- What is the connection between Lita Ford and the Bangles?!
- Where will new generations first hear AC/DC?
- Wildstreet‘s new power ballad combines 50s Doo Wop and 80s Hair Metal
- New music from the British Heavy Metal band that influenced Metallica and Megadeth
- Dead Daisies: withering or flourishing? You decide with new single!
- What legendary Hard Rocker almost became a Catholic priest?
- A Hard Rocking duo that you’ll swear is a 4-piece
- New Dead Daisies, Black Stone Cherry, Rich Kid Express, Wildstreet, Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head, Mason Hill, Tyler Bryant, and Ocean Hills!
- Rare Hair from Tenacious D, Shotgun Messiah, and Motley Crue with John Corabi
- Hits & Deep Cuts from AC/DC, Def Leppard, Metallica, the Scorpions, Warrant, Lita Ford, Skid Row, and more!
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Transcript of the Show
Let’s give up the “Power to the Music” to Rock journeyman John Corabi when he fronted Motley Crue on that fateful 1994 album that would have HUGE if the band had just changed their name like Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders would later do.
Mötley Crüe – Power to the Music
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me for 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. It’s a little two-hour escape from reality we like to call the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
And really, right now, can’t we ALL use an escape from reality?
You know what? At this point in the show, I usually tell you what’s coming up, all the new music I’ve got for you, the astounding trivia that’s coming you way, and more. But let’s put that on hold for a few more minutes and just drift away out of reality into a simple time, a better time, when we were all younger, dumber, and fuller of… heh… well, when the world wasn’t as serious.
Def Leppard – Rocket
Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane
Oh, yeah! THAT’S the way to start the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. The Scorps with “Rock You Like a Hurricane” following Def Leppard with single number 7 from Hysteria, “Rocket.”
The fun AIN’T going to stop there. I’ve got for you all kinds of Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair baddassery coming up on this week’s show. There’s brand new Dead Daisies, Diamond Head, and Black Stone Cherry–three Ds–yeah, I know I can’t spell–as well as hits and deep cuts form Tenacious D, AC/DEEEE-C, Skid Row, and Shotgun Messiah, and 8 OTHER brand new songs making their debut on the show this week!
All of that PLUS the Cover Song of the Week, a trip to the Hills, and listening to me steadily getting blind drunk on the air, all coming up!
If you’re just tuning in, this is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. I’m your host Pariah Burke, and I “Shoot to Trill.”
AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill
Black Stone Cherry – Ringin’ In My Head
That was the latest from Black Stone Cherry, “Ringin’ in My Head,” following the boys from Down Under, AC/DC and “Shoot to Thrill.”
Y’know, I just thought of something. For an entire generation of people, the first time they’ll have heard AC/DC–particularly “Shoot to Thrill”–is in the first Avengers movie when Iron Man makes his entrance to Stuttgart.
[Cip – Avengers]
That’s not a bad thing–just an observation.
Ready for another pair of new songs? Let’s take a trip to the hills–first Ocean Hills and then Mason Hill. This is “Bound.”
Ocean Hills – Bound
Mason Hill – Against the Wall
The newest generation of Hard Rockers there. With an average age of 25 years old, award-winning band Mason Hill is on a steep upward progression, as you can hear in their newest, “Against the Wall.”
Ready for a Cover Song of the Week clue?
The first Cover Song of the Week clue is always the hardest. So, I don’t expect anyone but the hardest of hardcore Rock N’ Roll trivializes to guess the original recording artist from this set of clues. If that’s not you: don’t worry. The clues get easier after this.
Let me start off by explaining we’re talking about a band that has been incredibly influential on some of the biggest artists in Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, and, well, just about every genre of music, including Pop and Country. They are still touring, but they haven’t recorded anything new since 1983, three years before their lead singer, co-founder, and principal songwriter died from heroin-related septicaemia.
Before that, he penned some of the most enduring Hard Rock songs of the 70s. He also founded the Greedy Bastards, a Punk side-band, with Paul Cook and Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. And before all that, he considered becoming a Catholic priest.
Who was that lead singer and, other than the Greedy Bastards, what was his band? That’s the Cover Song of the Week original recording artist this week.
More and easier clues later.
Next up is an anthem that proves Metal can beat down all competitors, that Metal will never die!
I’m Pariah Burke telling you you can’t kill the Metal!
Tenacious D – The Metal
One of the things I love best about Metal and Hair music is that the whole culture doesn’t take itself too seriously. That was Tenacious D and “The Metal” proving my point.
On last week’s show, Hard, Heavy & Hair 271, I wished Lita Ford a happy birthday, and then I got an unusual email from a listener.
Tommy Mulvaney from Warwick, Rhode Island, who listens to the show on 97 Underground, writes: “It was cool to hear you wish Lita Ford a happy birthday. I’ve been her biggest fan for almost forty years, so I know she’s not celebrating her 40th in 2020 like you said…” I know she’s not 40, Tommy. I actually know her real age, but I don’t think Lita looks the age she’s supposed to be. Also, you’re more likely to wind up in bed with a woman you flatter. Your dad should have taught you that.
Tommy continues with, quote: “Given that you don’t know Lita’s real age, let’s see what you DO know. What’s the most obscure fact you know about Lita Ford?”
Wow! That’s a challenge. To be fair–to myself–I have to keep this show accessible to the average fan of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands, so I can’t get SUPER obscure. That said, you and I both know Lita dated Nikki Sixx, right, Tommy? And that this next song, “Close My Eyes Forever,” was written in one night while Lita was high in the studio with Ozzy. Everyone knows that.
But, something everyone may not know, is that Lita is connected to the Bangles.
[clip – Walk Like an Egyptian]
And I don’t mean a connection through Prince, who wrote the Bangles hit “Manic Monday.”
Ok. So everyone knows Lita got her start in the Runaways with Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Jackie Fox, and Sandy West. But before Jackie Fox, Cherie Currie, and even Lita herself, the Runaways were a three-piece with drummer Sandy West, guitarist Joan Jett, and singer/bassist Micki Steele. When Lita joined the Runaways, making the group a quartet, it was Jett, Currie, Ford, and Steele. Steele would shortly be fired and replaced by, for a very short time, Peggy Foster on bass, and then Jackie Fox on bass and Cherie Currie on lead vocals. That was the lineup that got the record deal and initially put the Runaways on the International Rock N’ Roll map.
Micki Steele was the stage name of Susan Thomas. Ms. Thomas later adopted another, related, stage name of Michael Steele. If that doesn’t ring a bell, well, then you’re not a big 80s Pop Rock fan. In 1983, Michael Steele replaced Annette Zilinskas on bass in another all-woman band that was flagging at the time. That all-woman band was the Bangles.
So, Lita Ford joined the Runaways in 1975, shortly before Micki Steele would leave the group. Steele would then go on to be one quarter of the successful lineup of the Bangles. Thus, it’s only one degree of separation between Lita Ford and the Bangles.
And, if you’re curious, Michael Steele is no longer a part of the Bangles. The Bangles sat out the 1990s, but reunited–including Steele–in ’98. Seven years later, Steele left the band and was replaced by original bassist Annette Zilinskas, who remains with the group today.
I hope that works as an obscure Lita Ford track, Tommy. I don’t usually get the opportunity to talk that deep into Rock history on the air, so I’m genuinely grateful for you giving me the reason to. Thank you–sincerely–for writing into the show.
If anyone else would like to challenge me–or even tell me something you think I don’t already know–I welcome that! I LOVE it, actually! So, send me an email through the contact form on PariahRocks.com, or talk to me on social media. On Twitter and Instagram, I’m at-PariahRocks. On Facebook, you can find the Hard, Heavy & Hair Page or the Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Band GROUP.
This is Lita Ford and Ozzy, “Close My Eyes Forever.”
Lita Ford – Close My Eyes Forever
Metallica – Stone Cold Crazy
Metallica covering Queen on “Stone Cold Crazy.” Coming up is a New Wave of British Heavy Metal band that influenced Metallica and Megadeth. Plus more new releases, more old favorites, and the Cover Song of the Week, all still coming up. Don’t go anywhere!
This is Pariah Burke with Skid Row reminding you can’t be King of the World if you’re slave to the grind.
Skid Row – Slave To The Grind
Diamond Head – It’s Electric
The newest from a band that heavily influenced Metallica and Megadeth.
Diamond Head’s newest, “It’s Electric.”
Another new one from Wildstreet is up after your next Cover Song of the Week clue.
The artist doing the Cover Song of the Week in a brand new release this week is a newer band most notable for the fact that they’re a duo–just two members–who sound like a four-piece live and in the studio. If you already know about them, then you know the two members’ names are Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins.
You heard them debut on Hard, Heavy & Hair 221 back in 2019 with this song:
[clip – Into Black]
But their most famous song is this one:
[Clip – Sleeping with Lions]
Yeah, that’s only two musicians.
