Tuesday Six – 3/19/2013

Going back to basics this week. Been listening to a lot of good old 80s metal this week (ok, and 1 from 1990). Sure, there was cock rock aplenty released back then, but it was the golden years of metal, songs that would inspire and influence generations to come. Put ANY rock album of today up against Back in Black. They all fall short. Anyhoo, on to the 6!

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AC/DC – Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

I said it on Facebook earlier this week, and I’ll say it again…AC/DC’s Back in Black is about as close to a perfect rock album as it gets. Never gets old, just perfect. Aging like a fine wine, never sounding dated. This album is a winner from start to finish, and one of my favorite songs on the album is what they finished with. Starting with a subdued opening riff, we hear Brian Johnson light a smoke and deliver the opening sermon…

“Cause rock and roll ain’t no riddle man, to me it makes good good sense.”

Exactly.

 

Ozzy Osbourne – I Don’t Know

31 years ago today, 25 year old guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads lost his life in an infamous accident. Like a start gone supernova, Randy only recorded two studio albums with Ozzy, yet left behind a legendary legacy. Combining classical elements into heavy metal, using new and fresh playing techniques, and being a sweet guy that was always smiling set Randy apart from the rest. “I Don’t Know” was the first track off of 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz, and made a huge statement about the future of Ozzy. I have included the live version from the Tribute album to remind you just how spot-on precise Randy was, whether it was in front of an arena or in the studio. Randy influenced many guitarists over the years, and his playing still sounds fresh over 30 years later. Rest in peace, Randy.

 

Black Sabbath – Neon Knights

As Ozzy was beginning his second musical life, Black Sabbath began chapter two with the former Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio leading the charge. Neon Knights is definitely one of my favorite Sabbath songs from either era, solidifying Ronnie’s raised-horn place in metal history.

 

Judas Priest – Nightcrawler

In 1990, British metal gods Judas Priest unleashed hell. Coming off of 2 synthier (Turbo) and poppier (Ram it Down) albums, Priest released the heaviest most crushing album they had every done. Madman drummer Scott Travis took over behind the kit, and killed it like Animal from the Muppet show on crystal meth. Ferocious dual guitars and massive wailing vocals from Rob Halford put this album over the top. It may be sacrilegious to some die-hard Priest fans, but Painkiller is my favorite of em all.

 

Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some!!

A rocking example of the bombastic rock that made Van Halen famous, this smoking’ track off of Women and Children First demands you play air guitar and sing along. Besides, who can hear this song and not think of the amazing dancing cheeseburger?

 

Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock n’ Roll

One year before Twisted Sister released their smash hit Stay Hungry, Twisted Sister released one hell of an album in You Can’t Stop Rock n Roll. With great songs like “The Kids Are Back”, “I Am (I’m Me)” and the prophetic “We’re Gonna Make It”, the title track was the standout anthem of the album. Admit it, every time it comes on we sing along to the opening chords like Beavis and Butthead. “DUHH DUHH DUHH DUHH DUHHHHHHHH!!!” Ok maybe it’s just me. Whatever, this song rules.

 

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