- Get ready for the M3 Rock Festival
- A song Vince Neil wrote to his daughter Skyler
- Did this legendary Metal band become “exceedingly white”?
- The truth about Vince Neil’s car accident The Dirt on Netflix got wrong
- Why Dokken’s biggest album almost didn’t get made
- Hits & deep cuts by 16 Hard Rock, Glam, and Hair Metal artists playing the M3 Rock Festival
- New tracks by Whitesnake, Rise Against, Damn Nation, Plague Vendor, the Grave Denial, and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown
- Hits and deep cuts by Black N Blue, Danger Danger, Extreme, Warrant, Autograph, Vince Neil, Vixen, Skid Row, Quiet Riot, Vain, Kingdom Come, Kix, Firehouse, and more!
- An 80s Glam band that turned into a Heavy Metal legend
- A new Hard, Heavy & Hair show feature!
- New music by two bands with new names
- Pre-order Plague Vendor’s By Night album here
- Information about the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund
- Those Ted Nugent statements about “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and Pantera, via Blabbermouth
Responding to a fan posting on Nugent’s official message board (dubbed “The Nuge Board”) about late PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and the VH1 “Behind the Music” special on PANTERA that premiered this past Thursday, Ted (who posts on the message board under the name “Nuge”) wrote that he “never thought too highly of anyone foolish enough to take on the nickname of a life-destroying dope product and promote such family-destroying conduct on stage.” (Apparently referring to the fact that Darrell’s “Dimebag” nickname is a slang term for a $10 bag of marijuana.)
When another fan pointed out that Dimebag “loved” Nugent’s music and that he had stated in a magazine interview that he often played some of Ted’s riffs before a show to loosen up the fingers — going so far as to cover “Cat Scratch Fever” for the 1999 “Detroit Rock City” soundtrack — Nugent responded, “though I’m no expert on all things PANTERA, I did hear their version of ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ and it was exceedingly white. No soul, no balls, no feel. Caucasian all the way. Elements of dope, booze and heroin disconnect quite apparent as usual. There is no excuse for such horrifically negative, irresponsible, criminal, America-wrecking behavior as such chimp-like substance abuse. Period. They appeared as Ozzy-like zombies on TV. Ya think. American drunks and dopers are allahpuke terrorists’ favorite allies. Damn them. Damn them all.”
After the fan who started the original thread (who calls himself “the_A_team”) defended Dimebag by saying that “you have to at least respect Dime as a guitarist,” adding that “even though he did drugs, I heard he didn’t do very many,” Nugent replied, “I indeed do respect all people for the positives in their life. Sadly, there comes a time of diminishing returns in the balance. At the end of the day, my respect is reserved for those solidly in the asset column of mankind.”
[NOTE: The link to the discussion on Ted Nugent’s “Nuge Board” returns “Error 404: Not Found”. A search of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine also produced no backup copy. –Ed.]
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Transcript of the Show
This is show number 195, titled M3 Rock Fever, and if you’re hearing my voice, then it means it’s time for your rock on the radio!
FireHouse – Rock on the Radio
This, you head-banging, metal-loving degenerates of all ages, is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show with yours truly, your very own rock jockey, the hardest drinking, horniest, and longest haired radio show host playing on four continents the hardest rock, heaviest metal, and hairiest of hair bands. I’m here right now to deliver to you your very own 2 hours of music with Hard, Heavy & Hair show number One Hundred and Ninety Five.
Thank you for joining me.
And welcome to the Hard, Heavy & Hair family the latest stations to carry the show, LKCB 128-point-4, Classic Rock Canada and KBOG 97.9 FM overlooking the Pacific ocean in Oregon!
It’s a big show with brand new music by Rise Against, Damn Nation, Plague Vendor, the Grave Denial, Whitesnake, and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.
In addition to all the new music is the Cover Song of the Week, chart climbers by Saul and All That Remains, and a celebration of one of the biggest upcoming 80s hair and hard rock music festivals in the US, next month’s M3 Rock Festival. If you’re going to M3, you’ll want to warm up by playing this show again and again on-demand from PariahRocks.com, that’s P-A-R-I-A-H-R-O-C-K-S-dot com . If AREN’T going to M3, then this episode of Hard, Heavy & Hair can transport you there from your computer, car radio, phone, or any Internet connected device with songs from M3 performers Black N Blue, Danger Danger, Extreme, Warrant, Autograph, Vince Neil, Vixen, Skid Row, Quiet Riot, Kix, Vain, Kingdom Come, and Kix. Firehouse, who started the show, is also performing at M3. So are these next performers.
