It took me a long time to finally get to this book as I’ve had it a long while, but life kept getting in the way. When I was on vacation a few weeks back, I was bound and determined to finish this book and man was it a great read. The 80’s Hard Rock Explosion is the music scene I grew up with and is what I am most passionate about so this book was a no-brainer for me. This book was written by journalists Tom Beaujour who was co-founder of Revolver magazine and Richard Bienstock who was a senior editor for Guitar World magazine plus he has been published in Rolling Stone and New York Times. Both very accomplished writers.
These guys go back to the beginning even before the Sunset Strip music scene and we find out what was really happening and how things got started. The craziness, the sex, the drugs, the rock & roll all here in full uncensored glory. There are so many fascinating stories and I loved learning about the musical chairs between band members in the early days with Jake E. Lee jumping from one band to another, Warren DeMartini possibly playing with a band other than Ratt and just who was in Guns N Roses first and who wasn’t….it was so much to keep up with and a blast to read about. There are a cast of characters chapter showing all the people that were interviewed and quoted and it was 7 pages long. If they were part of the scene, they are in here from Steven Adler to Zakk Wylde and everything in between.
Welcome to another wrap-up post and this time for April. I have to say that April was a fairly quiet month and not much vinyl but a lot of CDs and Cassettes this month. There was a lot going on the Snow Clan this month so record shopping was not a top priority and it shows in the rather small month of purchases. Still though, there are some quality purchases I believe. So let us get right to it. First up, I went and saw Will Hoge in concert at the end of March (after I wrote the March Purchases Post) and I picked up his latest on Vinyl for ‘Tiny Little Movies’ and I did that because I got to meet Will and he kindly signed the album (as well as give us the set list to the show).
And then came the release of Aldo Nova’s new album which is a 10-song E.P. (okay, since when did 10 songs make an E.P.) which is a collection of 10 songs off his forthcoming 22 song Rock Opera – The Life & Times of Eddie Gage. 3 weeks later, Aldo also put out Reloaded 2.0 which is a collection of old songs redone or reimagined with one new song…some of these he released a while back on an E.P. called Aldo Nova 2.0…so same concept with a few extra tracks.
I also was out shopping and found a lot of cassettes and they are scattered throughout the pictures as I found a lot of stuff by the same band so I grouped items together with the bands…not in all cases. We will start off with GNR’s Lies and Blue Murder’s self-titled both on cassette…
And then I found some Whitesnake cassettes as well as a Store Promo of a single…great finds for me…
If that wasn’t enough, I found a couple of Billy Idol cassettes and I can’t believe but I already have a duplicate with Whiplash Smile. You’d thing I would know what I have since I have so few, but the cover was so different, I didn’t realize they were the same so now I have two Whiplash Smiles. The other cover is a full length picture and a white label, this was a partial picture with black…at least I didn’t have Don’t Stop.
Kiss is one where I pretty much have all the vinyl (with a few minor exceptions) so I’ve started grabbing the CDs and cassettes as well (and 8 Tracks). Here are a couple more CDs added and a really cool cassette that I didn’t know if I’d find.
And then there were a couple more CDs that I came across from Winger and Ratt I still needed. Plus, I haven’t been able to find on vinyl so the CD will do for now…
Then I was out at Noble Records (one of my favorite stores) and I found a collection of Scorpions Promo CD Singles, so they are now part of the ever growing Scorpions collection that you will all see in due time when we start The Scorpions Collection Series real soon…
The last couple of items I think are really cool. First up is the Japanese Edition of Danger Danger’s debut album with a set of bonus tracks which are live cuts of songs on the album…
Then I bought the next item from Israel, but it isn’t an Israel pressing. It is the UK/Europe pressing which is a 2 CD Special Edition bonus tracks and live tracks.
The last set of discs are for Matt Nathanson. He is another artist I have all the vinyl, but not all the CDs, so we are remedying that as well. And one of these isn’t on vinyl to begin with so I really needed it…
And that is everything. The vinyl purchases were really weak this time around and I will admit it is getting harder to find what I want and at decent prices so we might see a drop in vinyl purchases as a result. I hope that doesn’t stay the trend, but we will see. Here is everything in one big shot…
And that is all. Thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait to see what May will bring us!!
Yesterday we recorded our Ratt Talk on Tim’s Vinyl Confessions…Today…it is now up on YouTube. Go check it out as it was a ton of fun. It was great meeting Jex and seeing Deke again. And a big thank you to Tim of Tim’s Vinyl Confessions for having me on. Always a good time to talk about Ratt!!
One of the most consistent hard rock bands to emerge from the early 1980s. Not an enormous catalogue, but enough to discuss, with a first time combo of TVC vet Jex, Deke and John. If you’re a Ratt fan, you’re going to enjoy this one.
While at a Record Show here in Charlotte, I came across some really great singles and here is the first of 3 I found at the show that were in phenomenal shape. The first is from the band Ratt and it is the first single off their 1990 album ‘Detonator’ called “Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job”. The song never made the Top 40 but did go to #18 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. The song was written by Stephen Pearcy, Juan Croucier, Warren DeMartini and Desmond Child who also produced the song and the album.
My version of the single is actually the UK version with “What’s It Gonna Be” as the B-Side. It was also the B-Side of the US version as well. Both songs appear to be the album version and not the Radio edits, but honestly, “Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job” is such a short song already at 3:14 that no edit is really needed.
February is over so it is time for our monthly round-up of what 2 Loud 2 Old Music got their hands on this month and it was another banner month. It all started with a trip to the antique mart called Sleepy Poets. My daughter loves that place and I don’t mind because there are records and I found a couple good ones. One was the only early Stryper album I was missing and the other was one of my mother’s favorite bands Air Supply so I had to buy it. I miss her a lot so it will be something in my collection that when I am really, really missing her I can pull out and play.
