my hood..just now….why do people drive 25 mph on chardon road? the limit is 35 which means one could go 45, but i am good with 35…anyway, this suv was going 20/25 and crossing the double yellow line a bit..AND breaking on me..tell you what, these days right now i am not the one…they pull to the side, wrong side of the street, like they’re gonna do something expecting me to run away, didn’t happen….i win….and another thing, can valentines day just not happen this year…for once.
ok, new piece… “another all time low” and yes the red is what you think it is..DNA and will turn a brown over time. haven’t done one of these in a while…and the black is black paper cut up and mounted to the piece.
got the new craw posters in today and i signed them up..they’re for two reunion shows with ALL the original members, so drummers and bass players will change throughout the set. one show is for cleveland and the other is for NYC. these posters will be available on this site soon…..
ok, so i’m reviewing this from the cd…i have it on vinyl i just can’t find it…anyway, it’s “paul di’anno’s battlezone” “fighting back”, now if you ask who is paul di’anno, shame on you, he’s the original singer for iron maiden. this record, “fighting back” is the second release he did after getting kicked out of maiden, which was a good move for iron maiden because they picked up bruce dickinson on vocals and they just exploded…anyway, paul didn’t explode, not for the lack of trying. this record is total 80’s metal, which makes sense it came out in 1986. there was two metal camps then, the ones who followed the maiden type of metal and the others who followed metallics’s lead. this is the maiden metal type, but no maiden rip off. total bang your head stuff, not thrash. i like pretty much the whole release. songs like “war child” and “welcome to the battlezone” shred. it’s a shame his other releases didn’t capture what he did on this one.
youtube of warchild…
i’m totally in love with this comic book…a quick gil kane cover, but he just nails it all down…the hands are amazing and the back of the alchemiod leg is spot on. frank robbins did the art on the interior, which i hated when i was a kid and was reading this in my friends tree house…now i really appreciate robbins work….if anyone of you out there has this book CGC-ed in 9.8 let me know, i’ll trade you art for it.
this is my annual valentines day piece, yes it’s early, but it had to be made today
somewhere back in the DJ posts i talked about how great 1980 was for metal releases…well, here’s one i forgot to mention….UFO “no place to run”, although it can be argued whether or not if it is “metal” parsee, it is one hell of a hard rock record worthy of being included with the 1980 onslaught of metal releases. i have it posed here with two of my favorite lost in space toys, not that has anything to do with anything. this was the first release UFO put out without Michael Schenker, perhaps one of, if not the greatest heavy metal guitarst of the time. paul chapman took over on guitar duties and the sound changed ever so slightly, not bad, just different. ‘no place to run’ didn’t do as well as earlier UFO records as far as sales go, but it didn’t do bad either, just narrowly missing the UK top ten charts. the opening track ‘alpha centauri’ is a keyboard thing that leads right into “letting go” which has some monstrous bass lines laid out by long time UFO-er pete way, maybe the heaviest his bass every sounded. pictured above is pete and paul. the composition of the record seems to flow nicely from one song to the next. my personal favorite is “this fire burns tonight” (youtube below). cover art is done by my favorite album art company “hipgnosis” who did several UFO covers along with black sabbath, pink floyd, the police, led zeppelin, 10cc, scorpions, def leppard, etc art work. this one is done in two colors, a dark blue tinted photo of the band with orange type for the title…nicely done. again, it may be hard rock, but no self respecting 1980’s metal head would ever kick “no place to run” out of bed for eating crackers.
ok…how about those plasmatics? i reached into a stack of my old vinyl and out popped this baby, the plasmatics “metal priestess” which is a 6 song 12” records that was released in 1981on stiff records. in 1981 i only knew the name and heard they cut things up on stage with chainsaws, good enough reason for me to pick this up. now by their appearance, they were often confused with being punk rock, when in all truth they were 100% metal…. and not great metal at that. their main appeal was their singer, wendy o. williams, former pornstar turned lead singer with all her best assets hanging out. the cover to metal priestess summed it up, wendy with breast exposed except for pointed pasties while standing in front of a pentagram. yes, that sold me. unfortunately the music didn’t. the one highlight, and it is a cool song is “12 noon”. through out the song a phone rings, a woman answers and wendy proceeds to layout what is going to end at 12 noon, pretty much everything is covered, neutron bombs, murder and rape, insipid ideas, archaic schools, and so on. kind of like billy Joel’s “we didn’t start the fire”, but cooler. the last song on each side is a live cut but no credit is given to where they were recorded…..i suppose if you want a plasmatics record in your collection, this one, if only for 12 noon, would be the one to get. youtube is below..
no DJ today….i have to break into and dig through a big crate for my stash of records. the ones i’ve been writing about my buddy LT (guy who got me the turn table) had returned for me. i’m waiting on several more to come back from him, the accused and big black are two and i wanna write them up. both are excellent records done by excellent bands. i plan on writing about the big ones like kiss and aerosmith as well, nothing past 1979 on both, you know, when they were good, especially aerosmith. their draw the line record was tremendous. kiss started slipping with rock and roll over. love gun was weak with amazing cover art, so kiss was wrapped up by 78 in my opinion, love gun was the end, and don’t get me started on dynasty. they did have a brief solid comeback with creatures of the night, that was after the elder and i think a few others…but that was it. i’ll write about queen also…they were untouchable…until the jazz record, that had it’s moments but songs like bicycle race just ruined them forever, they were the champions of the world, don’t get me started on the game, they had no brief comeback. i do miss freddie though, what a great performer he was. i got the see them twice at their prime. first time was the news of the world tour during a blizzard at a sold out coliseum. all 20,000 braved the weather and made it inside. the second time was the 1978 jazz tour which was the following year. it was during the winter also, but i don’t remember it being hazardous, i do remember it being amazing. when they toured the game the next year i couldn’t go, that song another one bites the dust was too stupid for me. queen was not bad ass so they really couldn’t pull off a tough guy song. freddie also grew that stupid mustache, i didn’t want to tarnish my memories of how great they were…BTW the 1977 news of the world tour was my first concert. the jazz tour was my fifth…kiss, aerosmith and angel were the shows in between…and angel, i could go on about how great they were, but i’ll save that for a DJ review of them.