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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 »

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

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

For much of the the 1970s, Los Angeles was known for softer pop-country-folk-rock hybrids such as the Eagles, The Carpenters, Bread, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and others. But in 1978, a new heavy metal band from nearby Pasadena fired the first warning shot across the bow of LA-area mellow rock; Van Halen’s debut album, featuring Eddie Van Halen’s fiery guitar licks and David Lee Roth’s howls punctuated by a blistering mix by Ted Templeman, quickly turned … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister had slogged the clubs in and around New York City for years in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until they shifted operations across the Atlantic that they secured a record deal. Their debut LP Under the Blade was initally released only in Europe (a remixed version showed up in this country after Stay Hungry became a big seller). Looking like a (New York D)olled-up version of Motley Crue, the flamboyant Twisted Sister with their … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Burning Heart – Vandenberg

Burning Heart – Vandenberg

When Deep Purple fell apart in 1976, singer David Coverdale re-emerged a few years later with the first incarnation of Whitesnake, which featured two of his ex-bandmates in drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord. Like Rainbow, Whitesnake inherited the instability gene from its Deep Purple parent and through the years, a veritable Who’s Who of hard rock and heavy metal played in the group at one time or another. Trying to unsnarl who all played … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock