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It's been over a year since we've gone to bizarro world and this week we finally go back.

 

Aaron and Chris return to a strange place this week as they present volume 5 of their Bizarro Covers series. This week they're spinning more great hard rock and metal versions of songs that are anything but. Tracks from rock/metal artists such as Enuff Z'nuff, Charm City Devils, Exodus, Machine Head and more performing tracks originally done by non-rock artists such as The Police, Seal, Paul Simon, and Irene Cara. We're back in bizarro world and what a long strange trip it's been....

 

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L.A. Guns

Trixter

Andy Taylor

Warmen

Exodus

Machine Head

Mushroomhead

Edge of Forever

 

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This week's episode marks the third time that the "Hoser Heavy Metal Twins" have taken the reigns of the Decibel Geek Podcast. Once again Wally "Wallygator" Norton and Rich "The Meister" Dillon are back with a new batch of Canadian homegrown hard rock and heavy metal. Joining the Decibel Geek website writers turned hosts are two very special guests guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs from Canadian bands Brighton Rock and Fraze Gang.

 

"Roadtrip!" was called, as the Decibel Geek podcast headed out to Niagara Falls Canada to the home of bassist Stevie Skreebs. Equipped with some Iron Maiden Trooper beer, we set up shop in the very basement where Brighton Rock often rehearse and where Fraze Gang came to life.

 

For the next hour the guys enjoyed some laughs, some beers and most importantly some great Canadian music. Also touched on throughout the show, the formation of Brighton Rock, playing a historic show with Triumph, how they came to be part of Mitch Lafon's KISS tribute album, their interpretation of "Creatures of the Night" and more. They also chime in on Gene Simmon's "rock is dead" quote and of course they discussed the progress on the upcoming and eagerly anticipated new Brighton Rock record that is in the works.  The Decibel Geeks can tell you.....it's gonna be fantastic!

 

Wally's Story...

Greg rocking the Hammer 1989

 

I have written about growing up a Canadian metal fan in the 80's many times now. We didn't get MTV north of the border, instead we got the Canadian version called Much Music. Much played all the big rock videos of the day. Crue, Def Leppard and Whitesnake were there, of course, but right along with them were plenty of great Canadian rock, Coney Hatch, the KiLLeR DWaRfS and Brighton Rock among the best. They were every bit the "rock gods" that Sixx, Elliot and Coverdale were. Of course they were, they were all over our televisions and radio airwaves. It almost seems strange to me that these great Canadian bands were not necessarily getting the same exposure south of the border.

 

Brighton Rock in the 80's burned quite a trail, released three incredible albums produced by Michael Wagener, Jack Richardson and Toby Wright respectively. They earned Gold records, won Juno awards and toured the country relentlessly. Over the years I was privileged enough to catch Brighton Rock live probably a dozen or more times. From various clubs in Hamilton (Dallas, Bannisters, etc.), my college pub on frosh week, opening for Honeymoon Suite at COPPS Coliseum and opening for Triumph at Canada's Wonderland.

 

Stevie's Peavey!

If you had told the 18 year old me that I would be invited to sit around and chat with Greg and Stevie, at Stevie's house no less, I might have actually peed myself. Fortunately as a mature adult now (shut up Rich!), I was able to contain my bladder and enjoy the experience. After the recording, the conversation continued on and as hinted on the show we got a sneak peak at one of the new songs slated for the new Brighton Rock record. A thick heavy riff sets off a great new tune that I can't wait to add to my music collection, hurry up fellas! Stevie even let me tinker with his bass as I suddenly went fanboy and almost did a Wayne's World "We're not worthy!" You can see how miserable I am in the photo.

 

Being able to share some Brighton Rock and Fraze Gang music has been a blast! I want to thank Stevie and Greg for being a part of the show, sharing some of your musical picks and for sharing some of the great memories with the Decibel Geek listeners.

 

Rich "The Meister"'s Story:

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and it's time for Chris and Aaron's yearly week off.  These two faithfully deliver an inciteful, humorous, and entertaining podcast each and every week, never having missed one for a total of 162 episodes!  In what has become a yearly tradition in itself, The Hoser Heavy Metal Twins, Canadians Wally "Wallygator" Norton and Rich "The Meister" Dillon are back for a third year of stepping in to bring you this week's episode.

