Loudness: Japanese Taste of Glam Metal

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Loudness, Music with tags , , , , on August 2, 2016 by glamrock4ever

Loudness1Loudness4Alive and kicking today, Loudness–a Japanese heavy metal and glam metal band–has a stellar thirty-five year history having been formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi.  They are the first Japanese glam metal music band signed to a major U.S. label, and have produced 26 studio albums, along with nine live albums.  Loudness rocked their audiences hard throughout the 80s and 90s, garnered by their breakout hit “Crazy Nights”. According to Wikipedia, the original line-up reunited in 2001, producing seven more albums until drummer M. Higuchi’s untimely death from liver cancer on November 30, 2008.  Higuchi died in an Osaka hospital at age 49 and was mourned throughout Japan. 

 Loudness claimed as their roots other Japanese glam rock and shock rock acts such as Bow Wow, and Anthem. Other acts linked with them are Lazy, Sly, Ezo and X Japan. After forming the essence of the group, Loudness signed with record label Nippon-Columbia in 1980 and released The Birthday Eve.  Most would agree, however, that the absolute metal star in this band is the astounding shred-guitar virtuosity of Akira Takasaki: the trademark sound of Loudness for decades. And the album that all metal fans recognize from this band as a “must-have” is Thunder in the East. It was in 1985 through the Twisted Sister co-manager Joe Gerber that Loudness signed a record deal with Atco, and made history as the first Japanese heavy metal band to have a major recording contract. Thunder in the East was recorded in the USA and was quite notable, receiving heavy rotation on MTV with “Crazy NIghts”. These albums followed:  Lightning Strikes (1986), Hurricane Eyes (1987), Soldier of Fortune (1989), and On the Prowl (1991). More recent strong releases include Metal Mad (2008) and King of Pain (2010).  One more thing: glam metal and heavy metal music fans still debate the meaning of “MZA” in that video! Some say it has a secret meaning; others say it is just filler. What do you say? MZA! What??

Breaking into the largest English-speaking music market meant the native Japanese members had to learn English! Here is how Akira Takasaki described it in an interview with MyGlobalMind.com heavy metal online magazine:

     Shadow Editor:  “How much of a challenge was it to make a complete record in English for the first time?”

Takasaki:  “I think it was difficult for a Japanese speaker to master. It took us over a month to record a song. Even if the song performance was good, the pronunciation wasn’t right or vice versa. It was tough.”

Akira Takasaki also briefed MyGlobalMind about Loudness’ seasoning in the infamous Los Angeles Glam Metal Scene. Here is how Takasaki described it: 

Takasaki: “At that time LA metal was in its prime when we were there. Every night after recording at Sound City we would go to drink at the Rainbow. Drink every night, party dude style like a typical living in that scene.
I also went to the beach and to music stores a lot. When it comes to playing live, wherever we go it’s not that much different even now. The reaction from American fans is easier to read compared to fan from other countries.  “

Despite the loss of drummer Higuchi, Loudness announced in 2009 the release of The Everlasting, which included drum tracks by Higuchi before his death. The new drummer, Masayuki Suzuki, is featured on King of Pain and subsequent albums (See Wikipedia) Loudness is on tour in 2016.  Go to: http://www.loudnessjp.com.

ROCK ON 

Japanese:  生きていると蹴る今日は、ラウドネス – 日本の重金属やグラム・メタルバンドは – 恒星三〇から五年の歴史は、ギタリスト高崎晃、ドラマー樋口宗孝により1981年に形成されたました。彼らは主要な米国のラベルに署名した日本初のグラム・メタルの音楽バンドであり、9ライブ・アルバムと一緒に、26のスタジオ・アルバムを生産しています。ラウドネスは「クレイジー・ナイツ」をヒット彼らのブレイクアウトによって集め、80年代と90年代、全体にハード彼らの観客を揺るがしました。ウィキペディアによると、元のラインアップは11月30日に肝臓癌からのドラマーM.樋口さんの早すぎる死まで7枚のアルバムを生産、2001年に再会し、2008年樋口は49歳で大阪の病院で死亡し、日本全国嘆きました。

