- Hey! I’m talkin’ here! Hard, Heavy & Hair celebrates the Hard Rock & Heavy Metal of New York City
- On-location from the Big Apple
- That time Pariah got naked in Times Square
- New Dead Daisies, Tense Machine, Smash into Pieces, Fallen State, Motorjesus, and King Zebra
- Rare Hair from Spread Eagle, Nazareth, and Anthrax
- Hits & Deep Cuts from Kiss, Helmet, White Zombie, the Pretty Reckless, Hanoi Rocks, AC/DC, Type O Negative, Sammy Hagar, Living Colour, and more!
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Cover Song of the Week
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Transcript of the Show
We’re on-location today in the Big Apple, and hell, yeah, I’m in the “New York Groove.”
Ace Frehley – New York Groove
That was Ace Frehley, the Bronx Boy original lead-guitarist and co-founder of Kiss, covering the Sweet’s “New York Groove.” That version is from the brand new 2020 remaster of the Best of the Kiss members’ solo albums.
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host. For today only, we’re on-location, doing the show from the City That Never Sleeps, even during a pandemic. I’m in New York City. New York, baby![Clip – Alicia Keys]
Thank you for joining me on this week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show paying tribute to the Hard Rock and Metal that originated in New York City, as well as a few songs about the city. In between all this guitar-laden celebration of New York is a subway car full of new music from the likes of the Dead Daisies, Tense Machine, Smash into Pieces, Fallen State, Battering Ram, Motorjesus, King Zebra, and Issa.
What say we kick off the new songs on the show with the latest single from the Dead Daisies? This is “Chosen and Justified” from the new Holy Ground LP.
The Dead Daisies – Chosen and Justified
AC/DC – Safe in New York City
AC/DC, “Safe in New York City” the first single from 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip. The lyrics were originally written to criticize Mayor Rudy Giulliani’s controversial “civic cleanup” initiative. The song became unofficially off-limits for radio following 9/11. Even now, as we approach the 20th anniversary of that terrible, horrible day, the effects of which are still felt today all around me in the New York I currently sit in, you’ll rarely hear that AC/DC song on the air. I played it because it’s a good song, it’s AC/DC, and the people of New York are some of the toughest sons of bitches on the planet, and they can take criticism about their history.[Clip – New York – being-miserable-and-treating-other-people-like-dirt-is-every-new-yorker’s-god-given-right]
This next song is by a band formed in New York in 1989, featuring a lead singer from my adopted home, Portland, Oregon. This is Page Hamilton fronting Helmet on “Unsung” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Helmet – Unsung
More music from New York badass rockers, more new music from rockers from all over, and your first Cover Song of the Week clue coming up!
I’m Pariah Burke broadcasting on-location from New York City this week. New York, of course, is the birthplace of Kiss. You wanted the best, and you got the best, and we’re gonna “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
KISS – Rock and Roll All Nite
King Zebra – She Don’t Like My R’n’R
King Zebra’s newest, “She Don’t Like My R’ n R”.
Ready for your first Cover Song of the Week clue? Remember: the first one is always the hardest.
Let’s talk about the original version of the Cover Song of the Week.
Although this song was written as a parody of 80s Hard Rock and the 80s Rock lifestyle popularized by songs like Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” and Motley Crue’s version of “Smokin’ In the Boys Room,” and written by a genre-spanning act that was once described by their own Hip Hop record label as coming across as, quote, “the worst sort of blackface band,” unquote, the song was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It’s music video is ranked among the 100 Greatest Videos by both VH1 and MTV. VH1 also ranks the song as number 49 on the list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.
That’s your first clue, the toughest clue. They get easier from here on out.
This is another New York native band–two of them, in fact. Joining forces with Long Island–Long Island–Hardcore HipHop masters Public Enemy, this is Anthrax with “Bring the Noise.”
Anthrax – Bring The Noise [Featuring Public Enemy] Living Colour – Cult of personality
Living Colour, another band Public Enemy collaborated with, but not on that song. That was “Cult of Personality.”
Next, you’re getting down and dirty with the best of New York Street Metal, right after a brief message from the people who paid for my trip to New York City and all the hookers sleeping it off in my hotel room.
