Thirty-Five Years Ago Dee Snider Defended Heavy Metal Against Censorship

The 1980s were a curious time for music. It was one of the most creative and cool times ever for all kinds of music from Rock, Heavy metal, Pop, Hip-Hop, and Dance Music. Art and music is an expression of society and what people are feeling, and rarely just artists pushing their opinions on fans. But forces were aligning against personal freedom, especially in the United States Government and the Parents Music Resource Center (The P.M.R.C.) led by Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of former Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius.  

Continue reading

EP REVIEW: South of Eden – The Talk

South of Eden, a classic rock-esq band from Ohio, release an EP, The Talk (LAVA Music), to eager supporters, new admirers, and all-around music connoisseurs. The Talk presents listeners with a wonderful classic rock era sound. Think the mid to late seventies through the early nineties; when rock was fun, light, airy, and full of awesome guitar riffs and harmonies that sweep you off your feet and float you away to rock and roll heaven.  It may sound like an over-exaggeration, but pick up The Talk and you will smile in understanding. 

Continue reading

Dee Snider Confirms Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure On The Way 

Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed up with Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider to create a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure  Dee confirmed the news in a tweet. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ghost, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Lemmy, and Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million. Dee also recently confirmed in an interview with Ghost Cult (hear it here) his next album, book, and horror movie. His new live album For The Love of Metal Live! is out now via Napalm Records.

Continue reading

AC/DC Shares The Story Behind the Song “Rock N Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”

AC/DC is still celebrating the 40th anniversary of its classic 1980 album “Back In Black”  with its new video series, “The Story Of Back In Black”. Episode five of the series, which focuses on the song “Rock N Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”, is available to watch below. Read Ghost Cult’s retrospective review here. Last December, “Back in Black” was certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies. “Back in Black” first went platinum in October 1980 and had previously been certified 22 times platinum in December 2007. The RIAA lists “Back In Black” as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time. On July 25, 1980, AC/DC released “Back In Black” in the U.S., followed by the album’s U.K. release on July 31. It was the band’s first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking. Continue reading

REVIEW: Dee Snider – For The Love Of Metal Live!

If you were listening to metal in the 1980s, it’s pretty much a given that you will have heard of Dee Snider. Already widely known as the flamboyant frontman of Twisted Sister, Snider was thrust further into the spotlight in 1985 when he famously spoke before Congress against censorship in music and the infamous PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center).

Continue reading

AC/DC Shares The Story Behind the Song “Back In Black”

AC/DC is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its classic 1980 album “Back In Black”  with its new video series, “The Story Of Back In Black”. Episode three of the series, which focuses on the song “Back In Black” , is available to watch below. Read Ghost Cult’s retrospective review here. Last December, “Back in Black” was certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies. “Back in Black” first went platinum in October 1980 and had previously been certified 22 times platinum in December 2007. The RIAA lists “Back In Black” as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time. On July 25, 1980, AC/DC released “Back In Black” in the U.S., followed by the album’s U.K. release on July 31. It was the band’s first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking. Continue reading

AC/DC Shares “You Shook Me All Night Long” Live in Tokyo Video

AC/DC has shared a video of the band performing the song “You Shook Me All Night Long” live in Tokyo in 1981 which can be seen below. The clip was uploaded to the band’s official YouTube channel as part of the 40th-anniversary celebrations of AC/DC’s classic 1980 album “Back In Black”. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Butterfly – Doorways Of Time

Butterfly’s full-length debut isn’t the least bit shy about its Seventies Rock inspirations. That is made immediately apparent with the cover art contrasting Vikings and a mystical title with an innocuous band name, but the music plays out like a grab-bag of Montrose, Uriah Heep, and Budgie among others. Its free-spirited attitude is comparable to their contemporaries in Freeways and one can occasionally detect hints of otherworldly haziness in line with Tanith and Brimstone Coven. Continue reading

AC/DC Shares the Second Episode The Story Of “Back In Black” Video Series – “Hells Bells”

 

AC/DC is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its classic 1980 album “Back In Black” by launching the new video series, “The Story Of Back In Black”. Episode two of the series, which focuses on the song “Hells Bells”, is available below. Last December, “Back in Black” was certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies. “Back in Black” first went platinum in October 1980 and had previously been certified 22 times platinum in December 2007. The RIAA lists “Back In Black” as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time. On July 25, 1980, AC/DC released “Back In Black” in the U.S., followed by the album’s U.K. release on July 31. It was the band’s first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking. Continue reading

AC/DC Shares “What Do You Do For Money Honey” Live in Tokyo Video

AC/DC has shared a video of the band performing the song “What Do You Do For Money Honey” live in Tokyo in 1981 which can be seen below. The clip was uploaded to the band’s official YouTube channel as part of the 40th-anniversary celebrations of AC/DC’s classic 1980 album “Back In Black”. Continue reading