The Schlockmania Music-Related Posts Thread

Hello all -

I've been racking up some posts at my blog that I think might interest readers here. Rather than clutter the board with a bunch of individual posts, I was inspired by Patrick's ongoing thread for Deep Dives to create my own thread for my blog, Schlockmania. I'll use it to share any writing about GDM-appropriate music and books.

Without further adieu, here's an array of links...

Rush topic link - http://schlockmania.com/tag/rush/

This covers everything I've written about Rush thus far. At the moment, there are write-ups for every album from their debut through POWER WINDOWS, the BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE documentary and a handful of reviews for books about the band.

Van Halen topic link - http://schlockmania.com/tag/van-halen/

Reviews for all the Roth-era albums and four books dealing with Van Halen, including the Ted Templeman autobiography

Sweet topic link - http://schlockmania.com/tag/sweet/

A review for SWEET FANNY ADAMS, three parts of my "Catalog Crawl" capsule review guide and a review of the book REBEL ROUSER

Angel topic link - http://schlockmania.com/tag/angel/

My three-part Catalog Crawl for the band, write-ups on the two currently available books and a few other items of interest for Angel fans

Catalog Crawl for Bachman-Turner Overdrive -
http://schlockmania.com/cc-bto-pt1/
http://schlockmania.com/cc-bto-pt2/
http://schlockmania.com/cc-bto-pt3/

Glam Phase, the debut of a new post series, dedicated the Cinderella catalog - http://schlockmania.com/gp-cinderella/

If you check any of these out, I hope you enjoy them. I'll continue to share posts as they go up. Thanks for reading.

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    DaveTDaveT Buenos Aires, Argentina
    edited July 2021

    Thank you, Don. I've been visiting your site regularly, and I found a good deal of articles for the AOR fan. This is a nice guide to start there.

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    Thanks, Dtabachn. Your support is much appreciated.

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    The Sweet, one of my all time favourite bands. Thanks for putting in the time to write this up.

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    Thanks, David. I'm prepping more installments of the Catalog Crawl for Sweet, focusing on the post-Polydor years and some compilation/archive releases, too.

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    Glad you posted here, just discovering you… and our shared love for this stuff! Just finished reading your take on a couple of the Popoff books… don’t always agree with him but thankful he’s willing to thoughtfully discuss acts others won’t bother with.

    Same reason I came here to Gdaze!

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    Thanks for reading. Popoff can be controversial when talking opinions but he's got a scholarly, thoughtful side that comes out in his historical band or genre studies.

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    Here's a fitting compliment to this week's GDM post about hi-tech AOR - a look at Rush's HOLD YOUR FIRE. They take prog in an adult contemporary direction here, with a very AOR focus on songcraft and lot of hi-tech frills in arrangement and production: http://schlockmania.com/rush-hold-your-fire/

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida

    Terrific reading my friend. I can spend hours diving into music. As far as Popoff goes, I like him. Like all critics I take what they say with a grain of salt. His books are terrific. I’ll watch him on YouTube with Pete Pardo on Pete’s Sea Of Tranquility channel.

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    Thanks, Patrick. I appreciate your curation on that Deep Dives thread.

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    edited August 2021

    I've never been on with Martin but I'm also a regular with Peter on Sea of Tranquility, which is GREAT fun.

    Hold Your Fire is such a good album. Interesting reading schlock.

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida
    edited August 2021

    The last song on Power Windows, Mystic Rhythms, is absolutely the jumping off point for Hold Your Fire. I agree, it’s their Hi-Tech album.

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida

    Pete does an awesome job with his channel that’s for sure. He did a couple of shows recently ranking the albums of Survivor & FM that really held my interest the entire way. Completely in my wheelhouse.

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    Yes, Peter does a fantastic job with the channel and it's great to see it going so well.

    Oh and that Scottish guy in the Survivor and FM shows that no one can understand? That'll be me then. :D

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida

    Well I’ll be damned. Excellent job my friend. I wonder if Pete has gotten around to checking them out yet.

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    Thanks Patrick! I'll ask him when we speak next. We have some things planned for this week.

