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Great Metal Albums of 1986: RATT- Dancing Undercover

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2020 by 80smetalman

When “Dancing Undercover” from RATT came out, my sister stated that they should change their name to RUTT. Her point being that the album sounded exactly like their first two. Actually, she may be right in this case, there is a bit of a ‘been there, done that’ feel to the album but at least they didn’t resort to synthesizers like some other bands were doing at the time.

What the album doesn’t have which the first two had was a big single. Debut album “Outta the Cellar” brought the world, “Round and Round” and “Invasion of Your Privacy” gave us the phenomenal “You’re in Love.” Both songs got me listening to those albums without any hesitation. The single from “Dancing Undercover,” “Dance,” wasn’t a chart sensation. In fact, I think there are better songs on the album, actually practically all of them.

As far as I’m concerned, the album doesn’t get into full swing until the third track, “Drive Me Crazy.” That one is an uptempo metal jam where Stephen Pearcy’s voice doesn’t sound tired and hosts a cool guitar solo. I assume it was Warren DeMartini who played it but Wikipedia isn’t forthcoming on it.

“Slip of the Lip” progresses things along even further. This is one powerful tune where the guitars pound at the catchy chorus, “Loose lips sink ships, the way you move, you don’t mess.” This one gets my vote for hidden gem. But if I were to choose a better song for the single, it would be “Body Talk.” This song sounds more like the two big singles from the previous albums which made RATT a sensation. I love that guitar solo. It was released as a single in Japan so the question is: why not anywhere else?

Talking about songs more suited to be a better single than “Dance,” then the first song on side two, “Looking for Love” is a definite candidate. It has that catchy melody but at the same time, no less hard rock. Gee, if I had a time machine, I would go back and advise the band on this. It could have made the album more successful.

“7th Avenue” is a good stomper but not one I would call single material. Still, it earns its place on the album. It is the beginning of the end for the album as the other songs, while not filler, they’re not spectacular either. They serve to take the album out on a steady ride.

Track Listing:

  1. Dance
  2. One Good Lover
  3. Drive Me Crazy
  4. Slip of the Lip
  5. Body Talk
  6. Looking for Love
  7. 7th Avenue
  8. Doesn’t Matter
  9. Take a Chance
  10. Enough is Enough
Ratt

Stephen Pearcy- lead vocals

Warren DeMartini- guitar, backing vocals

Robbin Crosby- guitar, backing vocals

Juan Crocier- bass, backing vocals

Bobby Blotzer- drums, percussion

Another happening pertaining to RATT from 1986 is that in said year, Stephen Pearcy posed for Playgirl Magazine. I know of some ladies who stated that the crotch area looked a bit ‘deflated,’ thus fueling the suspicion that Stephen stuffed a pair of socks down his trousers before going on stage.

Stephen Pearcy in Playgirl

The big question is, was RATT in a rut as a result of “Dancing Undercover?” My answer is not really as there are a couple of fresh sounding songs on it. However, it’s not nearly as good as the first two album. Recently, I listened to the 2010 “Infestation” album and thought that was better. Still, this album isn’t bad.

Next post: Great White- Shot in the Dark

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Great Metal Albums of 1986: Quiet Riot- QRIII

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2020 by 80smetalman

When I first heard Quiet Riot’s fifth album, (3rd album released mainstream), I literally thought, “What the hell?” Like several other metal bands in 1986, Quiet Riot believed they would have more commercial success if they added a bit of synthesizer to their music. This could have been pressure from the record label or a knee jerk reaction to the fact that their previous album, “Condition Critical,” didn’t do as well as the stellar “Metal Health.” In any case, I have always thought “QRIII” was a step in the wrong direction for the band.

The pressure to achieve commercial success through the adding of synthesizers took away the power that took Quiet Riot to stardom. I’m not saying that the album is a total stinker, the songs are at least listenable, even to a metalhead like me, who in 1986, was looking for more power chords. That’s the thing, I believe that if they hadn’t used the synths and just relied on the kick ass metal that got them to where they were, “QRIII” would have been a far superior album.

