Clarifications and Corrections

It has come to my attention via Facebook, that in my previous post “Great Metal Albums of 1983: Slayer- Show No Mercy,” that I may have stated something that wasn’t entirely accurate. In that post, I said that the mentioned debut album from Slayer may have paved the way for bands like Metallica. I have been informed and I have checked and found it to be so that Metallica’s debut album “Kill ‘Em All” actually came out before the Slayer album. Therefore, if anything, Metallica would have paved the way for Slayer.

Slayer

Slayer

Metallica

Metallica

There is absolutely no excuse for not checking my metal facts! I know that this is no explanation nor is it any attempt to be but I remember reading an issue of “Hit Parader” magazine, (I used to call it Motley Crue magazine) in December 1985. That magazine had an article on Metallica and their album “Ride the Lightning” and it being so late in the year, I assumed that this album was released in 1985 and subsequently the debut album “Kill ‘Em All” in 1984. Why I never checked to be sure is beyond me but it is no excuse.

One thing I have always prided myself was unlike Hollywood, I always got my facts right. It was the same way when I wrote “Rock And Roll Children.” The one thing I can take pride in from that book was that it was historically accurate. Therefore, I must humbly apologize to Metallica and Slayer fans for my error and promise to be more diligent in the future.

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20 Responses to “Clarifications and Corrections”

  1. I’m sure it’ll never happen again. :). Good on you for this statement though!

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  2. Pretty sure all the Metallica and Slayer fans were too busy rawkin’ to notice such an innocent thing. No worries, but good on ya for setting posterity straight!

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    • Thanks but I have always striven for historical accuracy. Somebody has to because Hollywood sure doesn’t. But you’re right, Metallica and Slayer fans wouldn’t have noticed.

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      • I also strive for historical accuracy but I sold 90% of my rock magazines years ago, so I have to go by memory for a lot now. I’ve been corrected too.

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      • As we now know, memory isn’t always what we think. I made a bigger boo boo by drawing and erroneous conclusion from something I read it Hit Parader, (Motley Crue Magazine.)

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      • Motley Crue Magazine was known as SKid Row Magazine by the late 80’s 🙂

        As recently as last night I was working on a review and fact checked something only to find my memory was wrong.

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      • Really, I stopped reading Hit Parader by the mid 80s on account of every issue having an article on Motley Crue though I’m not surprised about Skid Row. I have that happen to me several times as well.

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      • I stopped buying HP in 1990. They printed a false interview with Sebastian Bach that was used against him in court.

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      • Oh Christ! I hope he sued them big time.

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      • I don’t recall. But I remember he hit a girl with a bottle (by accident) in concert. When he went to court, the prosecution had this interview with Bach where he said something like, “Well that’s why rock stars have lawyers,” and they used that against him. But Bach says it was a made up interview, and if you go back and read all those old HP interviews from the late 80’s…notice they all sound like they are written by the same people? In fact they don’t sound anything like how the actual rock stars talk.

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      • Hmm, that’s a good point. I don’t have any HP issues any more but it wouldn’t surprise me.

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      • It’s too bad. I don’t know how they went from a legit rock magazine to printing fake interviews.

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      • Damn shame. Maybe because in the mid 80s, Motley Crue was featured in every issue. I was convinced that Crue owned shares in the magazine.

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      • I was just a tad late to the party. I started buying it monthly when I was in highschool which started in 1986. But I know you’re right about them constantly being featured. Cover features too, constant, and it continued into the Feelgood era even when Bach was the competition!

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      • That was why I stopped buying it. The last issue I bought was the one I mentioned here because it had Ozzy on the cover.

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  3. I saw that statement in your post but let it go. As a fellow blogger I felt like commenting, but decided against it.
    As for releases, both bands released a demo in 1982, so let’s just say that together they both paved the way for all the thrash metal bands that followed.

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    • I really don’t mind if you correct me if I get something wrong as long as you’re not abusive about it. Both bands did pave the way for thrash metal bands to follow.

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  4. The only thing that you may have to apologize for is the fact that I had to see a picture of Lars with a pouty face while eating my dinner.

    😉

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