Show 296 – Electric Boy Conny Bloom

Show Notes

  • Interview Conny Bloom, Electric Boys lead singer and guitarist, on:
    • the upcoming new Electric Boys album
    • that amazing “All Lips ‘n’ Hips” intro
    • taking advice from Bob Rock
    • borrowing from George Harrison, Cheap Trick, and Ian Hunter
    • playing Led Zeppelin in front of Led Zeppelin
    • thinking Jimmy Page was going to knock him out
    • whether the COVID pandemic is Conny Bloom’s fault
    • the inspiration for “Psychedelic Eyes”
    • the differences between being a band now and in the 80s and 90s
    • recording without their regular drummer
    • and more!
  • New Chez Kane, Grande Royale, Smash Into Pieces, Midnite City, and Black Wolf Mountain
  • Rare Hair from AC/DC, Kiss, Warrant, and Motley Crue
  • Hits & Deep Cuts from Butcher Babies, Tesla, the Dead Daisies, Judas Priest, Three Days Grace, Quiet Riot, and more!
  • A Cover Song of the Week mystery that is… medium hard–like you get when you see sexy photos of your pain-in-the-ass mother-in-law back when she was 25.

Interview: Conny Bloom of the Electric Boys and Hanoi Rocks

From his home in Stockholm, Sweden, Conny Bloom of the Electric Boys and Hanoi Rocks talked with me about his music, the new Electric Boys album out April 30th, touring–past and future–the secret to staying young, whether the global pandemic was his fault, and the scariest moment in his life–that time he played Led Zeppelin in front of Led Zeppelin and thought Jimmy Page was going to knock him out.

Check out the complete, uncut interview here!

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Playlist

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Buy Quiet Riot - Cum on Feel the Noize  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Quiet Riot - Cum on Feel the Noize  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Quiet Riot – Cum on Feel the Noize

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

New Music Premiere:
Buy Grande Royale - Troublemaker  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Grande Royale - Troublemaker  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Grande Royale – Troublemaker
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Buy Smash Into Pieces - Counting on Me (Acoustic Version)  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Smash Into Pieces - Counting on Me (Acoustic Version)  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Smash Into Pieces – Counting on Me (Acoustic Version)

Buy AC/DC - Ballbreaker  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy AC/DC - Ballbreaker  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) AC/DC – Ballbreaker

Buy Three Days Grace - Painkiller  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Three Days Grace - Painkiller  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Three Days Grace – Painkiller

Buy Tommy Bolin - Naked, Pt. Four  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Tommy Bolin - Naked, Pt. Four  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Tommy Bolin – Naked, Pt. Four

New Music Premiere:
Buy Chez Kane - All of It  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Chez Kane - All of It  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Chez Kane – All of It

Buy Electric Boys - All Lips 'n' Hips  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Electric Boys - All Lips 'n' Hips  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Electric Boys – All Lips ‘n’ Hips

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

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

New Music Premiere:
Buy Midnite City - Atomic  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Midnite City - Atomic  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Midnite City – Atomic

Buy Judas Priest - Turbo Lover  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Judas Priest - Turbo Lover  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Judas Priest – Turbo Lover

Buy Five Finger Death Punch - Fire in the Hole  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Five Finger Death Punch - Fire in the Hole  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Five Finger Death Punch – Fire in the Hole

Buy Breaking Benjamin - So Cold  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Breaking Benjamin - So Cold  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Breaking Benjamin – So Cold

Buy Heart - What About Love  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Heart - What About Love  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Heart – What About Love

Buy The Dead Daisies - Holy Ground (Shake the Memory)  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy The Dead Daisies - Holy Ground (Shake the Memory)  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground (Shake the Memory)

New Music Premiere:
Buy Black Wolf Mountain - Dance  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Black Wolf Mountain - Dance  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Black Wolf Mountain – Dance

Buy Tesla - Love Song  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Tesla - Love Song  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Tesla – Love Song

Cover Song of the Week

Buy Mötley Crüe - Teaser  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Mötley Crüe - Teaser  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Cover: Mötley Crüe – Teaser

Buy Tommy Bolin - Teaser  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Tommy Bolin - Teaser  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Original: Tommy Bolin – Teaser

Buy Butcher Babies - Headspin  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Butcher Babies - Headspin  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Butcher Babies – Headspin

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

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Transcript of the Show

[INTRO]

Welcome! “Cum on Feel the Noise!”

