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Other Developments From 1985

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2019 by 80smetalman

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When I posted about Helix’s 1985 album, I mentioned that I had discovered they had a new album out through a Canadian metal magazine known as “Metallion.” I bought this edition of “Metallion” because it just happened to be on the shelf at my local record store and it was different. I mean in Southern New Jersey in 1985, Kerrang only came around every couple of months and was usually that long out of date. Otherwise, for music news, we had Creem magazine but that focused more on mainstream rock and of course, Motley Crue Magazine, sorry, Hit Parader. God, I keep making that Freudian slip.

Although this would be the only copy of “Metallion” I’d every buy, the uniqueness of the magazine has been burned into my memory for nearly three and a half decades. In this issue, I remember reading some great in depth interviews with Iron Maiden, Loudness and Lee Aaron. While there was an article on Motley Crue in this issue, I don’t remember it. I do remember reading about how Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy stuffed socks down his trousers before going onstage. One of my favourite parts was the interview with Ron Keel who gave his thoughts on Yngwie Malmsteen.

It’s like having this big beautiful dick and all the girls want it but instead you only jerk off. That’s what Yngwie Malmsteen does, he just jerks off. He’s a dick with fingers.

I did use a letter in the magazine in “Rock and Roll Children.” In the letters part, some holier than thou type wrote to the magazine in rebuttal to their article on advise on finding summer jobs. This anonymous writer said that any company would not dare hire one of its typical readers and advised them to cut their hair, change their clothes and take another look at that negative force we call music. In “Rock and Roll Children,” a guest speaker at the high school says the same thing to Frankie when he asks about getting a job in a company.

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Dr Ruth

By the final months of 1985, commercial radio pretty much sucked. When working at the parking lot for eight hours with nothing more than Top 40 radio for entertainment, I began looking to other stations. One station on Wednesday nights had the “Dr Ruth Show.” As most people know, she had a phone in radio show where she gave lots of advice on sex and her German accent made what she said very much worth listening to. Her show was very amusing and a lot better than having to listen to Wham on the radio.

One of the biggest disappointments from readers of “Rock and Roll Children” is that no one caught the reference I made about Dr Ruth. The comment was from Jeff who, after hearing his sister in the throws of passion, says, “I don’t think my sister will be phoning Dr Ruth saying she doesn’t orgasm.”

Well, you most likely won’t hear from me over the next two weeks. I’m off to the USA for a much deserved vacation and I don’t think I will have access to a computer. So, all of you have a great time and see you when I get back. I’ll post all the photos.

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Great Metal Albums of 1985: Venom- From Hell to the Unknown

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2019 by 80smetalman

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Sometimes the problem with posting about compilation albums is the fact that I’ve already said great things about certain songs when I heard them on the original studio album. Therefore, I fear that I would only be repeating myself. On the flip side, it gives me a chance to listen to songs which I might have liked but missed something about that song when I first listened to it on the album. In the case of Venom’s 1985 compilation album, “From Hell to the Unknown,” it’s a bit of both cases.

First, this is not a greatest hits album. That would come out a year later. It is a trip down Venom’s memory lane. The biggest giveaway is the fact the first eleven tracks on “From Hell to the Unknown” comprises the entire debut album, “Welcome to Hell.” Having discovered Venom in 1984, if I had known this existed in 1985, I would have simply bought it back then so I wouldn’t have to buy “Welcome to Hell.” Okay, I was a cheapskate but I do have a better appreciation of the track “Live Like and Angel, Die Like a Devil.”

“Welcome to Hell” is the only full album that makes it onto the compilation album. Maybe Venom thought it might reintroduce it to people who weren’t familiar with it. Anyway, on the downside, I was slightly disappointed the only tracks from the “Black Metal” album are the title track, “Buried Alive” and “At War With Satan (Prelude). I would have thought that “Teacher’s Pet” and “To Hell and Back” would have been on it. More perplexing is that none of the songs from the “At War With Satan” album appear here either and only the title track from “Possessed” and “Too Loud for the Crowd”are represented from that album. That asks the question, where did the remaining songs come from? Well “Die Hard” and “Seven Gates of Hell” are from the live “Official Bootleg” album and “Bursting Out” was from an EP called “Acid Queen.” “Senile Decay” was recorded exclusively for the album or so it seems. Then as an added bonus, there album ends with a live radio interview with the band. With all considered, “From Hell to the Unknown” makes a compilation album worth having.

