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Epic – Faith No More

Epic – Faith No More

It was inevitable that somebody would marry heavy metal to rap at some point. Today we’ll look at one of the most successful early rap-metal hybrids in “Epic” by Faith No More. But first a little history. The first rap-metal blend to become a hit was when Steven Tyler and Joe Perry guested on Run DMC’s remake of Aerosmith’s own “Walk This Way.” The new version even charted a good deal higher (Number 4 vs. Aerosmith’s Number … Read entire article »

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The Ballad of Jayne – L.A. Guns

The Ballad of Jayne – L.A. Guns

Time for a history lesson about L.A. Guns and their place in heavy metal lore. Long before the Los Angeles hair-metal scene, there was the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a movement that launched the careers of the famous (Def Leppard, Iron Maiden) to the cult favorites (Motorhead, Saxon) to the obscure (Tank, Raven). Then there was Diamond Head, whose songs Metallica lovingly covered in their garage-band days and later made famous by remaking them … Read entire article »

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Pop Goes the Weasel – 3rd Bass

Pop Goes the Weasel – 3rd Bass

Today we celebrate “Pop Goes the Weasel” by 3rd Bass, a song VH1 listed at #70 on the 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Released in 1991, “Pop Goes the Weasel” was the sixth track of 3rd Bass’s album titled Derelicts of Dialect, one of the greatest alliterative titles of early ’90s hip hop. It’s instantly recognizable thanks to a healthy hook courtesy of “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel. But that’s not it for samples. Listen … Read entire article »

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I’ll See You In My Dreams – Giant

I’ll See You In My Dreams – Giant

Talk about your forgotten one-hit wonders, even I don’t remember “I’ll See You In My Dreams” by Giant. Giant is so far off the beaten path of rock history you’ll need GPS and compass skills used by back-country hikers in remote wilderness areas to even locate this band. Giant was essentially a bunch of Christian Nashville session players that decided one day to get together as a band and make records of their own, like Toto in … Read entire article »

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House of Pain – Faster Pussycat

House of Pain – Faster Pussycat

Today we honor Faster Pussycat and their one-hit wonder “House of Pain.” With songs such as “Cathouse,” “Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique” and the near-novelty “Bathroom Wall,” a heavy metal cousin to “867-5309 (Jenny)” by Tommy Tutone, Faster Pussycat (named for a 1960s movie) was certainly one of the silliest bands to emerge from the Los Angeles “hair metal” scene of the 1980s. “House of Pain,” however, was a serious song: a power ballad about one of … Read entire article »

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Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

And now, dear friends, a candidate for worst one-hit wonder ever. “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies is a love-it-or-hate-it ditty by beloved Canadian band, Crash Test Dummies (at least they were beloved in Canada for a few years). Hear more: Canadian one-hit wonders The lyrics focus on kids with abnormalities (white hair, birthmarks and Pentecostal parents). A bold move since the song potentially offends all people with white hair, birthmarks and “lurch and shake” religious … Read entire article »

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