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.
Hey! I’m talkin’ here!
This week we’re broadcasting from the road, on-location in New York City. And because of that, I’m spinning for you the best of New York Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands, including these next two artists, two bands born in New York and dripping the same New York Street Metal vibe despite being 30 years apart. It’s Wildstreet right after Spread Eagle gives you a “Switchblade Serenade.”
Spread Eagle – Switchblade Serenade
Wildstreet – Still Love You
If you’ve never been to New York City, it sounds–hell, it smells and feels–like those last two songs. That was Wildstreet with former Sandra Bernhard guitarist Eric Jayk on vocals and lead guitar. The song is “Still Love You.” Before Wildstreet was Spread Eagle with “Switchblade Serenade.”
Speaking of blades, this is new track “Knives” from the Fallen State.
The Fallen State – Knives
Type O Negative – Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scared)
Oh, yeah. Type O Negative is also from New York. That was their biggest hit, “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scared).” If you’re old enough to remember that song when it was new, then you’re old enough to have dated the chicks with black stains all over their pillowcases. Or maybe YOU had the black stains on your pillow cases. Nothing dyed hair blacker, and ruined more bed linen and bath towels, than that black number 1 hair dye from Hot Topic.
Next up, we’re not gonna take it with another New York native band. Don’t get mugged during the break.
This next band is actually from Long Island, which is not one of the five boroughs of New York City, but every since ’82’s Under the Blade, and most definitely ’84’s Stay Hungry, I have associated them with the gritty, back alley violence, dirty street sound of NYC Street Metal. From that amazing 1984 album with Dee Snyder on the cover gnawing on a giant, meat-covered bone, this is single number 1, “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” from Twisted Sister.
Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
Motorjesus – Dead Rising
New from German Metallers Motorjesus, that was “Dead Rising.”
Ready for your second Cover Song of the Week clue?
The artist performing the Cover Song of the Week is in his early 70s but is still performing. Back in 1965, his mom paid $39.95 for this big name singer and guitarist’s very first guitar. They bought it at Sears & Roebuck, and it came with a case and amplifier. In 2007, after creating the second-best selling premium tequila brand in the United States, this rocker sold 80% of his interest in the brand for $80 million dollars. Three years later, he pocketed another $11 million for the remaining 20% interest. Not bad for a guy who became popular by singing about rock candy, speeding faster than 55, and poundcake.
Who was that singer?
Think about while I spin some Rare Hair for you from Hanoi Rocks. This is the song “New York City.”
Hanoi Rocks – New York City
The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
I’ve been playing a lot of new Pretty Reckless on the show lately as they work toward releasing their newest album, which comes out very soon, on February 21st. So I thought I’d go back to their big breakout hit, “Heaven Knows,” for you. The Pretty Reckless is also from New York, if you didn’t know.
Once again we have to break for station identification, which is the perfect opportunity for you to find out what you really want to know. I’ll get you started: “Hey, Alexa. Is Taylor Momsen married and would she go out with me?”
I’ve got two classic New York band songs for you, but first, it’s something new from Kickin Valentina. This is “War.”
Kickin Valentina – War
Sylar – All Or Nothing
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
After the newest from Kickin Valentina was “All or Nothing” from the New York band Sylar, which took its name from the villain in the NBC TV series Heroes. After that was the New York Dolls and “Personality Crisis.” Sadly, guitarist and co-founder Sylvain Sylvain passed away recently, on January 13th, at the age of 69.
I had the privilege of seeing them in concert a few years ago, opening for Poison. We’ll be back in two shakes of a tremolo bar.
Another band you might not have known is from New York was White Zombie. This is “Thunder Kiss ’65,” which you’re going to want to crank way the hell up!
White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ’65
I was walking through Times Square today. I ran in Spider-Man, as one does. If you think I’m full of it, look it up.
I was visiting Manhattan on business in… I think it was 1999. I was doing a thing at with Heather Kozar, the Playboy Playmate of the Year that year, and E! Entertainment television. Yeah, it had to be ’99.