Let me give an example and the perfect one is “Down and Dirty.” It starts with a Carlos Cavazo guitar solo which makes you think, “That’s more like it!” but then the guitar goes to more of a reggae sound. Normally, I don’t have a problem with this but in the case of “Down and Dirty,” it takes away the power this song could have provided. Saying that, Carlos does deliver a cool solo in the middle. That’s the theme of most of the album, many of the songs start like their going to be pure metal mania, only for the synths to take over and they lose that power. Even the synth-less “Put Up Or Shut Up” isn’t powerful enough to make a significant dent. The one thing that saves the album for me is Carlos Cavazo. When allowed, the power chords on the intro of some songs whet the appetite before the synths dampen it and his solos are as good as any.

While the particular song doesn’t do much for me, I did love the video for the single, “The Wild and the Young.” The theme of the video was very important in 1986 as it was a strike back against holier than thou types war against heavy metal. The video depicts an oppressive society where music is banned and musicians are rounded up and sent to camps. At the time, many metalheads, me included, actually worried that something like this could happen. So, full kudos to Quiet Riot there!

Track Listing:

  1. Main Attraction
  2. The Wild and the Young
  3. Twilight Hotel
  4. Down and Dirty
  5. Rise or Full
  6. Put Up or Shut Up
  7. Still of the Night
  8. Bass Case
  9. The Pump
  10. Slave to Love
  11. Helping Hands
Quiet Riot

Kevin DuBrow- lead vocals

Carlos Cavazo- guitar, backing vocals

Chuck Wright- bass, backing vocals

Frankie Banali- drums, percussion

Additional Musicians:

John Purdell- keyboards

Bobby Kimball- backing vocals on “Still of the Night”

Debra Raye, Michelle Rohl- backing vocals on “the Pump”

James Whitney and the Bible Chorus Choir- backing vocals on “Slave to Love”

“QRIII” was a valiant attempt by Quiet Riot to be more commercially appealing. Unfortunately, it failed on two fronts. It didn’t regain them the stardom they once enjoyed and it alienated their loyal metal following. Still, the album isn’t terrible.

Next post: RATT- Dancing Undercover

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Things That Prove My Insanity

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2020 by 80smetalman
Karate Kid was probably the second most popular film in 1984

Some might call me a ‘saddo’ but I have found myself watching the series, “Cobra Kai,” on Netflix and actually enjoying it. If you haven’t heard of it, the series is basically the 1984 film, “The Karate Kid” but now in present day. The characters are now all grown up but the rivalry between the protagonist and antagonist in the film carries on. But that’s not what I found most interesting about the show.

What I like about “Cobra Kai” is the music! There are lots of flashbacks to the film and because it was made in the 1980s, there are lots of songs from the decade. Here’s the thing, I’ve heard songs from AC/DC , Twisted Sister, Ratt, REO Speedwagon and I think I heard a Night Ranger song. Furthermore, in a brief flashback to 1979, the song featured was “Don’t Look Back” by Boston. Basically, when the play an 80s tune, it’s a great rock or metal track. I haven’t heard any Culture Club, Duran Duran or Frankie Goes to Hollywood. All this makes me conclude that the 1980s was a great decade for music.

Saying that, maybe if the series had been on a mainstream UK network, then Culture Club or Frankie songs would probably have been used as mainstream music media in the UK wants to erase heavy metal from the decade. Fortunately, there are too many British metalheads around to let that happen.

Great Metal Albums of 1986: Kick Axe- Rock the World

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2020 by 80smetalman

Probably said this in the past but one pleasant benefit I get from writing this blog is that not only do I get to go back in time and reminisce about the great albums I listened to in the golden decade of heavy metal, but I also get the chance to listen to some of the albums I missed back in the day. “Rock the World,” the third album from Canadian metallers Kick Axe was one of those albums. I remember hearing the name Kick Axe in the 1980s, it is an amusing name, but because there was so much other great music around, I never got around to listening to any of their stuff. Now, I get to chance to hear what I missed in 1986.

“Rock the World” is an album of two parts. The first four songs of the album are what I call straight ahead heavy metal. The title cut opens things well but the second song is a surprise for me. Before this, I thought the only cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic, “The Chain,” came from Shark Island in 1989. However, listening to Kick Axe’s take on the song, I think they might give Shark Island a run for their money here. It gets my vote for song of the album. The two tracks following that track continue in the traditional metal vein. I do like Larry Gillstrom’s guitar solo on “Red Line” and “Devechan” is the most powerful track on the album and again, Larry’s guitar shines.