Here’s Quiet Riot followed by Danger Danger. “Cum On Feel the Noise” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Quiet Riot – Cum on Feel the Noize
Danger Danger – Slipped Her the Big One
From their ’91 sophomore album, Screw It, that was Danger Danger with “Slipped Her the Big One.” That’s a cryptic song. It’s tough to figure out what the lyrics are about. Any ideas?
That was Ted Poley on vocals. Poley has always been the voice of Danger Danger, but he wasn’t the only one or even the first. I’ll tell you more about Poley, his meeting with Paul Stanley, Danger Danger releasing a double-album with Poley singing the songs on one CD while a different vocalist sang the same songs on the other CD, and a lot more in an upcoming Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. In fact, this is all going to be the subject of one of the first Triple-H Triple Shots. the Triple-H Triple Shot is a brand new feature of the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show–the Triple H part stands for Hard, Heavy & Hair–that will be kicking off with next week’s show, Hard, Heavy & Hair number 196. You don’t want to miss it!
Another thing you don’t want to miss is this week’s Cover Song of the Week. I’ll have your first clue for you right after brand new music from LA-based punk band Plague Vendor getting harder and heavier on their first single from upcoming album By Night. Aaannd, THAT new song is coming up right after Saul with their song “Brother.” I’m Pariah Burke .
Saul – Brother
Plague Vendor – New Comedown
That was “New Comedown,” the first single from Plague Vendor’s upcoming second LP, By Night, which is slated for a June 7th release. You can pre-order the album now by visiting the show notes for this, Hard, Heavy & Hair show number 195, on PariahRocks.com.
Still coming up this hour is more new music and songs by plenty of M3 Rock Festival performers.
Now it’s time for your first Cover Song of the Week clue.
The Cover Song of the Week is a musical game we play here on Hard, Heavy & Hair. Each week I pick a Hard Rock, Metal, or Glam cover version of someone else’s song. Later in the show, I play that cover song for you followed immediately by the original version, so you can compare and contrast. Leading up to the Cover Song of the Week, I drop clues and hints about the song, the covering artist, and the original recording artist, while you, my hard rocking listeners, try to figure them out from the clues.
The first clue is usually hard, but they get easier as we go along.
Here’s the first one.
The Cover Song of the Week might not actually be any good. Or it could be great. Some people love it, but you might not like it. The original recording artist sure didn’t like the cover. He called it, quote, “exceedingly white. No soul, no balls, no feel. Caucasian all the way. Elements of dope, booze and heroin disconnect”. End quote. And, he said that about a beloved metal guitarist who was murdered by a mentally unstable fan. That guitarist’s grave is an often visited monument, a shrine where fans smash out a Blacktooth Grin.
That’s your first clue–not too difficult, unlike some other Cover Song of the Week first clues. More later.
Let’s get back to the bands playing the M3 Rock Festival with XYZ, Dokken, and the newly reunited Extreme. Here’s “Inside Out” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
XYZ – Inside Out
Dokken – Tooth and Nail
Extreme – Hole Hearted
“Hole Hearted” from Extreme back in 1990 following Dokken with the title track to their 1984 album Tooth and Nail, which many say is Dokken’s greatest achievement. They almost didn’t get to make it. When their 1981 debut Breaking the Chains didn’t sell well, Elektra Records management didn’t want to extend credit to the band to make another record. Don Dokken and band management fought hard to get the album made, clawing and scratching, which is what the song and album title are all about Tooth and Nail.
Ready for more new music? How about something from the next generation of hard rockers? This is 28 year-old Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown out of Texas. I’m Pariah Burke.
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – On To The Next
Tyler Bryant got his first acoustic guitar at age 6. At 11 he sold the dirt bike his parents had bought him to buy his first electric guitar. He’s been writing music and touring since he was 15 years old. At 17 he moved to Nashville where he started meeting the band mates that would form the Shakedown, including guitarist Graham Whitford, son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
More new music right after your second Cover Song of the Week clue.
The Cover Song of the Week is entirely–blatantly–about sex, but even using an obvious feline metaphor for vagina in its lyrics and alluded to in its title, the song has been adopted as the theme for an arena football team and even frequently played at the opening of games by Major League Baseball team the Detroit Tigers. The Carolina Panthers NFL team often does the same.
