More 80s movie tie-in goodness. The Dudes of Wrath were actually a briefly-lived (a couple songs on a single soundtrack) supergroup consisting of Paul Stanley (KISS), Desmond Child (better known as the writer of half the power-ballad-hair-band hits of the time than as a vocalist), Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), Guy Mann-Dude, Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, […]Read more "Monster, Monster II – Shocker"
Jeez, spoiled for choice with these guys, their entire lyrical output appears to have been produced by an epileptic twelve-year-old with Tourette’s. The music may have been cool but the lyrics were about as sensible as the concept of Chinese democracy. I really hope these were written under the influence of the shitty namesake wine, […]Read more "Word Salad Wednesday: Guns ‘n Roses – Night Train"
So I’ve got major ankle surgery coming up at the end of June and will be in a cast for three months post-op, so I’ve been spending a lot of my free time working on long-procrastinated household projects (as opposed to long-procrastinated blog posts*) that have got to get done before I’m laid up or […]Read more "Word Salad Wednesdays – Dio: Holy Diver"
Saving the best stuff for near the end and this is one of my absolute favorites. Dee Snyder and Alice Cooper, plus a cameo by zombie makeup king and sometimes actor Tom Savini (who also did all the makeup effects for the video). In addition to Alice, other (off-screen) musical guests on the song included […]Read more "Monster, Monster – Be Chrool to Your Scuel"
Come on, you knew this had to be on here somewhere. The long version too. MJ may have been a sick puppy, but this short film by John Landis really was one of the first to bring home the full potential of the music video as complete short form film, with production values rivaling those […]Read more "Monster, Monster – Thriller"
So it wasn’t just goofy hair bands getting into the act with the burn-scarred maintenance man. In the 80s, Freddy was everywhere and even hip-hop artists, The Fat Boys, got into the act. Introduction to the Monster, Monster series here.Read more "Monster, Monster – Are You Ready for Freddy?"
How about a little Maiden for Throwback Thursday. Because no matter how cool you are, you will never be Bruce Dickinson cool. And that’s OK. Introduction to Monster, Monster series here.Read more "Monster, Monster – Number of the Beast"
And no, I don’t have any idea why a video for the biggest pretty-boy vampire flick of the 80’s consists entirely of a bunch of dancers traveling in a post-apocalyptic cattle truck. I like to imagine it’s supposed to be 25 years later, the vampires have taken over the world and these are some of […]Read more "Monster, Monster – Lost in the Shadows"
Once again we see eveidence that Freddy Krueger’s greatest weakness wasn’t teenaged girls but cheesy hair metal. Vinnie Vincent’s enormous ego meant that we wouldn’t see a lot from this lineup, but hey, it did lead to Mark and Dana launching Slaughter a few years later, so I can’t complain too much. Then again if […]Read more "Monster, Monster – Love Kills"
And our annual pilgrimage to Dallas comes round again. Wow, 10 years, that’s a lot of crap movies (over 130 according to the commemorative programs one of the usual gang of psychopaths very kindly produced for the occasion). I didn’t attend my first T-Fest until 2008, so I missed those first three glorious years, but […]Read more "T-Fest 2015: Ten Years of Hokum"