I’m not exactly the biggest American Idol fan – mainly because I really love music. Luckily, I have a DVR player, so I conduct my own little “Gong Show”. As soon as I can see the song is going to suck, I fast forward through the rest of the song, and listen to the judges.
But, this week I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s token “rocker” – James Durbin. There were some seasons that I did not watch “Idol” at all, but as far as I know, nobody has done Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”. I think James did a great job with it. He wasn’t as over-the-top as I though he would be. I’ll keep tuning in as long as he’s on the show, and he keeps up performances like this:
And if that put you in the mood for the original, here you go:
This week’s selections are in honor of the tour just recently announced – Def Leppard and Heart.
First up is Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages”:
This is one of my favorite songs by Def Leppard. I saw Def Leppard in concert in 2003 in Providence, Rhode Island after they released their X album – and it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. They played at least one song from each of their albums. They almost left this song off of their playlist.
Many of you may or may not be familiar with the tragedy that occurred on February 20, 2003, at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I am not going to go into details, but 100 people were killed when Great White was playing there, and their pyrotechnics started a fire that killed 100 people, and injured many more.
Well, at the Def Leppard concert, before they played this song Joe Elliot stopped the show, and said that they had met with burn victims from the fire before the concert. They said that they would leave the song out, [probably due to the lines: Rise up! Gather round
Rock this place to the ground
Burn it up let’s go for broke
Watch the night go up in smoke]
Apparantly, the victims would not hear of it, and told the band to play the song. It was very emotional. And I remember seeing one of the burn victims (it was very obvious) in the aisle jumping up and down all excited while the song played. I will never forget it. It is amazing how much music can lift your spirits no matter what you are going through.
I don’t have a Heart story, and I have not seen them in concert yet. Maybe that will change this year. Here is one of my favorite songs by them – “Alone”:
Question: In The Breakfast Club, what character used her cleavage to apply lipstick?
Last Question: What brand of sneakers did Run-D.M.C. wear in the music video for “It’s Tricky”?
“it’s Tricky” was one of 4 hits from Run-D.M.C.’s triple platinum album Raising Hell. Adidas formed a long-term relationship with Run–D.M.C. and hip hop. Not only did Run-D.M.C. sport the sneakers in their videos and wherever you saw the rappers, but they also had a song dedicated to the sneaker – “My Adidas”.
Here is the song, “It’s Tricky” – one of my favorites by the group:
10. Mickey – Toni Basil
9. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer
8. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
7. Mr. Roboto – Styx
6. Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
5. Never Gonna Let You Go – Sergio Mendes
4. Making Love Out of Nothing At All – Air Supply
3. What About Me – Moving Pictures
2. Puttin’ On the Ritz – Taco
1. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
Even though I love ’80s Music, I definitely prefer David Bowie’s ’70s music. No, David Bowie, I don’t want to dance! I’d much rather be Major Tom a “Space Oddity“! “Let’s Dance” is bad enough as it is. What makes it worse is that it is an “earworm” song. In other words, it gets stuck in your head. As I write this, I have not heard the song in years. But, just mentioning the title gave me earwormage (is that a even a word?) big time!
Well, that’s why I start with the ‘Horrible’ list, and end with the ‘Great’ list.
Yes, this was the Eurythmics breakthrough hit, but I’m not a big Eurythmics fan. This song just drones on and on. Instead of ‘Sweet Dreams’, this song was more like a recurring nightmare when it came out. It was always on the radio and on MTV.
I do like the Eurythmics “Missionary Man” a lot. But, I just can’t take this song or “Here Comes the Rain Again“.
Ah, Ah-Ah-ah. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!! I can’t stomach this song. It is too boring, and it high on some kind of wuss factor. I’ll have to admit that it was funny seeing Steve Buscemi singing this song at the end of The Wedding Singer:
Unfortunately, since the song was included in the movie, it was also included on the movie’s soundtrack. Why didn’t they leave this song off, and put on “Do You Believe In Love”?
I like The Police a lot. But, this song is one of my least favorites, and one of the most overrated songs of all time. I remember listening to the American Top 40 countdown of the top songs of the whole year, and this was number 1!! Really?!? “Synchronicity II” was my favorite song on the Synchronicity album by far – even though I don’t understand the lyrics too much.
Two of the greatest music artists of all time took the biggest dump on the biggest album of all time! Uggh, this song makes me want to rip my ears off and rip all the skin off my face! The doggon song bites the big one! Especially when they start yapping in the song. This song should be taken off of all copies of Thriller, and be replaced by “Say, Say, Say”.
Here is my top songs from that year: Runners up:
10. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle: These legends made a song that was perfect for a wedding
9. Little Red Corvette – Prince: Probably my favorite Prince song. Not as overplayed as “1999”
8. Truly – Lionel Richie – My favorite Lionel Richie ballad
7. Africa – Toto: Great song by Toto. I love the music, and the lead singer Bobby Kimball has an incredible voice.
6. Mr. Roboto – Styx: A lot of people make fun of Styx because of this song, and how it made them more theatrical. But, there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun with music. There have been worse concept albums than Kilroy Was Here.
And Jeffster did a great cover of this in the TV show Chuck:
5. Photograph – Def Leppard
A great song by one of my favorite bands. Although Def Leppard had a couple of good albums before Pyromania (On Through the Night and High and Dry), “Photograph” became their first hit, and helped spur on the success of Pyromania. The video showed a lot of photos of Marilyn Monroe, so people incorrectly thought the song was about her. This is still a great song. Def Leppard has stood the test of time for over 30 years now.
