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The Rockstar Ramblings: Friday Old School

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This week a look at new videos from Ugly Kid Joe, Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Izzy Stradlin (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Great White; for those keeping a timeline at home, Ugly Kid Joe would be considered the “new” band of this group.

Reunited rockers Ugly Kid Joe have released the latest video from their comeback EP 'Stairway To Hell', for the single "I'm Alright.” We start with a dapper man getting dressed and sitting down to enjoy a night of solitary drinking and (presumably) a Hungry Man’s feast. On the television the gentleman viewer seems to enjoy cowboys and ninjas. He also enjoys drinking which is good because the song is essentially about getting hammered in the dark. The TV displays crazy looking wrestlers and then there are more cowboys. At 2:00 the song (in classic UKJ fashion) slows down and now we are watching the Home Shopping Network and then, AND THEN (catch my breath) THE HOST IS TOPLESS! Other devilish characters also appear and now they are no longer on television, but hanging out (and in the case of topless tattooed girl, caressing) the alone dapper guy. What initially looked like a warning against drinking alone has quickly turned to a reason why we should all go out, buy a bottle of Patron, go home, get annihilated, and get laid by topless tattooed HSN girls…

Chris Holmes finally takes over on the microphone on his new single and video "They All Lie And Cheat.” The song will appear of the former W.A.S.P. guitarist's upcoming CHP solo album 'Nothing To Lose.’ Having your name and the title of your upcoming album floating around at the start of the video is strange. However, I do like the initial guitar solo, looking (and sounding) like a tribute to sleeveless jean jackets. Around 1:00 Holmes begins singing. I made it to 1:05, anyone else make it longer?

Izzy Stradlin has released a new single/video entitled "Baby-Rann.” The track, recorded at Hollywood's Oceanway Studios in November, features Stradlin on vocals and guitar, Rick Richards on lead guitar, J.T. Longoria on bass, Taz Bentley on drums and Joey Huffman on Hammond organ. The video begins gritty, with a classic Stradlin guitar slide, sunglasses, and a kick-ass hat. Over the years Izzy has straddled (pun intended) the line between punk and blues; “Baby-Rann” is that perfect blend, a straight up rocker with Stradlin’s “fuck you” uncompromising sound. While enjoying the groovy guitar solo at 1:35 my mind wanders…did Joey Huffman (on organ) forget his sunglasses? “My baby ran away to Vietnam…” No frills. No filler. Just ROCK and ROLL!

Great White's latest studio album 'Elation', was released in May through Frontiers Records. The band has released their second music video from the album for the single "Hard To Say Goodbye.” I see the bus, hear the slow chords and just know this is going to be a sad ballad. This is confirmed with the slow motion studio shots and slow motion head nodding. I LOVE lead singer Terry ILous’s Donnie Brasco impression – spot on! This song is depressing, missing kids, missing loved ones. If you’ll excuse me I’m going to go call my mom (and then go buy a bottle of Patron)…

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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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