- Dirty 30: Hair hits turning 30 in 2019
- 30 discarded choruses later, Chester Bennington and Linkin Park finish their 2003 hit
- Quiet Riot: Another singer change. Should Quiet Riot hang it up or follow in Thin Lizzy‘s footsteps?
- New I Prevail, Block Buster, Steel Panther, Quiet Riot
- New Melodic Hard Rock from Spain
- Rare Hair from Rage of Angels
- Hits & Deep Cuts from Megadeth, Skid Row, Mr. Big, Badlands, Babylon AD, Toque, Bring Me the Horizon, Skillet, Danger Danger, W.A.S.P., Quiet Riot, 91 Suite, Burning Rain, and more!
- A band that recorded a debut album in ’89 and then disbanded before it even hit store shelves
- An 80s Metal singer who really was flirting with Dark Forces
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Transcript of the Show
Welcome to the show! Let’s get wild, wild, wild! Girls, grab your boys, and “Cum on Feel the Noize”!
Quiet Riot – Cum on Feel the Noize
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me. This is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
You just heard Quiet Riot with their biggest hit. The band is still going–I don’t know if you’re aware of that–but they can’t seem to settle on a lead singer. For a while they had James Durbin, who replaced Seann Nicols, but now Durbin’s out, replaced again by Seann’s predecessor, Jizzy Pearl. This happened last month. Durbin quit–after recording the vocals to another new album–and Jizzy came back. Three weeks AFTER Durbin quit, Quiet Riot released a new single with his vocals. The song is… Well, it’s better than the first single off the new album.
Have a listen. This is “Heartbreak City” from Quiet Riot.
Quiet Riot – Heartbreak City
When Durbin replaced Seann, they had him re-record all the vocals Seann had already laid down. So why did they put out a new single with James Durbin’s vocals three weeks after Durbin was replaced by a different singer? I don’t get it. Is the band going to release their new album Hollywood Cowboys with Durbin’s vocals and not Jizzy’s? The album is supposed to drop November 8th from Frontiers.
They’ve played live with Jizzy since James left–most notably at the Grand RockTember Festival in Minnesota last month.
I’m thinking out loud here. If I’d thought about this ahead of time I would have reached out to Frankie or Jizzy Pearl or even just Frontiers for a comment.
QR still has fans–including me–but the band isn’t exactly hot news lately, unfortunately.
In fact, a lot of people think Quiet Riot should just become a silent riot and hang it all up. I think maybe they should consider doing like Thin Lizzy–gigging and playing all the old hits but not recording new music AS Quiet Riot. There aren’t any founding members left, and the only one left from the classic lineup is Frankie Banali. Maybe they form a new project just for their new music like the Thin Lizzy guys did with Black Star Riders. They might do a lot better having a little distance between new songs they write and Quite Riot’s greatest hits. I say this with love, guys, Frankie, as a fan of your band.
What do you think, dear listener? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram @PariahRocks or on Facebook on the Hard, Heavy & Hair fan page.
Let’s go a different musical direction. Number 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, this is “The Hunted” by Saint Asonia and featuring Godsmack’s Sully Erna.
Saint Asonia – The Hunted [Featuring Sully Erna]
Coming up this hour on the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show is
New I Prevail and Block Buster
Rare Hair from Rage of Angels
More Dirty 30 songs from 1989
New Melodic Hard Rock from Spain
All of that and more, right after these messages.
It’s time for Dirty 30. Can you believe we’re almost to the end of 2019? Can you believe 2019 means 1989 was thirty years ago? Some amazing music was released in 1989. Let’s take a few minutes to appreciate some of it, starting by getting “Naughty Naughty” with Danger Danger. I’m Pariah Burke.
Danger Danger – Naughty Naughty
Mr. Big – Addicted to That Rush
Faster Pussycat – House of Pain
Don’t those just take you back? That was Faster Pussycat’s “House of Pain” following Mr. Big’s first hit, “Addicted to That Rush.”
It’s time for your first Cover Song of the Week clue.
The Cover Song of the Week original comes from a concept album. It’s a Rock Opera, but was also recorded using a technique that required constructing a whole new studio.
The album’s engineer, Ron Nevison, said he and the band created a way to, quote, “take the channels and fold them out of phase into the front channels, and come up with a pseudo-fake four-track quad. It wasn’t discreet quad. But even in order to mix it, you had to have quad panning, and you had to have four speakers. There was no studio that could do that in London, so [we] decided to build [our] own.” End quote.
As ambitious as the recording was, it couldn’t be broadcast in that quadrophonic sound, the 1973 album was released in standard stereo.
What album was that? The Cover Song of the Week is a cover of that album’s most famous track.
More–and much easier–clues coming up.
More Dirty 30 with Skid Row, Babylon A.D., and more soon. Right now we need to take a break and listen to the folks who help me chip away at my giant bar tab. More Hard, Heavy & Hair right after this.
We’ve been listening to some songs that turned 30 years old in 2019–and there’s more of those Dirty 30s coming up–but let’s give a little time to songs born this year, starting with brand new I Prevail. This is “Hurricane” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
I Prevail – Hurricane (Radio Edit)
Bring Me The Horizon – Wonderful Life (featuring Dani Filth)
Guest vocals there by Cradle of Filth’s namesake Dani Filth on “Wonderful Life” from Bring Me the Horizon.
Your second Cover Song of the Week clue is right after new Toque and 91 Suite. First up is Slash’s bassist and backup vocalist Todd Kerns in his new band, Toque.
Toque – Never Enough for You
91 Suite – Perfect Rhyme
Straight out of Spain, that was the latest from 91 Suite, “Perfect Rhyme.”
Ready for your next Cover Song of the Week clue?
This one’s for true fans of 80s Rock and Metal.