The extreme right-leaning songwriter, original recording artist, and renowned attention whore, performed the highly sexual Cover Song of the Week live on a 2015 news broadcast. He was joined on bass for that performance by a family-values-advocating state governor, presidential candidate, and Southern Baptist minister, which would have made the event newsworthy all on its own if the bass-playing candidate hadn’t set the whole thing up on the news TV show he hosted.
That’s the clue. Now, new Christian Hard Rock. Here’s The Grave Denial with “Fake” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
The Grave Denial – Fake
Formerly EverCross, that was the Grave Denial out of Nashville.
On this one hundred and ninety-fifth Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, I’m playing for you new songs and chart toppers, but the majority of the show is devoted to the massive hair metal lineup of the M3 Rock Festival. M3 is happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 3rd through the 5th, in Columbia, MD, and features a hair band lineup of Who’s Who, or Who Was and Is Again, as you prefer.
The lineup even includes some friends of mine, like this band hailing from the same place I’m broadcasting from, Portland, Oregon. Here’s Black N Blue kicking off a block of bands playing the M3 Rock Festival.
Black N’ Blue – Hold On To 18
Kingdom Come – Living Out Of Touch
Vain – Dark City
Warrant – D.R.F.S.R.
In order, you just heard “Hold On To 18” by Black N’ Blue, which now features Brandon Cook on lead guitar though Brandon joined after that song was recorded. Then was Kingdom Come “Living Out Of Touch”, Vain with “Dark City”… Remember Vain? They’ve been consistently putting out music with albums in 2005, 2009, 2011, and 2017. “Dark City” is from their 2017 LP Rolling With the Punches. We wrapped the block with Warrant with the title track from their January ’89 debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.
[clip: Jani laughing from DRFSR]
Let’s do another pair of M3 performers’ songs–one of which is brand new. This next song was new last year. Here’s Vixen “You Ought to Know By Now.”
Vixen – You Ought to Know by Now (Stuidio Vesrion)
Whitesnake – Trouble Is Your Middle Name
New Whitesnake there “Trouble Is Your Middle Name”. Whitesnake will be playing M3 along with Vixen and a good half of the bands you’ve heard on the show so far. Other M3 performers are coming up, artists like Skid Row, and Autograph, as well as Vince Neil, with a song he wrote for his daughter Skylar.
Let’s swing it back to newer metal with the latest from All That Remains. “Everything is Wrong” has never sounded so right on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
All That Remains – Everything’s Wrong
Those guys were definitely influenced by the band doing the Cover Song of the Week–later in that band’s career–so why don’t I get you your next Cover Song of the Week clue?
The band doing the Cover Song of the Week was founded in 1981 by two brothers. Originally a glam band, they released three mostly forgettable albums in the early- to mid-80s. After replacing their original lead singer and exploring a harder sound, however, this four-piece band became a legend of heavy metal starting with their 1988 album, Power Metal, and then their solidly Groove Metal 1990 followup, Cowboys From Hell.
That’s your clue. I’ve got one more–and even easier one–before I reveal the band you’ve probably already guessed, the Cover Song of the Week itself, and the artist that originally recorded the song.
Let’s keep rolling hard and heavy with another brand new song. This is Rise Against with “Savior.” I’m Pariah Burke.
Rise Against – Savior
By now you must have seen The Dirt, the Motley Crue biopic, on Netflix. There’s a lot in the movie to laugh at, to groan over, to reel in revulsion against (that Ozzy by the pool seen, for example, though that’s not exactly how it went down in reality). The car crash scene was even more altered. The movie took a LOT of liberties with that scene, but it was the first that might have made you cry. What made EVERYONE cry–myself included, I’m not ashamed to admit it–were the scenes about Vince Neil’s daughter Skylar. [huff] My eyes are starting to feel wet already because I know what I’m about to play.
As you probably know, especially if you’ve seen the film, Vince’s daughter Skylar died of cancer at age 4. It devastated him, as it would any parent who lost a child. Vince wasn’t the average parent, though. He turned his pain into action. He created a charitable foundation in his daughter’s name. Skylar Neil Memorial Fund raises awareness of, and funds to combat, childhood illnesses, including Leukemia. Being a musician, Vince also wrote a song for his daughter. This is “Skylar’s Song” by Vince Neil. I’m Pariah Burke.
