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Monday Music Rewind: Saigon Kick

“Love Is on the Way” is a song recorded by American rock band Saigon Kick on their 1992 second studio album The Lizard. They have tried and failed to reunite many times over the years according to their wiki page. Sounds like the main members are giant pains the ass. This song was good though. 

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Monday Music Rewind: “You’re All I Need” Mötley Crüe

"You're All I Need" Mötley Crüe

“You’re All I Need” is a Mötley Crüe song written by Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, released on the album Girls, Girls, Girls.

The song was praised by Jon Bon Jovi as “the best ballad Mötley Crüe have ever written”. When informed of this Nikki Sixx laughed because of the gruesome meaning behind the song.

The song is about a girlfriend that Nikki Sixx had who he believed cheated on him with Jack Wagner, an actor on General Hospital, who had a song out called “All I Need”. Nikki switched the purpose of it and wrote his version and gave it to his girlfriend. Sixx wrote the song with no intention of recording it, but the rest of the band praised the song and it was recorded for the Girls, Girls, Girls album. In Nikki’s book The Heroin Diaries, there is a journal entry from the time when the song was written, and he explains that Tommy Lee was playing the song on the piano, and Nikki wrote the lyrics for the piano part.

Even though the video was not particularly violent (except for the lyrics), the video was banned from MTV, due to the realistic gruesome scenes depicting domestic abuse, murder, and subsequent arrest.

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Monday Music Rewind: Sleaze Rock

Faster Pussycat 1989

The name of the band, “Faster Pussycat,” is derived from the Russ Meyer film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.

This is probably their most notable song. Sad tune actually. Beautiful in a hair metal kind of way.

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All Dolled Up

New York Dolls photographed by Bob Gruen 1974.

New York Dolls photographed by Bob Gruen 1974

New York Dolls photographed by Bob Gruen 1974

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Paradise City – The sign that inspired the song

Take me down to the Paradise City where the music was good and not as shitty. I miss the 80s. Listen to the Guns N’ Roses song here.

Paradise City

Top 5 80’s (early 90’s) Rock Screamers

I am a child of the 80’s. As a Gen Xer, I grew up listening to the hard rock, hair bands, and metal of the mid-eighties through early 90’s. I debate these groups on a somewhat regular basis over beers and wings with some of my musician friends. The argument on best lead vocals usually ends in a stalemate, but we all agree that very few singers in music today do it like these guys. 

Here are my picks for the 5 best 80’s (early 90’s) rock “screamers.” By “screamer,” I mean dudes who could wail like a banshee, hit notes like a chick, and still make it sound badass.  These choices are based only on vocal talent, uniqueness of sound, and to some degree their ability to hold notes for a long period of time. This is not a popularity contest, a debate on what band was cooler, or who had more hit singles.

#1 Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses)

#2 Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)

#3 Jeff Keith (Tesla)

#4 Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart)

#5 Michael Sweet (Stryper)

Who did I miss?