Track Listing:

  1. Sons of Satan
  2. Welcome to Hell
  3. Schizo
  4. Mayhem With Mercy
  5. Poison
  6. Live Like an Angel, Die Like a Devil
  7. Witching Hour
  8. 1000 Days of Sodom
  9. Angel Dust
  10. In league With Satan
  11. Red Line Fever
  12. Bursting Out
  13. At War With Satan (Intro)
  14. Die Hard (Live)
  15. Manitou
  16. Senile Decay
  17. Black Metal
  18. Possessed
  19. Seven Gates of Hell (Live)
  20. Buried Alive
  21. Too Loud (For the Crowd)
  22. Radio Interview (With Metro Radio Alan Robson)
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Venom

Cronus- bass, vocals

Mantas- guitar

Abaddon- drums

If you were a newcomer to Venom, then I would recommend, (very strongly), “From Hell to the Unknown” as a great introduction to the band. While some of the songs I would like to have seen included aren’t on it, it’s still Venom at their best.

Next post: Some Other Happenings of 1985

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Great Metal Albums of 1985: Overkill- Feel the Fire

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2019 by 80smetalman

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Much has been said about the ‘Big 4′ in regards to thrash metal and a lot has already been said about them here and will be talked about more in the future since it’s metal’s golden decade in which they rose to glory. Just as much has been said about other bands who are just outside those top four bands and there has been much debate as to which bands should make it a top five or linger just below them. Bands I consider on the level just below that of Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeath and Slayer include Testament, Kreator, Venom and of course the band whose debut album I am posting about now, Overkill. There are other contenders too, I thought I’d just throw that in.

As with all the contenders, comparisons are always made with the “Big 4’ and of those, the closest link that Overkill’s “Feel the Fire” album has is definitely Anthrax. Probably because both bands are from the East Coast, the New York area to be exact. Like Joey Belladonna, Bobby Blitz’s vocals are quite clean and are backed up by strong, fast power riffs and thundering drums. This is very evident on the very first two songs on the album. Even if the remaining songs on “Feel the Fire” were so-so, these two songs would have me coming back to this album.

The third track, “There’s No Tomorrow,” constantly changes tempo so you have to keep alert on this one but Bobby Gustafson does nail the guitar solo. He does it again on the next track, “Second Son,” which is a return to Anthrax sounding metal, though Overkill do put their own stamp on it. “Hammerhead” is a definite thrash track and the one to get a mosh pit to open up. If “Hammerhead” opened a mosh pit, then the title cut would be the track to keep it going. Even if you didn’t go into the pit, you want to stand there throwing fists or horns along with it. My vote for song of the album, just beating out “Rotten to the Core.” I can see the mosh pit stopping so everyone can sing: “Fire, fire, the demon burns like a witch.” Then a killer guitar solo with a rhythm guitar trade off, brilliant!

If anything comes remotely close to being filler on “Feel the Fire,” it’s the tracks “Blood and Iron” and “Kill At Command,” though I do stress the remotely here. Even with these there are some good power chords to be had here. In 2019, the little chant like piece on the latter song may sound like it was done before but in 1985, it wasn’t. That brings us to the two closing tracks. I think the band was right to name the penultimate track after itself as it highlights everything I like about the band. It’s powerful, yet melodic in places with great vocals, throbbing rhythm section and a great guitar solo. The closer is a cover of a Dead Boys tune in which Overkill puts its own mark on. It was the correct way to end this debut album.

Track Listing:

  1. Raise the Dead
  2. Rotten to the Core
  3. There’s No Tomorrow
  4. Second Son
  5. Hammerhead
  6. Feel the Fire
  7. Blood and Iron
  8. Kill At Command
  9. Overkill
  10. Sonic Reducer

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Overkill

 Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth- vocals

Bobby Gustafson- guitar

Rat Skates- drums

D.D. Verni- bass

Thrash would gain a hold in my life in 1986 and I would have to go back to some of the great albums I had missed in 1985. “Feel the Fire” by Overkill made that task very pleasant.

