- The truth about a song most people think is about Kurt Cobain
- Old school Hard Rock almost thrown away but rescued from the trash
- News about Tesla going acoustic (Again!) at Abbey Road
- Tommy Skeoch solo record
- Rare Motley Crue cut from the Vince Neil return album
- Cruel CRUE Summer
- Your new favorite band debuting on this show?!
- A Modern Hard Alternative Rock Band with Steampunk leanings
- A Cover Song of the Week that corrects a 25 year-old misheard lyric
- New Hard Rock from Germany
- New PDX (Portland, Oregon) Alt-Metalers
- New Helix, the Glorious Sons, He Is Legend, The New Roses, and Sweet Oblivion featuring Geoff Tate
- Hits & Deep Cuts from System of a Down, Dirty Machine, Warrant, Bon Jovi, Tesla, Matt, Firehouse, Skid Row, Michael Monroe, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, and more.
- Get 99 Crimes‘ album here
- Go Old School with Helix here
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Transcript of the Show
You’re in the right place if you’ve ever thought you had only three choices– Dead, Jail, or Rock N’ Roll. This is Michael Monroe.
Michael Monroe – Dead, Jail or Rock ‘n’ Roll
Thank you for tuning in. This is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, show number 206, titled “Old School Crimes.” The Hard, Heavy & Hair Show is YOUR weekly does of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 20-teens. Over the next 2 hours you’ll hear brand new music, huge hits, deep cuts, and rare hair.
I’m also going to introduce you to a band that just might become your new favorite band, especially if you’re into new music with the best of 70s and 80s Hard Rock sound.
My name is Pariah Burke and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonistic host.
And I’m “Cryin’ in the Rain” with Whitesnake.
Whitesnake – Crying in the Rain
Ozzy Osbourne – Thunder Underground
How often do you hear that?! From Ozzy’s seventh solo studio album, Ozzmosis, that was “Thunder Underground.” That was the same album that gave us “Perry Mason.” “Thunder Underground” featured Zakk Wylde on guitar–as if you couldn’t tell from that dark and driving guitar solo–as well as Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath band mate Geezer Butler on bass. All three contributed to writing the song. Deen Castronovo played drums on the track.
Ready for something new? How about the latest from Sweet Oblivion featuring former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate? This is “Hide Away,” the third single from the 2019 album of the same name, on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Sweet Oblivion feat. Geoff Tate – Hide Away
Brand new Sweet Oblivion featuring Geoff Tate there. That’s just the first of six new tracks making their debut on Hard, Heavy & Hair this week. Also coming up is hits and deep cuts from System of a Down, Dirty Machine, Warrant, Bon Jovi, Tesla, Ratt, Firehouse, Skid Row, The New Roses, and more. And, of course, the Cover Song of the Week.
Let’s get your first Cover Song of the Week clue.
This song was almost a Nine Inch Nails track. The writer, who sings the original, was the touring guitarist for NIN when he came up with the song. Trent Reznor loved the song. They even recorded the demo at Reznor’s house–the Tate House, the site of the Manson Family murders–which MIGHT have something to do with the songwriter’s choice for lyrics for the song. The songwriter considered making the song a Nine Inch Nails song, but opted instead to make it the first single for the band he was forming. The Cover Song of the Week original helped that band’s 1995 debut album sell over a million copies. It also helped that the song actually debuted on the soundtrack to the film Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight the year before the band’s album dropped.
The first clue is always the toughest. They get easier as we go.
Before we go back to the 80s with Firehouse and Skid Row, let’s reminisce about the 90s with a cut Dirty Machine dropped a couple of weeks ago. This is “The Dirty Ones” featuring Attila frontman Chris Fronzak AKA Fronzilla.
Dirty Machine – The Dirty Ones Fet. Fronzilla
I’ve hung out with some of the guys from the Dirty Ones Motorcycle Club during Bike Week and Biketober Fest when I was DJing and Emceeing in Daytona. I forget which chapters, though.
If you get a chance to see Sebastian Bach in concert this year, fracking’ do it! He playing the entire debut Skid Row album live, including this hit.
Skid Row – 18 and Life
Firehouse – Lover’s Lane
Firehouse and “Lover’s Lane” following Skid Row and “18 and Life.”
This summer is a Cruel CRUE Summer. On every Hard, Heavy & Hair Show this summer I’m playing for you a double-shot of Motley Crue, one hit and one deep cut or rarity, both from any time in the entire 38 year history of Motley Crue.
This week’s Cruel Crue Summer gives us a hit and a real rarity. From arguably the greatest Motley album ever, it’s the title track to 1989’s Dr Feelgood.
Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood
It’s Cruel CRUE Summer here on Hard, Heavy & Hair, and I just played the first of your latest Motley Crue two-fer. That was Motley Crue’s only Gold-certified single in the U.S., “Dr Feelgood.” Next is a real rarity.
