Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 12/8/16
Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).
Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs. On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.
In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Hard Rock Music Time Machine can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)
THE WINERY DOGS – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (2013)
In 1975, Elvin Bishop had his biggest hit with “Fooled Around And Fell In Love.” Although Bishop has released 19 studio albums (dating back to 1969), it’s likely that many think of him as a one-hit wonder. The vocals on the original weren’t actually performed by Bishop, rather by Mickey Thomas (who would later go on to front Jefferson Starship).
As great as the original version of this song is, The Winery Dogs cover – from their album Unleashed in Japan 2013 (Live) – is even better. What makes this version so special is that the band basically stayed true to the original, while still making it unique and memorable because of their incredible chemistry and musicianship. The only “mistake” in this version is the lighthearted moment at the beginning where Richie Kotzen makes a self-deprecating joke about being old and starting to play the “wrong fuckin’ song.” But when The Winery Dogs start playing the “right” song, magic ensues.
Virtuosos tend to take themselves quite seriously, but The Winery Dogs bring an element of fun into their virtuosity. They are the only band that I can think of that blends the goofiness of a court jester with the command of a king.
“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” is a fairly straightforward song, which makes the elements that The Winery Dogs add into it that much more striking. In the original, you barely even notice that they have a bass player, but in this version, you can tell from the first bass note that Billy Sheehan is playing. He continues to hold down the song throughout, adding in tasteful (but impressive) fills in a natural way. Mike Portnoy’s drumming gives the song a sense of power and groove that is lacking in the original without ever going over the top. Kotzen shines with beautifully emotive vocals, giving the song more depth than the original. His rhythm guitar playing stays true to the original, but Kotzen shines when it comes to the lead before a break that showcases the precision of a band that feels like it’s been together for decades.
Elvin Bishop laid the foundation for the song back in the ’70s. Nearly 40 years later, The Winery Dogs built a castle on top of that foundation.
JOE COCKER – “With A Little Help From My Friends” (1969)
During a recent visit to The Museum at Bethel Woods (located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival), I watched a fascinating film that featured Joe Cocker’s incredible live performance of The Beatles’ classic, “With A Little Help From My Friends.”
With all due respect to The Fab Four, Cocker’s version of the song took it to another level. Whereas the original has a kind of happy-go-lucky feel, Cocker’s performance at the Woodstock Music Festival was an emotionally-charged, angst-ridden interpretation that connected with the hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance in a visceral way.
As you watch this video, you are transported back in time to an era in American history that was rife with tension brought on by the Vietnam War. It’s hard to improve upon a classic song by legendary artists, but Cocker did just that with this 1969 performance.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
GWAR – “Carry on Wayward Son” (2012)
Although this song was never released on any of GWAR’s albums, I have always enjoyed their rendition of Kansas’ “Carry on Wayward Son.” Despite the fact that GWAR trashes the band and the genre, they actually did a great job covering the song. From the sped up thrash main verse, to the slowed down evil sounding chorus, GWAR injects a humorous (yet fascinating) take on a classic rock tune.
LAMB OF GOD – “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For” (2004)
Maybe it’s the recent release of a new EP by Lamb of God, but taking a look back at their back catalog, I realized again what a great album Ashes of the Wake was, not only for its songwriting and musical composition, but also for its production. The album is recorded and mixed so cleanly that you can distinctly hear every note from each instrument and the vocals as well. This song has always been one of my favorites, mainly due to Chris Adler’s unique playing style and the sonic aggression of the music, including Randy Blythe’s screams during the choruses. “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For” is Lamb of God at their best.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
BOSTON – “Something About You” (1976)
In 1976, a Polaroid engineer out of M.I.T. took the rock world by storm. Guitarist/keyboardist/producer/songwriter Tom Scholz – with a trademark sound he had painstakingly perfected in his basement – created the classic rock band Boston and released one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. With Brad Delp on vocals, some other talented musicians, and a homemade sound studio, Boston created some of the most loved mainstays of rock radio. The biggest commercial hits from their first album were “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind” and “Long Time,” but this one stands together comfortably with those vaunted tracks.