Then the following week, my daughter wanted to hit more antique shops as she loves to find old vintage clothes at not a too ridiculous of a price. The first place we hit in Mathews said it was an antique place, but really it was a record store and now I have another great place to go buy albums!! Yeah me!! I found some great vinyl, CDs, singles and cassettes…they had it all. First are the albums, which are an early pressing of Mariah Carey’s debut on vinyl and a Billy Idol 12″ Single of Mony Mony.
Welcome to the first round of purchases for 2022. Yes, I know, it never seems to end…my wife and wallet keep telling me that, but I don’t listen…obviously. And this week was another stellar month and a few really good deals as well…at least I think so. The first set of purchases were from gift cards left over from Christmas that I hadn’t spent and it was tough to decide. First I went with a vinyl I had been wanting for awhile and finding an original vinyl pressing was going to be expense so I went withe re-issue from Music on Vinyl for Extreme!!
The other items I picked up on those gift cards were the studio albums I was missing for Robbie Williams…I figured no time better than to complete that collection so I did. There were four left and here they are… Now I just need to the rare stuff that I am missing…challenge accepted!!
Last Saturday, I gave you a post of totally useless information with all the albums I listened to in 2021, so let’s do it again this Saturday. We are going to look back at what happened in 2021…no not in the world of music. But in the world of 2 Loud 2 Old Music, the website!! I know this is important stuff, I get how excited you must be so stop the YAWNING!!!
We had a another record year here at the site. We finally broke 1,000 followers and are now sitting at around 1,022. A small milestone for the site. It only took 5 years to get there. If that was enough we broke a record of views this year with over 272,000 views which is a 36% increase over the prior year. Next year, we are hoping to finally pass 300,000 views. See, real exciting stuff.
During the year we worked on a lot of Review Series. We finished the Kiss Review Series which had around 74 separate posts and took over 13 months to complete. We also started and finished the Judas Priest Series and the Queen Series which were both a lot of fun. We have started and are a good way through the Cheap Trick Collection Series and the Aerosmith Collection Series as I love doing these Series so I hope you do as well. It lets me go back and deep dive in to their albums and it also gives me a reason to go out and buy more albums. For 2022, we have the Jeff Scott Soto Series and I will go ahead and tell you when the Aerosmith Series ends, we will be jumping right in to the Scorpions Collection Series. A lot to look forward to next year!
Tonight!! I join the amazing Derek “Dekes” Williamson and we are going to spend an action packed hour discussing those fun loving rodents RATT who had a real great run in record sales and tours in the 80s.
Nowadays they love suing each other and doing Geico commercials but we will talk what it was about RATT that separated them from the 1000 other bands that came from L.A almost 40 years ago!
See the pic above for all the info about tonights show!
For My Sunday Song #260 and the final in the 10 song set is “Round and Round” by Ratt. The song is the first single off the band’s 1984 classic album ‘Out of the Cellar’. It reached #12 on the Hot 100 propelling the album to #7 and sells over 3 million copies in the U.S. alone. It broke the band in to one of the biggest acts in the world and the top acts in that whole 80’s Rock scene. The song was written by Warren DeMartini, Robbin Crosby and Stephen Pearcy.
The song is about a girl that he is really in to and he wants to be with her. She isn’t willing to give it up yet, but he knows he will get there in the end. The two go round and round playing all the games until the end and they both get what they knew would happen right from the start.
What makes the song great are those sleazy vocals by Stephen Pearcy matched perfectly with the nasty guitar riffs by Crosby and DeMartini and the dual solo, man, don’t get me started on that. It is all pure metal sleaze! The song is heavy, yet catchy as hell. The chorus is infectious and musically it is aggressive and pure fun. You can’t help but move and the song gets stuck in your head and can’t escape. It would be the blueprint of what was to hit the scene on the Sunset Strip and MTV for years to come!
Speaking of MTV, what really put this song over the top for the band was the video they released. Their manager at the time was Marshall Berle. Marshall had a pretty famous uncle that you might have heard of named Milton Berle, the legendary comedian. With his famous Uncle Miltie character dressed in drag, he makes an appearance in the video which draws it national attention. This video sums up the 80’s nicely.
For My Sunday Song #259, we are going to talk about “Shame, Shame, Shame” from Ratt’s 1990 album ‘Detonator’. The song was written by Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Desmond Child who also produced the album. The song was a Japan Only single and therefore never charted in the US since it wasn’t released here. The album didn’t do that well either only going Gold in the U.S. and hitting #23 on the charts. This surprises me as this to me is one of their best albums, if not THE BEST album they had done.
Lyrically, the song is about catching your girlfriend cheating and telling them they should have known better as now it is over. It is a big F.U. to the girlfriend that they screwed up and now they need to pack their bags and get the hell out. Since the girlfriend instigated the affair, he has no remorse or doubt that she needs to go. Really no other interpretation for this one. It is pretty straight-forward and simple.
The songs opens with a little Warren DeMartini penned instrumental piece called “Intro to Shame” with its slow detuned guitar solo which then slams into the blistering opening track “Shame Shame Shame”. The song comes at you full force and the guitar work is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! There is even a guest appearance by the super talented Michael Schenker. What more could you want in an opening track. It is hard, heavy, catchy and starts off the album better than probably any of their other albums. Stephen’s vocals are spot on with that gritty, smoked too many cigarettes, drank too much whiskey edge it screams a bluesy vibe matched with Warren’s bluesy guitar tone. It is legendary!!