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I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) – Steelheart

I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) – Steelheart

Although Steelheart and their hit “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) sounded like a myriad of L.A. “hair bands,” the band was actually from Norwalk, Connecticut. Like many of their brethren, Steelheart rode the heavy-metal explosion that started in the mid-1980s and continued until 1992. But the times they would soon be a-changin’, and within a year of their only Top 40 hit in 1991, Steelheart, along with Warrant, Poison, Skid Row and all … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

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 »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

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 »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

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 »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

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 »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix

Teen suicide is a tragic part of life that unfortunately seems to be on the upswing. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Kix is one of many teen-suicide anthems. Back in the days when teachers and principals were concerned about gum instead of guns in schools, teen suicide was virtually unheard of. The notion that kids could take their own lives first reared its ugly head in the 1980s, thanks to two highly-publicized court cases involving parents … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock