Show 279 – Detroit Rock City

Show Notes

  • New and Classic Hard Rock that proves Detroit City Rocked!
  • Yes, there are two L.A. Guns, which means fans win!
  • Lordy! Lordy! The Ace of Spades turns 40
  • New Alice Cooper, Bad Wolves, Sevendust, Diamante, Jeff Scott Soto, Thunder, Small Town Titans, Magic Dance, LA Guns, and more!
  • Rare Hair from Slaughter, Skid Row, Warrant, Electric Boys, The MC5
  • Hits & Deep Cuts from Guns N’ Roses, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Drivin’ N’ Cryin

Playlist

Own the hits and deep cuts you hear on Hard, Heavy & Hair! Click the iTunes/Apple Music or Amazon Digital Music icons to the left of each song.

Buy MC5 - Kick Out the Jams  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy MC5 - Kick Out the Jams  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) MC5 – Kick Out the Jams

Buy Van Halen - Everybody Wants Some!!  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Van Halen - Everybody Wants Some!!  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some!!

New Music Premiere:
Buy Jeff Scott Soto - Without You  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Jeff Scott Soto - Without You  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Jeff Scott Soto – Without You

Buy Warrant - Bonfire  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Warrant - Bonfire  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Warrant – Bonfire

Buy Motörhead - Ace of Spades (40th Anniversary Master)  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Motörhead - Ace of Spades (40th Anniversary Master)  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Motörhead – Ace of Spades (40th Anniversary Master)

Buy Guns N' Roses - You Could Be Mine  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Guns N' Roses - You Could Be Mine  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Guns N’ Roses – You Could Be Mine

New Music Premiere:
Buy Thunder - Last One Out Turn Off the Lights on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Thunder - Last One Out Turn Off the Lights on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Thunder – Last One Out Turn Off the Lights
New Music Premiere:
Buy Small Town Titans - Behind the Moon  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Small Town Titans - Behind the Moon  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Small Town Titans – Behind the Moon

Buy KISS - Detroit Rock City on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy KISS - Detroit Rock City on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) KISS – Detroit Rock City

New Music Premiere:
Buy Diamante - I Love Myself for Hating You  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Diamante - I Love Myself for Hating You  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Diamante – I Love Myself for Hating You

Buy Great White - Once Bitten, Twice Shy  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Great White - Once Bitten, Twice Shy  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Buy Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever

New Music Premiere:
Buy Magic Dance - Restless Nights  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Magic Dance - Restless Nights  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Magic Dance – Restless Nights
New Music Premiere:
Buy Bad Wolves - Learn To Walk Again on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Bad Wolves - Learn To Walk Again on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Bad Wolves – Learn To Walk Again

Buy Skid Row - Mudkicker  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Skid Row - Mudkicker  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Skid Row – Mudkicker

Buy Jackyl - I Stand Alone  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Jackyl - I Stand Alone  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Jackyl – I Stand Alone

Buy Electric Boys - Groovus Maximus  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Electric Boys - Groovus Maximus  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Electric Boys – Groovus Maximus

Buy Ovtlier - Who We Are  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Ovtlier - Who We Are  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Ovtlier – Who We Are

Buy Alice Cooper - Detroit City  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Alice Cooper - Detroit City  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Alice Cooper – Detroit City

New Music Premiere:
Buy Sevendust - Dying to Live  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Sevendust - Dying to Live  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Sevendust – Dying to Live

Buy Slaughter - Burnin' Bridges  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Slaughter - Burnin' Bridges  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Slaughter – Burnin’ Bridges

Buy L.A. Guns - All That You Are  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy L.A. Guns - All That You Are  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) L.A. Guns – All That You Are

Cover Song of the Week

Buy Alice Cooper - Rock & Roll  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Alice Cooper - Rock & Roll  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Cover: Alice Cooper – Rock & Roll

Buy The Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy The Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Original: The Velvet Underground – Rock and Roll

Buy Drivin' N' Cryin' - Fly Me Courageous  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Drivin' N' Cryin' - Fly Me Courageous  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Fly Me Courageous

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Transcript of the Show

[INTRO]

It’s time to “Kick Out the Jams” motherfu–

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MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
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I don’t usually play live music on the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show–that’s more for the daily 1-song vignette Front Row Ticket I do for select radio stations–but, in addition to “Kick Out the Jams” being a great way to start a show, the MC5, being from Detroit, have something to do with the Cover Song of the Week. I’ll tell you more about that in the first clue very shortly.

In the meantime, let me tell you what else you can look forward to on the show.

There’s new music from Bad Wolves, Sevendust, Diamante, LA Guns, Alice Cooper, Thunder, Small Town Titans, Magic Dance, and Jeff Scott Soto.

The 40th Anniversary of the “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead.

Rare Hair from Skid Row, Warant, Ted Nugent, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and more!

Plus even more of your weekly dose of Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20-teens, and today! All right here on the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.

Why? Because “Everybody Wants Some!” Just like Van Halen.

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Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some!!
Jeff Scott Soto – Without You
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The latest from JSS–Jeff Scott Soto–that was “Without You.”

