The latest episode of the Hard, Heavy & Hair with Pariah Burke show is currently playing on FM, AM, and Internet radio stations around the world. It will be available for streaming on-demand right here this Friday morning, Los Angeles time. Listen to last week’s show on-demand.
On this week’s show:
- A tribute to Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P. drummer Frankie Banali
- Dirty 30s from Ratt, Judas Priest, Extreme, Queensrÿche, and Firehouse
- Evolution was caused by… psychedelic mushrooms?!
- You might want to lock your doors and hide in the basement from dangerous New York Street Metal
- New Platinum Overdose, Seether, Sixx A.M., Evanescence, Armored Saint, The Uneven, Tygers of Pan Tang, Fit for a King, and Clare Cunningham of Thundermother
- The biggest UK band since the Beatles… that you may never have heard of!
- Chart-Climbers by Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, and Kingdom Collapse
- An 80s Metal mega-hit that happened by accident
- New charity single fighting the opioid crisis
- When did Judas Priest get a double-kick?
- New York street metal is alive and well and kicking your ass
- Fly on, Thunderbird, fly.
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Cover Song of the Week
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Transcript of the Show
This is the weekly radio show full of five decades of music that prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.”
AC/DC – Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
Welcome to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, your weekly dose of Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20-teens, and today, including the latest new releases, your old favorites, and deep cuts and rare hair.
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me.
On this VERY big show I’ve got for you a musical tribute to Frankie Banali, drummer for Quiet Riot and WASP; a six-pack of 1990 hits; brand new music by Sixx AM, Armored Saint, Evanescence, Fit for a King, and much, much more!
Let’s start with something new. This is Platinum Overdose, “Back in Your City.”
Platinum Overdose – Back in Your City
Tygers of Pan Tang – Cruel Hands of Time (Studio Outtake)
That was Tygers of Pan Tang with “Cruel Hands of Time.” It’s a bonus track that will be included on the reissue of the Ambush LP next month. by Mighty Music. If you’re a Tygers fan–and who wouldn’t be?! Did you hear Robb Weir’s guitar? Craig Ellis’s drumming? If you’re a Tygers fan, you can get your hands on that remastered Ambush LP–including that studio outtake “Cruel Hands of Time”– September 18th. Hit the show notes on PariahRocks.com to pre-order the album on digital, digipack CD, black vinyl LP, or the limited-edition orange vinyl, which has a pressing of only 500 copies.
We’ll be right back with brand new Seether, your first Cover Song of the Week clue, and some Dirty 30s that will take you right back to the summer of 1990.
Welcome back. I’m Pariah Burke.
From their eighth studio album, this Seether’s newest, “Beg” followed by another brand new song.
Seether – Beg
The Uneven – No More Violations
A band that aspires to bridge the fuzz and sludge of 70s hard rock with the guttural ferocity of 90s alternative metal, while never forgetting the primal roots of the blues, that was the Uneven and their newest “No More Violations.”
You know what album turns 30 this week? This one.
Queensrÿche – Empire
A Dirty 30, Queensryche with the title track to their album released 30 years ago this week.
I’ve got another Dirty 30 for you right after your first Cover Song of the Week clue.
The first Cover Song of the Week is always the toughest of the three, but in this case it might be pretty easy if you’re a listener in the United Kingdom. If that’s that case, and you guess the band I’m talking about right away, then maybe the second or third clue will prove more of a challenge.
Here we go.
The Cover Song of the Week original recording artist was HUGE in the 1970s in the UK. They dominated the UK Singles Chart, which earned them the distinction of being THE most successful British music for the entire decade of the 70s. They were named so by the book formerly titled The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Hit Albums.
When the original song was released by this very popular band, it entered the UK Charts at #1–it didn’t climb the charts, it was the #1 hit the week it was released. The last band to do that in the UK was the Beatles. That should give you some scale about the Cover Song of the Week original recording artist.
Now, if you’re not up on British Rock and Glam of the 1970s, then you might have only heard of this band in passing, or never at all. They never hit in the U.S. or many other countries despite their massive popularity in the United Kingdom and British-loyal countries like Australia. In fact, for many people outside of the UK, the Cover Song of the Week cover IS the original–it’s the first version they ever heard.
Think about that. More clues later.
This is Ratt at Dirty 30, it’s “Shame, Shame, Shame.”
Ratt – Shame Shame Shame
Don’t go away! Brand new Sixx AM is up after a few words from the people who keep the lights on and the whiskey flowing.
