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Three Little Pigs – Green Jelly

Three Little Pigs – Green Jelly

Today we celebrate another novelty song and heavy-metal one-hit wonder with “Three Little Pigs” by Green Jelly. Nursery rhymes and fairy tales have always been fodder for both feature films and animated shorts (how many dozens of old Saturday morning cartoons have spoofed “The Three Bears” or “Little Red Riding Hood”?). It’s the same for the pop chart where numerous songs based on fairy tales have made their mark. For our purposes we’ll concentrate on two stories … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

The Lumberjack – Jackyl

The Lumberjack – Jackyl

Editor’s note: “The Lumberjack” by Jackyl is not a true one-hit wonder. Though if you ask people about the band Jackyl, “The Lumberjack” is often the only song they know. Our resident heavy metal expert Jim Barton pays tribute to this unique song. Just for fun, let’s take a look at a song that was never a Top 40 hit, but I think the novelty angle of a chainsaw being used as a musical instrument … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Love Is on the Way – Saigon Kick

Love Is on the Way – Saigon Kick

Saigon Kick hailed from Florida, a place that for some strange reason spawned the extreme genre known as “death metal,” represented by groups such as Obituary, Morbid Angel, Death and other not-so-pleasantly named bands. I wonder if the cause are those elderly drivers with their turn signals blinking for 20 miles? Or maybe it’s alligators on people’s lawns? Or perhaps all those hurricanes have made people bitter? Saigon Kick from Miami were nowhere near as … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

Boasting one of the all-time greatest metal vocalists in the multi-octave Geoff Tate (he had studied opera), Queensryche stormed out of the gate in 1983 with a four-song EP titled Queen of the Reich that was re-released a short time later on EMI. Unfortunately, Queensryche’s debut album, The Warning, found the band bunting rather than swinging for the fences (although “Take Hold of the Flame” featured a stunning vocal performance by Geoff Tate and was … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

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