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Quiet Riot – Cum on Feel the Noize
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Quiet Riot starting us off right.

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 a totally funk-o-metal journey of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20-teens, and today with new music by Chez Kane, Midnite City, Whitesnake, Black Wolf Mountain, and Grande Royale,

rare hair from Warrant, Kiss, Motley Crue, and AC/DC,

metal sirens Butcher Babies, Heart, and Chez Kane

an acoustic version of a Smash Into Pieces hit

a triple shot of the Electric Boys

AND, my new interview with the guitarist and lead singer of the Electric Boys, Conny Bloom

This show is so hot, I’m going to turn on your ears and get your foot going to pound-town! You can just call me “Exciter!”

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KISS – Exciter
Grande Royale – Troublemaker
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“Troublemaker,” the newest from Grande Royale following KISS.

That’s a LOT of adrenaline pumping in the last 15 minutes, and, let’s face it, your heart isn’t as young as it used to be. Let’s slow things down with another new song. I like this better than the plugged-in original, actually. This is the acoustic version of “Counting on Me” by Smash Into Pieces.

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Smash Into Pieces – Counting on Me (Acoustic Version)
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If I wasn’t far off about that crack about the health of your ticker, take a nitro pill or smoke a joint, because we’re getting Hard, Heavy, and Hairy with the Dead Daisies, the Electric Boys, Judas Priest, and much, much more, coming up!

Welcome back 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.

Hard, Heavy & Hair is the show you can listen to no matter how rough your day, no matter how hard your life, no matter how much your wife, boss, or parole officer is a “Ballbreaker.” This is AC/DC.

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AC/DC – Ballbreaker
Three Days Grace – Painkiller
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Three Days Grace with “Painkiller.” I’ve brand new Chez Kane right after your first Cover Song of the Week clue.

Remember: the first clue is always the hardest.

The Cover Song of the Week original was written and performed by a Rock guitarist and songwriter the Rock world still mourns, someone we lost when he was only 25 years-old. He passed away more than 30 years ago in Florida, but had he stayed with us longer, most agree, this talented guitarist and songwriter would have been a major force in Rock and Hard Rock.

If you can’t think of his name, maybe a little sample of his playing will help. This is an 11-second track that was part of a larger whole. It’s called “Naked, Part Four.”

[Naked, Pt Four]

Who played that? Who was that Rock guitarist we lost at the age of 25 in Florida? He wrote and originally performed the Cover Song of the Week.

More, and easier, clues later.

Here’s something brand new from Chez Kane from her self-titled debut album. This is “All of It” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.

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Chez Kane – All of It
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I remember a morning in 1989 or ’90. I went to sleep listening to a Classic Rock radio station–hearing the Doors, the Who, Pilot, and so on–and overnight the station had changed formats to a modern Rock station. I remember I’m waking up, lying in bed in my waterbed, and I hear the last fading notes of Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There For You.” And then I hear this, not weird, but out of place Eastern dulcimer, half a minute of sitar, then a killer, heavy guitar riff, and then some guy saying acapella, “now dig this.” That moment, right there, hooked me, and made me an Electric Boys fan all the way up until now. That very day I went out and bought Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride–on cassette, which I wore out twice before eventually buying the CD. I’ve bought every Electric Boys record since.

It was this song right here, “All Lips n’ Hips”.