Heroin, Oxy, Fentanyl, and other opioids have taken the lives of many people, including many notable musicians. Nikki Sixx has always been candid about his long, tumultuous history with heroin. He even formed Sixx A.M. to put music to his autobiography The Heroin Diaries. Now, Sixx is joined on a charity song by other artists who care about the impact of the opioid crisis. With artists’ proceeds going to the Global Recovery Initiatives charity, Sixx A.M. reprises its song “Maybe It’s Time” with help from Corey Taylor, Joe Elliott, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody, Slash, AWOLNATION, and Tommy Vext in this brand new benefit single.
Sixx-A.M. – Maybe It’s Time
Fit For A King – Locked (In My Head)
That was Fit for a King and “Locked (In My Head).”
Judas Priest has a Dirty 30 birthday this week, too. Although this next song didn’t come out as a single until March of 1991, the Painkiller album dropped September 3rd, 1990. This was the album that debuted drummer Scott Travis, formerly of Racer X. Scott used double-kicks, which gave Priest a heavier sound over previous albums. Here’s “A Touch of Evil.”
Judas Priest – A Touch of Evil
Five Finger Death Punch – A Little Bit Off
Climbing the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart to the number two slot this week, that was Five Finger Death Punch, “A Little Bit Off.”
It’s time for another clue.
The Cover Song of the Week is from 1983 and is the biggest hit for a well-known, U.S.-based Metal band. The cover effectively launched the band’s career after two albums that failed to get them any real attention. For a song to take a band from obscurity to Number 1 on the US charts and kick off a 6-times-platinum album, the band must have worked long and hard on the recording, right? Wrong.
They were supposed to rehearse it for weeks before recording, but they never did. Instead, they walked into the studio and started playing it all but blind. They were so unprepared, that the lead singer was described by another band member as, quote, “sitting in the corner, waiting for [it to become] a massive train wreck,” end quote. The band didn’t even know how the original song started, whether there was an intro or not, and they weren’t even sure they had played all the verses.
But, during that jam play through, the tape had been rolling. It was the version the band–famously–used. After the lead singer laid down the vocals, they tweaked a few things, and committed the song to tape. It became their biggest hit.
Who was that band?
If you’re stumped, the final Cover Song of the Week clue will be much easier.
Still coming up is that tribute to Quiet Riot and WASP drummer Frankie Banali, new Armored Saint and Evanescence, and lots more.
New York has always had a unique sound, and I don’t mean the sound of traffic or Broadway show tunes. Twisted Sister had that New York street metal sound, as does Spread Eagle, both bands from the 80s. In THIS generation of Hard Rock and Metal, the gritty, grimy, back alley attitude vibe of New York street metal is alive and well, too, in the form of Wildstreet–a Metal-playing street gang of Jonny D, Lacklan “Lock Drive”, Dominick Martes, Jimmie Marlowe, and, of course, gang leader, vocalist, and lead guitarist, Eric Jayk.
If you already know Wildstreet, then I’m going to play their brand new single, which I’m sure you’ll love as much as every Wildstreet track. But if Wildstreet is new to you… Well, you might want to lock your door, gather your kids together in the basement, and turn off the radio, ’cause Wildstreet is a bottle smashing, switchblade-flicking street gang that embodies New York in a way I haven’t seen since the New York Dolls–another band the average decent, safety-loving person doesn’t ever want to meet.
This is “Born to Be” from Wildstreet.
Wildstreet – Born to Be
FireHouse – Don’t Treat Me Bad
“Don’t Treat Me Bad” from Firehouse’s self-titled 1990 debut, released this week 30 years, or 10,950 days, ago. It doesn’t sound so long ago when you think of it in terms of days, does it? Damn, we”d be old if we didn’t stay so young at heart, am I right?
Right now, it’s the latest from Armored Saint, “End of the Attention Span.” See if you can keep your attention on it long enough to get through the track to Shinedown after it.
Armored Saint – End of the Attention Span
Shinedown – Atlas Falls
Finally reaching number 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart this week, that was Shinedown’s “Atlas Falls,”
More new music, a Cover Song of the Week that might shock you, more Dirty 30s, and more more more on its way on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
This next artist reached out to me on Twitter @PariahRocks. My response was: “why the hell is your music not already on my air?!” They didn’t know either, so they quickly rectified that by sending me a trio of tracks. This is my favorite of the three.
Taking their band name from the theory that evolution from ancient human Homo Erectus to modern human Homo Sapiens is due to the introduction of psychedelic mushrooms into our diet, this is the band Stoned Ape Theory with “Deep End.”
Stoned Ape Theory – Deep End
A Killer’s Confession – Last Chance
“Last Chance,” the latest from A Killer’s Confession.
And for something else new, former front woman to Thundermother, Clare Cunningham, aims to misbehave.
