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One of our favorite past guests and friend of the show returns this week for a more personal reason.

 

Todd Austin (aka Toddzilla) returns to the Decibel Geek Podcast this week and boy is he packing some great stories. If you don't remember, Toddzilla was Aaron and Chris' guest for Episode 113 - Roth-Era Van Halen Discussion. In that discussion, the guys picked favorite tunes from Eddie and co. but Toddzilla's stories were so memorable and entertaining, they elicited a lot of listeners asking for him to return.

 

In this conversation, Todd shares some of stories of his long career in and around the music industry. Entertaining tales involving Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Ace Frehley, Vinnie Vincent, and Gene Simmons highlight just a portion of the talk.

 

Other subjects touched upon include the growth of the Nashville rock music scene, a strange encounter with Johnny Cash, and details of a documentary in-production covering Toddzilla's life.

 

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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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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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Fraze Gang - 2

Rush - Moving Pictures

Triumph - Thunder Seven

Step Echo - Songs For the Broken

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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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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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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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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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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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The guys are back from a week that nearly put Aaron Camaro out of commission and into recovery. After a health scare of pre-pneumonia, Aaron is back to help Chris tackle this week's subject; and is it ever a doozy.

 

This week the guys cover the first half of two very common subjects in songwriting; Heaven and Hell. Rock and metal bands have written about these subjects for decades and that only stands to continue in the future.This week Aaron and Chris spin some of their favorite tracks about the great beyond that is Heaven. In this episode you'll hear great tracks from artists such as Dio, Gunpowder Gray, Volbeat, Suicidal Tendencies, Stryper, Dokken, and much more.

 

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It's no secret that we like Ace Frehley around here and the new 'Space Invader' album is in constant rotation in the studio and we can't wait to hear more from the original Spaceman. And on that note....

 

Recently, Ace announced that the wait for his next album won't be as long as us Frehley fans are accustomed to. In fact, Ace is planning an all-covers album for the near future.

 

This week Aaron and Chris spin their wish list of covers that they think would benefit from an Ace-lift. You'll definitely be surprised by some of their choices that include songs from Budgie, Billy Joel, Deep Purple, Head East, Cheap Trick and much more! We also share YOUR suggestions for songs that Ace should consider for this new album. Enjoy this hour+ of songs that we want to hear covered by the space cowboy!

 

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Rhys Lett:

KISS – Crazy Nights

Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock (anthem in Australia)

 

Warren Money:

AC/DC – Back in Black

Van Halen – I’m the One

George Harrison – What is Life?

 

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Rush – Working Man

 

Brent Walter:

Ace demos – Catch Me When I Fall aka Audio/Video

 

Todd Cunningham:

Judas Priest – Victim of Changes

 

Ryan Bales:

Eric Clapton – Cocaine

Rolling Stones – Satisfaction

Jimi Hendrix – Manic Depression

 

Ben van Belzen:

VVI – Back on the Streets

 

James Geike:

Sea of Love

Flipp – Freak

 

Thomas Mucaji/Gregory Muse/Steven Conley:

Deep Purple – Space Truckin’

 

Robert Jackson:

Free – All Right Now

 

Paul Wozniak:

Motorhead – Ace of Spades

 

Mensch Maschine :

The Normal – Warm Leatherette

 

Kent Bennett:

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

 

Collins Janus:

Joe Perry Project – Shooting Star

 

Danny Silvers:

Thin Lizzy – Thunder & Lightning, Bad Reputation, Do Anything You Want to, Havin’ a Good Time, Jailbreak

 

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KISS - 2000 Man

 

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It's been entirely too long since Aaron and Chris unveiled the Fresh Blood format for Decibel Geek. The first volume received lots of praise and we're happy to now add the second volume to the collection.

 

This week the guys are spinning tracks by up and coming bands that have the talent, chops, and spirit that all Decibel Geek listeners can appreciate. Tracks from artists such as Gang Forward, We Are Harlot, Diamond Lane, Thundermother, Hardone, Red Wine Hangover and much, much more. It's all new and all for you with Fresh Blood volume 2

 

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Hardbone

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After a full month of covering KISS and the second half of an Anthrax career/discography discussion, Aaron and Chris are ready for a week of their favorite format; no format!

 

We return this week with volume 18 of the Radio Sucks Radio Show. If you’re new to the show, the idea behind this format is simple. We play great songs by great artists that rarely, if ever, get radio play. Corporate stations can waste your time with advertisements and the same 10 songs every hour. This week we’re breaking out awesome deep cuts from W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, Angel, Ugly Kid Joe, Nazareth, Heavens Edge, and LA Guns. We’re also playing brand new stuff from Judas Priest and Sixx A.M. On top of that we, honor the late great Dick Wagner at the top of the show. Lots to sink your audio teeth into!

 

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After a jam-packed KISSMAS in July, we're back this week for the second half of our Anthrax discussion with special guest Victor M. Ruiz from Mars Attacks and Talking Metal.

 

In this long-form discussion Chris, Aaron, and Victor dissect the second decade of the Anthrax story. Starting with 1993's 'Sound of White Noise' and going all the way through 2013's 'Anthems' EP, there was a lot of change in the Anthrax camp. What started out as a new life with former Armored Saint front man John Bush would lead to an interesting game of musical chairs over the years and would ultimately result in the return of Joey Belladonna.

 

In part 2 of this Anthrax career discussion, your hosts share their thoughts on the musical and personnel choices made by the band in the past 10 years. Was 'Sound of White Noise' a stab at being a grunge band? Did 'Stomp 442' have no chance at equaling the success of 'White Noise'? Was Bush's more serious side pushing out the youthful and humorous spirit of the Belladonna-era?

 

Other topics touched upon in this coversation are the behind the scenes power moves that have taken place, trouble with record companies, surviving an American tragedy, and unsung heroes in the Anthrax alumni.

 

It's a fun, thoughtful discussion and not everyone agrees with the choices made. We'd like to hear YOUR take on all of this and you can give it to us by any means listed in the Contact Us section below.

 

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KISSMAS in July is now drawing to a close for 2014 and there were so many things we wanted to cover we figured, why not cover them all?

 

This week Aaron and Chris open up a KISS Grab Bag of topics to discuss. Listeners of the show submitted KISS-related subjects and your hosts give their take on those topics this week. Everything from discussion of KISS' merchandising reaching into things like Hello Kitty and arena football to favorite/least favorite albums, stages, costumes, songs, and much much more is covered in this free-form discussion. We also give an update on Vinnie Vincent, plans for more KISS-related shows later in the year and a track by track discussion of the Ace Frehley album 'Space Invader.'

 

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While Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are the 2 constant mainstays in KISS, the lead guitar position has faced the most changes of their 40 year history.

 

This week Aaron and Chris dissect and spin their Top 10 favorite KISS guitar solos. Aaron takes the Ace Frehley route for his list and Chris pulls his 10 favorite from the combined tenure of Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick, and Tommy Thayer. There's some very interesting and unexpected picks. Let us know what YOUR top 10 KISS guitar solos are by commenting below or on the facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/decibelgeek).

 

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Some of the most memorable KISS discussions we've had are the ones we've conducted with crew members. This week's guest should prove to continue that tradition.

 

Former KISS crew member Ken Barr joins Chris and Aaron this week for an in-depth discussion of a very transitional phase in the Hottest Band in the Land's career. Ken was a drum tech/guitar tech/carpenter for KISS from 1992 - 1996. His tenure included the Revenge tour, Alive III, the 1995 convention tour, MTV Unplugged, Reunion tour rehearsals, and the 1996 KROQ Weenie Roast. Lots of stories about the personalities behind the members of KISS, stories from the road, and Ken's thoughts on what the band is doing today.

 

Our talk with Ken today is just the tip of the iceberg of experiences that he's had throughout his career in the music industry. For much more, check out his book We Are the Road Crew at http://theroadcrew.wordpress.com/


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This week we kick of the 2014 edition of KISSMAS in July. During these next four weeks we'll be focusing solely on KISS-releated episodes and talking to KISS-related guests; and today's is a good one!

 

Sher Bach has been in close quarters with the Hottest Band in the Land during different eras of their storied career. Sher was married to a member of NY glitter scene contemporaries The Harlots of 42nd Street. She was also a performer in her own right; working with another New York act; Ruby & the Rednecks. In this long-form discussion, Sher details her memories of the rock scene at the time including her attendance at pivotal shows in KISS' career at venues such as Coventry and the Hotel Diplomat.

 

A few years later, KISS was on top of the world and churning out enough anthems, toys, and belt buckles to satisfy the population. Her longtime friendship to KISS manager Bill Aucoin strengthened in 1977 when she went to work for Aucoin Management. 

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In this discussion, Sher gives details of what it was like to work on the business side of the entertainment industry and how it, pardon the pun, mirrored the rock and roll side in many ways. She also shares her thoughts on how the excesses caught up to Aucoin and cracks started to appear on the surface of the Madison Avenue money machine.

 

After a couple of shifts in employment, Sher Bach would wind up working in Puerto Rico in the 1980's. In this discussion, she tells Aaron and Chris about KISS' visit to the country during that time, her impressions of Eric Carr, and an interesting story involving Paul Stanley jamming at a small bar.

 

The Decibel Geek podcast would like to thank Sher Bach for so many great stories from her time around KISS and appreciate her candor. 

 

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Chris and Aaron tend to differ on many of the bands that they like. The dichotomy of those tastes have helped broaden their own musical palette over the course of doing this show. But one band that they both agree on is Anthrax.

 

This week Chris and Aaron are joined by Mars Attacks and Talking Metal host Victor M. Ruiz for a discussion of the first decade of Anthrax (1981-1992). In this discussion Chris, Aaron, and Victor go through the anthrax discography from their Neil Turbin-fronted debut, Fistful of Metal, through the final release of the Joey Belladonna era; Attack of the Killer B's.

 

Also included in this in-depth discussion are clips from the hosts favorite songs from albums of this era including Spreading the Disease, Persistence of Time, and the genre-bending I'm the Man EP among others.

 

Other topics covered in part 1 of this Anthrax discussion include rumors that Eddie Trunk was a key player in the removal of Neil Turbin as lead vocalist, touring troubles brought on by numerous problems including the death of Metallica's Cliff Burton, and the strange shared touring bill that had Anthrax opening up arena shows for KISS at their poppiest.

 

From the straight-ahead sound of Metal Thrashing Mad to their adventures into rap and hip hop with their cover of 'Bring the Noise,' Anthrax made a lot of movement during this first decade and we do our best to cover it all.

 

DISCLAIMER: Yes, we know that KISSMAS in July is starting next week. Never fear, part 2 of this discussion will be released during the first week of August.

 

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We're back this week to tackle the second half of a great year of pop culture and rock and roll. Tons of news stories including Madonna's controversial MTV awards appearance, Ted Turner's ill-fated Cable Music Channel and the horrible death of Hanoi Rocks member Razzle. All that, and more, underscored with music from Icon, Dio, Grim Reaper, Y&T, Helix, WASP, Metallica and many, many more!

 

 

July:

 

July 1 - The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA

 

A: DIO - Mystery - The Last in Line (7/2)

 

C: Icon - On Your Feet - Icon (7/7)

 

A: Grim Reaper - See You in Hell - See You in Hell (7/13)



July 14 - Eddie Van Halen makes a special guest appearance at a concert by The Jacksons in Dallas, Texas, playing the guitar solo for "Beat It" live.