Things take a change to the progressive side starting with the fifth track, “Warrior.” With this song, if I needed a song to relax and sail away with while partaking of the magic dragon, I would use “Warrior” provided I didn’t have any Pink Floyd available. It’s one of those songs I would describe as being a bit ‘out there.’ Saying that, the way the guitars are used is rather impressive.

With “Warrior” and the remainder of the songs, I sense the influence of Uriah Heep or possibly Hawkwind. Example: the very cool closer, “Magic Man” bears some resemblance to the Heep classic, “The Wizard.” There are still power chords a plenty but it is done in a more progressive or even space rock fashion. This brings me to wonder if maybe Kick Axe were early pioneers in what we today call, prog-metal or stoner metal. The power chords, harmonizing choruses and the progressive sounding melody all point that way. I can’t fault the musicianship of Kick Axe either, they are all masters of their craft when it comes to singing and playing. The best example of what I mean is found on the track, “We Still Remember” though I won’t take anything from any of the other tracks, they’re good too.

Track Listing:

  1. Rock the World
  2. The Chain
  3. Red Line
  4. Devachan
  5. Warrior
  6. We Still Remember
  7. The Great Escape
  8. Medusa
  9. The Dark Crusade
  10. Magic Man
Kick Axe

George Criston- lead vocals

Larry Gillstrom- guitars, backing vocals, keyboards

Victor Langen- bass, backing vocals, keyboards

Brian Gillstrom- drums, backing vocals

I know there are five in the photo but only four band members listed. This photo was obviously taken when guitarist Raymond Harvey was still in the band.

To be honest, I don’t feel that I missed some history changing moment by not listening to “Rock the World” or any Kick Axe material. However, I do wish I had this album back in the day as it would have been a fine addition to my collection. I will check out the two Kick Axe albums which preceded this one.

Next post: Quiet Riot- QRIII

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Great Metal Albums of 1986: Triumph- The Sport of Kings

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2020 by 80smetalman

Theory: Triumph is the best Canadian band not to have made a big impression in the UK. Support for my theory comes in the form of the 1986 album, “The Sport of Kings.” The album came out just a few weeks before I departed for the UK and for some unknown reason, I never got around to getting it before I left. When I did get to Britain, there was no talk of the album, even by some of the fellow metalheads I would eventually befriend at college. The album was on sale at a few good record shops but you had to dig to find it. Therefore, I get the feeling that Triumph never really made a huge impact in the UK.

From what I have read, Triumph, Rik Emmett especially, have pretty much disowned this album. It could be the fact that there was a lot of tension between the band and their record label, MCA, or it could be the fact that it appears that the album has a more commercial friendly sound. The more hard rocking edge which I came to love Triumph for seems to have been noticeably turned down here. The first three songs are a prime example. While only, “Somebody’s Out There” was the only track officially released as a single, all three of those tracks could have been. They all seemed to have been toned down to appear more radio friendly. In the case of “What Rules the Heart,” it is a bit of a shame because if the guitars had been turned up a little, it would have made a good song great! I love the way Rik solos through the entire song.

“If Only” is more of a return to Triumph’s more traditional territory. However, it’s more towards their creative side than a rock out. Not a criticism, just an observation. This song reminds me a little of the classic “World of Fantasy,” so that’s not a bad thing. On the other hand, the next track, “Hooked On You,” is more of a return to the hard rock which made Triumph famous in my eyes. Each time, I hear the song on the album, I find myself saying, “Let’s have more of this.” Therefore, it gets my vote for hidden gem.

If listening to “The Sport of Kings” on cassette or vinyl, “Hooked on You” ends the first side. This whets the appetite giving hope that side two provides more of the same. “Take a Stand” delivers on that hope. It is a rocker with power chords and some cool harmonizing on the chorus and a pretty cool guitar solo from Emmett. Then when you think things are rocking along, the ballad, “Just One Night,” pops up. It’s okay as far as ballads go but I can’t shake the belief that it would have been better placed earlier on the album, before “Hooked on You.”