Next post: Venom- From Hell to the Unknown

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Great Metal Albums of 1985: Helix- Long Way to Heaven

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2019 by 80smetalman

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Helix’s “Long Way to Heaven” album was another one I happened to discover by chance in 1985. One day in the summer of said year, I happened to be in my local record store and happened to spy a copy the Canadian metal magazine “Metallion” on the shelf. Seeing it was not Motley Crue magazine, erm “Hit Parader,” I bought it. On the cover was the band Helix and that’s how I discovered they had a new album out.

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This was the actual magazine I bought in 1985. I can’t believe I found it online! 

Today, most people would consider “Long Way to Heaven” to be more hard rock than metal but back in 1985, I never worried over these things. In an era taken over by synth pop on the radio, it was good to hear some power chords and this album has plenty of it. On the other hand, I can understand why some wouldn’t call this a metal album. The opening song, “The Kids are All Shakin,'” is very heavy on the Foreigner influence. The song reminds me of “Hot Blooded,” to a small extent. Not that I’m complaining. The second song, “Deep Cuts the Knife” is my vote for best song on the album. It starts out with a cool acoustic intro and lures you into thinking it’s going to be a ballad before it goes nuts with the power chords. Listening to it more carefully, there is some fine musicianship on the song.

It’s with the next two tracks where the mythical border between hard rock and metal gets somewhat blurred in regards to “Long Way to Heaven.” These are both straight forward metal tracks and they definitely pick up the pace of the album, the title cut especially. Don’t be fooled by the following track, “House on Fire,” either. Yes, it may have a progressive sounding intro but it the song simply cooks and by the time it’s over, one is assured that Helix are still playing some cool metal. It has a cool guitar solo on it as well.

“Christine” starts the second half of the album out with the same heavy metal determination in which the first side ended. Then the track, “Without You  (Jasmine’s Song), changes things up a little. It starts out with a blinding guitar solo but then mellows a bit as if it’s going to be a power ballad, then goes heavy again. One must be on their toes for the change ups in the tempo but Helix pull it off very well. It gets my ‘runner up’ vote for best track on the album. The clunking bass followed by some power guitar lets you know that “School of Hard Knocks” is going to be nothing but a metal tune. The big stamp is put on by the way the guitar solos its way out of the song at the end. The last two tracks are simply power rockers and the closer “Bangin’ Off-A_The Bricks,” does its part ending closing the album an a high, especially with the guitar solo and Brian Vollmer’s little rap after it.

Track Listing:

  1. The Kids Are All Shakin’
  2. Deep Cuts the Knife
  3. Ride the Rocket
  4. Long Way to Heaven
  5. House On Fire
  6. Christine
  7. Without You (Jasmine’s Song)
  8. School of Hard Knocks
  9. Don’t Touch the Merchandise
  10. Bangin’ Off-A-The Bricks
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Helix and their friends

Brian Vollmer- vocals

Paul Hackman- guitar, vocals

Brent ‘The Doctor’ Doerner- guitar, vocals

Daryl Gray- bass, vocals

George ‘Fritz’ Hinz- drums

I am forever grateful to the Gods of metal for not letting this album pass me by in 1985. They do work in mysterious ways. Helix could be one of the most underrated Canadian bands of all time, which “Long Way to Heaven” gives witness of. As for “Metallion” Magazine, that would be the only copy I would ever buy but that issue has stuck with me for thirty-four years. More will be explained in a post in the near future.

Next post: Overkill- Feel the Fire

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Great Metal Albums of 1985: The Best of Hanoi Rocks

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2019 by 80smetalman

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When I first discovered that Hanoi Rocks had released a greatest hits album in 1985, I nearly brushed it aside. I mean, how could it be a greatest hits album when “Up Around the Bend” wasn’t on it? That was the first Hanoi Rocks song I had ever heard and it was the springboard into further investigation of the band. Seeing them live in 1984 had a lot to do with it as well but they did play the CCR classic which got my attention that night. But it was that live performance which convinced me that I would be rather silly if I refused to buy an album because one song wasn’t on it.

