Alright…You Picked It! And this one wasn’t really that close. After the first five picks were one for each artist, the winner took the early lead and never looked back. The winner this month is Stryper and their album ‘Against the Law’ which was one that was in my collection. I will be honest, this winner surprised me as I didn’t think they really had a chance, but boy was I wrong. Here are the results.
Stryper – ‘Against the Law’ – 7 votes
David Bowie – ‘Let’s Dance’ – 5 votes
The Band – ‘The Band’ – 3 votes
Dusty Springfield – ‘Dusty in Memphis’ – 2 votes
The Darkness – ‘Motorheart’ – 1 Vote
Thanks to all for participating. The January choices will be up on Saturday!
STRYPER – ‘AGAINST THE LAW’:
I remember when this album came out. It was a drastic change for the band. The Yellow and Black costumes they wore were gone and everything was black leather. The religious themes and any mention of God were gone. Stryper as we knew them were gone. Due to the constant criticism of from the religious critics, Stryper had grown weary of the music business and the Christian themes. They had become angry and a little resentful at the constant bashing. So, they threw religion to the side and went heavier and darker in both sound and lyrics.
The Deep Purple tour for the album, ‘Come Taste the Band’ ended in March of 1976. After that tour, we saw the end of Deep Purple as the band called it quits (at least until the early 80’s). David Coverdale was now without a band, but music was still in his blood and new music was ready to come out. In August of that year, David entered the studio and recorded his debut solo album called ‘White Snake’.
Hmmm…that name rings a bell. Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, the album name would become the inspiration for his band name which would come a couple years later. For now, we will focus on the album, ‘Whitesnake’.
The album was released on February 9, 1977 and the album cover featured David on the cover with a “white” snake curled up behind him ready to strike. The album I have is actually a 1988 release consisting of a 2LP set with both ‘Whitesnake’ and David’s follow-up solo album ‘Northwinds’ which we will discuss later. The package was a gatefold and consisted of commentary by Mark Rutherford.
The album was produced by ex-Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover which is a cool Purple connection. But as we know with David, he likes to attract great guitarists and use them to help him write the songs. On this album, that guitarists was Micky Moody formerly of the band Juicy Lucy. Moody and Coverdale wrote 4 of the 9 songs together and this pattern of finding great guitarists would continue on until today (2019).