Following the ballad is an instrumental, mainly acoustic but there is a brief solo at the beginning and some keyboards. Only a minute and a half long, it does provide a brief break before things go back to more rock with “Play With Fire.” Yes, more of this please! And you get more of that with “Don’t Love Anyone Else but Me.” That song has a killer intro and though I still class it as a rocker, it does seem to be toned down a little. It does have a catchy rhythm to it. In fact, I think it would be a better closer than “In the Middle of the Night.” The actual closer sounds like, a ‘let’s do some experimenting’ type song with the different flavours which a appear on it. All of which are done very well, mind you but it’s not what a call a ‘closer’ song.

Track Listing:

  1. Tears in the Rain
  2. Somebody’s Out There
  3. What Rules My Heart
  4. If Only
  5. Hooked On You
  6. Take a Stand
  7. Just One Night
  8. Embrujo
  9. Play With Fire
  10. Don’t Love Anyone Else But Me
  11. In the Middle of the Night
Triumph

Rik Emmett- guitars, lead and backing vocals, Fairlight CMI

Mike Levine- bass, synthesizers, backing vocals

Gil Moore- drums, lead and backing vocals, percussion

Additional Musicians:

Lou Pomanti, Michael Boddicker, Scott Humphrey- additional synthesizers, keyboards

Johnny Rutledge, David Blamires, Neil Donnell- backing vocals

While “The Sport of Kings” doesn’t make me want to put other classic albums like “Thunder Seven,” “Allied Forces” and “Never Surrender” on the shelf, the musicianship of Triumph still shines through. It is on account of this that they are able to make what many call a lackluster album, still sound good.

Next post: Kick Axe- Rock the World

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1986: Unions and Splits

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2020 by 80smetalman

First of all, I must apologize for the fact that I’m slipping in my old age. I never gave the answer to my riddle on the Yngwie Malmsteen post, not that anyone came forward with a guess. So here it is:

Q. How many Yngwie Malmsteens does it take to change a light bulb?

A. Twenty-one. One to change the light bulb and the other twenty to find out how Ritchie Blackmore would have done it. Note, that riddle came courtesy of a die hard Blackmore fan.

Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear

For most people on both sides of the Atlantic, the big wedding in 1986 was the one between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. If only we knew back then what we know now about old Andy. However, for most metalheads, the big wedding of that year was the one between Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and actress Heather Locklear.

What astounded me was all the animosity towards this union by all the mainstream media. The non-metal world was deeply resentful of the fact that a Hollywood beauty such as Heather was marrying a heavy metal musician. Some supposed know it alls claimed that Heather was being a rebel and trying to create more publicity for herself by marrying Tommy and many stated the marriage wouldn’t last a year. Even my favourite talk show host, David Letterman, poked fun at the couple by having a Heather Locklear- Tommy Lee marriage calendar of days one to fifty. Sorry Dave, their marriage lasted seven years, longer than a lot of celebrity marriages.

Tommy and Heather’s marriage wasn’t the only one involving a heavy metal musician to attract negative publicity. It seemed every other week in People Magazine, Eddie Van Halen’s marriage to actress Valerie Bertinelli was heading for the divorce courts. If not that, it was commenting on Val’s supposed heartache over not having a child. Of course, the ignorant blamed it on Eddie being some drug fueled metal musician which was preventing Valerie from conceiving, utter nonsense. Those idiots were proved wrong too.

Tony Iommi

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all happy times for metal musicians in 1986. The year also saw the engagement of Tony Iommi and Lita Ford come to an end. Remembering articles in metal mags at the time, Lita was quite reserved about things, stating that it was just one of those things. Since then, there have been reports that Tommy used to slap Lita around which makes me look at him in a whole different light. I still love his guitar skills but I don’t like the man so much anymore.

Even with all the open hostility towards heavy metal that was circulating throughout 1986, there were some happy moments where metalheads got to stick one to the anti-metal establishment. One thought, if news of Tommy’s treatment of Lita had made this news, the media would have used it to say that all heavy metal men are woman beaters, that was the sad case of things back then.

