Year: 1985 Song: "In and Out of Love" by Bon Jovi 7800 Fahrenheit. The temperature at which rock burns. If you listen closely, sometimes the wind still carries the anguished cries of metal bands who didn't think of that album title first. You'd figure the dudes who thought of it would at least use it on an album they're … Continue reading In and Out of Trouble. Mostly Out.
Year: 1986 Song: "Nobody's Fool" by Cinderella We're going to jump ahead a couple years to celebrate the joy that is East Coast glam metal. Not every band sprouted out of the puddles of Aquanet and Jack Daniels dotting the Sunset Strip, you know. Cinderella comes to us from Philadelphia, which means it's okay to have a … Continue reading So Not Your Fool.
Year: 1984 Song: "Heaven's on Fire," by KISS I can't hold off any longer. We have to talk about "Heaven's on Fire." As an intro, here is an actual email conversation that occurred between me and my best friend about this music video: me: have you seen kiss's music video for "heaven's on fire"? because it is … Continue reading Heaven’s on…something.
Year: 1984 Song: "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger Ah yes. Everyone's favorite paternalistic power ballad about the dangers of giving it up before your time is due. The meaning of this one seems quite clear. In fact, when I saw Night Ranger perform on the Rock Never Stops Summer Tour '99*, when Jack Blades** sang the … Continue reading The Time Traveler’s Sister
Song: "Summertime Girls," by Y&T Year: 1985 Like warm weather, March Madness (go Heels!), and baseball, I AM BACK and ready to bring you down Aquanet-soaked memory lane on a much more frequent basis. And what better way to kick off Spring Break than with Y&T's "Summertime Girls"? Well before LFO, there was Y&T, and Friend of … Continue reading It’s Fly When Girls Stop By for the Summer(time)
Year: 1983 Song: "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" by Quiet Riot If you're asking how the hell it took so long to get to Quiet Riot, well, I can't blame you. You know, they're only the first metal band to have a number 1 record on the Billboard charts. So to kick of 2016 (dare I say … Continue reading Bang Your Head: Heavy Metal and Its Curative Properties
Year: 1984? Song: "Killed by Death," by Motorhead I leave for L.A. this week. My to-visit list includes the Whisky, Canter's Deli, and of course, the Rainbow, where I was dearly hoping to run into Lemmy. I was thinking about this plan and, you know, the possibility of us becoming best friends yesterday evening. An hour later, the … Continue reading “I’m a Romantic Adventure and a Reptile Too”: This Is Not a Lemmy Thinkpiece