Vince Neil quits (or got fired) from Motley Crue 25 years ago.

Vince Neil
From Loudwire

Of course, he came back to the band in 1997. It is still unknown if Vince did quit or get fired. The three members Sixx, Lee and Mars maintained that he quit the band, but Vince maintains he got fired. Here is one of the interviews Vince Neil did just days after he got fired with Dennis Miller:

The Crue would continue on with John Corabi and make their self-titled album in 1994. Beavis and Butthead however mistook him for Howard Stern though.

 

Downtime

From around midnight EST to noon on Feb 17th 2017, the site was down. It was an mistake due to some technical issues with the domain. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Our 1982 Billboard #1 album slideshow is done!

1982 Billboard #1 Album Slideshow
From Heavy Rock Blogsport

1982 Billboard #1 album slideshow – We been hyping up this for a while and finally, we have it. This is a slideshow of all the 1982 #1 Billboard albums. The slideshow is in order of what was first on the charts when 1982 walked in, starting with AC/DC! Some of the artists featured are J.Geils Band, The Go-Go’s, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Asia and many more!


Note: Clicking on these links will open a new page/tab

1982 Billboard #1 album slideshow features:

Each page contains the album cover and video or live performance from each album.

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Slideshow: Rush’s albums in the 80s

Yes, we now have a new slideshow of Rush’s albums in the 80s. Down the road, we plan on adding their albums in the 90s as well since this is a 80s and 90s website.

SLIDESHOW:

All of Rush’s nine albums (seven studio and two live) are presented in this slideshow, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Exit Stage Left, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Show of Hands and Presto. 

Rush's Albums of the 80s - Show of Hands
Rush – Show of Hands

Last week, we had the same slideshow done on Qwick.info. That was suppose to be my slideshow site, but for the most part,  the slideshows I make will be on this site. Qwick will probably have a few not relating to 80s and 90s music or pop culture.

 

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Tool’s Strange Songs

Tool, Maynard James Keenan, justin chancellor, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, strange songs
From the Toledoblade.com

In 1992, the band Tool had made their major debut with the album Opiate, a six-song album with notable songs such as “Hush” and a live version of “Jerkoff.” They would go on to make Undertow in 1993, Aemina in 1996, Lateralus in 2001 and 10,000 Days in 2006. As of 2017, there are little details about a new album in the works.

One of the typical elements on a Tool album is their unusual and mysterious songs. Tool likes to put some soundscapes or other songs that don’t match to the band’s Alternative Metal sound. Here are some of Tool’s Strange Songs:

 

Disgustipated (Undertow)

Disgustipated,” The final song in Undertow (with the exception of Japan’s release where a live version of Flood is the final song) reaches a total length of 15 minutes. It starts with percussion and a man preaching about the cries of the carrots, and then later goes to some singing by Maynard with an industrial sound behind him. From the 6 minute to the 13 minute mark, you hear are crickets chirping, and nothing else.

Just before the 14-minute mark, you hear a strange answering machine message about colors and the little people.

For those who have or once had the Undertow album, in the liner notes, you’d see “Phone call: Bill the Landlord.”

Little has been said by the band about the origins of that message. An unofficial site for the band has a saved chat log from America Online back in 1995. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan made an appearance in the chat room to be interviewed, and was asked a few times about the phone message. Maynard replied that it was his landlord telling him he had to pay his rent.

If that is correct, Maynard surely had a creepy landlord before he found fame. There is also speculation that this was Bill Manspeaker of Green Jelly, a comedy rock band Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan had played for.

This wouldn’t be the last time Tool used a phone message in one of their songs.

 

 

Useful Idiot (Aemina)

In song 4 of Aemina, this 30-second track presents a record skipping. Although this song is on the CD version, it is also on the Vinyl version of this album, ending side one of the record. Therefore, the Useful Idiot must get up and flip the record.

 

Message to Harry Manback (Aenima)

This 2-minute song starts and ends with a melancholic piano with an angry Italian man leaving a threatening message mostly in English but partly in Italian. The band has said very little about this song, but Danny Carey had said in one interview that this Italian man was an uninvited guest at a party at the home of Green Jelly’s Gary Helsinger (or Hotsy Manshot).

He was asked to leave after refusing to give his name. He was kicked out of the home and later left the threatening message. Supposedly, during the Aemina sessions, Maynard found the tape with the message and decided to add it to the album.