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Electric Boys – All Lips ‘n’ Hips
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That song started me as a life-long fan of the Electric Boys, so it was a particular honor for me to sit down with the man who whispered “now dig this,” who played that sitar AND the heavy riff that followed it, with the man who sang and wrote almost everything I love about the Electric Boys music.

From his home in Stockholm, Sweden, Conny Bloom of the Electric Boys and Hanoi Rocks talked with me about his music, the new Electric Boys album out April 30th, touring–past and future–the secret to staying young, whether the global pandemic was his fault, and the scariest moment in his life–that time he played Led Zeppelin in front of Led Zeppelin and thought Jimmy Page was going to knock him out.

That interview is right after a quick station identification.

[Interview: Conny Bloom: Seg1]

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Electric Boys – Psychedelic Eyes
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[Interview: Conny Bloom: Seg2] [Interview: Conny Bloom: Seg3]

We’ll hear from Motley Crue later. Right now, this is the latest from the Electric Boys. This is “Super God” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.

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Electric Boys – Super God
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We have to break for station identification and a couple of very important messages. We’ll be back with more of my interview with Conny Bloom of the Electric Boys.

Before we get back to my interview with Conny Bloom, the lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter for the band the Electric Boys, let’s hear something new from a band clearly influenced by the sound and experimentation of Conny and the rest of the Electric Boys. This is new Midnite City on Hard, Heavy & Hair. The song is called “Atomic.”

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Midnite City – Atomic
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New Midnite City, “Atomic.”

Now, let’s return to my interview with Conny Bloom, the leader of the Electric Boys, a band I’ve been a genuine fan of since 1989.

[Interview: Conny Bloom: Seg4] [Interview: Conny Bloom: Seg5]

That was only part of my interview with the Electric Boys frontman, lead guitarist, and main songwriter, Conny Bloom. Your heard 15 of 50–five zero–minutes of the full interview. In the rest of the interview Conny and I go into much more detail about the upcoming album, Ups!de Down, when you can hear the next singles from it, whether there’s still money in being a professional musician, the inspirations for some of his songs (he borrowed a line from Ian Hunter for one), the true musician’s secret to staying young, who Conny would put into a supergroup around himself, why Electric Boys drummer Niklas Sigevall can’t record with the band, those times they played with two drummers, the wonder of Alice Cooper, and much, much more.

Listen to–or watch–the entire live interview with Conny Bloom at R-O-C-K-N dot M-E slash ConnyBloom–C-O-N-N-Y-B-L-O-O-M–no spaces. You can also find the video on YouTube by searching for Hard, Heavy & Hair or Conny Bloom, the audio in your favorite podcast app by searching for the same terms, and on Spotify, where Hard, Heavy & Hair has a very special version of the audio interview that includes the full interview AND all the music Conny and I talked about.

Wherever you tune into the interview, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the latest of my interviews with rock stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Let’s get back to the music. This is “Turbo Lover” by Judas Priest on Hard, Heavy & Hair.

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Judas Priest – Turbo Lover
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You’re not gonna want to go anywhere, because still coming up is Motley Crue, Warrant, Butcher Babies, and a whole lot more!


“Fire in the Hole”! This is Five Finger Death Punch

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Five Finger Death Punch – Fire in the Hole
Breaking Benjamin – So Cold
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Reaching back to Oh-four, that was “So Cold” by Breaking Benjamin keeping the heavy, dark vibe groovin’. But at what point do you ask, “What About Love?”

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Heart – What About Love
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Heart from 1985’s self-titled LP. You know what I want to share with you? More Hard Rock, more Heavy Metal, and more Hair Bands, and I’m doing that in just a moment.


Ready for your second Cover Song of the Week clue?

This one is… medium hard–like you get when you see sexy photos of your pain-in-the-ass mother-in-law back when she was 25.

The artist doing the Cover Song of the Week is a band who, well, might very well be responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic. This band has often employed Satanic symbols to promote themselves. There’s even more than one story–written by the band members themselves in one of the best-selling Rock N’ Roll memoirs of all time–recounting supernatural dealings, including one that made them change the title of an album–the day after their producer had himself tattooed with the original LP title.

