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The Rockstar Ramblings: Side A Song 1

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There was once a time when music wasn’t downloaded one song at a time, had (in the case of albums and cassettes) two sides (an A side and B side), and song order was not only a conscious decision, but a reason an album would be successful.

Today we look at the glam heavy metal scene (late seventies to early nineties) and review the best first tracks.

“I Wanna Be Somebody” (W.A.S.P): On their self-titled debut (BONUS) 1984 album Blackie Lawless and company kicked off their music with an ode to the genre as well as a statement of who they were going to be. With this song W.A.S.P. would immediately distinguish themselves from other bands (Ratt, Motley Crue), leading to a cult following and limited success. In 1988 the album would be re-released with the song “Fuck Like a Beast” as the first track, pushing “I Wanna…” to track number two.

“Wanted Man” (Ratt): “A lone dealer with snake eyes…” starts off the masterpiece Out of The Cellar.

“Cherry Pie” (Warrant): Here is this week’s shout out to Warrant, Jani Lane, and the song “Cherry Pie”.

“Yankee Rose” (David Lee Roth): In what was labeled as his initial solo album, Roth put his best foot forward with “Rose”, a song that begins by Diamond Dave trading barbs with Steve Vai’s guitar, followed by catchy hooks and karate kicks.

“Bark at The Moon”/”The Ultimate Sin” (Ozzy Osbourne): At the peak of his solo career, Ozzy would put out the albums Bark at The Moon and The Ultimate Sin, each containing the title song as the first track.

“Wild Side”/”Dr.Feelgood”/”Live Wire” (Motley Crue): Maybe no one understood the importance of starting off an album with a bang more than Nikki Sixx.

“Big Guns”/”Monkey Business” (Skid Row): “Guns” represented Skid Row’s entrance into the glam heavy metal territory, “Monkey Business” solidified their standing and also showed they were going to get heavier as time passed.

And now, the TOP 3:

3. “Welcome to The Jungle” (Guns N Roses): This is a song that could easily be number one. Off the debut album, Appetite For Destruction, it is a song that to this day many consider their greatest.

2. “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” (Quiet Riot): Often mistaken to be the first album of Quiet Riot, it is actually their third. “Metal Health” is the first song of the one-two punch followed by “Cum on Feel the Noise”.

1. “Runnin’ With The Devil ( Van Halen): Side A, Side 1, First album and the lyrics “I live my life like there’s no tomorrow…”, the initial lyrics that built a bridge from Aerosmith and KISS to Motley Crue and Poison.

David S. Grant is the author of books Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, Hollywood Ending, Emotionless Souls, and The Last Breakfast. His new novel, Blood-the New Red, will be available this fall. For more information please go to http://www.davidsgrant.com.

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David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) is the author of several books including Rock Stars, Happy Hour, and Corporate Porn. For more information please go to www.rockstarbooks.net or www.davidsgrant.com. You can also follow David on Twitter @david_S_grant.

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

Metal Health will always make me think of The Wrestler :)

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 8:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Gytrash writes:

A few interesting choices there... I think I'd have had "Talk Dirty To Me" by Poison in there, cos it's a classic, as well as "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" by Van Halen to prop up the 'quality' end!

For the cheesy heyday era I'd have to chuck in "Bathroom Wall" by Faster p***ycat and "Youth Gone Wild" by Skid Row. The Skids were right up there with GnR for about a year after their debut album. Oh and "Looks That Kill" by Motley Crüe, cus that's just an awesome riff!

There was stacks of half decent stuff by lesser known bands that no-one ever remembers cus MTV and the clones never play it, but that's the way it is.

Whatever type of metal ya like, it's still metal (just!) and there are some killer riffs and awesome playing from the glam/sleaze era that no-one listens to any more because it's not cool to. Ah well, their loss!

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 10:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Chief-o writes:

Gytrash - agreed on all fronts that the songs are great, but the author is referring to the first song on the album, which your suggestions are not.

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 12:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

Not to be a prick, but I believe the line in Runnin With The Devil is "I live my life like there's no tomorrow" (not "myself").

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. godlike writes:

Bg1 - I would have to agree with ya.!

But then again, there are certainly a lot of lyrics that get
fvcked up and misunderstood.!

Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner"... I actually heard a person tell me that the line from the that song
was " big old hair had a light on" .. WTF?? LOFL

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 2:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. utoad9 writes:

I'm glad I'm not the only one who caught that BG. I was scratching my head ...almost questioned my recollection of that tune. Like alot of us, I've heard/played it a thousand times.

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. utoad9 writes:

Godlike...I thought it was "Bingo gel at a line oh". LOL
Had a friend who thought Steve Miller's "Jungle Love" was "Chug-a-Lug".

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Rockstar_Scribbler writes:

My bad - All fixed. Thanks for catching. The last thing I want to do is wrongly quote Diamond Dave.

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

LMFAO!!! Elton John's Bennie and the Jets "She's got electric boobs... I might have sued... You know I read it in a mag-a-zi-eeen"!

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 2:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Blindgreed1 writes:

Rockstar: Not an issue man. As you can see above it spurned a comical conversation. BTW, I really enjoy your articles.

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. godlike writes:

"Bingo gel at a line oh" = ROFLMAO

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 4:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. rush_fan writes:

"Bingo Jed had a light on"

NP: Slayer - Black Magic

# Aug 14, 2009 @ 4:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. rob writes:

W.A.S.P. in my opinion is the most awesome band of all time.

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