More Japanese translation: ラウドネスは、バウワウ、及び国歌としてのルーツ他の日本のグラムロックとショック岩行為として主張しました。彼らと一緒にリンクされているその他の行為は、レイジー、スライ、蝦夷とX日本です。グループの本質を形成した後、ラウドネスは、1980年にレコードレーベル日本コロンビアで署名し、誕生日イブをリリースしました。何十年もラウドネスの商標音:ほとんどは、このバンドにおける絶対的な金属スターは高崎晃の驚異的なシュレッド・ギター妙技であること、しかし、同意するだろう。そして、すべての金属製のファンは「なくてはならない」として、このバンドから認識したアルバムは、東でサンダーです。これは、ラウドネスがAtcoのとレコード契約を締結し、主要なレコーディング契約を持っている日本初のヘビーメタルバンドとしての歴史を作ったことトゥイステッド・シスター共同マネージャージョー・ガーバーを通じて1985年にありました。東サンダーは、米国で記録され、「クレイジー・ナイツ」とMTVでヘビーローテーションを受け、非常に顕著でした。これらのアルバムは続く:落雷(1986)、ハリケーン・アイズ(1987)、フォーチュン(1989)の兵士、およびプロール(1991)で。より最近の強力なリリースでは、メタルマッド(2008)と痛みの王(2010)が挙げられます。もう一つ:グラム・メタルやヘビーメタルの音楽ファンはまだその映像で「MZA」の意味を議論します!いくつかは、それが秘密の意味を持っていると言います。他の人はそれだけで充填剤であると言います。あなたは何を言っていますか? MZA!何??

 

 

 

 

 

Glam Rock Inventor and Innovator: the Androgynous, Eclectic World of David Bowie part 2

Posted in Chic, David Bowie, Glam Rock, Glitter Rock, Mick Jagger, Mott the Hoople, Music, Queen, Ziggy Stardust on January 17, 2016 by glamrock4ever

David Bowie‘s music recordings (albums, CDs, MP3 downloads and streaming songs) have taken over the current Top 40 mainstream music charts in the aftermath of the singer’s untimely death on January 10th, 2016. According to BBC News Music Reporter Mark Savage, Bowie’s recordings now make up 25% of today’s Top 40 chart. (BBC News  Bowie: Every tour and studio album, January 15, 2016)

These are the essential statistics by the quintessential Glam Rock Music artist extraordinaire:                 140 million albums (sold over 51 years since 1967)

 111 singles

 51 music videos

 25 studio albums, including Blackstar, released in 2016*

*BBC News

Bowie’s luxuriant artistic career as songwriter, singer, musician,record producer, actor and painter continued with a series of colossal hits in the 1980s: “Ashes to Ashes” from the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980), “Under Pressure” a collaboration with Glam Rock music artists Queen in 1981, and “Let’s Dance” in 1983.

The decade of the Eighties saw Bowie and his first wife Angela divorce. It was also the decade of the music trend called “New Romanticism”, originating in Berlin, Germany.Bowie appeared in the Broadway play The Elephant Man in 1980, as well as role of supporting actor in the film Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence. (http://www.musicianguide.com) The artist was also given the lead role in BBC Television Bertolt Brecht‘s play Baal.

The commercial success of “Let’s Dance” and its legendary co-production by Nile Rodgers of Chic was followed by lesser hits “Modern Love”, “China Girl”, “Blue Jean”, and “Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger. The albums of this period were as follows: Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), Never Let Me Down (1987). David also had roles in ten films during this rich artistic time period.

The decade of the 1990s has been considered the artist’s “Electronic Period” (see Wikipedia) with heavy use of electronic instruments and re-uniting with Eno as well as working again with Nile Rodgers. NIN  (Nine Inch Nails)co-produced the hit single by Bowie “I’m Afraid of Americans”.  Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996; in 1997, the singer celebrated his 50th birthday at Madison Square Garden with Lou Reed, Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters), Robert Smith of The Cure, and others. 

David Bowie’s record albums /CDs of the 1990s were: Black Tie, White Noise (1993), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Outside (1995), Earthling (1997), and Hours (1999).

Regarding his sexuality, Bowie declared himself gay in a 1972 issue of Melody Maker. In 1976, he told Playboy “Its true. I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well.” Then in 1983, he gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he disavowed all that stating the initial statements were “the biggest mistake I ever made; I was always a closet heterosexual.”

David Bowie’s influence and music contribute to be felt around the globe, by the outpouring of fan support everywhere and tributes by those of prominence in the music, art,fashion, and film worlds. Bowie’s record company gave the definitive statement years ago by saying “There is old wave, there is new wave, and then there is Bowie.” Couldn’t agree more. David was way ahead of his time.

View “Heroes” by David Bowie—one of our enduring heroes forever.