 

July 20 - Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America

 

C: Quiet Riot - Condition Critical - Condition Critical  (7/27)

 

A: Metallica - Creeping Death - Ride the Lightning (7/27)

 

BREAK 1

 

Break Return Song:

Queensryche - Warning - The Warning

 

Groups Formed:

Dinosaur Jr., Frehley’s Comet, GWAR, Half Man Half Biscuit, Helloween, Living Colour, Nuclear Assault, The Offspring, Primus, Sepultura, Soundgarden, Warrant

 

Bands Disbanded:

 

Hagar, Schon, Aaronson, Shrieve (HSAS), Hollywood Rose, Kansas, Missouri, Vanilla Fudge

 

C: Y&T - Rock & Roll’s Gonna Save the World - In Rock We Trust(7/84)

 

C: Helix - When the Hammer Falls - Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge (7/7)

 

August:

 

A: Fastway - Station - All Fired Up (8/1)

 

August 9 – Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. This marks the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain.

 

August 10 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut album The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

August 11 - During a radio voice test Pres Reagan joked he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes"

 

C: Krokus - Midnight Maniac - The Blitz (8/22)

 

A: W.A.S.P. - Animal (Fuck Like a Best) - W.A.S.P. (8/17)

 

August 31 – Canadian music video channel MuchMusic begins broadcasting. The first video played is Rush's "The Enemy Within".



Break 2

 

Break Return Song:

Stryper - From Wrong to Right - The Yellow & Black Attack

 

Movies Released:

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • Gremlins

  • Karate Kid

  • Footloose

  • Ghostbusters

  • Red Dawn

  • Terminator (“I’ll be back.”)

  • Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Beverly Hills Cop

  • Police Academy

  • The NeverEnding Story

  • Sixteen Candles

  • Romancing the Stone



September:

 

September 2 – Van Halen concludes its 1984 world tour with a show in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock festival tour. This would be the band's last concert with David Lee Roth as lead singer until 2007.

 

A: Iron Maiden - Back in the Village - Powerslave (9/3)

 

A: The Cult - Spiritwalker - Dreamtime (9/10)

 

September 12 - Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on Tonight Show

 

C: KISS - I’ve Had Enough (Into the Fire) - Animalize (9/13)

 

C: Dokken - Just Got Lucky - Tooth & Nail (9/13)

 

BREAK 3

 

Break Return Song:

Armored Saint - Can U Deliver - March of the Saint

 

Born:

Mark Zuckerberg, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne, Ashlee Simpson

 

Died:

Andy Kaufman, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Count Basie, Ernest Tubb, Razzle

 

September 14 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, andThe Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for "You Might Think". Much attention is garnered by Madonna's controversial performance of her hit single "Like a Virgin" in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters, and grinds her crotch against her veil.

 

A:  Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers - Perfect Strangers (9/16)

 

September 21 – The first compact disc manufacturing plant in North America opens in Terre Haute, Indiana. CDs have previously had to be expensively imported from Japan or West Germany. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. is designated as the first CD ever made in the United States.

 

October:

 

C: Ramones - I’m Not Afraid of Life - Too Tough to Die (10/1)

 

October 26 – Turner Broadcasting System launches Cable Music Channel, a music video channel intended to compete directly with MTV. The first video played is "I Love L.A." by Randy Newman. The channel would only last 34 days.

 

November 6 - Reagan beats Mondale; winning 49 states.

 

November 20 – Michael Jackson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's Chinese Theater. Jackson leaves after only three minutes at the request of security, as the crush of 5,000 onlookers becomes a safety concern.

 

December

 

December – Tipper Gore forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in response to the "filth" she hears on her daughter's Prince album Purple Rain.

 

December 8 – Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident.

 

December 31 - Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car wreck.

 

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C: Hanoi Rocks - Underwater World - Two Steps from the Move (8/84)

 

 

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We're back this week with a discussion of the first half of 1984. All the facts, news stories, pop culture are brought to you by Aaron and Chris along with a soundtrack of great music released during the first half of the year. 

 

Tracks from Bon Jovi, Anthrax, Warlock, Kick Axe, Van Halen, Wendy O. Williams and tons more. Jump in the time machine and rock back to 1984 with us!

 

Facts:

Average Income per year $21,600.00

Average Monthly Rent $350.00

Average House Price 37,182

Movie Ticket $2.50

1 gallon of gas $1.10

Bacon Lb $1.69

 

January:

 

January 11 - BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.

 

Jan 14th - Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

 

January 24 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.

 

Van Halen - 1984, “Drop Dead Legs”

 

Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith, “Freewheel Burning”

 

Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi, “Roulette”

 

Anthrax - Fist Full of Metal, “Metal Thrashing Mad”

 

BREAK 1:

 

Break Return Song:

Russ Ballard - Russ Ballard, “Voices”

 

On TV…

 

Debuts

Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, ER, Murder She Wrote, Who’s the Boss?, Night Court, Airwolf, Three’s a Crowd (debuts a week after the finale of Three’s Company), Charles in Charge, Punky Brewster, Tales from the Darkside, V

 

Wendy O. Williams - “W.O.W.”, “Bump and Grind”

 

(1/27) - Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire during Pepsi Commercial. The next day he takes home a record breaking 8 Grammy awards.

 

Whitesnake - Slide It In, “Slide It In”

 

February:

 

2/14 - Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend an Aerosmith concert and re-join the band, which embarks on a reunion tour "Back In The Saddle" later in the year.

 

Europe - Wings of Tomorrow, “Scream of Anger”

 

March:

 

Warlock - Burning the Witches, “Homicide Rocker”

 

Great White - Great White, “Stick It”

 

RATT - Out of the Cellar, “Lack of Communication”

 

BREAK 2:

 

Break Return Song:

Scorpions - Love at First Sting, “Bad Boys Running Wild”

 

April:

 

April 1 – In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.

 

Saxon - Crusader,  “Sailing to America”

 

Apr 21st - After 37 weeks "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose"

 

May:

 

May 2Lionel Richie's hit "Hello" becomes Motown's first ever UK million-selling single.

 

May 19th - "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62 (‘In 3D’)

 

Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry, “The Beast”

 

Kick Axe - Vices, “Heavy Metal Shuffle”

 

Lizzy Borden - Give 'Em the Axe, “Give 'Em the Axe”

 

BREAK 3:

 

Break Return Song:

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA - Born in the USA (released 6/4)

 

In Sports…

 

‘84 Olympics in Los Angeles + Carl Lewis & Mary Lou Retton

Superbowl 18, LA Raiders (38) Vs. Washington Redskins (9)

World Series - Detroit over San Diego, 4 Games to 1

NBA Finals - Boston Celtics over Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3

Donald Sterling relocates the San Diego Clippers to LA

PGA Champion - Lee Trevino

Stanley Cup - Edmonton Oilers over NY Islanders, 4 games to 1

Wayne Gretsky - Leading Scorer & MVP

Hulk Hogan defeats the Iron Sheik for his 1st World Title at MSG, 34,000 fans

 

June:

 

June 18 – At the climax of a Judas Priest concert at Madison Square Garden, fans begin ripping out the cushions from the seats and throwing them on stage. Judas Priest pay damages through insurance and are banned from Madison Square Garden for life over the incident

 

June 25 – Prince releases his sixth album Purple Rain; the album sells over 20 million copies and gives Prince two US number one singles with "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy".

 

Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground, “Hallowed Ground”

 

TNT - Knights of the New Thunder, “Seven Seas”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There's a lot of hard-working, stressed-out people in this world. One of those people happens to co-host this show.

 

This week Aaron Camaro gives Chris a much-needed week off and produces and hosts this week's episode all by himself. The theme this week is Love Fest and Aaron pays tribute to Chris and others that deserve credit for the hard work they put in. In between, he spins some uplifting tracks from artists such as Motorhead, KISS, Warrant, Supersuckers, ELO, and more. C'mon get happy and enjoy the smooth sounds of Aaron Camaro and some inspirational tunes.

 

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Chuck Garric is no stranger to large crowds and big tours. His bass duties for such rock and metal legends as Dio, LA Guns, and Alice Cooper have given him quite a resume. But one thing that stays the same after playing in front of millions of people over the years; Chuck Garric is still the same music fan he was as a kid.

 

When not on tour, Garric resides in Nashville, TN as part of the long line of rockers that have made their way to the Southeastern hotbed of music. On a random weeknight you can see Chuck, along with members/ex-members of Motley Crue, Thin Lizzy, Accept and many others jamming out to some of the songs that got them hooked on rock and roll in their early years.

 

Aaron and Chris were fortunate enough to grab a coffee with Chuck just before he left for Europe to hit some big festivals with Alice Cooper as well as gearing up to co-headline with Motley Crue on their final tour.

 

In this discussion, Chuck goes back to his Lake Tahoe, CA roots to describe his musical upbringing, the awesomeness of Ted Nugent, his thoughts on American vs. European audiences, and the likelihood of Alice breaking the drought of DaDa songs in the setlist among other things.

 

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This week we bring you volume 17 of our Radio Sucks Radio Show series. If you're new to the show, it's basically us spinning some tracks, old and new, that we think you'll enjoy. Don't expect to hear the same singles that have been run into the ground by classic rock radio. Expect to hear deep cuts from great veteran bands as well as awesome new tracks that the radio guys in suits and ties continue to ignore.

 

 

This volume's selection includes classics from UFOSea HagsD.A.D. and Legs Diamond along with brand new tracks from Rubicon CrossCalifornia Breed and Rival Sons. Also featured are killer cuts from KyngMutha's Day Out and Rearview Ghost.

 

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Last week Aaron Camaro went solo with his one on one talk with Mike Tramp. This week Chris decides to strike out on his own with an in-person hangout with some legends of the Great White North.

 

The Killer Dwarfs were spending a day in Nashville at Sirius Hair Nation deejay Luc Carl’s “metal farm” and Chris took the opportunity to hang out and pester the guys with a microphone between beers. What you’ll hear in the first half of this episode is Chris (and writer Billy Hardaway) hanging out on a patio with the Dwarfs and Luc Carl while chatting about an assortment of stuff including their mutual love for Alice Cooper, touring with Saxon in the 80’s, and what happened to that can of Cuddly Cola from the ‘We Stand Alone’ video.

 

The second half of the show features a one on one talk that Chris has with Darrell about his time with the band Laidlaw, his other band Automan, getting back together with the Dwarfs, sharing a studio with KISS in 1992 and what Dwarfs fans can expect on their current tour in support of their Start @ One album.

 

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It's been 27 years since White Lion broke through into the public consciousness with 1987's 'Pride' album. Featuring a solid rhythm section of bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Greg D'Angelo joining virtuoso guitarist Vito Bratta, the band was fronted by a platinum blonde singer that not only had the right look for the era but also had a damn good singing voice that would reverberate through arenas across the world during the late 80's glam rock takeover. That singer is Mike Tramp.

 

The Danish-born front man fronted White Lion through a very successful run of albums from the previously-mentioned 'Pride' album through 1991's 'Mane Attraction.' The Seattle grunge movement eventually commanded a bigger spotlight and bands of White Lion's ilk were pushed aside; but Mike Tramp perservered, going on to form Freak of Nature and then release eight solo albums with 2013's 'Cobblestone Street ' being his most recent.