BOSTON – “Surrender To Me” (1994)
By 1994, Tom Scholz was the only remaining original member of Boston. Regardless, the trademark sound and flawless production were still achieved, with some amazing new material. Brad Delp co-wrote the title song to the new album, Walk On, but otherwise his involvement had ended, yielding way to new vocalist Fran Cosmo. This song from that album is one that the band still plays in concert today.
HRD RADIO REPORT
The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com. The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions. It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.
Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.
The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/19/16. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:
|THIS WEEK||LAST WEEK||THIS WEEK|
|1||2||HIGHLY SUSPECT||“My Name Is Human”||2047|
|2||1||DISTURBED||“Open Your Eyes”||1933|
|3||5||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“I Apologize”||1616|
|4||6||VOLBEAT||“Seal The Deal”||1580|
|7||9||AVENGED SEVENFOLD||“The Stage”||1327|
|8||4||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Take Me Down”||1273|
|9||8||METALLICA||“Moth Into Flame”||1049|
|12||12||RED SUN RISING||“Amnesia”||929|
|13||22||GREEN DAY||“Still Breathing”||864|
|14||15||SHINEDOWN||“How Did You Love”||790|
|16||10||GREEN DAY||“Bang Bang”||754|
|17||17||KINGS OF LEON||“Waste A Moment”||692|
|18||14||ALTER BRIDGE||“Show Me A Leader”||660|
|19||16||CHEVELLE||“Door To Door Cannibals”||639|
|20||20||A DAY TO REMEMBER||“Naivety”||637|
|22||23||BREAKING BENJAMIN||“Never Again”||548|
|23||24||IN FLAMES||“The Truth”||495|
|24||19||KORN||“Rotting In Vain”||482|
|25||27||RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||“Go Robot”||459|
|27||25||TWENTY ONE PILOTS||“Heathens”||400|
|28||26||GEMINI SYNDROME||“Remember We Die”||398|
|30||29||SIXX:A.M.||“We Will Not Go Quietly”||356|
|31||31||POP EVIL||“If Only For Now”||338|
|32||32||DEVOUR THE DAY||“The Bottom”||276|
|34||34||KALEO||“Way Down We Go”||262|
|35||35||ONE LESS REASON||“Break Me”||240|
|37||36||I PREVAIL||“Stuck In Your Head”||202|
|38||40||SICK PUPPIES||“Where Do I Begin”||200|
|39||46||ART OF ANARCHY||“The Madness”||187|
|40||38||ADELITAS WAY||“Ready For War (Pray For Peace)||181|
|43||48||AMITY AFFLICTION||“All Messed Up”||160|
|44||51||BLINK-182||“She’s Out Of Her Mind”||150|
|45||47||GOODBYE JUNE||“Oh No”||143|
|46||45||JIMMY EAT WORLD||“Sure and Certain”||139|
|48||49||JUDAH & THE LION||“Take It All Back”||123|
|50||55||LAMB OF GOD||“The Duke”||106|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)
LAMB OF GOD – “The Duke”
The softer, more melodic side of Lamb of God? Well, sort of, but “The Duke” is still among the heaviest songs on the Top 50 this week. The band’s latest single is the title track off of their upcoming EP. This song was purposely held off of Lamb Of God’s last album (VII: Sturm und Drang) for a special reason. It was written for Wayne Ford, a fan of the band who frontman Randy Blythe befriended back in 2012 (click here to read about Ford’s battle with Leukemia, and how it inspired Blythe). “The Duke” deals with facing your imminent demise. It’s emotionally heavy (as is the story, which I highly recommend reading). Not only is the song inspired by, and dedicated to, a fan of Lamb Of God, it is also being used to raise awareness for bone marrow donations. Kudos to Blythe for making a dying fan feel special in his final days, and doing his part to help others. “The Duke” happens to be a kickass song in its own right, but because of the story, it feels extra special to be sharing it during Thanksgiving week (just as it hits the Top 50).
PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)
As predicted last week, Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat both climbed into the top 4, and Ghost moved into the top 5. After recent domination by Metallica, Green Day and Pretty Reckless, it looks like Active Rock is cycling through a number of songs to spread the love at #1. Skillet dropped after one week on top, and now Disturbed has given way to Highly Suspect after one week at the top. Even if Highly Suspect’s spins remain flat next week, they should hold on to the #1 position for at least a couple of weeks. Avenged Sevenfold once looked like a lock to reach the top, but the momentum has stalled on “The Stage.” Right now, the only artists outside the top 5 that have a chance to make a move to the top are Metallica and Green Day once again (although probably not until January as things slow down for the holidays).
HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)
Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.
AFI – “White Offering”
MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA – “Heart Of War”
SEASONS AFTER – “Fighter”
BADFLOWER – “Animal”
BLEEKER – “Highway”
THREE DOORS DOWN – “The Broken”
FROM ASHES TO NEW – “The Last time”
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE – “This Light I Hold”
Jimmy Eat World – “Sure And Certain”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”
Dinosaur Pile-Up – “11:11”
Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
Kings Of Leon – “Waste A Moment”
Judah & The Lion – “Take It All Back”
Pretty Reckless – “Take Me Down”
Skillet – “Invincible”
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
KING OF THE HILL
Trends don’t lie. Okay, sometimes they do … but not this week, as Highly Suspect takes over the top spot of the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart just as the early trends last week suggested would happen. Disturbed slips to #2 with precisely the same number of spins as they enjoyed the previous week; Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat claim the third and fourth spots respectively.
NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT
Last week’s only new Top 20 song is this week’s only new Top 10 song, as Metallica claims the #10 position to go along with the #9 spot…
Green Day has the only song new to the Top 20 this week, and didn’t miss replacing themselves in the Top 10 by all that much…
This week, it’s the Top 30 that has no new entries, meaning that only the order has changed for more than the upper half of the chart.
Through Fire and Art of Anarchy both enjoy debuts in the Top 40 this week
For the second straight week, the Top 50 includes the published chart debut of a song that first received airplay more than three months ago. Last week’s perseverance award went to Amity Affliction. This week, the honor belongs to Sylar’s “Dark Daze.”
THREE UP & THREE DOWN
Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”
Metallica – “Atlas, Rise”
Green Day – “Still Breathing”
Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
Pretty Reckless – “Take Me Down”
Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS
Metallica will likely feel thankful this (U.S.) holiday season for the odd situation of having three songs in the Active Rock Top 50 simultaneously. Two isn’t all that uncommon anymore, but three doesn’t seem to occur very frequently. Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving for all those who will be celebrating later this week, and my hope is that you can find some musical highlights to include in your list of things you’re thankful for this year.
That’s all for this week. Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/
Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.
This week, in a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Beasto Blanco’s Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper discuss covering the Alice Cooper classic, “Feed My Frankenstein.”
In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)
BEASTO BLANCO – “Feed My Frankenstein”
Showcasing a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Feed My Frankenstein” is high praise any day, but to do so on Halloween? You know that this is no ordinary cover! Cooper himself has given this version his seal of approval. He may be a little biased given that the band was formed by his longtime bassist, Chuck Garric, and features backing vocals by Cooper’s daughter, Calico. However, I am not at all biased, and I couldn’t agree with him more.
Beasto Blanco knocked it out of the park with their interpretation of “Feed My Frankenstein,” perfectly threading the needle of staying true to the original while making it their own. You can sum up this song as “beauty and the beast.” Calico Cooper adds a seductive quality to the song that you wouldn’t think possible. Her soft beauty sets the stage for Garric’s beastly vocals to grab you by the throat. The “beauty and the beast” theme isn’t limited to just the vocals. The beauty of the acoustic guitars offers a brilliant contrast to the beastly riffs of Chris Latham and the dark, pulsating rhythms of Jan LeGrow and Tim Husing.
“Feed My Frankenstein” is the song that introduced me to Beasto Blanco recently, but it is only the tip of the iceberg. Look for much more from this kickass band in the near future on Hard Rock Daddy.
In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Chuck Garric shared his thoughts on covering “Feed My Frankenstein”…
“When Beasto Blanco thought about doing a cover song, there were several that came across the table. We actually recorded more than just ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’ There are several different songs out there that have meaning or significance to the band, but I’ve always wanted to record our own version of an Alice Cooper song. Obviously, it makes sense with me being his band for as long as I have, and having the relationship with Calico as well.
