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That's right everyone it's time for another "Radio Sucks" episode of the Decibel Geek Podcast because as you know, radio sucks. So once again Chris and AAron put on the DJ hats and spin some great music that you probably will not hear on your radio dial. So just sit back, relax, open your ears real wide and say "give it to me straight Decibel Geek Podcast. I can take it!"

Chris' pick of Heaven's Basement performing "I Am Electric" is a testament to how important you, the listener, are to this show as a suggestion from listener Devin Fox impressed us so much that it took the place of one of our previously picked songs. This is a great, energetic track from their debut album Filthy Empire that starts the show off right. Dig it!

Up next is "Tomorrow Never Comes" from Saints of the Underground, the heavy metal super-group featuring members of Ratt, Warrant, Alice Cooper. From the 2008 release "Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner" this would be Jani Lane's last full length album release, he passed away on August 11th, 2011.

Bruce Kulick released his BK3 album in 2010 and he utilized some "friends" as guest vocalists throughout the album. "Ain't Gonna Die" is one of those tracks that featured the vocal stylings of Gene Simmons. A great little rocker that you won't hear on your local radio station.

Nu Metal band turned straight ahead rockers, Papa Roach are "Still Swinging" from their 2012 The Connection album. This may seem like an unorthodox pick for the Decibel Geek podcast but we think you'll agree that this group has definitely matured their sound since their earlier days.

In 1993 Kerrang Magazine voted Earth vs. The Wildhearts, the debut album from The Wildhearts as the number #1 album of the year. A band with quite an interesting and unpredictable history, Chris and AAron spin "TV Tan" from their debut album.

Also in 1993 producer Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Poison, Nugent, LA Guns, etc.) was at the helm for Pariah's To Mock a Killingbird" album. An amazing album featuring the tune "Love To Turn You On" but the band was dropped by Geffen records.

Swiss band Shakra formed in the late 90's and have released 11 albums including 2013's Powerplay album. Turned on to the Decibel Geek Podcast from the Talking Metal podcast, "Back On Track" is the title track from their 2011 album on AFM Records

Up next is 100 Watt Opera - "Servant" from their self titled 2005 album. This is a band that AAron recently discovered right in his backyard of Nashville. Veterans of the Nashville club circuit, 100 Watt Opera are an impressive group of Music City rockers that deserve your attention.

Closing out the show this week, you wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world.....KISS! If your hungry and you need a meal you can always call for a little "Room Service" from their 1975 Dressed to Kill album.

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2013 marks the 40th year of existence for Hottest Band in the Land. So, it makes perfect sense for us to use episode 73 (as in, 1973) as a chance to time travel to numerous destinations that played a part in the overall history of KISS.

Joining on this global KISS trek is author Chris Epting. Chris is the perfect guest for this conversation as he's written a number of travel-related books on different eras of pop culture as well as his recently-released e-book, 'All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons from the Hottest Band in the Land.' This book is filled with stories of how being a KISS fan shaped Chris' life and affects him even today. If you are a hardcore KISS fan, this book is definitely for you as it will certainly elicit some familiar emotions.

1. 10 E. 23rd Street - The Loft

The birthplace of KISS. This location is the spot where Paul, Gene, & Peter first auditioned Ace Frehley and the band took shape. The location is now next door to a comic book store that has an inventory that includes KISS comic books. Go figure.

2. 108 116 W. 43rd St. - Hotel Diplomat

The location that allowed KISS to secure management as Bill Aucoin, Sean Delaney, & Eddie Kramer all witnessed this hungry, young band that wore lots of makeup and electrified the audience in this downtrodden ballroom. A great history of the Hotel Diplomat can be found HERE.

3. 47-03 Queens Blvd. - Coventry

Site of some of the earliest KISS shows before they became a touring act. Coventry changed their name from 'Popcorn' just as KISS began their run playing the location. Footage of one of their Coventry performances is on the KISSOLOGY series of DVDs. A fantastic in-depth history can be found HERE

4. 4 Pennsylvania Plaza - Madison Square Garden

The site where KISS' dream was realized. During the band's earliest years, while performing at dive bars all over the country to sparse crowds, the band would psyche themselves up by imagining that that night's venue was "the Garden." This is also the site of this week's guest Chris Epting's first concert in 1977.

5. Starwood Ampitheatre - July 21, 1990

The site of Chris Czynszak's first KISS concert, Starwood is no longer in existence but it provided a venue for many KISS tours during the 90's and early 2000's.

6. 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI - Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The site of Aaron Camaro's first KISS concert on the Revenge tour in 1992 on December 2, 1992.

7. 106 E. 86th Street - Park Avenue United Methodist Church

The front door of this church in Manhattan was the inspiration for the door used on the Music from the Elder album cover.

8. 400 Linden Street, Cadillac, MI - Cadillac High School

The site of the infamous KISS invasion of Cadillac! What a lot of us would give to time travel back!

9. 124 Broadway, Amityville, NY - The Daisy

The site of KISS' foray into the makeup characters we know and love today. It's rumored that their first show at the venue, which was sparsely attended, featured the band covering 'Go Now' by The Moody Blues.