 

Mike Tramp has been on a US tour in 2014. Aided by only his guitar and a son he's been reconnecting with, Tramp is bringing an intimate experience for fans that includes White Lion classics and solo selections. Mike was nice enough to spend some time during his stop at the Rutledge in Nashville, TN talking to Aaron Camaro about the tour, the old days, and what it was like to be a part of the shifting sands of the early 1990's. Also included is a chat with two Mike Tramp die-hard fans about their expectations for the show as well as some of their favorite tracks from Tramp and White Lion.

 

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Sometimes going back on your word can be a good thing......

 

This week we present you with the 5th installment of our Vinnie Vincent Special. Joining us for this discussion is drummer Andre Labelle of The Sky. Andre was tapped by Vinnie to drum on the still-not-officially released album Guitars from Hell that was recorded over a period of 1989 through 1992. In this discussion you'll hear the whole story of how the project was started, the interesting ways that Vinnie would decide on equipment,recording techniques, and the circumstances that led to the album being shelved.

 

During this discussion Andre also shares some interesting insight into Vinnie's brief reconciliation with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and his work with them on the then-in-production 'Revenge' album as well as Vinnie's influence going beyond the songwriting for the album.

 

Guitars from Hell has leaked in-part online over the past few years in the form of rough demos; many of which feature Vincent re-recording all the tracks using a drum machine in Labelle's place. In this discussion, Andre shares his feelings about this and confirms that more than the 8 leaked songs do exist.

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Along with Andre, the Guitars from Hell album featured the return of original Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist  and current Sky front man Robert Fleischman. During this talk, Andre shares the working dynamic between the vocalist and guitarist and how things didn't always go very smoothly yet still yielded an incredible technical performance out of all parties.

 

The Sky recently released their second full-length album, 'Majestic.' The band is rounded out by bassist Steve Barber and guitarist Ryan Lake.

 

 

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This week Aaron and Chris launch the first installment of a brand new series for the Decibel Geek podcast with Albums Unleashed. The stories behind the songs, circumstances, and creative process from a major player in an album's creation. And to start things off, we're covering Alice Cooper's DaDa album with special guest Dick Wagner.

 

Released in 1983, DaDa was, for all intents and purposes, dead on arrival due to being the final album in Cooper's contract with Warner Brothers as well as the out-of-the-box style of songs. Part art-rock, part esoteric/theatrical concept, DaDa's synthesizer-infused production combined with a healthy amount of humor crossed with dark subject matter left 1983 audiences confused; and they weren't the only ones.

 

The early 80's were a self-professed "blackout" period for Alice Cooper with the rocker going as far as saying that he barely even remembers the songwriting process or production of this album. Cooper's lack of recollection has led many die-hard Cooper fans to create their own theories as to the concept behind DaDa. Guitarist/composer Dick Wagner, a longtime collaborator of Alice's, was the principal songwriter on this album and was kind enough, while in Nashville in May of 2014, to sit down with Aaron and Chris to discuss the entire album track by track and memory by memory.

 

In this discussion, Wagner shares his memories of the difficult 

that led to getting Alice to come to ESP Studios in Buttonville Ontario from his Pheonix home to join he and producer Bob Ezrin in the making of DaDa. Alice's alcohol abuse hit record highs during this period and Dick shares his recollections of their songwriting and recording process that led to the songs on the album.

 

From the creepy title track's intro that features producer Ezrin aping a psychiatrist talking to Cooper as DaDa's featured character over a bed of strange reverberating sounds and the voice of a child calling out for its father to the dark tale of self-destructive realization that is album closer 'Pass the Gun Around,' Wagner tells the story of the album's basic concept.

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During this in-depth discussion of 1983's DaDa, Dick Wagner reveals the inspiration for the man-in-the-attic track 'Former Lee Warmer' and how, while it has horror opera feel, it's true roots lie in a bad business realtionship with Alice's record label.

 

A fantastic fan-created theory of the albums concept and storyline was written online in 2008 for Ultimate-Guitar.com by a user named madpaperboy89. Aaron and Chris were so intrigued by the review that they read parts of it to Dick to get his take on it. As you'll hear in the discussion, the writer was spot-on in parts.

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As you'll hear in this installment of Albums Unleashed, DaDa still holds a very special place in Dick Wagner's heart and it's finally earning some much-deserved attention after all these years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For a certain segment of the population, April 20th is a very significant day. If you don't partake of a sticky green plant that has certain psychological stimulating qualities, you don't know what I'm talking about.

 

This week Aaron and Chris celebrate 420 in the most fitting Decibel Geek way; by spinning some of their favorite rocking songs that pay tribute to the enjoyment of ganja (aka marijuana). Tracks from Bulletboys, Enuff Z'nuff, Ace Frehley, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath and more are included. Light 'em up!

 

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Every year, the high seas get rocked a little harder during this time of year and 2014 was no exception. The Monsters of Rock Cruise featured around 40 Decibel Geek-worth artists performing rotating sets in the Bahamas aboard the massive MSC Divina cruise ship and our very own Rich "The Meister" Dillon was on board to take it all in.

 

Rich "Meister" Dillon came through Nashville on his way back from the Monsters of Rock cruise to join Aaron, Chris, and Decibel Geek writer Andy Lafon for a discussion of all of the music, atmosphere, and debauchery that took place on the high seas. Underscoring this conversation is music from artists aboard the ship such as Cinderella, Killer Dwarfs, Winger, Red Dragon Cartel, and a bunch more. Dig it!

 

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If you're anywhere near America during this time of year, the term "March Madness" seems to permeate the air. The NCAA basketball tournament becomes the sports centerpiece for the entire month of March and sports and non-sports fans escape into office pools of their own brackets in an attempt to prove their sports knowledge. The musical equivalent of this takes place on (crappy) radio stations across the land; with stations assigning bands in the bracket spots and letting listeners vote on who should be crowned the champ. 

 

This week Aaron and Chris take a rock band bracket list and go head-to-head in a discussion/argument over what happens when you pit these bands against each other. Some of these matchups and picks will anger you, make you laugh, question our sanity. Either way, it's a fun, laid-back talk between Aaron and Chris and more indisputable evidence that radio absolutely, positively sucks.

 

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We're back this week to discuss the second half of the year that was 1994. Tracks from Alice Cooper, Pearl Jam, Stone Roses, Annihilator, Peter Criss, Machine Head, Cinderella, Megadeth, and a ton more.

 

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Intro Song:

Sponge– Plowed – Rotting Pinata (8/2)

 

Facts & Figures:

Movie Ticket $4.08 Average cost of new car$12,350.00 Dozen Eggs 86 cents  

 

Born: Harry Styles (One Direction) & Justin Beiber

Died: Harry Nilsson, Dinah Shore, Dan Hartman, Selena, Kurt Cobain

 

July:

 

Rolling Stones – Sparks Will Fly – Voodoo Lounge (7/11)

 

Gilby Clarke - Pawnshop Guitars - "Cure Me... or Kill Me" (7/26)

 

Alice Cooper – Bad Place Alone – The Last Temptation

 

August:

 

August 12 - Woodstock '94 begins in Saugerties, New York. It is the 25-year anniversary of Woodstock in 1969.

 

Peter Criss - Cat #1 - "Bad People Burn in Hell" (8/16)

 

Machine Head – Block – Burn My Eyes (8/9)

 

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Break Return Song:

Korn– Clown – Korn

 

October 11 - Korn, a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, launches its self-titled debut album Korn, peaking at number 72 on the Billboard 200 and launching the nu metal sound.

List of other metal albums

Sports Discussion

 

September:

 

Jackyl- Push Comes to Shove - "Back Down in the Dirt"

 

Tuff- Fist First - "In Dogs We Trust"

 

October:

 

October 12 - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: No Quarter (Unledded) premieres on MTV. The "unplugged" concert special featuring the two former Led Zeppelin bandmates was filmed to accompany the release of the album of the same name.

 

“Surprised They Released Albums” Discussion

 

Nativity in Black: Tribute to Black Sabbath - Ugly Kid Joe - "N.I.B." (10/4)

 

Queensryche– My Global Mind – Promised Land (10/18)

 

Melvins– Sweet Willy Rollbar – Stoner Witch (10/18)

 

Annihilator– King of the Kill – King of the Kill (10/10)

 

BREAK 2

 

Break Return Song:

Testament– Low – Low

 

Movies Discussion

 

Airheads Soundtrack - Stuttering John - "I'll Talk My Way Out of It"

 

November:

 

November 7 – WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world's first internet radio broadcast.

November 28 - The Milwaukee Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer is beaten to death by a fellow inmate at the prison where he was incarcerated.

 

Megadeth– Reckoning Day – Youthanasia (11/1)

 

Cinderella– All Come Down – Still Climbing (11/8)

 

“Still Kicking in 94” Discussion

 

December:

 

December 2 - Warner Music Group acquires a 49 percent share of Seattle record label Sub Pop in a deal believed to be worth over $30 million.

 

Stone Roses - Second Coming - "Love Spreads" (12/5)

 

Biggest Hit Singles:

Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia, Adams, Stewart, & Sting – All for Love, Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe, All-4-One – I Swear, Mariah Carey – Without You

 

Big Rock Songs of 1994 discussion

 

 

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy - "Not For You" (12/5)

 

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We're back this week with part 1 of our 2 part 1994 Year in Review. In this episode, Aaron and Chris take a look at the facts, figures, cultural events, and new stories that shaped 1994 with an excellent soundtrack as a compliment. Lots to cover!

 

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Buckethead– Welcome to Bucketheadland – Giant Robot

 

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Average Monthly Rent $533.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas$1.09 Loaf of Bread $1.59

 

January:

January 6 – In Detroit, MichiganNancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband.

January 11 - The Superhighway Summit is held at UCLA's Royce Hall. It is the first conference to discuss the growing information superhighway and is presided over by U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

 

King's X - Complain - Dogman (1/18)

 

January 17 – The 1994 Northridge earthquakemagnitude 6.7, hits the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles at 4:31 a.m., killing 72 and leaving 26,029 homeless.

January 21 – Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of mutilating her husband John.

Dio- Strange Highways (U.S.) - "Strange Highways" (1/26)

Prong- Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck - Cleansing (1/25)

Black Sabbath – I Witness – Cross Purposes (1/28)

 

 

February:

Widowmaker– Stand by for Pain – Stand by for Pain (n/a)

 

BREAK 1

Break Return Song:

Corrosion of Conformity – Clean My Wounds – Deliverance

 

TV Discussion

March:

Motley Crue - Poison Apples - Motley Crue (3/15)

Yngwie Malmsteen – Never  Die – The Seventh Sign (3/15)

Pantera - Far Beyond Driven - "I'm Broken" (3/22)

 

April:

April 8 - Kurt Cobain, songwriter and frontman for the band Nirvana, is found dead at his Lake Washington home, apparently of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Offspring- Smash - "It'll Be a Long Time" (4/8)

 

February 1 - Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which will eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.

April 19 – A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.

Love/Hate - Let's Rumble - "Spinning Wheel"

 

May:

May 10 - Illinois executes serial killer John Wayne Gacy by lethal injection for the murder of 33 young men and boys.