We wanted to pick something that we could make sound like our own. We had three or four different versions of the song that we came up with, and focused on how to make my interaction with Calico interesting for the listeners.
There’s a certain dynamic that Calico and I have on stage, sort of these Bonnie & Clyde villain type characters. We kind of play off of each other on stage, and you can see that in the video for ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’ We wanted to approach our version lyrically as well, so it’s sort of like Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf. That was the thought process behind the verses of the song.
Most people would think that the song is called ‘Feed My Frankenstein,’ so why would you think of the big bad wolf? But, there’s so much in the lyrics, and what are they really talking about? It’s not necessarily the actual Frankenstein monster. There’s innuendos as well, so it’s up to the listener.
Calico has already proven that she can scream, but she sang the main verse with the cleaner vocals. Everything started to take shape around the harmonies between us. She added that sort of sensual way of singing, a teasing if you will. When my part comes in, it’s like the beast, and they’re starting to interact, and then…BAM! Here comes the chorus of us together.
This is the band’s second album, and this song really helped us to discover who we are as a band.
On Alice Cooper’s thoughts about the song…
“He loves it! I remember the first time that I played it for Alice. His jaw hit the ground. He told me that he never thought that the song could sound sexy, and that we just killed it.”
Calico Cooper shared her thoughts with Hard Rock Daddy…
“I was wary (at first) to do a cover of my dad’s song, but when the guys played me the music, I barely recognized it. It was so creative and inspired. It’s so Beasto. So, I put down vocals the way it made me feel, kinda creepy and sexy. I love the cover, and I’m glad we did it.”
ANTHRAX – “Monster At The End”
In a day and age when album sales are far less than they once were, a true testament to the greatness of For All Kings (Anthrax’s latest album) is the recent strongest one-week sales performance since 1993’s Sound Of White Noise. It almost seems like sacrilege when artists have a number of classic albums to call their latest release their best, but Anthrax has arguably delivered the best album of their career with For All Kings.
“Breathing Lightning,” the previous single from the album, enjoyed radio success, but not nearly as much as it deserved. “Monster At The End” is likely to be underappreciated as well. Of “The Big Four,” Metallica and Megadeth get the most love at radio. Slayer gets the least, but then again, they are simply too heavy for a lot of mainstream rock stations. Anthrax, on the other hand, has captured a radio-friendly sound with tracks like “Monster At The End,” and should be getting as much (if not more) attention from radio. Don’t wait for radio to give Anthrax their just due. Make sure to check out “Monster At The End” if you haven’t already. It’s a perfect song for Halloween (and the rest of the year for that matter).
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
LAMB OF GOD – “The Duke”
Even though Lamb Of God doesn’t have a new full-length album, I’ll take what I can get. Their new song, “The Duke,” is everything I love about the band. They always strive to be fresh and new. The trademark Lamb of God sound is there, with Chris Adler’s flawless double-bass drumming, complemented by John Campbell, Mark Morton and Willie Adler’s heavy riffage. When Randy Blythe starts singing, it all comes together beautifully. No stranger to clean vocals, Blythe belts this song out to the best of his vocal abilities (even layering in a few death metal screams for good measure). This song was a tribute to a longtime fan, and was written with heartfelt emotion. I would expect nothing less from Lamb of God.
RED FANG – “Not For You”
Stoner/hard rockers Red Fang is back with their fourth album, Only Ghosts. Red Fang continues their tradition of heavily distorted, sludgy guitars and punk attitude. In addition to their songwriting, the vocals are both melodic and catchy, motioning to the listener to sing along. Fans of Mastodon and Queens of the Stone Age should definitely give this a listen.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
BAD FLOWERS – “City Lights”
This British trio channels Led Zeppelin with blues rock tunes thick with groove and driving rhythms. This is one of just four songs from their sixteen-minute self-titled debut EP. Tom Leighton’s clean, melodic vocals match up perfectly with the infectious music.
IRON CURTAIN – “Into The Fire”
Traditional heavy metal is alive and well in Spain, as demonstrated by this quartet on their sophomore album, Guilty As Charged. This new single from the album gallops out of the gate and never lets up, with a pounding rhythm section and twin guitar harmonies.
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