In spite of the fact that “Up Around the Bend” gets left out, “The Best of Hanoi Rocks” includes three other tracks from that album, “Two Steps from the Move.” Great songs like the ballad,”Don’t You Ever Leave Me,” “Million Miles Away” and “Underwater Word” do appear on the album. “Back to Mystery City” has the title cut and the very entertaining “Malibu Beach Nightmare.” Knowing what I know now that I didn’t know then, these two albums were possibly the strongest in the Hanoi Rocks discography. Therefore getting them together on one album was a no brainer.

Listeners are treated to two live recordings on this best of album. At the time, I didn’t know what a huge song “Tragedy” was and it was only after hearing the studio version of said song that I got why they would have put a live recording of it here. The other live recording was also taken from the same album “Tragedy” appears on, the first album, “Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, “Hanoi Rocks.” “11th Street Kids” is also a cool tune, though I don’t hold it with the same esteem as I do “Tragedy.” Another if I knew that back then surprise comes in the form of “Taxi Driver,” which appears on the “Self Destruction Blues” album. It would be a long time before I discovered that the album was originally a collection of B-sides from 1981 and 82, good song though. Two of the remaining songs come from the “Oriental Beat” album and “Lost In the City” is the only non live track from the debut album. In conclusion, what you got is a full complement of the four years Hanoi Rocks was kicking ass with some cool metal.

Track Listing:

  1. Two Steps From the Move
  2. Don’t You Ever Leave Me
  3. Malibu Beach Nightmare
  4. Lost in the City
  5. Motorvatin’
  6. Underwater World
  7. 11 Street Kids
  8. Oriental Beat
  9. Until I Get You
  10. Back to Mystery City
  11. Million Miles Away
  12. Taxi Driver
  13. Tragedy
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Hanoi Rocks

Michael Monroe- lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone

Andy McCoy- lead guitar, backing vocals

Nasty Suicide- rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Sam Yaffa- bass

Gyp Casino- drums on tracks 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13

Razzle- drums on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11

A great thing about listening to “The Best of Hanoi Rocks” before the most of their other albums was that it got me to listen to those albums. While Hanoi Rocks never made the big time so to speak, they were loved by many metalheads, including me.

Next post: Helix- Long Way to Heaven

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Great Metal Albums of 1985: Laaz Rockit- No Stranger to Danger

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2019 by 80smetalman

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Not all thrash bands from around the San Francisco area in 1985 made it to the big time. Laaz Rockit was one of these. I only heard of them when I was lent this 1985 album, “No Stranger to Danger” and I know I really liked this album at the time. So, this post might be an investigation as to why this band didn’t go further. One would have thought that having war scenes painted on their guitars would have been enough to gain attention.

Like Metallica, these boys were just young kids when they formed three years earlier. Founding members vocalist Michael Coons and guitarist Aaron Jellum were 17 and 18 respectively when they met and formed Laaz Rockit. Unlike Metallica, I wouldn’t have called them a thrash band, even back then. While there are some great power chords on “No Stranger to Danger,” the songs are just too melodic to be called thrash. If anything, they sound more like Helloween. Coons’s vocals sound very similar to those of Kai Hansen. I stated when I visited the two Helloween albums of 1985, that they were given credit for creating power metal, Laaz Rockit could be given an assist for it.

The first three tracks are in the vein of power metal with good guitars and vocals to be had a plenty. The most impressive guitar work of those three songs is on the third track, “Town to Town.” It boasts a cool guitar solo. They do go more, but not totally, thrash on “Backbreaker.” On “Stand Alone,” they do go straddle the thrash-power metal dividing line quite gracefully. The rhythm is fast, not as fast as its preceding track, but fast and Coons delivers a good vocal performance along with some rather impressive guitar licks. “Spared From the Fire” is almost progressive metal with the acoustic intro and the melodic vocals and even when the more powerful chords kick in, the progressive sound doesn’t go away. My vote for best song on the album.