 

Pride & Glory - "The Chosen One" (5/1)

Cheap Trick – You’re All I Wanna Do – Woke Up with a Monster (5/4)

Enuff Z'nuff - 1985 - "Fingers On It" (5/2)

 

BREAK 2

Break Return Song:

Alice in Chains – Don’t Follow – Jar of Flies

 

June:

June 12 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman are murdered outside the Simpson home in Los Angeles, CaliforniaO.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.

June 17 – NFL star O.J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low-speed chase ends at Simpson's Brentwood, Los Angeles, California mansion, where he surrenders.

Shandi’s Addiction – Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved – “Calling Dr. Love” (6/21)

Helmet- Milquetoast - Betty (6/21)

Kyuss- Welcome to Sky Valley - "Gardenia" (6/28)

 

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We teased last week that we'd be doing a year in review this week. Unfortunately, time and sickness played factors in us getting our research finished in time. The year in review shows take a lot of preparation.

 

This week, Aaron and Chris bring you volume 16 of the Raido Sucks Radio Show as they spin new tracks by Winger, Heavy Tiger, and The East Side Gamblers alongside rocking tracks from KISS, Betty Blowtorch, Union, Hair of the Dog and much more.

 

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Direct download: Episode_128_-_Radio_Sucks_volume_16.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

The winter of 2013-2014 has been absolutely brutal in the United States and outlying territories. Worse than that, if feels like it's never going to end! March is here and there are still places that have plenty of snow on the ground. It's enough to make even the most cheerful of Decibel Geeks feel depressed and cry out "Winter Sucks!"

 

This week we're joined by guest host Mitch Lafon for a discussion of some of our favorite Winter-themed songs (ie. songs with words like "cold", "ice", "frozen" in the title). In this hour-long discussion, Aaron, Chris and Mitch discuss and spin tracks by Cinderella, Aerosmith, Rainbow, London, LA Guns, Metallica and much more to help remedy your cold weather blues. Mitch also shares his reasoning for recently leaving the popular Three Sides of the Coin podcast and lets us in on his plans for the future.

 

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Rainbow

Cinderella

David Lee Roth

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Van Halen

Bodyjar

London

Metallica

Badlands

Skid Row

Cry of Love

L.A. Guns

Billy Idol

 

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Direct download: Episode_127_-_WinterSucks.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

After two weeks of discussing a British Invasion, we decided this week to discuss another kind of British Invasion and Chris and Aaron are joined by Tim Henderson from Bravewords.com for an in-depth discussion of the entire catalog of heavy metal legends Judas Priest.

 

In this long-form discussion, Aaron, Chris and Tim discuss the recorded output of the iconic Judas Priest catalog; starting with 1974's Rocka Rolla and chronicling each album through 2008's Nostradamus and their hopes for the upcoming album currently being created.

 

There's a lot of twists and turns in this conversation with each host bringing a different perspective due to differing levels of Priest fandom. We hope die-hard Priest fans enjoy this trip down memory land and we also hope this coversation helps turn on listeners not as familiar with Judas Priest's catalog and hisotry to pick up and discover one of metal's most iconic bands. Enjoy!

 

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Sin After Sin

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British Steel

Point of Entry

Screaming For Vengeance 

Defenders of the Faith

Turbo

Ram It Down

Priest Live

Painkiller

Jugulator

Demolition

Angel of Retribution

Nostradamus

 

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Direct download: Episode_126_-_Judas_Priest_Discussio.mp3
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This week the Decibel Geek podcast stays Fab as Aaron and Chris spin some of their favorite Beatles songs covered by some of the favorite rock & metal artists.

 

The Beatles - Covered in Metal is an hour plus of  rock and metal artists putting their own spin on some Fab 4 classics. Tracks from Kip Winger, Type O Negative, Me First & the Gimme Gimme's, Tesla and more!

 

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Direct download: Episode_125_-_The_Beatles_-_Covered.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

With the majority of the world celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landmark first performance on the Ed Sullivan show, Aaron and Chris decided to dip their toe(s) into this renewed Beatlemania.

 

The guys discuss and spin some of their favorite 'heavy' Beatles tracks from albums such as The White Album, Yellow Submarine, Sergent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and more.

 

We also hear from Podkisst host Ken Mills with his picks for favorite heavy Beatles tunes. If you didn't already know, Ken hosted a fantastic look back at the Sullivan show appearance in a special entitled Beatles Invade America. We highly recommend it!

 

We hope you enjoy this look/listen to The Heavier Side of the Beatles.

 

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Direct download: Episode_124_-_Heavier_Side_of_the_Be.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:07pm EDT

As we proved in our Best of 2013 episode, last year was a pretty cool year for hard rock and metal. That kind of standard has Aaron and Chris thinking this week of how 2014 will shape up.

This week the guys play some tracks from bands/artists that are possibly releasing music this year. Tracks by Sebastian Bach, Overkill, Helix, Ted Nugent, Sixx A.M. and many more highlight this week's episode entitled Album Anticipation.

Sixx A.M. continued on the tradition of creating catchy-yet-heavy rock music in 2011 with the release of 'This is Gonna Hurt.' A companion piece to the book of the same name penned by Nikki Sixx, the album combines elements of new and old. Sixx confirmed in a late-2013 interview that the band was putting the finishing touches on their new album.

The Cult are on schedule to release new music in 2014. They had a very busy 2013 as they crossed the U.S. performing the classic 1987 album 'Electric' in full. We prepare for this year's new material with a track from the aforementioned 'Electric.'

Ted Nugent seems to be a real lightning rod these days due to his very divisive comments that he always seems to be making in the press in regards to politics and gun laws. What do we think? Who cares? We hope for new music from Uncle Ted this year and, while we wait, blast out a track from the epic 1978 'Weekend Warriors' album.

Black Label Society are slated to release 'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' this April. Zakk Wylde and company will surely continue their tradition of brutal riffs that also contain a hint of melodic sensibility. While we wait for April, Aaron spins a track from the equally heavy 2006 release 'Shot to Hell'.

Formed in 1974 in Canada, Helix have been in the music industry for 40 years. While new music is scheduled for release this year, Chris plays a track from their commercial peak and the 1983 album 'No Rest for the Wicked.'

One band that's definitely no stranger to the Decibel Geek podcast is Overkill. After 2012's awesome 'The Electric Age' expectations are high now that's known that Bobby Blitz and the boys will be putting out new material this year. We take a listen to a left-field track from 1997's 'From the Underground and Below.'

The Darkness is a band that's been through just about every rock music cliche imaginable. The fact that they are still producing great old-school-inspired hard rock is a testament to their work ethic. The band has stated that they are working on a 2014 follow-up to their 2012 'Hot Cakes' release. Chris takes things all the way back to the 2003 debut album with a track from 'Permission to Land.'

Ace Frehley finally gave KISS and guitar fans new product back in 2009 after a 20 year wait with the release of 'Anomaly.' While many remain skeptical about new music from the original Spaceman, there has been reported activity of Frehley doing some recording over the past year with some well-known musicians. The hope of new music from Ace inspired Aaron to pick a smoking track from 1989's 'Trouble Walkin.'

Scheduled to release a new album entitled 'Give 'em Hell' in 2014, Sebastian Bach is expected to continue releasing solid music as his past few solo albums have proven. Closing out his picks is Chris' choice of a rocker from 2007's 'Angel Down' album.

Hell seemed to freeze over in 2008 with the long awaited release of Guns N' Roses' 'Chinese Democracy.' After a ridiculous amount of lineup changes and delays, the album didn't exactly set the world on fire but did contain some notably great songs. As impossible as it seems, rumors have swirled recently from reliable sources that Axl and the gang might actually put out new material this year. Aaron closes out this week's show with the ultimate in anticipation as he spins one of the 'better' tracks from GNR's previous release.

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Direct download: Episode_123_-_Album_Anticipation.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:46pm EDT

Rock and Metal music is widely stereotyped as a man's world. This couldn't be further from the truth and Aaron and Chris are out to prove it today as they discuss and spin some of their favorite female rockers. Tracks from The Runaways, Vixen, Doro Pesch, L7, Halestorm, and Betty Blowtorch among many, many more show that girls can rock every bit as much as the boys in this hour-plus episode that highlights the Queens of Noize.

Starting things off, is a double dose of Swedish female power as Sister Sin teams up with Doro Pesch for their take on a Motorhead classic.

A few weeks ago, Aaron spun a great Billy Squier cover performed by Damone. Up from the ashes of that great band is singer Noelle LeBlanc's current project known as The Organ Beats. Featuring a catchy pop/rock sound, Chris spins a track from their 2012 'Goldenheart' release.

An all-female metal band that cropped up in the 1990's was Drain STH. Also from Sweden, this group toured heavily, opening for many legendary hard rock and metal acts before calling it a day. Aaron spins a great track from this powerful but short-lived band.

Chris' next pick hits close to home as he spins a selection from Vixen's self-titled 1988 debut. Late guitarist Jan Keuhnemund is no stranger to the Decibel Geek podcast as she was interviewed on the show back in 2012.

We come back from the break with Aaron's choice of a controversial band from the 1990's. L7 were not your stereotypical all-girl group. In fact, they were as tough (if not tougher) than many of the male-dominated bands that they toured with. Fronted by Donita Sparks, we take a listen to an attitude-filled track from 1992's 'Bricks are Heavy' album.

No list of top female rockers would be complete without a mention of Heart. Formed in Seattle in the 1970's and fronted by the sisters Wilson (Anne and Nancy), Heart have strung together a legendary career that has withstood numerous changes in trends. Chris spins one of their heavier tracks with a selection from 1980's 'Bebe Le Strange' album.

What if there were an all-girl version of AC/DC? The closest thing you'll find to that are The Donnas. Known for a simple and catchy hard rock sound, this all-girl group has released a number of great tracks over the years. Aaron spins a festive number from their 'Bitchin' album.

There's a female-fronted band that is getting lots of mainstream attention while continuing to fly the flag for classic hard rock and metal. Halestorm have been racking up hits and awards while saluting their heroes in the form of cover songs and guest appearances onstage. Led by singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, this band continues to give us hope that good rock music is not going away anytime soon as we listen to a track from their 2012 'The Strange Case Of....' release.

Rounding out Aaron's choices of top female rockers is another band that left us too soon; this time due to tragic circumstances. Betty Blowtorch was gaining real momentum with their debut album in the early 2000's and seemed destined to become pretty big stars. 

That all ended much too early as lead singer Bianca Halstead was tragically killed in a car crash during their tour stop in New Orleans. We take a listen to a track that sums up the talent and humor that the band had going for it.

As with Heart, we couldn't do this episode without putting the honor forward to another forerunner of powerful rock women. Chris picks his favorite song by The Runaways. 

This band launched a number of great careers including Joan Jett, Cherie Curry, and Lita Ford. We finish our tribute to women in rock this week with a Joan Jett-fronted track from 1977's 'Waitin' for the Night.'






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Direct download: Episode_122_-_Queens_of_Noize.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

After a wild couple of weeks of going behind the KISS curtain, we're back this week to kick back, have some laughs, and spin some awesome cover songs.

This week we bring you Under Covers 2, a collection of kick-ass hard rock and metal cover songs. Some of these are just great takes on the original and others are more rocked-up versions of less rocking songs. Covers by bands such as Bobaflex, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, Ronnie James Dio, Halestorm and Nantucket covering songs by great acts like AC/DC, Styx, Alice Cooper, Simon & Garfunkle, and Hall & Oates (weird, I know). Hope you enjoy!

