It is time for us to do our shout-out to Eric Singer and one of his projects. Before Kiss, Eric had played with Black Sabbath and he even had his own band Badlands that released a stellar release in 1989. Then he joined Kiss with the Revenge album and stayed with the band up until the reunion tour in 1996. He would later play with numerous artist, but most notably the great Alice Cooper. However, I wanted to highlight one with a big Kiss connection because that is what I like to do. His side project the Eric Singer Project was a supergroup that had Eric on drums and vocals, Chuck Garric on bass and vocals, John Corabi and guitar, bass and vocals and the big Kiss connection is who was also in the band. It was Eric’s former Kiss co-hort, Bruce Kulick on guitar.
The band was a side group that played covers. They played some live shows and put out an album called ‘ESP’…Eric Singer Project. The one I see most Kiss collectors trying to grab up is this album so I figured this is the perfect album to do for Eric. I know, I probably should’ve done Badlands since this is all covers, but this had too big a Kiss connection to pass up. Plus, I love Corabi so it was a chance for me to hear him as well even if he isn’t singing all the time.
The track listing is pretty good with some not so common covers and there are a few that a typical cover songs. Here are the songs and the original band…
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For My Sunday Song #183, we are going to discuss a song from the self-titled gem called “Hooligan’s Holiday”. The song was the first single off their 1994 album and was the first song the world got to hear with new lead singer John Corabi. The song did pretty well reaching #10 on the U.S. Rock charts, but overall the album was a dud, sales wise. I find it to be quite a satisfying record and one of Crue’s best although the band now ignores this album. But it is an album that shouldn’t be ignored.
The title of the song come from the news that Nikki was watching during the LA Riots where the broadcaster stated that the rioters were on a Hooligan’s Holiday. Nikki liked it so much he and John based a song around that concept. The song is basically about living large and doing whatever you want. What started out as a demo between John and Nikki that no one wanted to do, became the first single and one of the more popular songs on the album.
The song is a pure, fun, rock song. It sounds like Crue at a time when Crue were going through major changes with a new lead singer. It opens with Mick and Tommy hitting a few riffs and fills and turns in to a ball buster when the whole band kicks in. The song has balls and delivers quite a punch. John Corab’s gravelly voice gives the vocals an edge of rebellion and toughens up the sound of the band without the high vocals they would have had with Vince Neil. It was the perfect combination the band needed and for me a shot of adrenaline the band needed.
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John Corabi, lead singer of the band The Dead Daisies and at one time for a brief moment, he was the lead singer for Motley Crue. He was on only one studio album and that was the 1994 self-titled album, Motley Crue. When Vince was no longer in the band, the band reached out to John and bam, we got one of Motley’s most underrated albums. It was a different Motley Crue. A little more bluesy, a little more serious and a little more awesome.
However, ever since Vince rejoined the band, that 1994 album has basically been ignored. When Motley Crue released their vinyl box set called “The End”, they omitted this album along with ‘Generation Swine’. I was a little pissed. I wanted all their albums on vinyl.
John Corabi decided to perform this 1994 Motley Crue album live for One Night only in Nashville, Tennessee (but toured it more than just Nashville). Thankfully, he released it back in early 2018; however, I never found it on vinyl.
Imagine my surprise when I saw an ad for it on Facebook that mentioned he was releasing it as a very limited edition vinyl 2LP set and Bam!!! I jumped on it. Hell, if Motley Crue wasn’t going to release it on vinyl, then this is certainly the next best thing…if not better!! Now I swore it said it would be out in February, but it arrived on my doorstep just before Christmas. That was a nice surprise.
First off, how limited an edition is it? Well, it is only limited to 300 copies in a Red Splatter vinyl. What # did I get? I will show you…
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After the album ‘Ratt (1999), the band had a very troubled time. Stephen Pearcy left the band (again) and started his own band that eventually tried to use the Ratt name, but the other members sued and won. The remaining Ratt members continued on as a band…or at least made several attempts with many line-up changes.