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 the show.

This is “Bonfire” by Warrant.

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Warrant – Bonfire
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Each week on the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show we play a game, a mystery, called the Cover Song of the Week. I give you clues to the song, the artist, and the original recording artist, and you try to figure out the Hard Rock, Metal, or Glam cover version of someone else’s song before I play that cover back-to-back with the original for you in the second hour of the show.

Ready for your first clue? The first one is always the hardest.

This week’s Cover Song of the Week is brand new and all about Detroit. No, the lyrics aren’t directly about Detroit like “Detroit Rock City,” but the song is by–and I don’t use this word lightly–an icon of Hard Rock born in Detroit who helped form the Golden Era Detroit Hard Rock scene. He’s joined on the new Cover Song of the Week by members of other Detroit Hard Rock alumni including guitarist Steve Hunter from the band CALLED Detroit, who, back in 1971, ALSO covered the Cover Song of the Week. It was this version the aforementioned icon first heard, and he wanted that same heavy Steve Hunter riff in his new 2020 cover. Also joining in on the track are Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Henriksen, and, from the band Detroit Wheels, Johnny “Bee” Badanjek.

More and easier clues coming up shortly. Think about that clue while we take a quick break for station identification.

Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Motorhead put out their seminal Ace of Spades album? This month. November 8th, 1980. Forty years ago. The Ace of Spades is ranked on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, which, once upon a time probably meant something. Nowadays, not too many people trust Rolling Stone or the Rock Hall of Fame it created. But that’s not the point. They still get SOME things right; one of them how awesome and important is Motörhead’s Ace of Spades.

A brand new 40th Anniversary Edition of the Ace of Spades album has just been released, and this remastered version of the title track, sounding cleaner and rawer than ever at the same time, is the first–and likely only–single from it. Crank it up!

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Motörhead – Ace of Spades (40th Anniversary Master)
Guns N’ Roses – You Could Be Mine
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Guns N’ Roses, “You Could Be Mine.”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Danny Bowes and the rest of the guys in Thunder. Fortunately, they’re still around, as evidenced by their new single. This is “Last One Out Turn Off the Lights” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.

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Thunder – Last One Out Turn Off the Lights
Small Town Titans – Behind the Moon
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A double-shot of new tracks there. The second one was “Behind the Moon,” a deep cut not previously played on the radio anywhere from the debut LP The Ride from Pennsylvania 3-piece Small Town Titans. A couple of weeks ago I played their latest single, “Rufflin’ Feathers” on the Rock the Vote Hard, Heavy & Hair show number 275. Since then, they’ve dropped their new album and are planning a live streaming launch party on Facebook. I gotta tell ya, I’m loving the whole album. I first discovered Small Town Titans with their Hard Rock cover of the “The Grinch Stole Christmas,” which I’ll probably play again on this year’s Hard, Heavy & Hairy Christmas Special. Since then, I’ve been digging every track the band puts out, including all the non-single album cuts like “Behind the Moon”. The Ride is a killer album. Check it out.

Kiss, new Diamante, and more in just two shakes of Bo-peep’s tail.

I’ve got another clue about that Detroit-related Cover Song of the Week for you right after a tribute to that rockin’ Motor City by Kiss.

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KISS – Detroit Rock City
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As promised, here’s your second clue:

The Cover Song of the Week original is a Rock N Roll song with a very on-the-nose title, a three-word phrase that can also be found in the title of more than 25 other Rock songs. This one, however, was written by Lou Reed for his band the Velvet Underground and appeared on the last album Lou Reed participated in before quitting the Velvet Underground to go make some money in the music business.

Think about the song title and all the words I just said. It should come to you.

Here’s the newest by azure-haired Millennial Metal siren Diamante who starts out with a very Katy Perry sound before pouring in the Hard Rock rasp she does so well.

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Diamante – I Love Myself for Hating You
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My, my, my, Great White’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”

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Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
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New Bad Wolves and old Skid Row are next, along with classic Ted Nugent.

Welcome back to an all new Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. I’m your handsome, talented, funny, and oh so humble host, Pariah Burke.

You’re going to hear the newest generation of 80s commercial rock with a soul from new one-man Glam band going by the name of Magic Dance right after a little Rock N’ Roll truth from the Motor City Madman himself. This is “Cat Scratch Fever” from Ted Nugent.

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Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever
Magic Dance – Restless Nights
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Didn’t that sound like it could have been a Rare Hair I dug up from a long lost 1987 cassingle? It’s not. It’s a brand new 2020 track from the one-man-band calling himself Magic Dance. The “one man” behind the band is singer/songwriter Jon Siejka who is signed, as Magic Dance, to Frontiers Records. The second Frontiers album, Remnants, will be released December 4th, 2020. It’s already on MY Christmas list.

Ready for something else new? Here’s the latest from Bad Wolves. This is “Learn to Walk Again” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.

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Bad Wolves – Learn To Walk Again
Skid Row – Mudkicker
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From Slave to the Grind, the other successful Skid Row album, that was track 11, “Mudkicker,” written by Sebastian Bach, Rachel Bolen, and Scotti Hill.