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Bobaflex

Jizzy Pearl

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

John Corabi

Nantucket

Ronnie James Dio

Stevie Rachelle

Halestorm

Skid Row

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Direct download: Episode_121_-_Under_Covers_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

To say that last week's part 1 of our conversation with keyboardist Gary Corbett was popular would be an understatement. In just 7 days, part 1 exceeded download totals for any episode in show history. The audience feedback was overwhelming with many, especially KISS fans, expressing gratitude for a peak behind the curtain of a working band that has had its share of controversy. This week's second half is no exception.

Gary shares his happy recollections of his time spent on the road with Paul Stanley during his 1989 solo tour. The solo band, comprised of Stanley, Corbett, guitarist Bob Kulickbassist Dennis St. James, and drummer Eric Singer formed a tight bond and showed a side of Stanley that was much easier to work with according to our interview subject. While this tour seemed a happy time for Paul Stanley, Gary explains that there was definite pushback from the rest of the KISS camp and not just Eric Carr. He also shares an eerily prophetic moment from Carr after he took in a Stanley solo performance.

We then segue into discussion of Eric Carr's decline in health. Gary describes the physical symptoms that cropped up during the end of the Hot in the Shade tour and the subsequent surgeries and chemotherapy.

Many rumors have swirled around for years about Eric Carr's status in the band after his cancer diagnosis. Gary shares his memories of what took place between Carr and his KISS bandmates and what led to Carr's family cutting off all contact to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during the end of Eric's life.

Gary also shares his objections to certain things portrayed in The Eric Carr Story by Greg Prato; a book in which Corbett is quoted alongside Bruce Kulick, Carrie Stevens, and others that were close to the late drummer. He also states how his side of things are backed up by, what many would consider, a surprising source.

Hot in the Shade was released as, basically, a collection of demos that were polished up for cost-cutting measures. Gary explains how one of the biggest tracks on Hot in the Shade featured a future lineup of KISS.

Gary then takes us a bit by surprise by stating that Eric Carr was, indeed, fired by KISS and explains the different ways in which they were pushing to attain his exit from the band during a very difficult time as well as their motivation.

During this part of the conversation, Gary recounts more of Eric's displeasure with his drum solo being taken away during the beginning of the Hot in the Shade tour. He also claims that Paul Stanley, in particular, had a certain way of, in his words, "torturing" Carr.

Gary then shares details of the funeral and the tension that hung in the air as Eric's KISS bandmates showed up for the services. He also talks about the infamous feud between Gene Simmons and Howard Stern due to Stern's comments on the air about Eric's death. Gary reveals his role in this drama that wound up being played out on Stern's television show later. He also shares details of the icy reception for Simmons and Stanley at the post-funeral dinner.

One positive note from the funeral is shared by Gary as he describes the miles-long turnout of thousands of fans along the road for the procession. Despite the fan support though, Carr's parents were uncomfortable with the attention.

Chris tells Gary about seeing footage of he and Carr goofing off on camera during the Hot in the Shade rehearsals in bootleg footage that circulates among fans as Exposed II. Gary goes on to discuss some footage that he took himself of the band during the band's Smashes Thrashes and Hits tour and, in particular, a certain story of Carr experiencing hash in Amsterdam for the first time.

Gary describes some of the conversations that took place among the band during the Hot in the Shade era including the Paul and Gene's stories of Ace and Peter, talks of a possible reunion, and the tension that resulted from a makeup-era flashback scene that was filmed for the 'Rise to It' video.

Gary also shares how Eric Carr's naivety and innocence worked against him in the confines of the music industry. He talks about Gene and Paul's business savvy and what he thinks it will lead to in the future.

We then ask Gary about the Revenge era and he describes his memories of the club shows that led up to the tour to break in new drummer Eric Singer. He explains how the emotional toll of Eric's death kept him from being able to continue to work with the band and how he made his exit from the band. He also talks about how the tension, with Paul Stanley, in particular still exists after the two saw each other backstage in Nashville during the 2012 co-headlining tour with Motley Crue.

Gary Corbett remains friends with current KISS drummer Eric Singer. We get Gary's take on Eric's role in the band portraying the Catman character and how he feels about Singer's extended employment with KISS.

Finishing up the conversation Gary explains how Eric Carr's memory and friendship are absolutely the highlight of his time working for the band as well as his current projects, plans for the future, and success that he's had with other artists such as the Marley Brothers and Cyndi Lauper.

The Decibel Geek podcast would like to thank Gary Corbett for a such an open, frank conversation.

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Direct download: Episode_120_-_Gary_Corbett_Part_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

We kick off 2014 with a guest that has seen many facets of the music industry in his 30+ years in it. Paul Taylor joins Aaron and Chris this week to discuss his career in rock with artists like Aldo Nova, Alice Cooper, Winger, and current projects including The Big Rock Show and production work with up and coming singer Rizzi Myers.

Paul Taylor was brought up in the San Francisco bay area to parents that he describes as "70's hippies." Paul's professional debut in music would take a few years but, as you'll hear in this discussion, his face appeared on a major label album cover by a well-known Vietnam-era band.

After honing his skills in the Bay area, Taylor catches his first big break as touring keyboardist for Aldo Nova as well as a cameo in the 'Fantasy' video from 1981. In this discussion, Paul tells Aaron and Chris about Nova's difficult demeanor on the road as well as the surprising supplier of the hokey visual effects in the 'Fantasy' video.

After a stint with Nick Gilder in the early 80's, Paul winds up in the Alice Cooper band for The Nightmare Returns tour in 1986. He shares the circumstances that led to his hiring in the Cooper act as well as memories of forming a friendship with bassist Kip Winger that would lead to big things down the road.

Also in this discussion, Taylor reminisces on the Raise Your Fist and Yell era of Alice Cooper including memories of protesters outside the venues and the continued misunderstanding of Alice the person in comparison to Alice the performer.

After the European tour with Alice Cooper, Taylor leaves the band to join his former band mate Winger in a new, original project that had just achieved label backing. In this conversation, Paul shares his thoughts on the rise of Winger including the criticism they faced due to the band's image overshadowing the undeniable talent in the band. 

Winger toured the world on the strong sales of their self-titled debut as well as the successful followup 'In the Heart of the Young.' In this discussion, Taylor remembers the tours the band undertook including stints with Scorpions as well as KISS and the bond formed with late drummer Eric Carr.

He also gives his thoughts on Mike Judge's 'Beavis & Butthead' putting a bullseye on the band through MTV and his opinions on Judge himself. This part of the conversation also dovetails into a discussion of the rise of grunge causing the fall of bands of Winger's ilk as well as the work he's done with Winger in more recent years and some reunion dates going on right now.

After his departure from Winger, Taylor teamed up with former Journey vocalist Steve Perry for 1994's 'For the Love of Strange Medicine.' In this conversation, Paul tells Aaron and Chris how a simple songwriting session turned into an entire album collaboration, Perry's vision for a record, and his thoughts on the then-new digital mix the album received and what he'd do differently with it today.

These days, Paul Taylor is as busy as ever. He recently finished a stint touring with Cinderella vocalist Tom Keifer for his recent solo album. This gig spawned two music videos as well as an appearance with Tom on the David Letterman show.

Paul is also a member of The Big Rock Show; no stranger to the Decibel Geek podcast. This group performs all of the country as well as on many of the rock-themed cruise lines.

in addition to performing duties, Taylor is also a writer, arranger, and producer for up and coming talent Rizzi Myers. Myers was present during this interview recording and we see big things for her in the future based on the great tracks Paul shared with Aaron and Chris. Check Rizzi Myers out HERE.

We want to thank Paul Taylor for taking the time to share such great stories from a great career in music. Aaron, Chris, and the entire Decibel Geek staff want to wish Paul much success in the future.

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Direct download: Episode_118_-_Paul_Taylor.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

General music listeners tend to state that there's no good music being produced these days. But, true Decibel Geeks know that isn't the case and this week Aaron and Chris are out to prove it as they share some of their favorite tracks from albums released in 2013.

Also included in this discussion are the top picks from the Decibel Geek website writers. You'll learn through this hour-plus episode that a ton of great music was put our in 2013 by classic rockers you love as well as newer upstarts that have something to prove.

Tracks from LaValle, Volbeat, Hardcore Superstar, Black Sabbath, Stryper, Motorhead, and more give you plenty to think about as we head into the new year.

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Michael Monroe - Horns & Halos

Stryper - No More Hell to Pay

Heaven's Basement - Filthy Empire

Motorhead - Aftershock

Black Star Riders - All Hell Breaks Loose

The Bronx - The Bronx (IV)

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

LaValle - Lavalle - Dear Sanity

Black Sabbath - 13 [Deluxe Edition]

Fates Warning - Darkness in a Different Light

Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

Wednesday 13 - The Dixie Dead

Queensryche - Queensryche

Hardcore Superstar - C'Mon Take On Me

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Direct download: Episode_117_-_Best_of_2013.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

With this week containing that festive holiday that goes by many names (Christmas at DBG headquarters), Aaron and Chris decided to spread some seasonal cheer by spinning some notable songs that fit such a jolly time.

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E'nuff Z'nuff – Happy Holiday

Twisted Sister – Oh Come All Ye Faithful

AC/DC – Mistress for Christmas

Tom Keifer – Blue Christmas

Dio, Iommi, & Appice – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Brighton Rock – White Christmas

Wednesday 13 – Buried by Christmas

Dokken – Santa Claus is Coming to Town

The Donnas – Christmas Wrapping

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Direct download: Episode_116_-_Rock_the_Halls.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

After getting through the whirlwind that was the first half of the year, Aaron and Chris return to tell the second half of the story in this week's 1978 Year in Review Part 2.

This week, Aaron and Chris discuss the people, places, events, and music of the rest of the year. Stories include the over-saturation of KISS-mania, the poorly received Sgt. Pepper movie, and the Texxas Jam. Tracks from bands including Boston, Ramones, Black Sabbath, KISS, Gillan, Rush, and Rose Tattoo among others. We also include some interesting television commercials and promos from the year that was 1978.


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Boston - Dont Look Back

The Who - Who Are You

Styx - Pieces of Eight

KISS - Ace Frehley

KISS - KISS Gene Simmons

KISS - Paul Stanley

KISS - Peter Criss

Ramones - Road to Ruin

Black Sabbath - Never Say Die

Ted Nugent - Weekend Warriors

Gillan - Gillan

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Skynyrd's First And...Last

Rush - Hemispheres

Judas Priest - Hellbent for Leather

Alice Cooper - From the Inside

Rose Tattoo - Rose Tattoo

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Direct download: Episode_115_-_1978_Year_in_Review_Pa.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

We're going back in time this week to an era of disco, bellbottoms, and great rock n' roll as we present the first installment of our 1978 Year in Review. 

Aaron and Chris had a lot of great music to choose from for this episode and you'll hear it along with all the pop culture discussion you've come to expect from these audio time capsules. 

January through July of 1978 was a busy time for hard rock and early metal acts and Aaron and Chris present plenty of song clips and discussion of artists such as Judas Priest, Rainbow, KISS, AC/DC, Journey, Angel, Starz, Cheap Trick, and much, much more!