1997’s Generation Swine album featured the return of Vince Neil after being solo for 6 years. Generation Swine was a departure from the Crue’s previous sounds. Much of the material had been written with the expectation that John Corabi would sing it. Vince therefore had a difficult time singing material written for Corabi’s very different vocal style. For the first time, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee also took lead vocals on several songs. Between those changes, experimenting with Nu Metal and Alternative Rock influences, and the multiple producers involved in the project, Generation Swine did not sell well.
In fact, you might not have heard much from it–maybe the singles “Afraid” and “Beauty” and the promo releases for “Glitter” and “Find Myself.” The song you’re about to hear was recorded for Generation Swine but didn’t make the cut; it was left off the album. If you were one of the 9 people who bought the 2003 remastered Generation Swine with bonus material, then you got this and a few other previously unreleased tracks.
This is “Wreck Me,” a Generation Swine-era Motley Crue rarity.
Mötley Crüe – Wreck Me
Next week I’ll have another pairing of Motley Crue hit and rarity for you on another Cruel Crue Summer.
Remember this song?
[Clip – S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)]
That’s “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun),” which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart in January after 20 weeks on the chart. The band, the Glorious Sons, is coming back with another album, and this similarly-themed Paxil-era song is the first single from that upcoming album. This is “Panic Attack.” Try not to have one while you listen.
The Glorious Sons – Panic Attack
Here’s your second Cover Song of the Week clue.
Most people–myself included initially–thought this song was about Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain who shot himself in 1994. It isn’t. It was written about R. Budd Dwyere, the Pennsylvania state treasurer convicted of racketeering, bribery, fraud, and conspiracy. In 1987 he called a press conference and shot himself live on the news in front of a room full of people. That’s who the song is about, and that’s your Cover Song of the Week clue.
This is Warrant and “I Saw Red.”
Warrant – I Saw Red
Ratt – Lay It Down
“Lay It Down” from Ratt’s 1985 Invasion of Your Privacy LP.
Right now, I would like to introduce you to 99 Crimes out of Austin, TX. This original power rock trio could possibly be your new favorite band.
99 Crimes is Paul Lidel formerly of Dirty Looks and Dangerous Toys on guitar and lead vocals, Chris Jordan on drums, and Jeff Lynn on bass. They just released their debut album in April, but their musical style is all over the decades in the best way possible.
Crank the volume because Jeff Lynn plays his four-string like he’s trying to break your spine while Chris Jordan pounds the drums like a sledgehammer to your ears.
This is “Devil In Your Dreams” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
99 Crimes – Devil In Your Dreams
“Devil In Your Dreams” from 99 Crimes self-titled debut album. The album was published April 5th 2019, but if Tom at Perris Records had sent this to me with a post-it note saying “I dug this up from ’81 and remastered it,” I would have completely believed it.
99 Crimes dip into a very strong 70s Hard Rock sound with a few songs. “Rumor” and “Avenue” sound exactly like they could have come from vinyl in ’76 or ’78. There’s echoes of Boston, Asia, and Journey in there with Kiss-like guitar solos popping out. “Blood From a Stone,” though a little repetitive in the middle, is evocative of Ted Nugent’s best work but with a very 1980s drum line and a bass line few had the balls to play so hard in the 80s.
“Do It Over” is a driving tour de force Paul Lidel kicks off channeling Ian Astbury on the intro. Chris Jordan’s drums hit as hard as Matt Sorum’s. The drums pound like a sledgehammer that way throughout, but Lidel’s voice slides effortlessly up and down, dipping into Donnie Van Zant with hints of Keith St. John, but usually staying very close to Mike Reno of Loverboy. At about the 3 and a half minute mark, the music drops away and, just for a moment, the vocals go acapella in a way that catapulted me back into the audience during Kansas’s playing “Carry On Wayward Son”. Just for a second, I was in the front row, and then 99 Crimes’ rhythm section kicks back in and slams me back into the present listening to this amazing bastard child of the best of the 70s and 80s.
Have a listen.
99 Crimes – Do It Over
This is Hard, Heavy & Hair with me, Pariah Burke, and that was the second of two songs by new band 99 Crimes.
The band isn’t all old school. Songs like “Nine Pound Hammer” embrace a very 21st Century sound. Listen to the album. You’ll see what I mean about 99 Crimes hitting multiple decades.
Some might see their different sounds, especially Lidel’s emulating so many other rock vocalists, as a mark against the band. 99 Crimes doesn’t yet have its own sound; they have lots of sounds, most of them reminiscent of the greats but mixed together and layered in interesting ways. This is what makes them fresh, in my opinion. When the weekly New Releases are full of so many new acts that sound like every other new act, in an age where Greta Van Fleet, awesome as they are, claim to have never heard Led Zeppelin before crafting their sound into a virtual Zeppelin clone, I applaud someone bold enough to emulate the greats in their own way, in a way that mixes all the greats’ sounds modern songwriting.
99 Crimes f’n rocks, and the real crime is that they aren’t already on every damn Rock station in the world. By their second album, they will be. Get their debut record now. You won’t be sorry.