A definite return to more power metal is present on the remaining tracks which includes another cool guitar solo on “Tonight Alive” and  “Wrecking Machine” goes slightly more thrash. Here’s where my Swiss cheese memory gets in the way. It’s been so long since I heard the album on vinyl, I don’t remember if the two live tracks at the end were actually on the album or if the version I listened to on Youtube were from a later re-release with these live tracks as a bonus. I fear it could be the re-release as both songs go more thrash metal. I rule that it doesn’t matter because both of the tracks are really good and end the album on a definite high note, pun intended.

Track Listing:

  1. Dreams Die Hard
  2. I’ve Got the Time
  3. Town to Town
  4. Backbreaker
  5. Stand Alone
  6. Spared From the Fire
  7. Off the Deep End
  8. Tonight Alive
  9. Wrecking Machine
  10. Erased (live)
  11. Prelude (live)

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Laaz Rockit

Michael Coons- vocals

Aaron Jellum- guitar

Phil Kettner- guitar

Victor Angello- drums

Willy Lange- bass

Is Laaz Rockit one of the best bands not to have made the big time? Is “No Stranger to Danger” the best little known album of 1985? I won’t give a definite “yes” to either question I can say that the band and the album are definite contenders for that vote. Give the album a listen and judge for yourself.

Next post: The Best of Hanoi Rocks

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Great Metal Albums of 1985: Y & T- Open Fire

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2019 by 80smetalman

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After several successful studio albums, Y&T put out a live album, “Open Fire” in 1985. The benefit of hindsight, this proved to be a good move for the band. It is one of Y&T’s most successful albums of all time and I quite like it.

While “Open Fire” was recorded in a number of different venues, there seems to be a continuity with the songs on the album, which makes me think that these songs might have been played live in the order they appear on the album. The exception being what is probably their best selling single, “Summertime Girls.” The version which appears on this album is the studio version which would appear on their next studio album. So, I have to ask, “Why?” That leads to my next minor gripe about “Open Fire,” the absence of my favourite Y&T song, “Mean Streak.” I think that if you put that song where “Summertime Girls” was, it would have made the album even stronger.

The album opens well enough with the title cut. It’s a decent opener for a live album and I would have tuned my ear if I had been in the audience when it was played live. Sad fact is, I have never seen Y&T live. Some people I know said they saw them when they opened for Rush early in the year and weren’t impressed. This album makes me wonder otherwise.

Getting back on track, it’s the second song, “Go For the Throat,” which really gets things rocking. This is just one big power song with the crushing guitars and pumping bass. Also the way they end the song live is very cool. Again, if I’d been there live, I would have been up on my feet at this point. The next two tracks prove the musicianship of the band. There’s a cool solo on “25 Hours a Day” and a really cool acoustic intro on “Rescue Me.”

Since I’ve already discussed “Summertime Girls,” I’ll skip to the final three songs. With its very bluesy guitar solo intro, “Forever” makes you quickly forget about “Summertime Girls.” It’s only a few seconds before the pace is picked up again and it ends like it begins, with some powerful guitar playing. Then comes the very amusing “Barroom Boogie” which begins with a very cool drum roll. The album ends with a very nice power ballad in “I Believe in You.” Thinking about it, there are only eight songs on “Open Fire” so maybe “Mean Streak” was played as an encore.

Track Listing:

  1. Open Fire
  2. Go For the Throat
  3. 25 Hours a Day
  4. Rescue Me
  5. Summertime Girls
  6. Forever
  7. Barroom Boogie
  8. I Believe in You
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Y&T

Dave Meniketti- vocals, guitar

Joey Alves- guitar, vocals

Phil Kennemore- bass, vocals

Leonard Haze- drums, vocals

Note: The 1980s practice of holding cigarette lighters in the air, never took off in the UK.

As far as live albums in 1985 go, most of my attention was diverted to The Scorpions and “World Wide Live.” While not on the same level, “Open Fire” turns out to be a pretty good live album. I’m now regretting having not seen them live.

Next post: Laaz Rockit- No Stranger to Danger

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