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Judas Priest - Stained Class

Ringo Starr - Bad Boy

KISS - Double Platinum

Tom Petty - You're Gonna Get it

AC/DC - Powerage

Foghat - Stone Blue

Rolling Stones - Some Girls

Journey – Infinity

Starz – Attention Shoppers

Angel – White Hot

Van Halen – Van Halen

Generation X – Generation X

Bob Seger – Stranger in Town

Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight

UFO – Obsession

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Direct download: Episode_114_-_1978_Year_in_Review_Pa.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

If there is one band that truly defines having a "good time" it's Van Halen. Formed in 1974 in suburban Pasadena, California, brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen were joined by bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist David Lee Roth and set forth in creating music history.

Blessed with other-worldly talent, Eddie quickly redefined the art of hard rock guitar playing via two-handed tapping and whammy bar dive bombs. Alex's drumming, rooted in the influences of Ginger Baker and Buddy Rich, was an aggressive undercurrent to the band's sound. Michael Anthony's rock solid bass playing was only overshadowed by his angelic backing vocals. And David Lee Roth's ringmaster routine; featuring high jumps and other assorted acrobatics, rounded out a band that would marry classical influences with Harlem soul to create the combustible mix that was the Roth-Era of Van Halen.

After 1984, it seemed that the spirit of original Van Halen was lost forever with Roth embarking on a long solo career and the brothers starting to work with Sammy Hagar. But, time does tend to heal all wounds and after many years of assorted will-they-won't-they drama, the original Van Halen (sans Michael Anthony) reconvened in 2006 and released new material in 2012.

Toddzilla

This week Aaron and Chris are joined by Nashville rock music legend Todd Austin (aka Toddzilla). Todd has been a fixture of the Nashville rock/funk music scene for many years. Known in local circles as the 'Minister of Funk' through his work with JonesWorld and his new project Funkhammer, Todd wanted to join us for a discussion of Roth-Era Van Halen and how it affected him as a guitar player and as a person. In this discussion we'll discuss favorite tracks from all Roth-Era VH albums as well as indulge in some of Toddzilla's favorite memories of Dave and the boys from back in the day. It's a solid hour of nostalgia for debauchery and crazy concert memories of a legendary band. Don't miss it!

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Todzilla's Funkhammer

JonesWorld

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Van Halen

Van Halen II

Women & Children First

Fair Warning

Diver Down

1984

A Different Kind of Truth

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This week on the Decibel Geek Podcast, the boys, Chris and Aaron take the week off to enjoy some football and turkey for Thanksgiving.  In their place the Hoser Heavy Metal Twins of Wally “Wallygator” Norton and Rich “The Meister” Dillon step in to host the episode.

Rich and Wally performed a hostile takeover last Thanksgiving when they hijacked the broadcast, but this year they have been invited back to cover the boys holiday.  Chris and Aaron have delivered funny, entertaining and informative broadcasts each and every week without fail for 111 episodes now….enjoy your well deserved break my friends.

Wally kept his song selections to a “Radio Sucks Theme” while Rich went more in the “Fresh Blood” vein to gather the ten songs that they introduce to the audience this week.  First up Wally made an excellent selection from The Killer Dwarfs new release Start @ One, but not before announcing that this week’s “Geek of the Week” was none other than our “Crack-smoking,  among other things” Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, who admitted that he has listened to The Decibel Geek Podcast albeit in a drunken stupor….stupor….stupor, what a fun word to say!  Wally dedicated "The Sky Is Falling" to the troubled Mayor and Rich

 excitedly mentioned the The KiLLeR DWaRfs have now been announced as participating in the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014.

For The Meister’s first selection he went with a band out of St. Catharines Ontario, Step Echo.  Chuckling at the name of their recording studio where they recorded their album which was called “Fecal Noir”….which the Hosers can only deduce means….”black poop:…..c’mon now you just chuckled as well didn’t ya?  "Crazy" was the song taken from their Jagged CD.

Keeping on the string of awesome new releases this fall from Canadian bands Wally opted for "Boys Club" off Coney Hatch’s new effort, Four, the band’s first since Friction in 1985.  As they discussed when previously hosting the podcast, at a concert Carl Dixon had left the song lyrics to newly penned song, "Blown Away", taped to a stage monitor and thinking it was a great souvenir of the show, The Meister pro-cured them.  Days later it was discovered that that was the only copy as they had just been written the night before the show and Carl was frantically searching for their whereabouts.  The song appears on the album, so you

 know that The Meister returned them promptly.

One Bad Son originally from Saskatoon Saskatchewan, but now relocated to Vancouver B.C. provided the next choice for Rich with their song “Gringo” from 2007's Orange City release. The song is not from the latest self-titled OBS release, but an earlier album and is perhaps the heaviest in their repertoire.  Radio stations across Canada are playing OBS tracks from the latest album, so as you see even though radio sucks, sometimes they do have brief shining moments of glory.

Afraid that Wally was going to get “weird” Rich was apprehensive of Wally’s next pick.  Last time they hosted the podcast Wally did the absolutely unthinkable and played a ballad!!  While it was a great song from a talented band, Gypsy Rose, Rich was not sure he was in a ballad mood today and warned Wally.  Wally assured him that all would be fine and it was about time to work some KISS into the show as always. He spun Brighton Rock’s absolutely creepy and totally different from the original rendition of "Creatures of The Night" off the double cancer benefit KISS tribute CD A World Without Heroes….and although it was a ballad, now at least, Rich deemed it an acceptable choice.

Coming home to Toronto, Meister’s next band is called Twitch that has played a few shows at the becoming famous Rockpile Club.  He chose to feature "Walk" from the Revolution CD, talking about how good this band is live and the covers that they often throw into the set.  Last show they broke into the Four Horsemen’s "Rockin’ Is Ma Business" and you may remember Meister’s story from the Monsters of Rock Cruise last year when he was wearing a Four Horsemen Canada ’94 tour shirt that someone steadily increased their purchase offer on ending

at $120 when his wife dragged him away.

West Memphis Suicide is a band that has been featured on the podcast in the past, on the last Hoser Takeover episode for one.  Well, West Memphis are no more Wally informed a rather shocked Meister, but no fear they have regrouped with a new bass player and changed their name to A Rebel Few.  Barry the guitarist was incredibly kind enough to forward a brand new, as yet unavailable track to Rich and Wally for airplay on the show.  In perhaps a world premiere the boys heard "Empire Falls".

Only discovering this group himself recently, Rich introduced Wally to Ottawa based band Shock.  A band that formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1990, never releasing an album.  Once considered "the best band to never release an album", they lost that moniker when the début, Once Denied came out earlier this year.  One of the best unsigned bands of the time, this release is their first coming almost 30 years after their formation.  Wally enjoyed the "Flaming Towards Earth" track, commenting on it’s Judas Priest like qualities.

Wally deemed that he wanted to jump the order of picks here and have Meister make his final selection back

to back with the Shock pick, proclaiming that he had a surprise in order for the last song of the week.  Rich chose to feature "Skipping Stones" from J'nai, another Toronto area band that the Decibel Geeks and friends have seen live many, many times.  This band has to be seen, no ifs, ands, or buts about it!  They are a bunch of college age kids who are extremely hard working and exhibit a stage presence like none other.  The guys discuss one of their many well choreographed stage tricks, the guitar toss in which the two guitarists switch their instruments by hurling them towards each other mid song, catching them and continuing to play.  Only once have they seen a fumble.  An upcoming J'nai show, opening for Slaughter on April 4th at The Rockpile West on the day that Meister returns from the Monsters of Rock Cruise is also a great time to celebrate Wally and Rich's birthdays of April 10th.  Wally invited all Toronto area Decibel Geeks to come to the party at the Rockpile.

Wally’s last song was not so much of a surprise, but certainly a fitting end to Hoser Heavy Metal #2 as he spun a song from the new Metal On Ice EP.  Metal On Ice started out as a book written by Canadian Guitarist (Helix, Crash Kelly, Nelly Furtado) Sean Kelly about his interviews and playing in a band in Canada.  The album displays the talents of many of the hottest Canadian stars in the metal business in the 80’s including, Russ Dwarf, Nick Walsh, Darby Mills, Daryl Gray, Brian Vollmer, Lee Aaron and more.  The song chosen was "Metal On Ice" written by Nick Walsh, who’s former band, Slik Toxik was a choice on the previous Hoser Hijack and he’s now the frontman for a new band Famous Underground.

Thanks for joining these two Hosers and allowing us to play some of our favorite Canadian artists this week.  Chris and Aaron will be back at the helm next time after the turkey sweats wear off….cheers, eh! 

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Killer Dwarfs

Step Echo

Coney Hatch

One Bad Son

Brighton Rock

Twitch

A Rebel Few

Shock

J'Nai

Metal on Ice


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The holidays are fast approaching and Chris and Aaron are as busy as ever getting some great episodes and interviews together to bring to all of you Decibel Geeks. This week, the guys stop to take a breather and give you a taste of what they've been listening to.

There's a lot of variety in this new edition of the Radio Sucks Radio show. Brand new tracks by The Black Spiders, Michael Monroe, The Dead Daisies, and Hardcore Superstar fit in nicely with some awesome covers performed by Vince Neil, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Damone. There's even more but you gotta listen!

Michael Monroe – Stained Glass Heart – Horns & Halos  

The Dead Daisies (ft. Slash) – Lock N’ Load –The Dead Daisies  

Black Spiders – Balls –This Savage Land  

Mr. Big – The Whole World’s Gonna Know –Bump Ahead  

Hardcore Superstar – C’mon Take on Me –C'Mon Take On Me  

Tesla - Children's Heritage -Gold  

Damone - Everybody Wants You –Everybody Wants You  

Randy Castillo/Tracii Guns/Stevie Rachelle – Too Late for Love –Arena Rock Classics  

Vince Neil - Long Cool Woman –Tattoos & Tequila  

Smashing Pumpkins - (We're All) Clones –Aeroplane Flies High   

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Decibel Geek is much more than just a weekly podcast. If you don't already know, there are a TON of great articles being put out consistently by our dedicated staff of writers; giving you more hard rock and metal stuff to geek out on on the days between episodes. Many of the articles are inspired by song choices from Aaron and Chris that are featured on the episodes. There are also a number of reviews of some of the best new and classic albums being put out regularly.

This week Aaron and Chris shine a spotlight on the great articles being written by the Decibel Geek staff. All song choices were inspired by an article written by a particular staff member. There's quite a bit of great variety in this episode and we hope this will help turn you on to some great new/classic music.

Click on writer's name to read the original article that inspired the song choice. 


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LaValle – Don’t Cry –Dear Sanity  

Arch Rival - In The Face of Danger –In the Face of Danger  

Queensryche – Fallout –Queensryche   

Hawaii - Escape the Night –Loud, Wild, and Heavy  

Alter Bridge – Farther than the Sun -Fortress  

Stryper - The Rock That Makes Me Roll –Soldiers Under Command  

Bobaflex – Wading Through the Dark –Charlatan's Web  

Skid Row - Big Guns –Skid Row  

GWAR – Madness at the Core of Time –Battle Maximus  

Ace Frehley – Snowblind –Ace Frehley 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Every once in a while in the past, Aaron and Chris would break out a track that's from an up and coming act that has an old-school vibe that fits within the Decibel Geek methodology. They would usually call this a Fresh Blood track. Upon further investigation, there's a TON of great new rock and metal being made these days and Chris and Aaron are in the fortunate position to bring you full volumes of this Fresh Blood series and we kick it off today!  We hope you enjoy this new batch of ear candy!

