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All in the Name Of...

megaphone.gifDid you ever notice glam bands like to brand themselves in song? If music is a product meant for mass consumption then it makes sense that artists scream their band name as part of lyrics.

Take, for instance, Skid Row. In the song "Youth Gone Wild" the band sings:

"I said 'Hey man, there's something that you oughta know.
I tell ya Park Avenue leads to Skid Row.'"

I love this part of the video, too. All the members together, shouting out the lyrics. So hot. In fact, the pairing of the lyrics, guitar work and video make "Youth Gone Wild" my favorite Skid Row song.

The Bulletboys brand their music too. In their remake of the O'Jays classic "For the Love of Money," Marq Torien shouts "Bulletboys Sing!" I love this, too.

RATT famously mentions their band name in the lyrics to their hit "Wanted Man."

"Human target, In my eyes
I've got you, well in my sights
And by the rope, you will hang
It's your neck, from this Ratt gang."

When bands remake other famous songs, it's necessary to put an original stamp on the track. Poison does this well with their Grand Funk Railroad remake of "We're An American Band." The real lyrics are:

"They said, 'Come on dudes, let's get it on!'
And we proceeded to tear that hotel down"

In the Bret and Co. version, the lyrics are: "And Poison proceeded to tear that hotel down" 

What about lyrics that mention a certain band member...and not the band name? In the Motley Crue remake of the Brownsville Station hit, Vince Neil sings:

"Checkin' out the halls makin' sure the coast is clear
Lookin' in the stalls--nah, there ain't nobody here
My buddies Sixx, Mick & Tom
To get caught would surely be the death of us all."

Of course, this isn't really a lyrics change because Brownsville Station mentions their member names as well, but you get my point.

Do you have a favorite song that mentions a band or musician name?


World Upside Down

houseoflords.jpgThe House of Lords is the upper house of Parliament in the United Kingdom, made up of members of the nobility and high-ranking clergy.

House of Lords is also a great glam band, formed in Los Angeles back in 1988. The band formed from the ashes of Giuffria, namesake of keyboardist Gregg Giuffria.

Originally signed to Simmons Records (yes, that Simmons), the band underwent several line-up changes before settling on the name House of Lords and releasing a self titled album.

The original line-up included Giuffria, vocalist James Christian, guitarist Lanny Cordola, bassist Chuck Wright and drummer Ken Mary. The debut album peaked at #78 on the Billboard chart. Perhaps the best known track on House of Lords is "I Wanna Be Loved." The albums SAHARA and Demons Down followed, each less successful than the predecessor.

Several personnel and label changes sent House of Lords into hiatus, but recently an all new lineup burst back on the music with two new albums. The phenomenal World Upside Down was released in May 2006 and the nostalgic "greatest hits" Live in the UK was released earlier this year.

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By the way, bassist Chuck Wright is back with Quiet Riot. He played on their massively successful Metal Health album. After an extended break from the band he returned for the recent Rehab.

Here's a video for House of Lords "I Just Wanna Be Loved."





Living Is A Luxury

Vince_Neil_Exposed.jpgFor the past week, I've been listening to Vince Neil's first solo effort Exposed. If you don't own this disc, click the link and add to your Amazon cart. This album is a must own for every Motley Crue fan.

Vince recorded Exposed after his split with the world's most notorious rock band. As we know, the remaining members of Motley Crue replaced Vince with John Corabi. Not to be outdone, Vince created a super group of sorts as support musicians. He also enlisted the song writing talents of dynamic duo Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades (Shaw/Blades, Damn Yankees).

Exposed was released in 1993 on the Warner Bros. label and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard chart.