4. Solitaire – Laura Branigan
Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” and “How Am I Suppose to Live Without You” were overplayed. But I think this song was way better than both of them. It rocks, and Branigan had a great voice. It sounds like she put a lot of passion into this song. This song also launched songwriter Diane Warren’s career.
3. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
This song got a lot of people into Duran Duran. The exposure on MTV didn’t hurt either. I liked it when it came out because the video reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, even without the video, the song itself is really good.
2. Down Under – Men At Work
This song was a breakthrough for Men At Work, and basically introduced the U.S. to Australia and vegemite sandwiches. This is a fun song, and Colin Haye has a great unique voice. The band had a great string of hits. Will they get back together already?!
1. Separate Ways – Journey
Silly video aside, this song rocks. As soon as you hear Jonathan Cain’s keyboard, you know what song is playing. It has a lot of energy and gets you pumped. After Journey had a very long hiatus, they went on tour with a new lead singer – Steve Augeri. Of course I went, and this was the song they came out playing first. What a way to come back! While I need to turn some songs off as soon as I hear them, I have to listen to this one all the way through when it comes on.
This week’s selection is “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot:
“Cum On Feel the Noize” was released by Quiet Riot on August 27, 1983. It was a cover of the 1973 Slade hit. The song spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard chart in November 1983. It was the first heavy metal song to make the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart (a.k.a.Pop Chart). The success of the single helped carry Metal Health to the top of Billboard pop album charts, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach #1 in the U.S. It was #1 on November 26, 1983, making Quiet Riot the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and #1 album the same week.
The song was so successful, Quiet Riot remade another Slade song -“”Mama Weer All Crazee Now” – from the band’s 1984 album, Condition Critical.
The band faded away as the ’80s wore on.
On November 25, 2007, The Vegas Eye reported on its website that DuBrow had been found dead that day in his house in Las Vegas.
Initial reports were confirmed by local authorities and reported by major news outlets on November 26, 2007. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of cocaine. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had died about six days before his discovery, November 19, 2007.
A new version of Quiet Riot has gotten together. Most of the classic lineup is intact – Frankie Banali on drums, Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Grossi on guitar and newcomer Mark Huff on vocals (formerly of Van Halen tribute band 5150). The band has sought the blessings of the DuBrow family (DuBrow’s mother encouraged Banali to revive the band), has recorded new versions of classic hits with Huff singing, and is seeking to do a full US tour.
FRI 3/4/2011 TEMPE, AZ – CLUB RED
FRI 3/11/2011 BATESVILLE, IN – WALHILL FARM
SAT 3/12/2011 DAYTON, OH – McGUFFY’S HOUSE OF ROCK
FRI 3/18/2011 FARGO, ND – THE HUB
SAT 3/19/2011 MEDINA, MN – MEDINA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
FRI 4/29/2011 MELBOURNE, AU – THE PALACE
SAT 4/30/2011 ACT, AU – ANU BAR
MON 5/2/2011 AUCKLAND, NZ – THE POWERSTATION
THU 5/5/2011 ADELAIDE, AU – HQ COMPLEX
FRI 5/6/2011 PERTH, AU – METRO CITY
SAT 5/7/2011 BRISBANE, AU – THE TIVOLI
SUN 5/8/2011 SYDNEY, AU – THE METRO
SAT 5/14/2011 LAS VEGAS, NV – SUNSET STATION CASINO
FRI 5/20/2011 ST CHARLES, IL – THE ARCADA THEATER
SAT 5/21/2011 JANESVILLE, WI – THE BACK BAR
THU 6/16/2011 DES MOINES, IA – VAL AIR BALLROOM
FRI 6/17/2011 SIOUX CITY, IA – AWESOME BIKER NIGHTS
SAT 10/1/2011 AKRON, OH – TANGIERS
Question: In Fast Times at Ridgemont High, who played football player “Charles Jefferson”?
Last Question: What late rock star was Elton John’s hit “Empty Garden” written about?
Answer: John Lennon
“Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” was from Elton John’s 1982 album Jump Up! and reached number 13 in the US singles chart. Lennon and John were good friends, having performed a duet on Lennon’s 1974 hit “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night”, which the pair performed live at one of John’s concerts in the same year (Lennon’s last stage performance), along with two other songs. The “Empty Garden” referred to in the song is Madison Square Garden, where Lennon dueted with John in 1974. John has since performed the song several times at Madison Square Garden.
Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, but Elton certainly felt a connection to the song, as he was good friends with Lennon and is the Godfather of Lennon’s second son, Sean. To this day, John rarely performs the song live, as he has said it brings back too many painful memories of Lennon’s death.
We’ve already reported that Leppard will release their first live album in May, which will contain “three new studio tracks,” according to an interview guitarist Phil Collen did at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim last month.
A Leppard box set is in the works, guitarist Vivian Campbell told Rush On Rock last month. “There are plans for a career-encompassing box set. It will happen but we need to sort a few things out contractually. As it happens we’re talking to our old label Universal about re-signing with them.”
There’s also been rumors about a summer US tour with Kansas and Heart.
We’ll wait for official word from the Leppard camp on this, to see if the “major news’ is any, or all, of the above three items.
If you read the answer to the Daily Trivia today, you would know that Lionel Richie has had some roots in Country Music. Now, Lionel is going to have a new Country album to be released as early as this summer. It is going to be duets with Country artists singing his old hits. Some songs have been already recorded, such as “Stuck On You” with Darius Rucker, “Lady” with Kenny Rogers, “Sail On” with Tim McGraw, “Easy” with Willie Nelson, “Deep River Woman” with Little Big Town, “You Are” with Blake Shelton and “All Night Long” with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. He still plans to do recordings with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band.