Vince Neil – Skylar’s Song
What a beautiful, heart-rending ballad from a father to the daughter cancer took so, so young. Shit. I can’t even imagine…
Let’s pick the mood back up with something frivolous and fun from Kix. Here’s “Get It While It’s Hot.”
Kix – Get It While It’s Hot
Here’s a bonus Cover Song of the Week hint. If you haven’t figured out the band doing the cover yet, they relate to Motley Crue’s the Dirt in that, in the film version of The Dirt, Vince Neil crashed a Corvette which resulted in Razzle from Hanoi Rocks… well, you know… I’m guessing Netflix’s budget couldn’t afford to crash even a replica of the exotic super car Vince was driving in real life. If you know what car Vince REALLY crashed the night of December 8th, 1984 in Redondo Beach, then you know the name of the band doing the Cover Song of the Week. They were named after that model of car.
Ready for your final clue about the Cover Song of the Week? This is the easiest yet. The song’s lyrics contain the following lines:
The first time that I got it
I was just ten years old
I got it from some kitty next door
I bet you’ve got it now. Let’s find out if you’re right after…
Skid Row – Slave to the Grind
Damn Nation – Set Me Off
I snuck a new song in there. That was “Set Me Off” by Damn Nation, formerly calling themselves It Lives, It Breathes. You might have heard their first single “Apocalypse.” “Set Me Off” is the follow up Hard, Heavy & Hair was granted access to spin before it’s actually released. What do you think?
Now it’s time for the…
Who is the covering artist, the 80s Glam band turned Heavy Metal pioneer founded by two brothers? The band’s name comes from the super car, the same kind of super car Vince Neil famously crashed–not the cheap Corvette you saw onscreen in Netflix’s The Dirt.
The Cover Song of the Week is a classic Hard Rock hit we all know and love, though the original artist definitely did not love the cover version you’re about to hear. In his typical speak-his-mind with no-holds-barred fashion, Ted Nugent tore down Pantera’s cover of “Cat Scratch Fever” calling it quote, “exceedingly white. No soul, no balls, no feel. Caucasian all the way. Elements of dope, booze and heroin disconnect”. End quote. He went on to further denigrate the memory of Pantera co-founder and guitarist Darrell “Dimebag Darrell” Abbott. I’ll spare you the full quote, but you can read it in the show notes on PariahRocks.com if you’re curious.
The Nuge has gotten plenty of milage out of his song. He even played “Cat Scratch Fever,” the song about becoming addicted to pussy, live on Fox News at the request of family-values-advocating Arkansas governor, Republican presidential candidate, and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee. Huckabee, a musician himself, played bass during the performance. And Nugent accused Pantera of, quote, “America-wrecking behavior.”
I mean, *I’M* fine with the lyrics of “Cat Scratch Fever”, but I’m not a Bible-thumping politician demanding a return to Family Values.
Pantera covered Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever” for the 1999 film Detroit Rock City. Here’s that cover, followed by the original version from Ted Nugent’s 1977 album of the same name. You decide if Pantera’s version is too “white.”
Pantera – Cat Scratch Fever
Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever
“Cat Scratch Fever,” the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. That was the original version by Ted Nugent from back in ’77 following the 1999 cover by Pantera.
You’re listening to Hard, Heavy & Hair, episode number 195, a tribute to the many Hard Rock and Hair Metal legends of the 80s and today playing the M3 Rock Festival May 3rd through 5th. You can listen to this show again streaming anytime you like, on-demand on your computer, tablet, phone, and bluetooth capable car radio, from PariahRocks.com, that’s P-A-R-I-A-H-R-O-C-K-S-dot com.
Hard, Heavy & Hair is YOUR weekly dose of hard rock, heavy metal, and hair bands, playing the biggest hits, deepest cuts, and newest brand new chart-climbing hits from the best hard, heavy, and hairy bands of the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2 thousands, and today. It’s also the place for the most interesting Hard, Heavy & Hairy music trivia.
Next week, the first Triple-H Triple Shots. the Triple-H Triple Shot is a brand new feature of the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show–the Triple H part stands for Hard, Heavy & Hair–will premiere. It’s a new feature of the show kicking off with next week’s show, Hard, Heavy & Hair number 196, a show that will also feature the return of Indie & Unsigned. You don’t want to miss that show! Catch it right here on this station.
I’m your hard rocking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonistic host and producer, Pariah Burke.
Another M3 Festival artist will play us out with their classic anthem “Turn Up the Radio.” This is Autograph.
Autograph – Turn Up the Radio