The track listing looks like this:

Look In Her Eyes
Sister Of Pain
Can't Have Your Cake
Fine, Fine Wine
The Edge
Can't Change Me
Set Me Free
Living Is A Luxury
You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)
Gettin' Hard

Of all the tracks, "Sister of Pain" is the strongest and most Motley-esque. Musicians backing Vince include guitarists Steve Stevens and Dave Marshall, bassist Robbie Crane and drummer Vik Foxx. Steve Stevens really shines on this album, especially during "Sister of Pain." Debut single "You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)" is a fun, upbeat track, but there are better songs on this disc (this track was originally recorded for the Encino Man soundtrack). Check out "Can't Have Your Cake" and "Living is a Luxury." Ballad "Can't Change Me" is good for a spin and proves that Vince really can sing (all nay sayers be damned!).

A little background now on the Vince Neil band. Steve Stevens is an accomplished guitarist that oozes good looks. He's played for Vince and Billy Idol, and has enjoyed a fairly successful solo career. Dave Marshall has played with Fiona and Slaughter and Robbie Crane is best known for his work with Love/Hate. Drummer Vik Foxx was the original drummer for Enuff Z'nuff.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this album a solid 9. Here's a video for the single "Can't Change Me." Enjoy!


Mullets Rock! Too!

mulltets.jpgCompilation albums are increasingly popular in the single driven music world. Mullets Rock! Too! features some of the most famous hard rock hits from the seventies and eighties.

Packaged in glam pink and featuring cartoon characters of men and women sporting mullets, the album is really a soundtrack for a generation.

Featuring tracks as famous as Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian,” the mullet crowd also digs deep, featuring lesser known tracks such as Aldo Nova’s “Fantasy” and Ace Frehley’s “Do Ya.”

The album begins strong, featuring the Ted Nugent rocker “Wang Dang Sweet Pootang.” The famous opening riff gives listeners a taste of what is to come. While this isn’t Uncle Ted’s best known song, it’s still loud enough to get die-hard mullet-heads in the mood for some down home rock.

For ease of listening, the producers divided the 18 track album into two categories: Psyched!  and Bummed!  This warning allows the listener to avoid an all out rollercoaster of emotion if the heart’s recently done time.

Mullets Rock Too! is the follow-up to the massively successful, two disc Mullets Rock! Featuring glam power ballads like “The Flame” by Cheap Trick and “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)" by Cinderella, the compilation producers do a fairly excellent job of selecting the cream of the mullet crop.

Sadly, even great albums typically leave room for improvement, and this is the case with  Mullets Rock Too!  Two tracks in particular seem out of place: “Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” While both songs are iconic 80s hits, neither truly represent the mullet mentality.

After a series of real rockers, a pair of near misses and some great power ballads, Mullets Rock Too!  ends on a high note with the Kansas hit “Dust in the Wind.” Nearly as reflective as any Lynyrd Skynyrd track, “Dust in the Wind” is the perfect ending to a string of songs bemoaning heartache. Crossing over into multi-genres by using acoustic guitars, Kansas was able to ride the wave of success with this unconventional sounding melodic rock track. Thirty years later, mullet lovers are still rocking to Kansas and “Dust in the Wind.”

The full track listing looks like this:

Wang Dang Sweet Poontang (Ted Nugent)
Do Ya (Ace Frehley)
More Than a Feeling (Boston)
I Just Want to Make Love to You (Foghat)
Baby Hold On (Eddie Money)
Jane (Jefferson Starship)
Fantasy  (Aldo Nova)
Burnin' For You (Blue Oyster Cult)
I Hate Myself For Loving You (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts) 
Love Stinks (J Geils Band)
Love Hurts (Nazareth)
The Flame (Cheap Trick)
Take It On the Run (REO Speedwagon)
Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone) (Cinderella)
Tuesday's Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Dust in the Wind (Kansas)

I rate this album 7.5 out of 10. You probably already own all these tracks. Still, this concept album proves fun for a spin from time to time.



Alice in Wonderland

hericanealice.jpgLet's have fun.

Listening to music of the past - and writing about it -  is fun. The way I see it, we all need an escape from everyday life.

Watch the evening news and count the many crimes against humanity. Go fill up your car and seethe at the easy profits of big oil. Sit idly by as the current administration mismanages more of our hard earned money while many fine young men and women die in an illegal war about a million miles away.