Let’s keep going hard and heavy with System of a Down from ’02 and.
System of a Down – Mr. Jack
Mawcore – Bottom Feed
Mawcore, a Modern Hard Alternative Rock Band with Steampunk leanings with “Bottom Feed” off their self-released 2015 LP Where Breaking Begins. They do a pretty good interpretation of Eleanor Rigby, one of my favorite Beatles songs. You might hear that on an upcoming Cover Song of the Week, but it’s not this week’s Cover Song of the Week.
Speaking of, here’s your third and final Cover Song of the Week clue.
The Cover Song of the Week is a new release by a band local to me. It’s a Progressive Hard Rock and Alt-Metal band from Portland, Oregon. They’ve toured with The Veer Union, Tremonti, Seether, and others. You might have heard their debut album, 2017’s Infinite Light//Desperate Shadows.
If that doesn’t help you, maybe this will: The cover version sings the lyrics more clearly than the original, dispelling the common mondegreen many people hear in the original song’s chorus as “He Man Nation, what a good shot man.”
Good luck solving the mystery!
For now, let’s ride with Bon Jovi. This is “Wanted Dead or Alive” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
The New Roses – Down By The River
German hard rockers The New Roses with their brand song “Down by the River” from upcoming album Nothing But Wild. That album will be out August 2nd on Napalm Records. Preorder now in the show notes on PariahRocks.com.
Helix has a brand new album of music they almost threw away! I’ll tell you about it after Tesla from Five Man Acoustical Jam. This is “Signs.”
Tesla – Signs
Covering the Five Man Electrical Band, that’s Tesla’s unplugged rendition of “Signs.”
Can you believe that album is almost 30 years old? Next year, Five Man Acoustical Jam will turn 30, and to commemorate, Tesla is releasing a new live album recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. The album will celebrate Five Man Acoustical Jam with an acoustic live jam recorded with the unique Abbey Road sound.
Former Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch announced today that his solo record Skinsuit is almost done and will be released in late July or early August.
Original Rockers Helix just released a brand new album with an interesting back story.
In 2018, vocalist Brian Vollmer was cleaning out his basement when he found a bunch of 2-inch, quarter-inch, and cassette tapes. He was going to throw out the tapes until old friend Greg Godovitz convinced him to take a closer look. Brian realized he had a whole album’s worth of unreleased material, some from back in the 1989 Back for Another Taste sessions featuring the late, great Paul Hackman playing guitar and singing. Paul co-wrote several other songs recovered from those tapes.
The tapes were in poor shape, so Brian had some of them thermally baked to extract the old recordings to digital. Other tracks were re-recorded by tracing the songs from cassette tapes because the originals were either unfinished or the tapes were in bad shape. Siegfried Meier mixed the album, called Old School because that’s where all the songs come from, old school Helix.
Here’s one of the deep cuts from that album making its radio debut right here on Hard, Heavy & Hair. This is “If Tears Could Talk.”
[drop Helix Brian Vollmer]
Helix – If Tears Could Talk
He Is Legend – Burn All Your Rock Records
“Burn All Your Rock Records” brand new track from He Is Legend to follow “Boogiewoman,” which I played on Hard, Heavy & Hair 203.
Did “He-Man Nation” help you figure out the Cover Song of the Week?
A lot of people hear that in the chorus. Given that the misheard line–the mondegreen–is also the title of the song, a lot of people get frustrated when they can’t find the song “He-Man Nation”.
It was written by Richard Patrick who was the touring guitarist for Nine Inch Nails during the Pretty Hate Machine and Broken time frame. Rather than give the song to Trent Reznor, who was beginning work on the Downward Spiral, Richard kept the song for the band he wanted to start. When the song was included on the Demon Knight soundtrack and released as its single, it got heavy radio play, making Filter’s debut record the following year go platinum.
Many, many people think Richard wrote the song about Kurt Cobain. Rather, it was written about the public suicide of that Pennsylvania politician, R. Budd Dwyer.
Portland-based Alt-Metal band Veio released their cover of the song on May 30th. Here it is, “Hey Man Nice Shot,” first by Veio and then the original version by Filter.
Veio – Hey Man Nice Shot
Filter – Hey Man Nice Shot
“Hey Man Nice Shot,” the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. That was the original by Filter following the cover by Veio.
You’re listening to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show number 206 with me, Pariah Burke, your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host and producer.
Thank you for joining me for this week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. I appreciate every single one of you on all the five different continents on which the show airs, on all 7 days of the week the show plays somewhere on planet Earth.
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[clip DL – “Stagefright” “welcome to my show”]
Come back next week right here on this station for another two full hours of heart-pounding, guitar-crunching, throat-rending riffs in the best Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Rock/Glam from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 20-teens, and today along with the Cover Song of the Week, Cruel Crue Summer, and more.
I’m Pariah Burke. Take The Day is going to play us out with “Save Me Now.”
Take The Day – Save Me Now