Clare Cunningham – Aim to Misbehave
I really like Clare Cunningham’s voice. I liked her with Thundermother, but I think I like her solo work even better.
WASP, Quiet Riot, Extreme, and brand new Evanescence is next!
Ready for new Evanescence? This is “Use My Voice” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Evanescence – Use My Voice
Kingdom Collapse – Uprise
Extreme – Hole Hearted
“Hole Hearted,” a Dirty 30 from Extreme’s second album, Extreme II: Pornograffitti, which completely changed the bands sound to more radio-friendly, commercial tracks from their 80s Rock, Hair Band debut album, which I happen to love.
Before Extreme was Kingdom Collapse with “Uprise.”
Have you been thinking about the Cover Song of the Week?
For your third and final Cover Song of the Week clue, let’s talk about the lyrics to the song itself. Afterall, you might think the singing’s out of time, but it makes both bands money.
The cover version changes some of the lyrics, subtly, from the original–possibly because the covering singer hadn’t rehearsed the lyrics.
For example, one song goes “Say I’m a scruff bag well it’s no disgrace” while the other rewrote the same line to “Oh I gotta sing with some disgrace”. For another example, the chorus asks the girls to GRAB THE boys, while another says to ROCK YOUR boys.
Figure out what song it is, and we’ll get wild, wild, wild.
I gave you some fairly long and involved clues about this week’s Cover Song of the Week. It’s not an easy one to hint about.
Back in 1973, the Glam band that would rule the UK Singles charts for the entire decade with six number 1 hits and a total of 17 Top 20 hits, released a little ditty that landed on the chart at number 1, which is something that hadn’t happened since the Beatles did it four years before with “Get Back.” The band drew many comparisons to the Beatles… in Great Britain. They just never hit it big beyond the UK. That band was Slade.
They’re original song, “Cum on Feel the Noize,” is about to be re-released as part of a massive 43-song compilation called Cum on Feel the Hitz – the Best of Slade. That double-CD album will be out September 25th from BMG. I got my hands on an advanced copy in a remarkably synchronistic matter of cosmic timing August 21st–the day Quite Riot drummer Frankie Banalie passed away.
Quiet Riot’s biggest hit, the song that put the band on the map, was their 1983 cover of Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize.” It was a song Frankie himself would reveal the band never rehearsed, though they were supposed to, and got lucky with a good recording of the very first time they ever played it together. None of the band, he would say, actually knew the song, not well, and that led to several changes between the original and the cover.
Listen for those changes as I play both versions for you, back-to-back.
First up is the Cover Song of the Week, Quiet Riot’s rendition of “Cum on Feel the Noize,” followed immediately by the original Slade recording.
Quiet Riot – Cum on Feel the Noize
Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize
“Cum on Feel the Noize,” the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. That was the original version by Slade following the cover by Quiet Riot.
We’ll be right back with more.
Before the break you heard the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week, Quiet Riot’s “Cum on Feel the Noize,” which is a cover of the original by UK 70s mega-sensation Glam Rockers, Slade.
I noted a moment ago that the advanced copy of the best of album Slade’s original version is being re-issued on was delivered to me on Friday, August 21st. I received it about an hour after I learned that Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banalie had passed away from complications of his pancreatic cancer. I learned that about an hour after we posted last week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show up for on-demand streaming after it aired on stations throughout the week. The timing was… spooky on both counts.
I had had a different Cover Song of the Week lined up for this week, but after Friday morning, I knew it had to be the Cover.
It’s also the start of a three-song tribute to Frankie Banali, drummer for Quiet Riot and WASP. Here is Frankie pounding hard on “Rebel in the F.D.G.” from WASP’s 1989 LP, The Headless Children.
W.A.S.P. – Rebel In The F.D.G.
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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.
There’s one more song I’d like to play in tribute to Frankie Banali, whom we lost just a couple of days ago.
Frankie’s best known for being a founding member of Quiet Riot. Another founding member, Randy Rhoads, died in 1982. Although he’d left Quiet Riot by that point to join Ozzy’s band, his passing deeply affected his former Riot bandmates. They reunited to write and record the song “Thunderbird” in tribute to Randy. Frankie Banali played drums on that song. It’s only fitting that it be a song the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show plays in tribute to him. That song is going to play us out. I’m Pariah Burke. I’ll see you all next week for another show.
And to you, Frankie, I want to thank you for all the music. I’m sorry I never got the privilege of meeting you. So many of our mutual friends tell me you were a gentle, generous man. I think I would have liked to know you.
Fly on, Thunderbird fly.
Quiet Riot – Thunderbird