The same man left a second message and the band released that on their mostly live album Salival in 1998. The second song features more Italian than English and the piano is replaced with strings.

 

“Hooker with a Penis” (Aenima)

Strange name for the title, however nothing is really strange about this song when you compare it to others in this list. The song is a response from Maynard James Keenan to a fan who’s accused him and Tool of being sellouts. Much different than their usual progressive metal and art rock, this song ventures in heavy metal.

 

Intermission (Aenima):

Listen for yourself:

 

 

Die Eier von Satan (Aenima):

This industrial song features a man making a speech to a crowd in German. Soon after the album’s release and due to the title of the song, some have speculated that this was satanic worship, but it’s a recipe for Mexican cookies.

The vocalist for this song is Marko Fox who played bass for Danny Carey’s other band Zaum. The band Zaum also has Chris Pitman, who played the synthesizer for Aemina’s 13-minute final song “Third Eye.” However, Zaum has been inactive since 2001.

 

Cesáro Summability (Aenima)

The song begins with a newborn crying with an echo. The rest of the song is huge noise with guitar sound effects. After the baby crying, someone is speaking but it intelligible. The songs title refers the Cesáro summation. This song is perhaps the most mysterious songs Tool has put out there and fans are having a hard time putting this one together.

 

(-) Ions (Aenima)

This segue contains a buzzer sound looping and also somebody banging on what sounds like cookies sheets. I remember a time where I and a few friends were listening to this; we would guessing someone was punching a cookie sheet to make that thunderous sound. With this song title and Cesáro Summability, it seems the folks from Tool do have an interest in science.

Extra bonus:

Faaip de Oiad (Lateralus)

Yes, this is a 80s and 90s website, but I have to include one from Tool’s Lateralus album.

Faaip de Oiad is Enochian for The Voice of God. This final song from Lateralus is very interesting and very strange. It presents Danny Carey playing a tune similar to Wipeout with heavy buzzing. The man speaking is a caller to Coast To Coast AM on September 11th, 1997 where the host Art Bell had dedicated his show for anyone who had, or at that time, worked at Area 51.

“Faaip de Oiad” does not contain Art Bell’s voice.  This call was a very big moment for Coast to Coast AM and is considered by many to be one of the most eerie radio broadcasts ever.

In 2014, comic book artist Bryan J.L. Glass claimed to be the caller.

Danny Carey supposedly explains Faaip de Oiad here.

Intro Vid Change, Upcoming 1982 Slideshow

Got J.Geils Band “Freeze Frame” as our new Intro vid for the week, this was popular 35 years ago. Enjoy!

I’m working on a slideshow of the Billboard best albums in 1982 and also 1992 coming up. The 1982 version will be first and 1992 will come second. We should have the 1982 version up this week!

 

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours 40th anniversary

 

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac / From L to R; Fleetwood, Nicks, Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie

Yes, it has been 40 years since Fleetwood Mac’s best album was released on February 4th, 1977. Rumours was the second album since Lindsey Buckingham (guitar, vocals) and Stevie Nicks’ (vocals) entrance, along with them was Christine McVie (keyboards, vocals), her then recently divorced husband John McVie (bass guitar) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). The 11-song album spun 6 hits often heard on classic rock radio, including “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and the haunting final track, “Gold Dust Woman.”

 

The title of the album was inspired by the press’ interest in the turmoil going on with the lives after the bands self-titled release in 1975. Buckingham and Nicks were in an on/off relationship. The McVie’s divorced but still continued their music together and Christine still used the McVie name (nee Perfect). And Mick Fleetwood had found out his then wife Jenny was cheating on him.

The majority of the album was recorded at The Record Plant in Satuitio, California. A noted exception would be song “Songbird” was recorded at Zellerbach Auditorium, which involved only Christine McVie at vocals and piano and Buckingham at acoustic guitar. Another song not involving all five members is “Never Going Back Again” which features only Buckingham at vocals and guitar.

The album was produced by Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat and also Fleetwood Mac. Dashut and Caillat also played the role of engineering the album. Rumours had a set release in September 1976, but issues arose with the mixing. The band had to cancel a tour to come back to fix the problem. The release came on the 4th of February, 1977, and the rest is history. Before the album release, “Go Your Own Way” was pushed as a promotional single.  “Don’t Stop” would be used for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992. All five members involved with the Rumours album reunited to perform at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Ball.