We have to take the briefest break to hear from the people who keep the lights on. Don’t change that channel because there’s still new Sevendust, Alice Cooper, LA Guns, and more just around the corner!


I’m Pariah Burke, and “I Stand Alone,” just me, you, and Jackyl.

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Jackyl – I Stand Alone
Electric Boys – Groovus Maximus
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The Electric Boys and the title track to their 1992 LP Groovus Maximus.

This is brand new Outlier, “Who Are We” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.

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Ovtlier – Who We Are
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An Alice Cooper rarity is right after a quick pee break. Shake it quick and get right back here.

This is “Detroit City”–the original–from Alice Cooper leading us into a new Sevendust.

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Alice Cooper – Detroit City
Sevendust – Dying to Live
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“Dying to Live” there, the newest from Sevendust.

[sfx – backup beeps]

Let’s back it up to some old good old Glam from Slaughter. This is “Burnin’ Bridges” off Stick It To Ya.

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Slaughter – Burnin’ Bridges
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And this is the newest from Steve Riley’s lineup of L.A. Guns, “All That You Are.”

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L.A. Guns – All That You Are
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With two versions of L.A. Guns running around, a lot of people are choosing sides. What would you say if I told you you didn’t have to choose between them? All music is meant to be enjoyed. Except Kanye West. That’s just meant to piss people off.

[Clip – Kanye West – Nah Nah Nah]

That new song you just heard is from Kurt Frohlich, Kelly Nickels, Scotty Griffin, and Steve Riley. It’s not the version with Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis, although Phil Lewis WAS in the band. Still, Riley and Nickels DID play on the first three LA. Guns albums during the bands period of greatest success. That would be the self-titled L.A. Guns, Cocked & Loaded, and Hollywood Vampires. So why get hung up on which one is the so-called “real” L.A. Guns? Let the musicians and lawyers sort that one out while you and I can enjoy twice the L.A. Guns-style music.

Check out the album Renegades, which includes “All That You Are” and nine other rocking tracks. It’s the first album from the Guns lineup I just noted.

And now, as we’re almost to the Cover Song of the Week, it’s time for your final clue.

The Cover Song of the Week artist has been vocally critical about musicians who take public stances on politics or even openly support political candidates. In 2018 he called the practice, quote, “an abuse of power.” End quote. Despite that, this Rock icon’s main association to politics is satirical. Every U.S. Presidential election since 1972’s, he pretends to run for President in support of his famous song, “Elected.” Who is that artist? It’s the same artist doing the brand new Cover Song of the Week, which is coming up next!

[COW]

Okay. I played this one a little tricky. The Cover Song of the Week isn’t about Detroit, nor was the original version recorded there. I mean, everyone knows the Velvet Underground were a New York band formed by native New Yorker Lou Reed.

The song… Did you figure out the song? It’s a Rock and Roll song with a three-word on-the-nose title using a phrase found in the titles to more than 25 other songs. Right: The Cover Song of the Week title is “Rock and Roll”. I don’t how I could have been more obvious about that one.

The Velvet Underground wrote “Rock and Roll” largely about Lou Reed’s life in New York City. So where does the Detroit connection come in? What warranted me dropping all those Detroit-related clues like tracks from MC5, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, and even “Detroit Rock City” from Kiss?

The artist doing the Cover Song of the Week in a new single made the song as Detroit-centric as possible. First, he was born in Detroit and cut his teeth helping to build the Hard Rock scene in the city in the late 60s and early 70s. Once day in 1971, this Rock icon heard a band called Detroit–that was the band’s name–IN Detroit–recording a heavy new arrangement of the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll.”

Fast forward to 2020 and this iconic rocker who was such a big part of the Detroit Hard Rock scene, decides to record an entire album with musical memories of the sound and spirit of the Golden Era of Detroit Hard Rock. “Rock & Roll” is the first single from that upcoming album, titled Detroit Stories, and the artist enlisted the help of the guy who wrote the heavy riff for the ’71 Detroit band cover of “Rock & Roll,” former Detroit band guitarist Steve Hunter, as well as Johnny “Bee” Badanjek from the band Detroit Wheels, Paul Randolph (legendary Detroit jazz and R&B bassist) and special guests Joe Bonamassa and Tommy Henriksen (for this occasion, crowned “Honorary Detroiters”).

The Detroit Stories album is coming out as a CD, 2 LP Gatefold, CD plus DVD, and a CD Box Set including a Blu-Ray, t-shirt, face mask, torch light, and stickers on February 26th, 2021.

Without further adieu, this is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week, Detroit-native Alice Cooper and friends with new single “Rock & Roll,” followed immediately by the Velvet Underground original for comparison.

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Alice Cooper – Rock & Roll
The Velvet Underground – Rock and Roll
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The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll,” written and sung by Lou Reed, following the new Alice Cooper version, which is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week.

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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.

I’ll see you back here next week on this station for another all new Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. I’m Pariah Burke. Thank you for tuning in. Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ is going to play us out with “Fly Me Courageous”.

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Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Fly Me Courageous

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