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Wyldlife The Time Has Come to Rock & Roll [Explicit]

Scorpion Child – Polygon of Eyes – Self-Titled (2013)

Hammering Process - "Kachina"- Hammering Process [Explicit] (2012)

Monster Truck – The Lion – Furiosity (2013)

Robot Lords of Tokyo - "Hell Will Have to Wait"- Virtue & Vice (2013)

Impera – Beast Within –  Pieces of Eden (10/18/13)

Direct download: Episode_109_-_Fresh_Blood_volume_1.mp3
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With Halloween fast approaching, we felt this week was the best time to go ahead and take a look into the history of Shock Rock. It's time for Shock Rocktober!

In this hour-plus episode, Aaron and Chris Go back to the earliest days of Shock Rock with Screamin' Jay Hawkins all the way through Lordi today and along with some acts you may have missed the first time.

Before we get to the music, we're proud to announce a special prize giveaway brought to you by the Decibel Geek Podcast and Michael Wagener. We're giving away a free slot to Michael Wagener's upcoming 7-Day Production Workshop at Wireworld Studio near Nashville, TN. The week-long workshop begins on December 1st. The normal cost of this 7-day workshop is $2450.00. In this workshop, you'll learn hands-on technique in the birth of a song all the way through recording, mixing, and mastering. It's a unique chance to work with a music production legend in an intimate setting. To enter the contest, simply e-mail a letter to us along with an mp3 sample of your work (if available). The letter should state why you think you are the best candidate for this workshop and what you hope to get out of it. E-mail us at decibelgeek@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is midnight on 11/9/2013. Winner will be chosen and notified within 1 week. Good luck to all!

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Screamin Jay Hawkins

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Iggy Pop & The Stooges

Alice Cooper

KISS

Wendy O. Williams

GG Allin

Ozzy Osbourne

WASP

King Diamond

Lizzy Borden

GWAR

Rob Zombie

Marilyn Manson

Slipknot

Murderdolls - Wednesday 13

Lordi


Also-rans:

Screaming Lord Sutch, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols, Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Green Jelly, Rammstein, TOOL, Mushroomhead, Mindless Self Indulgence, Lady Gaga.


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Whether you know the name Michael Wagener or not chances are, if you're a fan of this show, he's had a major impact on your life. A cursory glance at the discography of this German-born music production legend will leave you stunned due to the number of pivotal hard rock and heavy metal moments he helped create and shape. 

This week Aaron and Chris head to Wireworld Studios for a long-form discussion of some of the many highlights of Michael's career. In this discussion, you'll hear about his early roots in Germany as he helped form Accept and then made the jump across the pond to begin his storied career on a ready-to-explode Sunset Strip. One project led to another and within just a few years Michael had worked with acts such as Dokken, Motley Crue, Metallica, Poison, Stryper, White Lion, and Skid Row just to name a few. 

In this talk, Michael also shares his take on the evolution of the recording industry and the changes that have taken place due to the digital divide. It's a solid hour of insight on many of your favorite albums and artists and it's right here for you this week on the Decibel Geek Podcast. 

Michael Wagener Official Website: www.michaelwagener.com

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One of the nicest people that we've interviewed over the past 2+ years was Jan Kuehnemund, founder of all-female hard rock band Vixen. While Jan's guitar skills and physical beauty provided her with a powerful 1-2 punch in the music industry, those things were overshadowed when you actually talked to her. Jan's dedication, integrity, and drive helped propel her and Vixen to stardom in the late 1980's. Those qualities also served her well through the many lean years that followed. All of this is what makes this week's episode so difficult for us. 

Jan Kuehnemund passed away last Friday October 10th, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. 

We interviewed Jan in late February of 2012 and uploaded the episode on March 2nd, 2012. The process of interviewing Jan was a true pleasure. She was forthcoming, funny, intriguing, and patient in giving us knuckleheads in Nashville an hour of her time to yack about rock music and her life in it.

We could have just gone ahead and dedicated this week's episode to Jan and proceeded with a new theme. But, Jan really left an impression on us and Aaron and I still have good memories of talking to her. The Decibel Geek podcast has really grown since April of 2012 (83 episodes ago!) and we couldn't think of a more fitting tribute to Jan than to give you all a replay of our conversation. In this talk, she talks about the early days of bringing Vixen from Minnesota to Los Angeles, their struggles to be taken seriously, and their rise to fame. She also details the difficult days of the 1990's, acrimony among band members and the beginning of reconciliation with the girls for VH1's Bands Reunited series. She also shares touring memories of working with such acts and Deep Purple and KISS.

While the war stories are interesting and entertaining, we hope you will take from this talk what we did; Jan Kuehnemund was a thoughtful, caring, and beautiful spirit that will most definitely be missed. Rock in Peace Jan. Your music lives on.

- Chris Czynszak

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We're back this week with another edition of the Radio Sucks Radio Show. We love doing this version of the show because it allows us to focus on the most important thing....the music!

This week Aaron and Christ return with volume 14 of our popular Radio Sucks Radio Show. In this episode you'll deep cuts from artists such as Tom Keifer, Tora Tora, Peter Criss, and Brides of Destruction. You'll also get a heaping helping of newer stuff from bands like Stryper, Brand New Machine, and Teenage Casket Company. It's over an hour of solid, rock-filled goodness that's just waiting to ooze into your ears so crank it up and check it out!

Geek of the Week is Jamie McNicol from Krazy Knights: The Australian KISS Podcast. Jamie and his co-host produce a weekly show about the Hottest Band in the Land from Down Under. Lots of interesting guests and interesting discussion. We here at the Decibel Geek podcast encourage our listeners to check out this great show!

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Honky Toast - Shakin and a Bakin from Whatcha Gonna Do Honky

Tom Keifer - Ain't That a Bitch from The Way Life Goes

Tora Tora - Amnesia from Wild America

Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire from Tattooed Millionaire

Brides of Destruction - Brace Yourself from Here Come the Brides

Teenage Casket Company - Takes a Little Time from Still Standing

Peter Criss - Bad Attitude from Criss Cat #1

Brand New Machine - Blackout Overdose from The Devil Made Me Do It

Hair of the Dog - The Party Ain't Over from Hair of the Dog

Stryper - Revelation from No More Hell to Pay


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The average music fan these days tends to enjoy a band while they are "in fashion" and on the charts. Unfortunately, that's a passing thing and what goes up, must come down. It seems that the instant that a band falls out of favor with the general crowd, it becomes the majority's modus operandi to mock said artist for a short while and then, worse, ignore them completely. This usually leads to the artist working twice as hard to put out quality material (sometimes too hard in the case of trend following) and typically continued to be ignored by the mainstream listening audience. It's a sad state of affairs where nobody wins. The artist doesn't win due to their hard work not getting recognized and the music fans don't win due to not being aware of the material being released by the artist due to flavor-of-the-week favoritism.

This week, Aaron and Chris set out to introduce your ears to some gems that were lost on overlooked and ignored albums by bands/artists that had already seen their "better days." Tracks by artists such as David Lee Roth, Enuff Z'nuff, Hanoi Rocks, The Doors, Alice Cooper, Hanoi Rocks and more highlight this episode as we unearth "Buried Treasures."

Enuff Z'Nuff - Tweaked, "Life is Strange" (1995)

Poison – Crack a Smile – “Shut Up, Make Love” (2000)

The Doors - L.A. Woman, "The Changeling" (1971)

Badlands – Voodoo Highway – “The Last Time” (1991)

Black Label Society - 1919 Eternal, "Demise of Sanity" (2002)

Hanoi Rocks – Street Poetry – “This One’s for Rock and Roll” (2007)

Pearl Jam - Riot Act, "Get Right" (2002)

David Lee Roth – Your Filthy Little Mouth – “She’s My Machine” (1994)

Warrant - Ultraphobic - "Undertow" (1995)

Alice Cooper – DaDa – “Pass the Gun Around” (1983)

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Enuff Z'nuff - Tweaked

Poison - Crack A Smile...And More

The Doors - L.A. Woman

Badlands - Voodoo Highway

Black Label Society - 1919 Eternal

Hanoi Rocks - Street Poetry

Pearl Jam - Riot Act

David Lee Roth - Your Filthy Little Mouth

Warrant - Ultraphobic

Alice Cooper - Dada

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

This week’s episode is the result of some it’s-a-small-world moments coming together. As you may remember, during our 2012 KISSMAS in July, we featured an episode on KISS Kover songs. One of the songs played was by a band named Hair of the Dog. This band achieved some strong popularity in the upper Midwest; most notably in central Wisconsin, home to Aaron Camaro. We couldn’t find a whole lot of information on Hair of the Dog or the current-day status of their members online and went on to work on other episodes about other artists.

Flash forward to July of 2013 and Chris heads out to the TomKeifer/John Corabi double-bill at local Nashville club 3rd and Lindsley. After running into some mutual friends, he’s introduced to legendary producer Michael Wagener. During the conversation, Chris hands Mr. Wagener a Decibel Geek business card. Overhearing the conversation, guitarist Jeremy Asbrock chimes in that he’s a listener of the show and was impressed by our Lydia Criss interview. After this, Jeremy introduces Chris to Ryan Cook, former singer for the aforementioned Hair of the Dog. Upon learning that Jeremy and Ryan were band mates and living in Nashville, the wheels were set into motion to get microphones in front of everyone and this week, schedules lined up and we dug into lots of discussion.

Hair of the Dog
Ryan Cook - 2nd from Left

While this week’s episode is called The Big Rock Show, its title is taken from our guests’ band. Ryan Cook and Jeremy Asbrock make up part of this group that started out as a fun way to jam on some cover songs that the members grew up on and has turned into a true gig for the guys with appearances all over the country as well as on the high seas for a number of rock-themed cruise ships.

Ryan Cook, while a member of Hair of the Dog, is not also a part-time player in Skid Row; replacing Dave “Snake” Sabo, when scheduling conflicts come up. Jeremy Asbrock, a Nashville native, was a member of longtime Music City favorites The Shazam.

The Shazam
Jeremy Asbrock - Far Left

We get into details of how The Big Rock Show came together, the relationship of the band members, and some memorable gigs that they’ve had over the years. 

Aaron and Chris truly met their match in the KISS fan department as Ryan and Jeremy are every bit as much KISS geeks as they are. This conversation is 90% KISS-related discussion and you must be warned, copious amounts of alcohol are consumed throughout the conversation, resulting in the silliness factor increasing over time. If you are uptight about certain issues with KISS, we may piss you off. If you aren’t, you’ll probably get a good laugh out of it.

The Big Rock Show will be performing in Nashville at 12thand Porter on Friday, October 17th. The show is being sponsored by local classic rock station WNRQ 105.9 The Rock. During this performance, 2 tickets will be given away to KISS KRUISE III, at which The Big Rock Show will also be performing. It promises to be a fun night of great music and lots of KISS fans (including Aaron and Chris) so come check it out if you are anywhere near Nashville.