Do you know who that band is? If so, then you know who’s doing the Cover Song of the Week this week.
Straight out of New York, this is Wildstreet with a power ballad mixing the feel of 50s Doo-wop with 80s Hair Metal and modern guitar work. This is “Still Love You.”
Wildstreet – Still Love You
[Sniff] [Sniff] Brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it?
We should take a station identification break to give you time to dry your eyes. [Sniff] Not me! No, no, no. My eyes are dry as a dust, which is what my heart is filled with. So, go blow your nose and then come right back for more Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Next week is the annual Hard, Heavy & Hair Halloween Special, which is only the first of 10 whole hours of Halloween-inspired Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands. To keep your coffin rocking until next week, here’s a little… hehe… taste of the Halloween Special with Ghost and “Cirice.”
Ghost – Cirice
You’re not going to want to miss the Hard, Heavy & Hair Halloween Special next week! But, if you’re too squeamish, then here’s a taste of safe, wholesome Hair Rock from New Jersey. It’s Bon Jovi and “Bad Medicine.”
Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
Don’t got away!
A lot of people thought the coming of Glenn Hughes on lead vocals signaled the death knell for the Dead Daisies, but this next song argues against that thought. This is new Dead Daisies, “Bustle and Flow,” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Dead Daisies – Bustle and Flow
Rich Kid Express – Cross The Line
Back to back new tracks there with first the Dead Daisies and then Rich Kid Express with an advance track from their upcoming album Psych-o-delic. That was “Cross the Line,” a track with a strong Def Leppard vibe.
Are you ready to hold your breath? Can you do it for 8-and-a-half minutes? Between Warrant and Tyler Bryant, that’s how long you’ve got. First up is “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Warrant – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown – Holdin’ My Breath
Aren’t we all still holdin’ breath for better days? That was the latest from Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.
For your third and final Cover Song of the Week clue, let’s get you some lyrics. I’m not going to give you the chorus because the song is so famous, that would instantly give it away. Instead, here’s a verse from the middle of the song followed by a riff you might recognize.
Tonight there’s gonna be trouble
Some of us won’t survive
See the boys and me mean business
Bustin’ out dead or alive
[clip – Jailbreak]
Think about that while we break for a brief station identification and refill of my glass.
When people think of great Black Hard Rockers Jimi Hendrix is the first name that comes to mind–and it should–but right after Jimi should be Phil Lynott, the lead singer, bassist, and main songwriter for Thin Lizzy. Phil was a half-Black Irishman who did almost as much for Rock N’ Roll as Hendrix. Sadly, Phil passed away as the world woke up to 1986. Before then, he penned immortal Hard Rock songs like “Whiskey in the Jar,” “The Boys are Back in Town,” and the Cover Song of the Week.
Thin Lizzy is still touring–2020 and COVID not withstanding, of course–with first John Sykes and then Ricky Warwick taking vocal duties on all the old hits. But they’ve never recorded new music in in the 34 years since Phil Lynott passed away. Instead, all the same members formed a new band, one of my favorites, Black Star Riders, so they could write and record new music together. Personally, I think that’s the way it should be when someone as influential as Phil Lynott passes away… Immortalize the old music, play it for the fans, but form a new project for new creations, if you want to write new material together. But that’s a topic for another time.
Covering a timeless Thin Lizzy classic is a modern duo with a sound that blows you away and almost makes you call bullshit on it being only two musicians.
This week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week is “Jailbreak” by the Cold Stares. Listen to this and tell me if you think it’s only two guys (it is, just the two of them). Immediately following the Cold Stares cover is the original “Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy featuring Phil Lynott on bass and vocals.
The Cold Stares – Jailbreak
Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
That was “Jailbreak”, the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. That was the original version by Thin Lizzy following the newly released cover by new Rock duo the Cold Stares.
From the new 2020 reissue of Ambush, this is the latest from Tygers of Pan Tang, “Keeping Me Alive.”
Tygers Of Pan Tang – Keeping Me Alive
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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. Don’t forget to check out the show notes on Pariahrocks.com for more about the music and topics on this show, and DEFINITELY don’t forget to come back next week for the 2020 version of the annual Hard, Heavy & Hair Halloween Special.
Reaching back to 1990, Shotgun Messiah is going to play us out with “Heartbreak Boulevard”.
Shotgun Messiah – Heartbreak Blvd.