Glam Rock Inventor and Innovator: the Androgynous, Eclectic World of David Bowie

Posted in David Bowie, Entertainment, Glam Rock, Glitter Rock, Music, Queen on January 12, 2016 by glamrock4ever

 
    The world of Glam Rock music lost its principle originator and pioneer when David Bowie died on January 10, 2016, leaving behind hundreds -if not hundreds of thousands- of imitators and purveyors of his extraordinary sound and style, an eclectic Rock N Roll vision. Bowie’s music was a fusion of Warhol art decadence, Campbell’s-soup-meets Mao Zhe Dong; intergalactic sexual encounters with an alien that oddly, bore a strong resemblance to Bowie himself; drug-induced disappointments adding to an addictive despair: “Major Tom’s a junkie”! and of course, Androgynous style that brought about the metrosexual power-chord rock star, Pretty Boy revolution. There is no higher honor in the realm of rock music than to be called revolutionary and Bowie was that. The planet was shocked to its seismic core when Bowie’s alter-ego “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” sang “Suffragete City” and “Rebel Rebel”. Anyone who had the excellent fortune to be a teen ager in the 1970s will never forget the opening guitar chords and lyrics of “Rebel Rebel”: it is part of our radical, subversive DNA.

You’ve got your mother in a whirl

She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl

Hey Babe, your hair’s alright

Hey Babe, let’s go out tonight

You like me and I like it all

We like dancing and we look divine

You love bands when they’re playing hard

You want more and you want it fast

They put you down, they say I’m wrong

You tacky thing

You put them on.

Rebel Rebel you’ve torn your dress

Rebel Rebel your face is a mess

Rebel Rebel how could they know

Hot tramp, I love you so.

( “Rebel Rebel” Lyrics courtesy of Diamond Dogs May 1974 on RCA records Producer David Bowie)

David Bowie was born in Brixton (South London) England as David Robert Jones. He was a songwriter, singer, record producer, actor and painter whose artistic career spanned four decades. (see Wikipedia).  Bowie changed his name to the recognizable name of a knife in order to avoid being confused with David “Davy” Jones of the bubblegum group, The Monkees. Bowie took up the saxophone and began leading various bands in the 1960s as a teenager without success. During a physical altercation, his left eye was permanently damaged. (New York Times, “David Bowie Dies at 69: Chameleon in Music, Art and Fashion Jan.10th, 2016) Bowie went onto become the architect of glamour rock -the style of rock music that originated in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s and performed by musicians who wore outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, many times with platform-soled boots and glitter (see Wikipedia). Sexual orientation was often blurred, androgynous, “camp”. Other Glam Rock artists of that time included Marc Bolan and T-Rex, Sweet, Roxy Music, the Alice Cooper band, and New York Dolls, to name a few. 

However, after being influenced by Lindsay Kemp-a British dancer and mime artist who formed his own dance troupe in the 60s, Bowie “experimented with mixed media, cinema, mime, Tibetan Buddhism, acting and love.The album, originally titled David Bowie, then Man of Words, Man of Music, pays homage to all the influences of the London artistic scene. It shows the early song-writing talent that was yet to yield some of Rock-n-Rolls finest work, even if it would take the world a few years to catch up with him.” (http://www.davidbowie.com/bio)

Hey man oh leave me alone, you know
Hey man oh Henry, get off the phone I gotta
Hey man I gotta straighten my face
This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place
Hey man schooldays insane
Hey man my work’s down the drain
Hey man she’s total blam-blam
She said she had to squeeze it but she….then she…

Chorus:
Oh don’t lean on me man, cause you can’t afford the ticket
I’m back on Suffragette City
Oh don’t lean on me man,
Cause you ain’t got time to check it
You know my Suffragette City
Is outta sight…she’s all right

(“Suffragette City” lyrics courtesy of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust June 1972 on RCA records producers: Ken Scott, David Bowie)

“Space Oddity” was Bowie’s first five entry onto the UK Singles chart in 1969. Bowie later said that the song came to him after seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey, that “I went stoned out of my mind to see the movie, and it really freaked me out, especially the trip passage.” The song coincided with the Apollo 11 moon landing in the U.S. and added to sales of the song. (http://www.biography.com) David Buckley, Bowie’s biographer, said that David “challenged the core belief of rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult of popular culture.” Ziggy Stardust was a glam, androgynous, emotionally disturbed (or distraught?) persona that characterized musical innovation. It broke all the molds of what popular music could be. Every teenager in the 1970s owned at least one of Bowie’s life-altering music albums, whether it was: Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), Pin Ups (1973), Diamond Dogs (1974) or Young Americans (1975).Bowie was also a prolific cinema actor, appearing in 23 films, most notably The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Just a Gigolo (1976), The Hunger (1983), Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Zoolander (2001). David Bowie dressed in brazen,flagrant costuming, and told the mainstream press he was bi-sexual. Ziggy Stardust had become a counter-culture icon to the dismay of the “establishment” (as everyone over 30 was called back then) who saw him as ignoble and shocking.