The Decibel Geek Podcast thanks Ryan Cook and Jeremy Asbrock from The Big Rock Show for their time and the fun conversation. We look forward to having them on again.

 




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The Shazam

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It was all the way back in April of 2012 when we put out an episode showcasing Aaron and Chris' Top 5 Brian Johnson-era AC/DC songs. With 30 years worth of material on 10 studio albums from the Johnson-fronted version of the band available, it was difficult to narrow down five picks for each host. They never thought picking songs from a 6 album/6 year period would be equally as difficult. The boys' goal this week was to chronicle Bon Scott's much-too-short history in music and with AC/DC while playing selections from their favorite tracks from the classic lineup of the band from the six album span of High Voltage in 1975 through 1979's Highway to Hell album.

Ronald Belford Scott was born on July 9th 1946 in Forfar, Scotland. In 1956 his family moved to Western Australia. It was there that he joined the Associated Fremantle Scots Pipe Band, learning to play the drums. He attended North Fremantle Primary School and later, John Curtin College of the Arts until he dropped out at the age of 15. 

He spent a short time in Fremantle Prison's assessment centre and nin months at the Riverbank Juvenile Institution relating to charges of giving a false name and address to the police, having escaped legal custody, having unlawful carnal knowledge and stealing twelve gallons of gas. He was, for all intents and purposes, a problem child.

He attempted to join the Australian Army but was rejected for being deemed "socially maladjusted." In a very real way, the entertainment industry was tailor-made for someone of Bon's mindset and personality as it allowed him to be himself.

In 1970, Bon Scott moves to Adelaide and joins progressive rock band Fraternity. They soon change their name to Fang. During this time they play support slots opening for Status Quo and Geordie; a band fronted by a gentleman named Brian Johnson who would go on to replace Bon after his death in 1980.

In 1974 Bon is introduced to the guys in AC/DC by friend and former band mate Vince Lovegrove. Vince later worked in journalism and television (including KISS' 1980 Inner Sanctum Special from Australia).

Bon replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC on October 24,1974, when it became obvious the band and Evans were heading in different directions, with Evans having personal clashes with band members and management.

The Bon Scott AC/DC Discography:

High Voltage:

Released 2/17/75 in Australia

3rd Young brother, George, was one of the albums producers and plays bass on a number of tracks.

Most of the songs on this version of High Voltage were not released outside Australia until 1984, when "Baby, Please Don't Go", "You Ain't Got a Hold on Me", "Soul Stripper", and "Show Business" were included on the '74 Jailbreak EP, released in the United StatesCanada, and Japan in October 1984.

TNT:

Released 12/1/75 in Australia

School Days" is a cover version of a Chuck Berry song.

Only Australian AC/DC studio album for which there is no international counterpart. However, seven of its nine songs comprise the international version of High Voltage, released in May 1976. 

The other two, "Rocker" and "School Days", saw worldwide release as part of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap's international version (1976/1981) and the Bonfire box set (1997) respectively.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap:

Released 12/17/1976 internationally

Certified 6x platinum in the US, selling at least six million copies, becoming the third-highest selling album by AC/DC in the US after Highway to Hell (7x platinum) and Back in Black (22+).

A song titled "I'm a Rebel" was recorded during this album's sessions in 1976, with music and lyrics written by Angus and Malcolm Young's older brother, Alex Young. This song was never released by AC/DC and remains in Albert Productions' vaults. German band Accept later released it as a single and named their second album after the song.

AC/DC's record label at the time, Albert Productions, was not happy with the album's vocals and production. According to bassist Mark Evans, the band's manager Michael Browning told him he assumed Bon Scott would be fired as a result.

On the Live At Donington DVD, Angus and Malcolm explain that the concept of this album was to make it a Humphrey Bogart-esque mystery scenario.

Furthermore, the term "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is an homage to the cartoon Beany and Cecil, which Angus watched when he was a child. One of the cartoon's characters was named Dishonest John, and carried a business card that read, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Holidays, Sundays and Special Rates.”

Let There Be Rock:

Released 6/23/77 internationally

Last AC/DC recording to feature bassist Mark Evans, who previously played on T.N.T. (1975) and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Music video for title track featured Scott as a priest and the rest of the band as altar boys.

For the original vinyl release, in all markets other than the USA and Japan, "Crabsody in Blue" was featured instead of "Problem Child".

 International version's cover also marked the debut of the band's logo, designed by Gerard Huerta. 

Double platinum in the U.S.

Powerage:

Released 5/25/1978

Originally released on Atlantic Records, and reached No. 133 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart in the US, eventually going platinum.

First AC/DC album to be released nearly simultaneously in both Australian and international markets, and the first to use just one cover image for both. 

Last Bon Scott-era studio release to feature production work by Harry Vanda and George Young.

Studio debut of bassist Cliff Williams. Former bassist Mark Evans says that the album also has bass by him, as the Powerage songs started being done during the recording of his last album Let There Be Rock, and producer George Young, while Williams was having trouble on getting his work visa.

Keith Richards has also stated that Powerage is his favorite AC/DC record.

"Riff Raff" is frequently played on Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash's iheartradio channel, "Slash FM", citing it as one of his favorite AC/DC songs. "Riff Raff" is covered by Guns N' Roses on their current Chinese Democracy World Tour. This song was also covered by the Canadian heavy metal band Annihilator on their 1996 album Refresh the Demon. The main riff for "Riff Raff" is often used as a soundcheck for Melvins guitar player Buzz Osbourne before live Melvins performances, as heard on the DVD Salad of a Thousand Delights.

"Sin City" was covered by the '80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister, on their album Twisted Forever. The song has also been covered by the punk rock band The OffspringGreat WhiteUgly Kid Joe and Bruce Dickinson. "Sin City" is Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's favorite AC/DC song.

"Kicked in the Teeth" was covered by Nashville Pussy on their album Eat More Pussy and also available on the bonus CD of Let Them Eat Pussy.

Highway to Hell:

Released 8/3/1979

Certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA. In 2003, the album was ranked number 200 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

First to break the US Top 100, eventually reaching #17

The final words spoken by Scott on the album are "Shazbot, na-nu na-nu", phrases used on the then-popular American sitcomMork and Mindy, by lead character Mork (a visiting extraterrestrial played by Robin Williams). The phrase ended the song "Night Prowler" and closed the album.

Pre-production of the album began in January 1979 with demos cut at Albert Studios in Sydney, Australia, where they met the intended producer, Eddie Kramer. Kramer was fired before a single track had been completed, and Robert John "Mutt" Lange was brought in to replace him. 

Recorded during sessions in February 1979 at Criteria Studios inMiamiFlorida, and March–April at Roundhouse Studios in London, England.

Bon Scott died February 19, 1980.  After passing out in a car after a night of drinking in a London club, he was found dead the next afternoon in the car by a friend. Initially his death was as pulmonary aspiration from choking on his own vomit but later confirmed as due to acute alcohol poisoning, classified as “Death by misadventure.”

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Okay, we've been threatening it for a long time and the day has finally arrived. We're going into the thrash genre this week. Aside from the M&M episode that focused on favorite Metallica and Megadeth songs, we've shied away from the harder-edged stuff. Why? Well, we learned early on that a large amount of our listeners are not big on thrash metal. That said, there have been a number of requests for us to delve into the genre and we think we've come up with an interesting way to do this that will, hopefully, be entertaining to everyone (including the non-thrash lovers). If not, we'll see you next week for episode 100 (please leave us a voicemail HERE to help us celebrate 100 episodes).

Thrash metal was, and continues to be, a non-mainstream form of music. The only exception, of course, would be what's referred to as, The Big 4. This elite club is, typically, filled out by metal gargantuans Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. While the mainstream music listener would almost certainly agree that these bands deserve their spot in this exclusive club, there are a ton of great thrash metal bands out there that go under the radar due to the Big 4 taking up so much of the spotlight.

Our goal this week is to pose the hypothetical question: "What if the Big 4 became the Big 5?" What bands would be considered for elevation to such lofty status? Aaron and, most certainly, Chris' picks are going to surprise some and enrage others. Thrash fans are a lot of things and "passionate" would be at the top of that list. So, before we get into the meat of the episode, a quick disclaimer:


The following episode of the Decibel Geek podcast is being done with tongue planted firmly in cheek. While some of these songs and bands definitely could be considered for Big 5 status, certain choices by the hosts of this episode are being made and hypothetically elevated to Big 5 status in good-natured fun. The Decibel Geek podcast, it's staff, and their wives do not claim to be experts and/or authorities on thrash metal. Before threats of castration and the carving of the Slayer logo across our foreheads take place, remember this episode is being produced in a lighthearted manner and is only intended for entertainment purposes and to turn you on to some thrash metal that you may not know about. Thank you for your time and attention.....and put that knife away. - Editor


We kick things off a band that has been nominated by many thrash fans for Big 4 status, so Aaron's pick of Testament is definitely warranted. With a rich history of metal music, Testament is still one of the tightest bands in thrash today. We take a listen to a track from their 1992 album The Ritual.

Chris' first pick is, undoubtably, not what comes to most thrash fans minds when you think of the top of the heap of thrash. With that said, Onslaught, an English thrash metal band from the 1980's, released a real gem back in 1989 with their In Search of Sanity album. This was their only album to feature the vocal stylings of former Grim Reaper front man Steve Grimmett (many will remember him from Beavis and Butthead). While Grimmett's look caused a rather comedic reaction in many, there's no doubt that the guy had some serious pipes.

Aaron's next pick of a track from Suicidal Tendencies' 1990 album Lights....Camera....Revolution! shows that thrash metal doesn't have to always abide by a strict set of guidelines. S.T. were always pushing the genre envelope and this track shows that they could really pack a punch when it was called for but still maintain a swagger within the song to keep things interesting.

When you think of the upper echelon of thrash metal you think of Artillery.......right? Well, maybe not but Chris' choice of a track from this Danish-born technical thrash band's third studio album has this talented group showing off many twists and turns in their sounds complimented by some powerful Dio-esque vocals. 

While Scott Ian and Charlie Benante are members of Big 4 act Anthrax, they are a part of another awesome New York-born thrash band from the 1980's. The Stormtroopers of Death featured Ian and Benante along with bassist Dan Lilker and vocalist Billy Milano. Aaron's track choice from their 1985 debut album Speak English or Die is a relentless number that will leave your ears pummeled with enjoyment.

Whle Kirk Hammett is the longtime lead guitarist for Big 4 member Metallica, he helped form Bay-Area thrashers Exodus back the early 1980's. Never getting their just-due, Exodus has released 9 albums since 1985's Bonded by Blood release. Chris' choice of track from that first album features some solid riffing by guitarist Gary Holt. 

While we're rarely focused on thrash metal on the show, one band that transcends that and has been played a number of times is Overkill. One of Aaron's all-time favorite bands, it would be impossible to not include them on this list; especially considering how overlooked they've been by the mainstream music-buying public. His choice of a track from their 1991 Horrorscope release explains the band's sense of gratitude towards that lack of support.

We close out the show with Chris' choice of a band that is credited with helping develop the genre of thrash music in the first place. Originally from San Francisco and then via Aberdeen Washington, Metal Church formed in 1980 and took their influences from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and added some speed and precision to help solidify the thrash metal genre with their eponymous release in 1984 and have been putting out quality material ever since. The band is still going strong to this day. 

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