 

I wanted to do something different for our third year attempting to remotely fill the big shoes of the regular Decibel Geek hosts and basically give the faithful listeners something better than just the two of us "Hosers".  I didn't know quite what, but almost immediately after I expressed this sentiment to Wally he returned with the suggestion that soon became a reality.  Joining the Decibel Geek website writers turned hosts for this

The Meister mauled by Brighton Rock!

episode are two very special guests, guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs from the Canadian bands Brighton Rock and Fraze Gang.

 

Personally, I almost feel deprived at times, especially when reading Wally's story above, in that although I was a long time listener my first concert experience with Brighton Rock was the October 2012 show at The Rockpile in Toronto.  Wally and I got the opportunity to sit down with frontman Gerry McGhee before the event for an in depth interview.  The boys had set the gig as a warm up for their planned appearance at that year's Firefest Festival in Nottingham UK and what a show it was.  It was thrilling to finally get to see these guys live and I don't know what they were like then, but I think I can safely say they're stronger than ever.  Over the next couple of years I would often speak to Greg via the internet and even run into him at various shows held at The Rockpile venues, to the point where a friendship has formed.  Even with this it was still exciting to sit down and talk with the boys in this revered space.  As Wally eluded to the fact that 18 year old him may have wet himself, 41 year old me was near that (well I did drink a fair amount of Skreebs' beer!).

 

With the traditional "Keep it Canadian" theme, the four play some great Canadian music, some Brighton Rock/Fraze Gang, chat about bands, music, concert memories and of course drink some beer.  Hopefully you find it as interesting to listen to as we did fun in recording it.

 

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The Meister  (The Meister on Facebook) (Meister on Twitter)

 

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Brighton Rock -Young, Wild & Free

Brighton Rock - Take a Deep Breath

Brighton Rock - Love Machine

Brighton Rock - A Room For Five: Live

Fraze Gang - Fraze Gang

Fraze Gang - 2

Rush - Moving Pictures

Triumph - Thunder Seven

Step Echo - Songs For the Broken

Blood of Van Gogh - Blood of Van Gogh

 

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While you can always count on Decibel Geek to bring you the best songs from your all-time favorite bands, we'd not be doing our duty if we didn't turn you on to some great newer bands as well.

 

Chris and Aaron return this week for volume 3 of their Fresh Blood series. In this hour-plus episode you'll hear great tracks from newer bands such as Count's 77, Cage the Gods, Wayland, Black Trip, Charm City Devils and much, much more!

 

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Switchblade Serenade

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Cage the Gods

Black Train 27

Nothing More

Wayland

Black Trip

Mista Lou and the Posers

The Tip

 

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We're back this week to (belatedly) celebrate Halloween with some of our favorite scary songs.

 

This week Aaron and Chris are spinning some of their favorite Scary Songs. The criteria was loose in some cases as some of these songs sound scary, some are by scary artists, and others are about scary subject matter. All in all though, it's a solid 90 minutes of great spooky rock and metal from artists such as Type O Negative, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Mondo Generator, Dokken, Slayer and more!

 

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After a huge response to last week's part 1, we're back to pick up our talk with John Corabi about the 1994 self-titled Motley Crue album.

 

We pick up Albums Unleashed - Motley Crue with John Corabi part 2 with a discussion of Hooligan's Holiday. From there John guides us through the creative process for each song on the album; highlighting the motives for the lyrics as well as some surprising revelations about the origin of some of the music on the album and a great story about Glenn Hughes' involvement in the recording for Misunderstood. 

 

Other topics touched on in this long-form discussion include

the much-talked-about MTV interview that strained the network's relationship with the band, the possibility of the band changing their name during the making of the album, one song that was re-written for the album five times and another that was almost torpedoed by record company politics; leading to a fight from the band for its inclusion. All of that and A LOT more!