Next post: Triumph- The Sport of Kings

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Ideal Inspirational Blogger Award

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2020 by 80smetalman

I would like to thank Chateau Cherie for nominating me for this award. Her anti-bullying blog has been a very inspiring read for me over the past few months. You can follow her blog at: https://cheriewhite.blog/author/cheriewhite/.

Now I am nominating some of the blogs I follow for this award. The rules are rather simple.

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to her/his blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominee’s through their blog by visiting and comment on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the ” Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award as Rising Star from Ideal Inspiration. https://idealinspiration.blog

My nominees are:

  1. mikeledano.com
  2. Heavy Metal Overload
  3. 1537
  4. Metal-Nerd Blog
  5. 2 Loud 2 Old Music
  6. Thunder Bay Arena Rock
  7. keepsmealive
  8. Jessica Bakkers.com
  9. TVTA

My answers to Cherie’s question are:

  1. What other things do you like to do besides blogging? When not working, I like music and playing computer games. I also referee (American) football.
  2. Ford or Chevy? Definitely Ford! The only Chevy I ever owned game me problems no end.
  3. What is your favourite vacation spot, the mountains or a tropical island? Of the two, a tropical island. Growing up in a seaside resort in New Jersey, I loved going to the beach as a kid and the island gives me a nice ocean to swim in.
  4. What is you favourite season of the year? Summer for sure, reasons are largely stated above.
  5. Would you rather take a train across the country or a plane? That depends what I intend to do when I get to the other side and how much time I have to travel. If I have time to take in the countryside, then it would be the train.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. When did you start seriously getting into music?
  2. Which decade do you consider the best one for rock music?
  3. What are your interests outside of music?
  4. What is your favourite food and why?
  5. What band haven’t you seen live and will never get the chance to?

Looking forward to your answers!

Great Metal Albums of 1986: Europe- The Final Countdown

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2020 by 80smetalman

When MTV played the video for Europe’s best known single of all time, “The Final Countdown,” on the heavy metal half hour, I am sure that I wasn’t the only one who reacted, “This isn’t heavy metal.” Although the keyboard melody is very very catchy, it wasn’t what I expected from a metal song. Furthermore, when Joey Tempest is showing what a good vocalist he is, I hear more bass than the power chords of the guitar. Again, not what I had come to expect from a metal band. However, the guitar solo on the song is an absolute killer, so that made me rethink, a little. Being one to give the benefit of the doubt, I came to the conclusion that Europe was a metal band who just made a commercially viable song to get themselves noticed. This was nothing new from metal bands at the time.

With the success of the single, the question asked was, “What is the rest of the album which bears the single’s name like?” For me, the answer came with the second song on the album, “Rock the Night,” which was also released as a single. This rocker dispelled any belief that Europe were a heavy metal who leaned more towards synth pop in order to make it big. By the way, “Rock the Night” is my all time favourite Europe song.

Even the power ballad, “Carrie” didn’t change my view of the band following “Rock the Night.” Besides, I was already familiar with the fact that many metal bands have their token ballad. Some have more than one. “Carrie” is okay as far as power ballads go, not spectacular but okay.

Looking back, maybe it was a good ploy by the band to put their three singles first on the album. Sometimes, this could be a bad move if the remaining songs aren’t up to scratch but that isn’t a worry on “The Final Countdown.” “Danger on the Tracks” just completely rocks and after a few recent listens, I have completely under appreciated the guitar work of John Norum, He really cooks on this particular song. Because it wasn’t a single, “Danger on the Track” qualifies for hidden gem.

“Ninja” is okay, it rocks but I get the feeling it would be even better if the guitar had been turned up more. The keyboards accompaniment works well here. There is no better way to tell the tragic story of the Native Americans than the way Europe do with the song, “Cherokee.” The hard rocking beat does not take from the message of the lyrics in any way. In fact, it only serves to make the message more powerful. The keyboard solo is quite good on it.

“Time has Come” starts out as if it’s going to be another power ballad but the power chords after the ballad like intro makes me say no. It has a catchy vibe through the power rhythms of Norum and he lays down another great guitar solo. I love the way his rhythm guitar trades with the guitar solo in the middle of the song. Joey’s vocals sound the best on “Heart of Stone.” The vocals really take command here with the band in full support. Another great guitar solo helps too. “On the Loose” is a cool song incorporating everything from the other tracks. For years, I have questioned whether it should have been the closer as opposed to “Love Chaser.” Nothing wrong with “Love Chaser” as a song, I just think it should swap places with “On the Loose” or is that me just nitpicking.

