- Interview: Robin McAuley (MSG, Black Swan)
- Interview: Tracii Guns, his unadulterated reaction to the outcome of the legal battle over the L.A. Guns band name
- New Greta Van Fleet and Madhouse
- (Ultra) Rare Hair from Rock Boulevard
- A Triple-Shot inspired by For All Mankind
- A Cover Song of the Week for the Working Class
- Butcher Babies on Female Fronted
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Take those horns! Throw them up! Show them we don’t give a–
Theory of a Deadman – Heavy
Oh, yeah. Heavy Metal therapy with Theory of a Deadman. The song is called “Heavy.”
I am called Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me.
Coming up on the show I’ve got TWO interviews with Rock and Metal legends–one in this hour of the show, one in the next hour of the show. I’ve also go brand new music for you, along with rare hair, and some of the biggest heavy hits of our lifetimes!
Let’s get right back to the music with Defenders of the Faith, Judas Priest, ’cause back in 1984, “Love Bites.”
Judas Priest – Love Bites
Ready for your first Cover Song of the Week clue? Remember: the first clue is always the hardest.
The Cover Song of the Week has gotten a lot of publicity–in its original form and in covers–though most of the time, the people who play it, including Wrangler brand jeans then-President Donald Trump, misunderstand the meaning of the song and use it in a seemingly opposite context. The song is very patriotic, but doesn’t speak well of the wealthy or connected, like Trump himself. On September 11th, 2020, the song’s writer even expressed his bafflement on Facebook when Trump used the pro-working class, anti-privilege song at his re-election rallies.
What song was that?
More, and easier, clues later.
Greta Van Fleet is really maturing musically. Have you heard their newest record The Battle at Garden’s Gate? It’s freakin’ incredible, dude. Here’s the newest cut from it, “Built By Nations” on Hard, Heavy & Hair,
Greta Van Fleet – Built By Nations
Cinderella – Nobody’s Fool
Cinderella is “Nobody’s Fool.” Female Fronted is next.
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.
This segment of the show and Female Fronted is sponsored by the Hardcore Country / Country Metal band Silo, because those hard rocking bandits in Silo know all about women and Heavy Metal. Check out Silo’s unique blend of Metal riffs, Thrash drums, and Country lyrics on Spotify or wherever better music is streamed. You can also hit the band site online at Silo dot B-A-N-D.
This week, Silo presents the Butcher Babies in Female Fronted. This is “Sleeping with the Enemy.”
Butcher Babies – Sleeping with the Enemy
That was Female Fronted, presented by the band Silo.
This is Guns N’ Roses presented by everyone who loves great, freakin’ music. It’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine
Ready for another Cover Song of the Week clue?
The band performing the Cover Song of the Week is a super group, though the singer and bass player on this cover song left the band shortly after the single’s release in 2016. They were both replaced by one man whose career is definitely not just pushing up daisies.
What band is that?
Think about it while you check out the song from the legendary singer Robin McAuley of MSG and Black Swan. This is the title track to Robin’s new solo album, “Standing on the Edge,” something you’ll hear Robin and me talk about–among other things–in just a couple of minutes.
Robin McAuley – Standing on the Edge
My interview with that singer, the legendary frontman Robin McAuley is next.[Interview – Robin McAuley]
That was only a part of my interview with MSG, Black Swan, and solo singer, Robin McAuley. To watch the complete interview, including a lot more detail about Robin’s new album, the upcoming Black Swan II, and his advice for singers who want to have as long a career as he’s had, visit PariahRocks.com .
Here’s another new song from Robin’s solo album, Standing on the Edge. This is “Say Goodbye.”
Robin McAuley – Say Goodbye
In just a few minutes you’re going to hear from Tracii Guns how he feels about the end of the lawsuit to reclaim the L.A. Guns band name. That’s after the Triple-Shot.[Triple-Shot]
See if you can guess what common thread ties these three songs together.
Europe – The Final Countdown
Saigon Kick – Space Oddity
Iron Maiden – Stranger in a Strange Land
That was your Triple-Shot. What do all three of those songs have in common? First was “The Final Countdown” by Europe, then Saigon Kick covering Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Finally, it was Iron Maiden with “Stranger in a Strange Land.”