In 2000, the current Ratt was Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane, John Corabi (Motley Crue) and Robert Mason. Robert was brought on as lead singer, but left shortly after when the band couldn’t get a major label deal. That brought on Jizzy Pearl at lead vocals. This would remain the band until at least 2006.
In 2002, the band and fans were delivered some bad news. Original guitarist, Robbin Crosby, passed away from a Heroin overdose. He had long battled with addiction and it finally grabbed hold for good. Robbin has also been battling HIV, but the drugs got to him first. Any hopes of the original band getting back together were quickly dashed.
In 2006, Jizzy would leave and Stephen Pearcy rejoined the band. Then 2 years later, John Corabi would leave and he was replaced by Carlos Carvazo from Quiet Riot. The line-up was now complete for the next album…whew, that was exhausting. Wait, where is Juan Croucier? He was out doing his own thing. He comes back to the band, but not for many years.
Finally, in April 2010, Ratt released their seventh studio album called ‘Infestation’. It had been over 10 years since the last album and with all the line-up changes and the fact the last album was so bad, my expectations for this release were pretty low.
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Motley Crue called it quits back in 2016 with The End Farewell Tour. I have The End Deluxe Edition Tombstone set which I love and I have all their CDs (only missing a couple that will be remedied shortly. I was listening to them the other day and thought it was time to rank their Albums from Worst to First. As usual, I will keep it to strictly the Studio albums and will exclude greatest hits and live albums. However, I am going to include the Supersonic And Demonic Relics album which was a collection of rare songs and unreleased tracks. It isn’t a greatest hits collection and I think it stands out nicely on its own.
With all that being said, let’s get started…
10 – THE WORST – ‘THEATRE OF PAIN’ (1985):
The album was an utter disappointment after the first two. There was so much filler and not enough memorable songs. Yes, you have “Home Sweet Home” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” but the album felt lost. The band lost it’s edge of the last two albums and overall it was just lacking. There were a couple other good songs as I really liked “Tonight (We Need a Love)” and “Louder than Hell”. Outside of that it wasn’t the same band. Luckily, the regained that edge for the next release.
The album did well and sold over 4 million copies and went to #6 on Billboard. The success of the ballad “Home Sweet Home” was good enough to keep the momentum going and drive further success, but it is one of the albums I revisit the least.
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Something new on 2Loud2OldMusic.com this week will be podcast reviews. I have been digging through a ton of music podcasts over the last few months and there are several that I have grown to love and they are now a weekly event that I listen to on the drive home from work.
First up for review is ‘Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon’ on Westwood One. So, who is Mitch Lafon? Mitch is a very well respected music journalists out of Canada and has been in the music scene for over 20 years. To put it simply, he knows the rock scene. He lives and breathes it on a daily basis. One thing I found out is his first interview was at 11 years old back in 1980 when he interviewed Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Mitch interviews the cream of the crop in the rock world and the interviews are always compelling and full of cool information about the artist and what is going on with their music or even their lives. At times the interviews seem like two friends sitting back and having a conversation. Mitch has interviewed a lot of these artist before over the years and some are actually personal friends of his. You don’t get the normal stale, boring interview. Mitch has a way of making the artist feel relaxed and willing to talk. Hell, most of the time the artist are coming to Mitch for the interview not the other way around. That right there tells me a lot about his credibility.
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Welcome back to Friday New Releases. This week is a little better than last week, but not by much. There are only a few I am interested in this week and they are highlighted in Blue. I am beginning to think February for music releases is like February for movie releases, there aren’t as many and they aren’t as good. I am hoping for a couple exceptions to that rule. Let me know what floats your boat.
- Pop Evil – Pop Evil – (Entertainment One): Pop Evil is one of the few modern rock bands I like. And based on what has come out so far this year, I need something good and heavy. They usually don’t disappoint. I will admit it is a little generic, but it is consistent and you know what you are going to get.
- David Cook – Chromance E.P. – (Analog Heart Music): Former American Idol winner is finally back, but only with an EP. I will take what I can get. David is a little rock, but mostly pop and I don’t know if he has ever fully found where he wants to be with his sound. Hopefully this finds him in a good place.
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