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida

    Cool beans Dark. I’d love to see a REO Speedwagon album ranking. When I saw Survivor it was opening up for REO on their Wheels Are Turning Tour & Survivor was working Vital Signs. What a night of music.

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    Thanks for the kind words, Darkblue, and congrats on your YouTube work. It's nice to see fans keeping the AOR spirit alive.

    And here's the latest from Schlockmania - part 4 of the Catalog Crawl for Sweet, exploring three albums from the 1983-1992 period that find Andy Scott figuring out life beyond the major labels as he works his way towards repositioning his old group for a new generation... http://schlockmania.com/cc-sweet-pt4/

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida
    edited August 2021

    Schlockmania is my newest addiction. Good work my friend.

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    Thanks Schlock, very much appreciated. Great work on Sweet. What a band!

    Patrick, I'll suggest and REO show to Peter.

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida

    Excellent my friend. They seem a natural for that show format.

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    Here's a book review for NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME, an oral history of '80s glam metal packed with memorable tales from the people who made it happen. http://schlockmania.com/nothin-but-a-good-time/

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida
    edited August 2021

    That was a page turner for me. Right up there with Louder Than Hell.

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    DaveTDaveT Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Thanks for the heads up, an enjoyable write-up on the book.

    Hopefully sooner rather than later, we'll post a follow-up volume to our glam metal Essential.

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    A bit off topic:
    @darkblue , as a regular viewer (and subscriber) of Sea Of Tranquility: What themes are you doing with Pete? What's the last show you was in? I'm curious ;)

    I've watched so many SoT-shows since the beginning of the pandemic. All people involved do a a great job! Most of all Pete of course.

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    I'm back with some more Rush for your weekend. This time, it's a track-by-track breakdown of A SHOW OF HANDS, an underrated live album of their high-tech era that deserves more credit than it gets. You get some interesting insights into the quality of Lifeson's textural guitar approach with these slightly stripped-down live versions... http://schlockmania.com/rush-a-show-of-hands/

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida

    Believe it or not it’s my favorite live Rush album.

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    It's the album that really got me into Rush as well!

    @roblynott It's mainly album ranking shows I've done with Peter, with some new product review shows as well.

    I have recently moved into being a regular on the In The Prog Seat episodes, although the time difference between the US and UK means I might not be on every show.

    The most recent show I was part of was the Eden's Curse Album Ranking show last week.

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    @darkblue Ah okay, Simon, right?
    I like in the Prog Seat a lot. Good to have you on that one!
    Speaking of the Eden's Curse show: Is Steven Reid on glory daze, too? He seems to be an AOR fanatic and a nice guy. Although is thick scotish accent is pretty tough sometimes ;)

    Back to Schlock: The Van Halen article is a nice read. Good work! Have to dive into the other stuff now...

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    Haha! No @roblynott I'm the guy with the thick Scottish accent! :)

    And yes, sorry for hijacking the thread.

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    edited August 2021

    Haha, no problem, guys. It's nice to see discussion here. Besides, demanding order on a web forum is as sensible as trying to herd cats.

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    Oh well, clever me! Hahaha But now I know :-)
    The threads here are for connecting music lovers from all over the world, so... everything is fine!

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    PatrickHemmingPatrickHemming Tampa Florida

    A tip of the hat Schlock. I read the Show Of Hands review and couldn’t agree more. Nice job.

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    No worries Rob, you had a 50/50 chance! lol!

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    Just in time for your weekend, part 5 of the Catalog Crawl for Sweet - it looks at three albums of three different types from the 1995-2009 period: http://schlockmania.com/cc-sweet-pt5/

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    Today, I started up a Catalog Crawl for Starz, looking at their first three albums: http://schlockmania.com/cc-starz-pt1/

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    An excellent appraisal of the first 3 Starz albums. Yet another band that Aucoin didn’t do right by.

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    Love love love Cherry Baby.

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    edited September 2021

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. Just relistened to COLISEUM ROCK for the next installment of their Catalog Crawl and damn, I had forgotten what a fireball that album is.

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    Right, Coliseum Rock comes in kicking with ‘so young, so bad’.
    Not sure how to put it in words, but I love reading about these 70s bands like Starz, Angel etc who put out terrific records but never made the real big leagues (but shoulda!)