Have you been watching the show For All Mankind on Apple TV? Season two just ended, and I’m loving the show. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a realist, alternate history story. If, back in the 60s, Russia had beat America to the Moon, and if America had kept funding its space program without stop, what would the world look like? How far advanced would be human society? What political and social differences would result from those relatively small differences? I’m always wondering “what if,” so I love alternate histories or stories that follow the path not taken along its logical course.
So, For All Mankind has me really thinking about space, and that’s what all three songs in the Triple-Shot have in common: space.
I’ve got some more music for you, then a couple of minutes of me talking to Tracii Guns about the outcome of his lawsuit against the OTHER L.A. Guns band. I’ll give you a hint: Tracii does NOT like Steve Riley.
Back after this.
Here’s something brand new from the Treatment, that Cambridge, England 5-piece that just last month dropped their 5th studio album, Waiting for Good Luck. This is a song about what the band has been doing. It’s called “Let’s Make Money” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
The Treatment – Let’s Make Money
Rock Boulevard – Lets Go Wolfin’
Godsmack – Bulletproof
Godsmack “Bulletproof” following some seriously rare hair from the highly-collectible 1990 debut album for the band Rock Boulevard. The song was called “Let’s Go Wolfin'”. Rock Boulevard would have been MTV darlings like Slaughter or Kix if they’d just come out a few years earlier.
Next, you’re going to hear from Tracii Guns.
On last week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show I told you that the saga of the two L.A. Guns bands had finally been legally resolved. The day after I recorded that show, I sat down with Tracii Guns to talk about it. Here’s that conversation.[Interview – Tracii Guns]
That’s only part of my interview with Tracii Guns. On next week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair you’ll more from Tracii about the TWO L.A. Guns albums he’s working on, and when we’ll see them, and about his new VERY Heavy Metal project with Stryper’s Michael Sweet on vocals. You don’t want to miss that interview.
Here’s a little classic LA Guns. From Cocked & Loaded, this is “Sleazy Come Easy Go.”
L.A. Guns – Sleazy Come Easy Go
Madhouse – I Walk the Ponygirl
Brand new Madhouse there called “I Walk the Ponygirl.”
This is Tygers of Pan Tang, “Love Potion No. 9.”
Tygers Of Pan Tang – Love Potion Number 9
Ready for your third and final Cover Song of the Week clue?
Tell me, listener, were you born to wave the red, white, and blue? Or are you the one they point the cannon at? How much should you give? The only answer: “More, more, more.” It ain’t me. And if you’re listening to this show, it probably ain’t you, either. We ain’t none of us, fortunate sons.
The Cover Song of the Week is next.[COW]
So what anti-establishment, pro-working class song is often confused for a pro-government song? The song I’m talking about is, if you listen to the lyrics, definitely not friendly to the rich and powerful, which is why the song’s writer was baffled when then-President Donald Trump used it for his re-election rallies. The writer, one John Fogerty, all but said on his Facebook page that the song is about people like Donald Trump–and not in a good way.
Originally written during the Vietnam War, the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Fortunate Son” is about the injustice of the rich and politically powerful sending working class men and women off to fight wars while getting their own connected children out of military service.
“Fortunate Son” is a very patriotic song, one of the most American songs ever written in America, but, like Springsteen’s “Born on the Fourth of July,” the song is about questioning and challenging the power structure of America while sticking up for the people who actually put on uniforms. It’s a song so powerful, that it’s been covered more than 80 times in nearly every musical style possible.
In 2016, the Dead Daisies, then still featuring Marco Mendoza on bass and John Corabi on vocals, covered it for their Make Some Noise album. That cover is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. Here it is, followed immediately by the Credeence Clearwater Revival original.
The Dead Daisies – Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
That was “Fortunate Son,” CCR’s anti-establishment classic following the 2016 cover by the Dead Daisies, which is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week.
This is original Australian single release of “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” which is slightly different than the one heard in other countries.
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Original Australian Release)
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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.
I also want to especially thank my guests, both Hard Rock and Metal legends, Robin McAuley and Tracii Guns. Again, you’ll hear more from Tracii Guns on next week’s show, right here on this station.
Thank you for tuning in. Black Swan is going to play us out with “Shake the World.”
Black Swan – Shake the World