The Cover Song of the Week comes from a 1989 album by one of the prime targets of the PMRC–the Parents Music Resource Center–led by Tipper Gore. The PMRC went after this 80s Metal pioneer so hard, that the band’s concerts frequently received bomb threats, and the band members each received hundreds of death threats. The lead singer, who also played rhythm guitar in the band and formerly played the bass, was also shot at twice by right wing extremists who believed he was writing and singing the Devil’s music.
What 80s Heavy Metal band was that?
Coming up in the second hour of the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show is
– more Dirty 30
– The Cover Song of the Week
– A Linkin Park song that had 30 different choruses before Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda wrote one they liked
– new Block Buster
– And More
There’s something perverse about playing this next song on its 30th anniversary, but no matter how old you are, no matter whether you still have hair to tease or not, as long as you have the spirit of 80s Metal and Hard Rock in your heart, you’ll always be the youth gone wild.
Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild
Thirty years old this year, that was Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild.” More Dirty 30 1989 songs for you coming up on the show.
This next band is the seed that formed Christmas rock phenomenon Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “Gutter Ballet” is the title track to a turning point for Savatage from straight Heavy Metal to becoming one of the first commercially successful Progressive Metal acts.
Savatage – Gutter Ballet
Burning Rain – Metal Superman
“Metal Superman” from Burning Rain.
Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda wrote more than 30 choruses for the 2003 Linkin Park song “Somewhere I Belong.” They discarded all of them. A week after the rest of the album was finished, they finally hit on a chorus they liked. The one you’re about to hear.
Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong
New Block Buster; Dirty 30 Babylon AD and Badlands; Rare Hair from Rage of Angels, and more coming up.
I’ve got brand new Steel Panther for you, right after David Lee Roth goes crazy and AC/DC finds safety in New York City by request.
David Lee Roth – Goin’ Crazy!
AC-DC – Safe in New York City
By request for Sophia Delvecchio who listens to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show on AM 1690 Bay Ridge Radio in Brooklyn, that was “Safe in New York City,” an AC/DC hit rarely played on the radio any more.
This is brand new Steel Panther, a deep cut from the Heavy Metal Rules album that just released last Friday. “Let’s Get High Tonight.”
Steel Panther – Let’s Get High Tonight [Explicit]
Brand new Steel Panther on Hard, Heavy & Hair. We’ll be right back.
We’re almost to the Cover Song of the Week, and I’ve got another clue for you after two more Dirty 30s. This is “High Wire” from Badland’s 1989 self-titled debut followed by rare hair from Rage of Angels and then your third Cover Song of the Week clue.
Badlands – High Wire
Rage of Angels – Do You Still Believe In Love
“Do You Still Believe In Love”? Well, do you? That was rare hair from 1989 by a Christian Glam Metal band called Rage of Angels. Rage of Angels hailed from Stamford, Connecticut and were originally known as Ransom. Unfortunately, their 1989 self-titled Regency Records debut was the last album the band ever made. They broke up before it was even released, and that record is a SERIOUS rarity sought after by collectors of Glam, Christian Rock, and New England bands. Naturally, it’s long been in my collection.
Note that in this century another band has been using the name Rage of Angels, but there’s no connection between them and the original 80s outfit.
Still don’t know the Cover Song of the Week, the artist that originally released it in 1973 and ’74, or the 80s Metal band doing the 1989 cover?
Maybe this will help: The lead singer of the covering band, the band that put out the Cover Song of the Week as a single in 1989 from their most commercially and critically successful album of all time, was born Steven Duren, though he used a stage name in the band he founded as well as previously, during this time with Nikki Sixx’s old band London. On stage, this frontman’s costumes were mostly BLACK leather and often adorned with circular saw blades on his forearms.
Skillet is a modern Christian Metal band. Here they are with “Feel Invincible.” and then another new song debut.
Skillet – Feel Invincible
Block Buster – Sweet Mary Jane
“Sweet Mary Jane,” brand new Block Buster from their Frontier’s Records LP Losing Gravity. The Cover Song of the Week is next.
Time for one last clue.
The Cover Song of the Week is a song sung from the perspective of a young man dealing with mental illness. He keeps asking the people in his life if they can understand him, if they can, well, see the real him. It was a fitting song to be covered by a lapsed but now born again Fundamentalist Baptist who, in the 80s, flirted with occultism beyond just the Satanic themes in his music.
Do you know the artist, song, and original artist now?
The song “The Real Me” came from the Who’s fourth studio album, the Rock Opera Quadrophenia, which also pioneered a pseudo-fake four-track quad technique that required the Who to build its own custom recording studio. The single, “The Real Me,” was released in January 1974, but was included on the Quadrophenia album put out in October of ’73.
It was a good fit for a lapsed Baptist who was playing with dark Occultism and reaching the pinnacle of his Heavy Metal career with the band he created. So, when Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. released their cover of “The Real Me” from their most successful album of all time, 1989’s The Headless Children, it instantly became one of the band’s best known songs.
Without further adieu, here’s the Cover Song of the Week: W.A.S.P. covering “The Real Me” followed immediately by the Who original.
W.A.S.P. – The Real Me
The Who – The Real Me
That was “The Real Me”, the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. That was the original version by The Who from Quadraphenia following the 1989 cover by WASP.
Keeping the Dirty 30 going, here’s another track that turned 30 this year, “Bang Go The Bells” from Babylon A.D.
Babylon A.D. – Bang Go the Bells
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My name is Pariah Burke, I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny host and producer. Thank you for joining me for this week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
You and I will rock out together again next week on this station with an all new Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. I’m Pariah Burke. Megadeth is going to give us a taste of a Hard, Heavy & Hairy Halloween with “Skin O’ My Teeth.”
Megadeth – Skin o’ My Teeth