My iPhone decided to throw a few tracks from AC/DC’s Flick of the Switch into rotation today. Haven’t listened to this particular album in quite a long time. I have to admit, if asked, I would not have said I held this album in very high regard. But I ended up playing the full album back and I now have to say it may be one of their more underrated achievements. Badlands in particular is a really good song and Landslide is no slouch either. The album certainly defied the glam metal trends that would show up later on Fly on the Wall and Who Made Who. I’m mentally lumping it in with Back in Black and For those about to rock now.
I listened to a bunch of Elvis tribute artists and Doors cover bands when I was writing the manuscript for Elvis Sightings. I did find a bunch of very cool music. On the Elvis side, Nine Inch Elvis was a winner. For The Doors, this particular album, Darken My Fire, was pretty spectacular.
One song in particular, Peace Frog as done by Mephisto Waltz, was transformational for me. I had to go back and listen to the original again. When I did, I heard the song in a different light. It’s become my favorite Doors song now.
If you’re interested in something a little different, Darken My Fire is billed as a Gothic tribute to The Doors. That’s almost accurate, there’s some industrial and straight up rock and roll in there too. If highly recommend it.
I like a pretty wide range of music, including Heavy Metal and Electronic Pop. This band, Brighter Than A Thousand Suns has made a really fascinating journey from what I guess you might call Electronica, to Metal, to a sort of New Wave-ish Electronic Pop. Chances are you haven’t heard of them, but if your tastes fall anywhere along that spectrum, their new single is worth a listen. Follow the link above and you can download it for free or pay what you think it’s worth.
Thanks to Spotify and eMusic, I’ve run across a great goth metal band called Seven Kingdoms. Sounds a bit like Battle Lore, but with a streak of glam metal in it.
The songs are surprisingly catchy for a metal band. I find myself singing along surprisingly often, and I’m not really a sing along kind of guy. Give “Forever Brave” on The Fire is Mine a listen.
One of the funniest Muppet sketches ever. Marisa Berenson sings “You’re always welcome in our house.”
If you like your music with a dose of humor, Detroit’s Electric Six is for you. Part Bloodhound Gang, part Bee Gees, the band offers up hard rocking disco tinged music with patently absurd lyrics.
“Don’t you want ta’ know how the kid’s startin’ fires? It’s my desire! Danger! Danger! High voltage! Fire in the disco! Fire in the Taco Bell!” from the track Danger! High Voltage.
Other stand out tracks have titles like Dance Commander, Nuclear War (On the Dance Floor) and Getting Into the Jam. Fire is definitely their best album, but another disc Flashy has my all time favorite Electric Six track, Formula 409 – a bizarro riff on muscle cars and cleaning supplies.
“You can drive your car to pieces baby! You can clean your kitchen baby!”
France’s best metal export of any decade, let alone the 70’s/80’s, was The Trust. A punk influenced metal band that seemed influenced by Nazareth, AC/DC and Killers era Iron Maiden.
Their best known track on this continent was the song “Prefabricated,” that appeared on the Heavy Metal Motion Picture Soundtrack.
The Trust’s albums were all largely in French, but three albums were released in English, Savage, Repression, and Man’s Trap. All three are genuinely great crunchy metal that somehow still manages to hold up today. The fact that the bulk of their work was complete before Hair Metal changed the music climate probably has a lot to do with that.
Savage doesn’t have a “Prefabricated” quality track on it, but “Crusades,” and “Repression” are both great listens.