Keith Richards
So we had Mick Jagger at Number 3 and good ole Keith Richards at 19.
How can that be?
Both songs are good Rolling Stones songs.
Heart Of An Angel – The Jeff Healy Band
Every time I listen to Jeff Healy (RIP), I think of the “Roadhouse” movie with Patrick Swayze. TJFB is the bar band in the movie and they play behind a Perspex screen so they don’t get destroyed when a fight breaks out.
Healy plays his heart out on the guitar and his soulful bluesy voice fits in perfect.
Crank this one.
Waiting For The Sun – Jayhawks
First time, I’m hearing this song. I’ve seen the name “The Jayhawks” mentioned but was never interested at that point in time. And I like the Led Zepp influences and the solo section which sound like it came from “Stairway To Heaven”.
And speaking of solos, you get an outro solo as well.
Courage – The Tragically Hip
I have been listening to The Tragically Hip recently as fellow bloggers Buried On Mars and Caught Me Gaming are doing tandem reviews of their discography. They are early in, just up to the “Road Apples” album, released in 1991.
This is the opening track of the next album due “Fully Completely”. And I’m a bit torn comparing it to the tracks from the previous albums I like.
She Got Me – Masters Of Reality
First time listener today and it feels like a lot of songs I know. Just think of “Ballroom Blitz” merged with “Radar Love” and a bit of “Let There Be Rock”.
And goddamn it, I like it.
Stand – Poison
Poison doing this kind of Country, Rhythm and Blues is perfect for their style. At times it feels like a U2 song and how good are the Gospel singers.
In Bloom – Nirvana
This song spawned so many copycat bands in a few years’ time.
Return To Serenity – Testament
This song is excellent. The clean tone intro, those little melodic leads and then it goes into a progressive 12/8 swing feel, with a bluesy lead.
This is the Testament I like.
Bed Of Roses – Bon Jovi
It’s not my favourite Jovi song, nor is it in my top 100 Bon Jovi songs.
Here Comes Trouble – Bad Company
Obviously by this time, I had thought that Bad Company was broken up. But they continued and I heard this album a few years ago.
Brian Howe (RIP) on vocals revitalised the band. This album was mainly written by Howe and guitarist Terry Thomas who also did work with Foreigner, Tommy Shaw and Tesla.
Leave It Alone – Living Colour
Great groove rock with a bit of prog added for spice.
Say Hello 2 Heaven – Temple Of The Dog
I heard this in the late 90’s as one of the drummers in the band at the time was a big Soundgarden and Pearl Jam fan. It’s like this song was lost in a time warp and resurfaced in the 90’s.
Steam – Peter Gabriel
Gabriel tried to re-write “Sledgehammer”.
Too Many Ways To Fall – Arc Angels
There is a 10 minute live version on Spotify, with some jamming in the middle section and I like it.
Sweating Bullets – Megadeth
Musically, it’s like an Alice Cooper cut, more theatre like but done in a Megadeth way.
How good is that intro?
Kiss That Frog – Peter Gabriel
I was way off the Gabriel Express by the 90’s and hearing this song for the first time today, tells me why.
Sad But True – Metallica
“Hey, I’m the album that will never stop selling”.
Even in 2021, the self-titled album still moves more units than new releases.
Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion) – Def Leppard
It’s typical Def Leppard, but by 1993 and after being exposed to this kind of Lep on “Hysteria” and a bit on “Pyromania” it was time for a reset.
And “Slang” in three years’ time was the perfect antidote.
I’ll Hate You Better – Suicidal Tendencies
First time listener today, as I never really got into the whole Suicidal Tendencies thing. I know that Rob Trujillo came from em, but even after he joined Metallica, I still didn’t go back and explore his past.
But after hearing this track, I like it. I think some time will be found to listen to “The Art Of Rebellion”.
Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees
First time listener today. I had seen the albums advertised but I never handed cash over. It’s that whole alternative rock vibe, which is okay, but there’s nothing here to get me to commit any further.
Stop The World – Extreme
“III Sides To Every Story” is the best Extreme album.
How good is that whole “Stop The World” section, when they repeat the title name over an A, A/G#, A/F# and E chord progression.
All of the vocal layering feels like Queen but it’s not.
Listen to the solo section and how they build it back up.
Runnin’ On Faith – Eric Clapton
It’s got that feel from “Wonderful Tonight”. If you like that song, you will like this one.
One thing that is prominent listening to these songs is that the 80’s bands classed as hair metal or glam metal, didn’t get killed by grunge, but by blues rock artists who returned to the source of rock and roll for inspiration.
It also didn’t help all of the 80’s hard rock bands that the labels signed a million other artist that sounded all the same and then saturated the market with D level product.
But in Australia, the alternative and grunge takeover was more prominent, as suddenly the charts and radio stations dropped hard rock bands from their playlists, (except for a few classic acts) and replaced them by alternative acts.
“Peaches” is still played very heavily in Australia.
So many peaches to eat.