    Bowie moved to the U.S. in 1974, first staying in New York city, then settling in Los Angeles. Diamond Dogs was based on a post-apolcalyptic perception whereby George Orwell’s 1984 would be set to music. Bowie launched a Diamond Dogs tour which had high-budget stage productions, while the singer himself slid into cocaine addiction.

    Young Americans (1975) was characterized by the singer as “plastic soul”, with Bowie’s distinctive baritone voice poured over soul and funk-infused tracks such as “Fame” (co-written with John Lennon),  “Golden Years” and “Station to Station” as well as the title track. Hunky Dory (1971) featured two hits: the title track that was a tribute to Andy Warhol, Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan.(http://www.biography.com) The main hit from the album, “Changes”, communicated to the public what Bowie himself was and would always be about. A collaboration with Brian Eno in Berlin produced “Heroes”.

This was the era of the “Thin White Duke” -another persona, this one an extension of Thomas Newton, the extraterrestrial being he portrayed in “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. Bowie’s addiction to hard drugs such as cocaine led to the unravelling of his mental and physical state: physically he was pale and emaciated; mentally, his verbal interviews with the rock press at the time were incoherent. And then there was the “Victoria Station” incident, where Bowie waved to the crowd from an open-air vehicle in a gesture that was published in the NME (New Musical Express) as a Nazi salute, and the singer had also announced “Britain could benefit from a Fascist leader.” Later Bowie acknowledged “I was out of my mind, totally crazed. The main thing I was functioning on was mythology. I’d found King Arthur.” (see Wikipedia)

Note from GlamRock4Ever/Weblog author: In that this is a blog post on one of the top five legendary musicians of all time, it is part one,and in reality, all true Rock music fans could write their own book on the genius of David Bowie’s art and music. The next blog post continues in a couple days to cover Bowie’s career from 1990-2016. Although some famous rock mags rank David at “39th” “(Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Rock Artists), GlamRockStar puts Bowie at number 5 after The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Motown Artists. It is then after that: David Bowie, Michael Jackson. That is our list. Throughout Bowie’s career he sold 140 million record albums: 

    U.K.  9 Platinum  11 Gold  8 Silver

    U.S.  5 Platinum  7 Gold

As the BBC Writer and music reporter Mark Savage put it: “David Bowie changed music forever. Throughout his career, he reinvented not just his sound, but his persona over and over again.”  (BBC Music News “David Bowie: A Career that Shaped Pop January 11, 2016)

The entire planet is in mourning. Our hearts ache at the death of the Glittering Starman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Heavy Metal and Glam Podcast

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal Music, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2015 by glamrock4ever

Glam Rock102Glam Rock101GlamRock 103Girlschool8“NO WAY! IT’S NEVER GONNA DIE!”

from “Metal Mad” by Japanese Glam Rockers LOUDNESS

 

YEAH. ABSOLUTELY.  Heavy Metal and Glam Metal are never gonna die!

AND HERE IS the LATEST, GREATEST, SUPERSONIC, BREAKNECK, SCREAMIN’ for a BLUE STREAK METAL PODCAST by your local fav DJ Steph.

 

SO HERE WE GO….LIKE A BAT OUTTA HELL, ALL GET OUT….CHOP CHOP

BLOW OUT THE SPEAKERS MUSIC by:

 

DEF LEPPARD                                    “Animal”  “Rock of Ages” “Don’t Shoot Shotgun”

GIRLSCHOOL                                    “C’mon Lets Go” “The Hunter” Don’t Call It Love”

VINNIE VINCENT INVASION    “Ashes to Ashes”  “Love Kills”

GOLDEN EARRING                         “Twilight Zone” “Radar Love”

CLICK THE LINK BELOW to LISTEN ↓↓

Glam Rock Riot in the Girls’ School with Britny Fox

Posted in Britny Fox, Entertainment, Glam Rock, Metal Rock, Radio with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 2015 by glamrock4ever
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Britny Fox

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Britny Fox were an American glam metal band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who are best known for their hits “Girlschool” and “Long Way to Love.” The band’s name came from lead vocalist “Dizzy” Dean Davidson, who commissioned the name “Britny Fox” after a Welsh ancestor of his. The band formed in 1986 and also featured Billy Childs on bass, Michael Kelly Smith on lead guitar, and Tony Destra on drums. {For this and more information see Wikipedia.}  Both Michael Smith and Tony Destra had had prior stints with glam rockers Cinderella prior to the formation of Britny Fox.  It was their connections to Cinderella that helped Britny Fox secure a recording contract. (CBS Records) However, their future prospects dimmed somewhat due to the untimely death of Tony Destra in a car accident. His replacement was Johnny Dee, formerly of the band Waysted. B.Fox released two demos, one in 1986 (“In America”) and the other in 1987 (“Rock is Gonna Fight”); this then resulted in the band’s eminent debut album, of their same name, entitled simply Britny Fox.