10. 126 E. 14th Street, NYC - Academy of Music/The Palladium

A very KISStoric site as it was the venue that hosted the band's "coming out" party to a shocked group of industry onlookers as the band upstaged headliners Iggy Pop and Blue Oyster Cult. This venue was also the site of Eric Carr's debut performance with KISS in 1980.

11. 6230 Sunset, Hollywood - Aquarius Theatre 

Site of tv taping for ABC's In Concert hosted by Dick Clark in 1974.  KISS' earliest television appearance.

12. 1032 N. Sycamore Avenue, LA, CA - The Record Plant

Site of recording for parts of Paul Stanley (1978 solo album), Killers, and Creatures of the Night. 'Nuff said.

13. 1616 Butler Avenue, LA, CA - The Village Recorder

Site of recording for Hotter than Hell & parts of Paul Stanley (1978 solo album).

14. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA - Magic Mountain

Now owned by Six Flags Corp, Magic Mountain was the shooting location of the infamous KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park television movie from 1978. Loved and hated by the fan base, the park still features the Colossus roller coaster that is featured prominently in the film.

15. 5th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA - KYW-TV Studios

Site of KISS' appearance on the Mike Douglas show. Filmed in the basement studio, the show featured a bizarre interview panel with Gene Simmons on stage with comedian Robert Kline and comedienne Totie Fields who skewered the demon in front of a national audience.

16. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Productions Studios, New York, NY - The Tomorrow Show

While '30 Rock' is well known for a whole host of famous television moments, none is more important to KISS fans than what took place on Halloween night in 1979 as Ace Frehley stole the show much to Gene & Paul's horror and Peter's delight.

17. 237 West 54th Street, NY,NY - Bell Sound Studios

The home recording studio of Bell Records with a history dating back to Buddy Holly, the band used this studio to record their self-titled debut album in 1974.

18. 52 W. 8th Street, NY,NY - Electric Lady Studios

The house that Hendrix built has been the home to many important moments in KISStory including the Wicked Lester recordings, first album demos, Dressed to Kill, Peter Criss (1978 solo album), Dynasty, and Asylum to name a few.

19. 105 2nd Avenue, NY, NY - Filmore East

The site of KISS' debut to the press in a special concert presented in January of 1974.

20. 2-3 KitanomarukĊen, Chiyoda, Tokyo - Budokan

A very pivotal location in KISS' history as the band broke attendance records in the 70's previously held by the Beatles and has hosted the band in each decade since to much fanfare. Japan's love of KISS is timeless.

21. Morumbai Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The site of KISS last show in makeup (at the time). While the band had hit a major low point in popularity in America, the fans in South America were only too happy to fill mammoth soccer stadiums and show the band that they 'love it loud.'

22. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA - Anaheim Stadium

Site of KISS' first-ever stadium show in 1976, this appearance seemed to help mark KISS' transition from popular group to superstars.

23. West 46th Avenue & 12th Avenue, Pier 86 - USS Intrepid

Location of the official announcement of KISS' reformation in 1996. The event was emceed by Conan O'Brien and attended by fans and press from all over the world.

24. 665 West Jefferson Blvd, LA, CA - Shrine Auditorium

Location of KISS' first appearance in makeup with the original band at the 1996 Grammy Awards. The band only showed up to present an award with Tupac Shakur and didn't tip their hand regarding a reunion. But the writing was clearly on the wall.

25. 460 West 54th Street, NY, NY -Sony Studios

Site of KISS' appearance on MTV Unplugged, the night ended on a high note with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley joining the band for a few songs and encores and sparking the reunion that would take shape shortly after.

26. Brooklyn Bridge NY, NY

Site of KISS' appearance on the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, KISS originally chose Ellis Island for their appearance but couldn't secure proper permits in time. Instead, they put on a blistering performance in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge that has gone down as one of the musical highlights from the reunion of the original band.

27. 314 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, TN - Muther's Music Emporium 

An 800 seat facility in Nashville in the early 1970's that hosted a number of lesser-known acts working their way up the ladder that included Ted Nugent, Bruce Springsteen, and a face-painted group known as KISS on their first tour. Die hard KISS fans will recognize the venue name due to a handful of photos of Ace Frehley donning their logo on a t-shirt in the 70's.

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Ahhh yes, Valentines Day is here and love is in the air. This week Chris and AAron take us on board the tunnel of love as the Decibel Geek podcast serves up one "for the ladies." Now, before you all go running for  the doors, I will assure you that you will not hear any Barbara Streisand, no Celine Dion, and definitely no Luther Vandross.

These love songs are all Decibel Geek approved. So grab your sweetheart, open a bottle of wine, unwrap that new box of chocolates and remember "clothing is optional". Personally I can't think of a better way than to spend Cupid's special day with Chris and Aaron, your signifigant other and the Decibel Geek Podcast.

Who better to get this love fest started than former Motley Crue vocalist, John Corabi. John recently released his new acoustic album and up first on the show is the beautiful "If I Had A Dime." This track was co-written by none-other than friend of the Decibel Geek podcast D.A. Karkos.