See? We need fun.

I like to keep things light and airy here at Bring Back Glam! I like to focus on the positives, which are old bands releasing new music and new bands carrying the torch of the glam movement.

I love talking to like-minded music fans, especially on forums. If you haven't visited the forums on Hair Bangers Radio or Hard Rock Hideout, click the links to the right and sign up.

Speaking of fun, do you remember Hericane Alice? The band was formed in Minnesota fairly late in the glam game, and featured singer Bruce Naumann, guitarist Leni Dimancari, bassist Scott Werner and drummer Rusty Miller. The band released Tear the House Down in 1990, which featured the single "Wild, Young and Crazy."

Here's the video for that track. Have a glammy Sunday dear readers!


Soup with a Side of Motley


Happy Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day, glam fans!

Yesterday while scanning Blabbermouth, I came across a tid-bit about Vince Neil's new venture in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Motley Crue singer is currently building Dr. Feelgood's Rock Bar which will feature loud music, motorcycles and women dressed as nurses.

I think this sounds like a very fun place to drink.

Sadly, nursing veterans disagree and many women in the medical field are planning to boycott the new bar. Career nurses say it's degrading for waitresses to wear sexy costumes while serving beer to patrons. Clearly, I can see their side of the argument. After all, sexy costumes have really hurt Hooter's bottom line.

Oh, wait...

Rebecca Pleasant is a registered nurse, and associate professor at Palm Beach Community College.  She says, "Anytime someone smuts the image of the profession, it's demoralizing. There is a huge nursing shortage in the county, and being looked at as mindless sex objects won't help us recruit students."

Mindless sex objects? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the shorter the skirt, the bigger the tip? People  remember, the glam mistress is also a radical feminist. If there is a case of women being objectified based on their constructed gender, I will jump to the attack. Vince Neil creating a themed bar where the waitresses wear nursing uniforms is not demoralizing to the gender or the profession. The women who wish to work at Dr. Feelgood's will apply of their own free will. They will be told about the uniforms. They will be told of their salary. They will be told of the theme and management's expectations to fulfill that theme. These applicants will have the chance to decide if the job is a right fight, personally. The only offense I take to the whole thing is why the women have to dress up as nurses. Some of the barmaids should be doctors. After all, more women than men earn advanced degrees in a wide spectrum of fields, including medicine.

If you want to read a full article on the matter, check out

In other Motley news  Nikki Sixx has finally released the first single from his upcoming Heroin Diaries book project. "Life is Beautiful" has a modern Motley sound  and features the guitar work of DJ Ashba (ex-Beautiful Creatures). Producer James Michael also lent his talents to the track. Give a listen at To me, the track is a hybrid of "Primal Scream" and "Sick Love Song." The song seems commercial enough to get modern radio play and I think that's a good thing. Maybe success will give Sixx the kick in the pants he needs to write another Motley record.


Life on Mars

Mick-Mars-figure-2.jpgIt's Mick Mars day here at Bring Back Glam! Today is Mick's birthday, so we should go back in time for a little Motley history.

Mick Mars was born Bob Alan Deal in Terre Haute, Indiana. A high school dropout, Mick played guitar in several blues bands before making it big with Motley Crue. While Motley Crue is largely the brainchild of bassist Nikki Sixx, Mars was largely instrumental in convincing Vince Neil to sing lead in the band. Mick also dreamed up the name Motley Crue.

A vastly underrated player, Mars continually fights his body during studio and live performances. He suffers from the degenerative Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Mick's portions of The Dirt were very interesting to me. While the other members of Motley are brash and over-the-top, Mick keeps to himself. While Nikki, Vince, and Tommy Lee are always in the media spotlight, Mick keeps his mouth shut. As such, his unique perspective offers a fresh glance into the background of Motley Crue.

Here's a pretty cool solo from Mick during the Dr. Feelgood tour. It starts out slide blues and goes straight Metal. Enjoy!