Britny Fox was one of the most striking debut albums in 1988, selling more than one million records, and bringing many fans to their tour with Poison and Warrant. In 1988, Britny Fox also won Metal Edge magazine’s award for “Best New Band”. After the release of the band’s second album Boys in Heat, Davidson departed to start another band, Blackeyed Susan. Britny Fox’ third album, Bite Down Hard, was less of a grand slam due to the overall decline of glam metal in the late 80s for the grunge rock movement that was evolving at the time.

The band recorded one final studio album Springboard Motorshark in 2003 after the original band reunited in 2000. They toured the US and Europe in 2007 and 2008. The band separated once more, and in spite of Dean Davidson’s pursuit to bring the band back together in 2010, the endeavor failed.

For those of you who cannot get enough of Britny Fox, read Tommy Paris’ interview on Sleazeroxx. [Tommy Paris was the lead singer who replaced Dean Davidson during the 1990s and was lead vocalist during the 2007 & 2008 tours]. Here is the link: http://www.sleazeroxx.com/interviews/paris.shtml

Heavy Metal & Glam Podcast Nov 2014

Posted in Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal Music, Lita Ford, Motley Crue, Skidrow with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2014 by glamrock4ever

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According to rock cable station VH1, November 11th is “National Metal Day”. What?! Okay, well, in recognition of awesome metal artists of the world, this heavy metal and glam metal podcast is dedicated to the legion of headbangers like myself who love this music!! YEAH!  Not that VH1 is anything special but these artists are!  In this podcast, you, dedicated listener, will hear:

 

 

 

***CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO LISTEN****↓↓

 

Motley Crue              “Doctor Feelgood”   “Same Old Situation”

 

Skidrow                     “Slave to the Grind”  “Creepshow”

Ted Nugent               “Cat Scratch Fever”  “Thousand Knives”

Lita Ford                    “Relentless”               “Devil in my Head”

 

ROCK ON! This will BLOW YOU OFF YOUR CHAIR!  Comments? Send them to: DJSteph@glamrockpodcast.com.

 

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Rockin’ It Glam with Dokken

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal Music, Metal Rock, Rock Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by glamrock4ever

Dokken1Dokken5Dokken4Dokken are an American glam metal band formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, California. The original members of Dokken are: Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (lead guitar), Juan Crocier (bass guitar), Mick Brown (drums). The singles/songs that are best known by Dokken are “Just Got Lucky”, “Into the Fire”, “In My Dreams”, and “Its Not Love.” The best known albums by Dokken are:  Breaking the Chains (1981), Tooth and Nail (1984), Under Lock and Key (1985), and Back for the Attack (1987). According to Blabbermouth.net, Frontiers Records signed a recording contract with Dokken for their most recent studio album, which was recorded in 2012, Breaking Bones.

     In the beginning Don Dokken had a band playing gigs in the L.A. area (around 1976) with the name “Airborn” but name change ensued after it was discovered there was already a band with that name recording. In 1981, Don Dokken flew to Germany to sing background vocals for Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine who was having vocal issues. [For this and more band history, see Wikipedia.]  While in Germany, Don Dokken secured a recording contract with Carrere Records, releasing an initial version of Breaking the Chains under the name Don Dokken.

     The band Dokken toured with Blue Oyster Cult in 1983 and also Scorpions in 1986. Juan Crocier left Dokken in 1983 to join RATT and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. Dokken also opened for these major headliners: Judas Priest, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Dio. Dokken finally got several “big breaks” on two occasions:  recording “Dream Warriors” for Nightmare on Elm Street 3, as well as the Monsters of Rock tour in 1988 with Van Halen, Scorpions and Metallica.

     The band has endured years of fighting and criticism over not only George Lynch’s departure in 1989 (to form Lynch Mob) but also due to the fact that Dokken band members refused to allow George Lynch to rejoin the band in 1990 just prior to a major world tour! Lynch sued the band for $1 million but the band prevailed. For more on each side of this story go to either http://www.dokkencentral.com or http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lynch-my-problem-with-don-dokken-has-always-been-that-he-was-not-an-honest-trustful-person/.*

   *The shortened link for this is http://2020.fm/ov