Track Listing:

  1. The Final Countdown
  2. Rock the Night
  3. Carrie
  4. Danger on the Track
  5. Ninja
  6. Cherokee
  7. Time Has Come
  8. Heart of Stone
  9. On the Loose
  10. Love Chaser
Europe

Joey Tempest- lead vocals

John Norum- guitar

John Leven- bass

Mic Michaeli- keyboards, backing vocals

Ian Haugland- drums, backing vocals

A big song, a lead singer who, according to my ex wife and sister, was a heartthrob and a great album. It is no wonder why 1986 was Europe’s year.

Next post: Some More Metal News

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Great Local Metal Talent

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2020 by 80smetalman

In late 1985 and throughout the first half of 1986, there was one metal band which made the rounds in the clubs of South Jersey. That band was called Sacred Sword and they were the main metal band around at the time. There were a few others, but Sacred Sword was the best known. In 1986, they put out a five song EP titled, “Give’Em Hell.” Rumour at the time had it that the record was financed as a result of the lead singer’s brother’s financial compensation following an accident. In any case, what people got was a cool metal EP, which was something not very common around my way at the time.

Local radio did play the EP on occasion, most of the time it was the opening track, “Ready to Pop,” which was the track most suited to be released as a single. However, my favourite track on the album was “Curse of Fright Night” where Alice Cooper’s influence on the band comes in. What I had forgotten after all these years is how good the other three tracks are. All three are straight up metal tunes, “Summer Heat” being the best of the three. I did tape the EP and take it to England with me later on in the year and some of my new friends there were quite impressed with them. Unfortunately, no one from the major record labels were.

Track Listing:

  1. Ready to Pop
  2. Curse of Fright Night
  3. Desolation Love
  4. Summer Heat
  5. Give’Em Hell

John Higbee- vocals

Robin Russo- guitar

Kurt Stunckell- bass

I don’t remember the drummer’s name nor can I locate it anywhere online.

Jerry Johnson was added as a second guitarist after the EP was made

What I have been neglecting to mention on this blog was the impact of a late night radio programme out of Philadelphia. Every Saturday night at midnight, Philly’s best radio station, in my opinion, WYSP, had a one hour programme called “Metal Shop,” hosted my one ‘Mean’ Ed Green. One hour of metal tunes and whenever a metal band played the Spectrum at any weekend, the opening act would appear on the programme as guests. It was the first time I heard any interviews with Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, among others. The programme got a lot of mention in “Rock and Roll Children, so I should mention it more here.

Getting to the point, in the summer of 1986, Mean Ed Green began pushing a Philly based metal outfit called The Bloody Stools. The song which he chose was called, “Give Head or Die.” Again, recently was the first time in years I heard the song but I like the eerie piano intro similar to Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult. The band would go onto release an album in 1991 but I would only hear about this now. Having had a listen, “Meet the Bloody Stools” is a pretty good album.

Frankie Long- vocals

Fabian Vegas- guitar

Tova- bass

Vinnie Bafingucci- guitar

Nikki Sptiz- drums

Then in the Autumn of 1986, I went over to Great Britain. In my first week at university there, when all metalheads find themselves, I met a guitarist who played in a band from Swansea in Wales called Torque Show. His main reason for coming to London was the hopes that his band would make it in the big city. The rest of the band would follow.

Before I met Leigh, Dave and John, they had put out a three song demo called “Heroes and Bad Girls” and they played on a heavy metal compilation album, called “The Metal Collection,” which featured bands from all over Europe.

The original drummer never made the trip to London so the first thing they had to do was find a new one, which they did. That accomplished, they would rehearse in the Halls’ music room where myself and others would watch them. Eventually, they would get some real gigs in 1987 and put out another demo before eventually breaking up. One note, I did see them open for German metal greats, Bonfire,” at The Marquee in London, in 1988.

Heroes and Bad Girls Track Listing:

  1. Looking for the Rock
  2. On Come the Lights
  3. Melt Me

The song from the compilation was called, “Hour of the Slowest Clock.”