And, last year, they broke a deal literally signed in blood… right before COVID hit the world. Coincidence? You decide.

What you also need to decide is who you think that band is, because they’re the ones doing the Cover Song of the Week this week.

Ponder that while you listen to the Dead Daisies, “Holy Ground (Shake the Memory)”.

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The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground (Shake the Memory)
Black Wolf Mountain – Dance
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Let’s all indulge our tender sides with Tesla, “Love Song,” from their 1989 sophomore album, the Great Radio Controversy.

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Tesla – Love Song
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Let’s talk about the Cover Song of the Week itself. Hopefully by now you’ve already guessed the original writer, a promising Rock guitarist we lost at the tender age of 25, and the band covering that song, a band who likes Satanic symbols and signing contracts in blood. Here’s one stanza from that Cover Song of the Week, with the cadence intentionally altered to make it a little more challenging:

That woman’s got a smile, puts you in a trance
And just one look at her, makes you wanna dance
All those dark and those red ruby lips, only a fool would pass them by
With just a hint of ruthlessness, sparklin’ in her eye

Think about that. The Cover Song of the Week is next.

Did you guess the Cover Song of the Week? How about the original artist or the covering artist?

Let’s start with the original artist, a talented, promising Rock guitarist lost to the world at the age of 25 years ago in Florida. If you guessed that it was Randy Rhoads… well, you’d be wrong. Randy was a different Rock guitarist who died too soon, at the age of 25, also in Florida. Before him, sadly, was Tommy Bolin, who died from a drug overdose December 4th, 1976, in Miami.

In addition to the explicit clues, I gave several subtle hints throughout the show as well. The Quiet Riot track was to throw you off of Tommy Bolin and onto the red herring of Randy Rhoads, but then I also played “Holy Ground” by the Dead Daisies, featuring Glenn Hughes on lead vocals and bass. Glenn and Tommy played together in Deep Purple.

John Lord also played in Deep Purple at the time, and John Lord was part of the supergroup I asked Conny Bloom to build around himself. That was part of my interview with Conny I couldn’t fit on the show, but it is in the uncut video of the interview on PariahRocks.com.

Back to the Cover Song of the Week. The artist performing the cover, the band I jokingly blamed for the COVID pandemic because it happened right after the band announced their intention to tour, something they swore–and signed in their own blood–that they would never do again.

Of course, that band is Motley Crue.

From the 1989 compilation album Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell, an album of cover songs written by musicians who had lost their lives to drugs and alcohol, this is Motley Crue with “Teaser,” followed immediately by Tommy Bolin’s 1975 original.

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Mötley Crüe – Teaser
Tommy Bolin – Teaser
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That was “Teaser,” the original by Tommy Bolin, following Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week by Motley Crue.

From the 2014 LP Lilith, this is the Butcher Babies and “Headspin.”

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Butcher Babies – Headspin
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If you missed any part of this show, you can stream it again on-demand 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, from PariahRocks.com, that’s P-A-R-I-A-H-R-O-C-K-S-dot com. That’s the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show’s official website, which also includes the very latest up to the minute Hard Rock and Metal news and reviews and the complete archives of my interviews with rockstars.

Speaking of which, I want to once again thank my guest, Conny Bloom of the Electric Boys. I wish I could have included the entire conversation with Conny on the show, but fortunately I can on PariahRocks.com. Go check out the full, 50-minute video interview with the guy who gave the world “All Lips N’ Hips” and 30 years of other great Funk-O-Metal music.

Of course, if you’re a Patreon supporter of Hard, Heavy & Hair, giving as little as 3 dollars a month, then you’ve probably already watched that full interview a week before anyone else. Hell, you might be watching next week’s interview right now!

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. Until then, remember: Hey, yo! You’ve got the power! And I’m not the only one saying it! So is Warrant.

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Warrant – The Power

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