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    edited September 2021

    I understand what you're saying, bpdp3 - getting into such bands is like discovering a secret history of rock music under the better known bands. It fleshes out your understanding of what was happening in rock at that time and gives you that excitement of discovering something unknown but cool all over again.

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    Here's a new post for the weekend: part 6 of the Catalog Crawl for Sweet, looking at a trio of releases from 2013 to 2015. Of particular note is NEW YORK GROOVE PLUS, one of the better cover albums I've heard in the last decade or so... http://schlockmania.com/cc-sweet-pt6/

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    here's a book review for THEY JUST SEEM A LITTLE WEIRD, an exploration of hard rock history told via the careers of Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Starz http://schlockmania.com/they-just-seem-a-little-weird/

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    Part 2 of the Catalog Crawl for Starz, covering the end of the glory years and the transition into archive releases http://schlockmania.com/cc-starz-pt2/

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    TJSALW is on my Christmas list. Looks like a great read Schlock.

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    It is. Smartly written, with a lot of unique interview subjects tapped and (my fave part) a thorough consideration of Starz's career and catalog, complete with interviews with Smith, Ranno, Dube and Harkin.

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    Just before midnight U.S. time, here's the seventh installment of the Catalog Crawl for Sweet, focusing on the bonus discs from their 2017 box set - http://schlockmania.com/cc-sweet-pt7/

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    And now, the third and final Catalog Crawl for Starz, covering a few archival releases and a strong live reunion recorded in 2004 http://schlockmania.com/cc-starz-pt3/

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    DaveTDaveT Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Another good read, Don!
    All Starz live albums deserve a good listen, even though they were not released during their heyday. And perhaps that was Aucoin's mistake as you mention on Part 2 of these Starz articles.

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    Thanks for reading, Dave. I've been enjoying your pieces about Gino Vannelli and will be checking out some of his albums soon.

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    So it's been a little over a year - time to start playing catch-up with this thread, particularly now that I've got a new, hopefully more reliable hosting setup.

    I'll start with a four-part edition of my Glam Phase series devoted to the studio catalog of Motley Crue:

    TOO FAST FOR LOVE/SHOUT AT THE DEVIL/THEATRE OF PAIN -

    https://schlockmania.com/blog/gp-mot-crue-pt1

    GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS/DR. FEELGOOD/MOTLEY CRUE (1994)

    https://schlockmania.com/blog/gp-mot-crue-pt2

    GENERATION SWINE/NEW TATTOO/SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES

    https://schlockmania.com/blog/gp-mot-crue-pt3

    DECADE OF DECADENCE/QUARTERNARY/SUPERSONIC & DEMONIC RELICS/RED WHITE & CRUE

    https://schlockmania.com/blog/gp-mot-crue-pt4

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    DaveTDaveT Buenos Aires, Argentina

    I've been reading these series about several bands' catalogues, and cannot recommend them enough to those who have not checked the articles yet!
    Loved the Aerosmith one as well.

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    Thanks as always for the support, Dave - and those Glory Dazers who are on Facebook should definitely give a like to the Albumsphere page masterminded by Dave and Malcolm: https://www.facebook.com/Albumsphere

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    gdazegodgdazegod Antipodes

    Interesting that John 5 is now on board as the guitarist for Motley Crue, in lieu of Mick Mars medical condition, though he still remains a part of the band.

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    As dysfunctional as the other members have been in their personal lives, I appreciate that they show a loyalty to Mars. He was always the core of their music and if they do any further recording, I hope he continues to be a part of it.

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    DaveTDaveT Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Thanks for the shout-out and your support likewise, Don!

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    edited November 15

    I've written my share of Crue reviews here at GD, my assertion still being that the debut, Shout at the Devil and the self titled 94 effort are the only worthwhile albums they ever did. Eight albums over a 40 year career is a pretty pathetic output.

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    They're definitely underachievers but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a lot of their work. Writing that series surprised me: in addition to the albums DZ namechecked, I really came to appreciate the hard work put into DR. FEELGOOD and found NEW TATTOO and SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES to be pretty enjoyable front to back.

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