 

 

 

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We're back with the second installment of our Albums Unleashed series and it's been a long time coming but we truly believe it's been worth the wait.

 

John Corabi joins Aaron and Chris this week to discuss what is arguably one of the most underrated albums of all-time; Motley Crue's self-titled album from 1994. In part one of this discussion, John helps us lay the groundwork into the story of the album with stories of his audition process, pre-production for the album, and the maddening-yet-rewarding experience of working with legendary producer Bob Rock.

 

John also shares revelations into the decision-making process of Motley Crue at that time; choosing to abandon the previously-blazed path of lyrics about rock and roll decadence and focus on delivering an album that's powerful not only musically but thought-provoking in its exploration of dark social commenatary. Tracks discussed in part one of this discussion include 'Hammered,' 'Power to the Music,' 'Uncle Jack,' and 'Hooligan's Holiday.' Also covered in this episode is information on John's current plans to perform the Motley album in-full at select upcoming dates with his band that includes guitarists Jeremy Asbrock, Josh Dutoit, bassist Topher Nolen and John's son Ian Corabi.

 

Next week we return to the track by track of the remainder of the album and it promises not to disappoint as John is very forthcoming in sharing the impetus for each song, it's process of creation, and his thoughts on them in hindsight.

 

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After a week focused on Germany to celebrate Rocktoberfest, we're back to being all over the map this week.

 

This week Aaron and Chris return with volume 19 of the Radio Sucks Radio Show series. No theme, no plan; just tunes that the guys have been listening to and think you might like. All eras celebrated with artists old and new including Britny Fox, Cinderella, Crobot, Faith No More, Winger, John Corabi, and a bunch more!

 

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Fit for Rivals

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While many rock/metal shows celebrate Halloween during the month of October, we can't forget another important event from across the pond that enables everyone to get sloppy drunk...

 

This week Aaron and Chris get into the deustchland spirit with Rocktoberfest; an hour-plus of great songs from great bands that hail from Germany. There were a lot of great options to choose from as Germany has produced a ton of great rock and metal over the years. The guys picks include Michael Schenker Group, Accept, Edguy, Helloween, Gamma Ray, and a bunch more. So, fill that beer stein to the top and rock out with us as the Decibel Geek podcast celebrates Rocktoberfest!

 

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Helloween

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Sinner

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No previous guest has garnered more attention (and controversy) to the Decibel Geek podcast than Gary Corbett. And this week, he's back for a different reason.

 

This week Gary Corbett returns to the Decibel Geek Podcast to join Chris and Aaron in a discussion of notable keyboardists throughout rock and metal history. In this long-form conversation, the guys point out some of their favorite keyboard players and favorite keyboard/synthesizer parts of songs throughout rock history.

 

This in-depth discussion with Gary Corbett also includes personal stories of Gary's involvement with keys throughout his life; from his early days of piano lessons at age 4 to his love for the British Invasion to the influence of prog-rock on him throughout high school and into his work from the 80's onward with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, KISS, and Cinderella

 

A lot of laughs, personal memories, and great music throughout this hour-plus discussion on keyboardists. Join Gary, Chris, and Aaron on a trip down memory lane.

 

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Bon Jovi

Cinderella

Cyndi Lauper

Deep Purple

Dio

ELP

Europe

Faith No More

Boston

Beach Boys

Mountain

Ozzy Osbourne

Procol Harum

Rick Wakeman

YES

Steppenwolf

Steve Winwood

Dave Clark Five

The Doors

The Who

Uriah Heep

Van Halen

 

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It's hard to believe that this week's theme has not been covered on the Decibel Geek Podcast but today it takes place.

 

Media worlds collide this week as SiriusXM deejay and author Luc Carl joins the Decibel Geek podcast to discuss their Top 5 Live Albums. When picking parameters for their choices it was mutually agreed that each person would choose albums that had a personal meaning to them in their journey through music and life. Because of that, you're going to hear a wide variety of picks; some you'll agree with and others you won't. Either way, there's lots of tunes, lots of laughs, and lots of great stories shared between Chris, Aaron, and the Ayatollah of Jack and Cola, Luc Carl!

 

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