Aaron takes us on a journey back to the early 90's with a power ballad tailor-made for the 80's with Tuff's I Hate Kissing You Goodbye from their What Goes Around Comes Around album. 

One thing we've definitely come to notice on the Decibel Geek podcast is that there's a very big world out there with lots of great music. One band that is sadly under-appreciated in the States is Thunder. We try to bring a little spotlight their way with a spin of 'Love Walked In' on this romantic day.

Speaking of under-appreciated bands, Stateside Chicago natives Enuff Z'nuff are one of the unsung greats of the late 80's and early 90's rock scene. Unfairly lumped in with many generic "hair" bands, Donnie Vie and company have a long career of great melodic rock songwriting and Aaron's choice of How am I Supposed to Write a Love Song? is a prime example of their talent. 

While Poison took the world by storm in the mid 1980's after making the westward trek from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, the band the helped give them their blueprint was not nearly acknowledged for their contribution. KIX's brief window of fame culminated with Chris' choice of one of the most well-structured power ballads of the 80's with Don't Close Your Eyes from the Blow My Fuse album.

When Jizzy Pearl isn't blacked out in the redroom or writing one of his best selling books you might be surprised to know he can also lay down a pretty nice love song - "How'd I Get So Lonely"

While Chris and Aaron don't typically spin anything that has a southern tinge to it, it doesn't mean that there isn't a bevy of great music from that region. While we typically solely focus on hard rock and heavy metal, this week seems like an appropriate time to introduce you to The Bluefields. Consisting of Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Warner Hodges (Jason & the Scorcers), and Joe Blanton (Royal Court of China), The Bluefields are the outgrowth of a group of well-experienced and supremely talented now-Nashville residents. Their 2012 album Pure has caused many in the rock and roll world to sit up and take notice. Thanks to listener Tim Harrigian for turning us on to this great band that is right in our back yard. You'll be hearing more from this group in the future!

Certainly one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs to come from sleaze rockers LA Guns as they keep the love going with "The Ballad" from the oh so sensitive Waking the Dead album. It was a tough choice between this track and Hellraiser's Ball.

The road is a lonely place for many a rock and roll band. With all those long after show parties, scantilly clad groupies and thousands of worshipping fans it must make you wish you were home. "Coming Home" from the Long Cold Winter Album has Tom and the boys in Cinderella capturing those lonely moments on the road.

For you fellas that stuck it out through all of the mushy stuff we played for your better-halves today, we end the show with something just for you with Steel Panther's heartwarming rendition of Community Property from their Feel the Steel album. Thanks for hanging in there!

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After taking a 2 week long look at 1986, we're taking a detour back to Bizarro World with our third installment of Bizarro Covers.

What are Bizarro Covers, you ask? Basically, these are songs that were not originally considered hard rock/metal (mostly) and are being covered by, you guessed it, hard rock and metal bands. There's no shortage of strange cover songs out there and we're happy to share, what we think, are some of the best. 

We start things off with Yngwie Malmsteen's take on an ABBA disco classic. Of course, Yngwie shows complete restraint; letting the song breathe and allow lots of open space to take in the lyrics.....NOT. Either way, it's an interesting approach to this sugary pop number.

Next up is a case of Germany covering Australia as power metal veterans Sinner cover the Midnight Oil 80's classic Beds Are Burning.

We keep the German theme going with power/speed metal legends Blind Guardian's 1996 cover of the 1954 Chordettes sugary Mr. Sandman. Not quite as snuggly as the original.

Keeping with the old-school vibe, Aaron pulls out The Misfits covering the 1960 Drifters hit This Magic Moment for their Project 1950 album. Jerry Only in fine form on this one.

We break new ground coming out of the first break with a cover of a Lady Gaga track! Before you hit the 'unsubscribe' button, give us a chance to expose you to a great performance of Bad Romance by Halestorm.

Being the KISS nerds that we are, we couldn't help but pull out a great version of 1977's Plaster Caster from the Love Gun album performed by grunge forerunners The Lemonheads.

We really go deep into Bizarro World with the next track being a cover of A-ha's 1985 hit Take on Me from Italian progressive power metal band Vision Divine. You get extra cool points if you've heard this track before.

In keeping with strange cover versions, Aaron's choice of Mindless Self Indulgence's cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer will have you looking at the song in a whole new way.

Paul Stanley really created a monster (no pun intended) when he penned a song titled Hide Your Heart in the late 1980's. Originally a rejected song from the Crazy Nights album, Stanley put the song on the open market and it was snapped up by a number of different artists including Bonnie TylerMolly Hatchet, and Ace Frehley with Frehley's version being the only one that could compete with KISS' release of the song for their 1989 Hot in the Shade album. We take a serious listen to Ace's version of the song from his Trouble Walkin' solo release. 

Closing out the show is a Doro Pesch cover of Procol Harum's 1967 timeless classic A Whiter Shade of Pale. A definitely more rocked-up version of this Summer of Love number.

We hope you've enjoyed this visit to Bizarro World! If you did......

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