Torque Show

Dave Williams- vocals

Leigh Griffiths- guitar

John Gerring- bass, pedals

Mike Edwards- drums

Mark Pardy would take over on drums in late 1986 and because there is no recorded material to be found, I thought I would include a second picture of the band.

Torque Show Mark II

For the most part, none of these bands made it beyond their locality and it’s only die hard fans like me who keep their memories going. Still, these three bands were all part of my 1986 and I am singing their praises now.

Next post: Europe- The Final Countdown

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Great Punk/Metal Albums of 1986: Dayglo Abortions: Feed Us a Fetus

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2020 by 80smetalman

The success of thrash metal in 1986 prompted a lot of punk bands to cross over into heavy metal. However, no band did it better that year than Canada’s Dayglo Abortions. What was once known as hardcore punk won over many metalheads, like me, who were getting heavily into thrash.

One song which highlights the successful crossover is “Argh, Fuck Kill.” What I love here is the fact that they took all the stereotypes people had about punk and thrash and made a song out of it. The main lyrics of the song simply go, “Blah, blah blah, blah, blah blah, blah, blah” until the shouting of the title in the chorus. It has been said that those three words are the most common in punk songs. Therefore the Dayglo Abortions take those stereotypes and make fun of them in a cool hardcore way.

That is the great thing about “Feed Us a Fetus,” it makes fun of lots of things, especially all the things I found wrong with 80s Reagan America. A definite target is religion, actually the rise of the TV evangelists which seemed to dominate Sunday morning television back then. “Die Sinner Die” and “Religious Bumfucks” tackle it very well. America itself is also targeted via songs such as “Wake Up America” and “Ronald McRaygun.” On the other hand, the band takes a poke at their own country with “Proud to be a Canadian.”

Darker issues are also up for satirical scrutiny in the songs. At the time, many people were still in awe of the lyrics in Suicidal Tendencies’ “I Saw Your Mommy.” Dayglo Abortions take it even further with the song, “I Killed Mommy,” where the chorus goes: “I killed mommy with an automatic.” I don’t think that song would have gotten airplay on commercial radio. Then again, in another song, they want to kill the hosers but with the hardcore thrash sound this band produces, it all sounds good. One noteworthy piece of musicianship is on “Stupid World,” where there is a part borrowed from the Led Zeppelin classic, “Whole Lotta Love.”

With twenty-four songs in less than forty-four minutes, one might think the album goes by in a blur. Not with these songs, each one is unique and not enough praise is given to the band for pulling it off so well. Still, there is one song which stands out above the rest and that happens to be “Black Sabbath.” It’s not really a dig at Sabbath, although Murray Acton does sound a little like Ozzy here, okay maybe a little, after all the second verse goes:

Tony Iommi is my God, his guitar solos have been asterialized

Ozzy Osbourne is so out in space, he probably like it if I pissed in his face

In reality, I think the song simply makes fun of those who copy their favourite rock stars to the point of being a fanatic. Then again, very little is sacred when viewed through the satirical eye of the Dayglo Abortions.

Track Listing:

  1. Stupid Songs
  2. Argh, Fuck Kill
  3. Die Sinner Die
  4. My Girl
  5. Dogfarts
  6. Inside My Head
  7. Wake Up America
  8. Proud to Be Canadian
  9. Stupid World
  10. Ronald McRaygun
  11. Kill the Hosers
  12. Religious Bumfucks
  13. 1967
  14. I Killed Mommy
  15. I’m My Own God
  16. Used to Be in Love
  17. Suicide
  18. The Idiot
  19. Germ Attack
  20. Scared of People
  21. Black Sabbath
  22. I Want To Be an East Indian
  23. Kill Cunt Brain
  24. Whiter Than Hitler

‘The Cretin’ Murray Acton- guitar, vocals

Spud- bass, vocals

Jesus Bonehead- drums

“Feed Us a Fetus” by the Dayglo Abortions is not for the feint-hearted or the easily offended. I can see why they dedicated the album to Tipper Gore. But if you like some good hardcore punk/thrash and have a sense of humour, then this is the album for you.

Next post: Reflecting on Some Local Bands

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