So, I’m at Playboy’s offices on 5th Avenue, right across from Trump Tower. I do my thing with the Playmate, E!, and Playboy Marketing, and then I have to fly out that day to get to another thing. The Playboy Enterprises travel people messed up and got me a ticket out of Newark, NJ, which is a bitch to get to at rush hour in Manhattan. Anyway, I get a cab, and we’re stuck in rush hour traffic. I spill coffee on my suit, so I decide to change clothes, but the cab driver tells me I’ll be running for my gate when we get the airport. I won’t have time to change. So, there I am, at 5 PM in the summer, in full day light, in the back of a taxi, stopped dead in rush hour traffic in the center of Times Square–back when you could still drive through Times Square–people streaming on foot all around the cab, looking in and whatever, and I’m there changing my pants. Obviously I had clothes on the seat under me. No way was I going to let my bare skin touch the vinyl in a New York City taxi cab, but people were seeing my… well, my everything as I changed into different pants in the cab. No one stopped to look. Not even the cab driver cared. Why? New York, baby.
Like Nazareth sings in this next song, I was just another “New York Broken Toy.”
Nazareth – New York Broken Toy
Andrew W.K. – I Love NYC
Andrew W.K., a New York musician, declaring his love for the city I’m currently visiting–and broadcasting from–today. Because we’re here in NYC, enjoying the high-end call girls and New York flavored white powder, this entire Hard, Heavy & Hair Show is devoted to the music and musicians of New York City. It’s New York Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands, and a few songs from non-New York bands singing their love letters to the Big Apple, and a bunch of new music from bands from NYC and everywhere else.
Tense Machine – Holding On
That was Toronto’s Tense Machine with new song “Holding On.” New music and a new baby. I want to congratulate lead singer Dane Hartsell on the birth of his daughter. Congrats, man!
Ok. It’s time for your final Cover Song of the Week clue.
As I noted earlier, the song being covered was written to parody Rock anthems. The intent backfired, making the song one of the most memorable teen angst anthems. Kids, especially those who thought living at home was such a drag, found in this 1986 Hard Rock / Rap Rock fusion song an outlet for releasing their rage against preaching teachers and hypocrite parents who wanted them to cut… that… hair.
The Cover Song of the Week is next.[COW]
Did you guess the Cover Song of the Week? If you did, then you know the original artist, the one who wrote the Hard Rock / Rap Rock fusion song as a parody of 80s Hard Rock anthems. It backfired, becoming one of the greatest 80s Rock lifestyle anthems. Even those listeners who recognized its original intent ignored the fact that the song was making fun of them because the lyrics were so relatable. Parents hassling you? Teachers treating you like you’re a jerk? What kid CAN’T relate to those themes?[Clip – Milhouse 3:30]
Ok. That kid. But not the rest of us.
Hell, my mother offered me a thousand dollars to cut my hair when I was 16. That was a lot of money to a teenager. I didn’t cut it. I had to pick up a second part-time job to pay for my car insurance, but I kept my hair. It’s been long ever since, all my life.
The Cover Song of the Week is “Fight for Your Right (to Party),” written by the Beastie Boys and Paul Rubin, and covered by the Red Rocker himself, the man who made more money in one day selling his interest in his tequila brand than during his entire career as a musician, Sammy Hagar.
Like Sammy sings before the Beastie Boys original, you gotta fight, for your right, to parteeeeeeee!
Sammy Hagar – Fight for Your Right to Party
Beastie Boys – Fight for Your Right (To Party)
“Fight for Your Right (To Party) “, the immortal Beastie Boys 80s Rock and Rap fusion anthem. Before the original version there was Sammy Hagar’s rendition, which is this week’s 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. And I want to thank the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, the City of New York, for hosting the show this week.
Next week is the Valentine’s Day show. Trust me. You’re not going to want to miss that. So come back to this station, at this time–well, two hours earlier–and rock your soft, squishy insides AND your broken, blackened pieces with the Hard, Heavy & Hair Valentine’s Special.
To help put you in the mood, let’s hear one more time from our favorite New York quartet. This is Kiss from Destroyer playing us out. It’s “Beth”. Good night, New York! We love ya!
KISS – Beth