Music: Background to my musical past / List of bands and artists featured on the night. (Visual and audio here are linked to the best that I can find for you online)  

People often ask me if I join in too. Well, due to the many different demands on my time during the evening and making sure it all runs as planned for us all, I do not take part; so a
s an ex rock drummer, my indulgence on the night is to play the best classic rock, hard rock, AOR and heavy metal songs that I have sourced from my collection of around 800 albums - see list of acts below. They are from the late 1960's to the early 1990's, and then sadly Grunge crashed a party they were not invited to, and the record companies jumped onto that bandwagon, thinking it was the next 'Big Thing', ditching hundreds of really talented bands and musicians who had honed their craft over the decades, tearing up their contracts and firing them almost overnight. Our musicians mantra (and mine still with this club) was, 'Entertain! Be the best!', on the fretboard, the skins, singers with multi octave ranges and huge stage shows with fireworks, animatronic monsters, spinning drumkits, canons that fired and massive lighting rigs with each touring band trying to outdo the other with their pyrotechnics and props. 'Grunge' was the backlash, and like UK Punk before it, couldn't hope to compete with this or the highly technical musicians, but still wanted to make music. So, in the early 90's, they went for the the easier option of smashing something up, breaking it down into simple basics and ditching the fun, colour and class, and doing the best they could with a scowl, lumberjack shirt and a miserable outlook on life. It wasn't lead by fans, and with hindsight it could be likened to erasing all films from a previous era and brainwashing subsequent generations with, 'well it was all rubbish really' and the media has since derisively called the whole 80's movement, 'hair metal' to dumb it down further. Its completely inaccurate to focus solely on a type of bouffant hair style, as all the previous decades' fashions look odd when taken out of context, and I feel sorry for those not there at the time, who can only view it through how the media portrays a certain period in history. But it put an awful lot of people out of work, some suicides and overdoses ensued, and us fans still miss those times. The music defines me, why this club came into existence and why it has a different theatrical slant, as unless I assault all the senses, I don't feel I've put on a show worthy of the fans. So to be honest, it is a 1980's heavy metal party outlook which still lives in me, that initiated this club. Its a rock club, with added sex! To summarise, Grunge was the equivalent of putting a spanner into the spokes of a Harley in cruise.



I can't hope to know what each of you likes to listen to, but I promise you that the songs will be accessible and not noisy, and as a veteran of over 200 rock gigs and festivals, I know what works with crowds. I am aware that it is probably not going to be your particular style of music, though I'll wager you'll still know some classic songs and it
won't be too loud to prevent conversation or the accompanying gasps by her which compliment the action. I was wedded to rock and metal from age 13, all through my teens, 20's and 30's and it became my constant companion, a lifestyle, almost a religion for us rock fans. Seeking out rare records and specialist rock shops, ordering U.S. imports, queuing for gig tickets all night in a sleeping bag outside Hammersmith Odeon to get the best seats, those sweaty gigs packed in like sardines at the 'Soho sweatbox' the legendary Marquee club where just about anyone who was anyone played, and heading off every 3rd weekend in August for the annual pilgrimage that was the Donington Monsters of Rock festival to see 8 huge rock bands blast away outdoors. A way of life that has sadly gone now, eroded by credit card ticket sales over the phone, digital replacing analogue, computers taking musicians fingers away from instruments and onto keyboards, Internet downloads taking the mystique and soul out of the grooves, along with loss of packaging and the artwork, and the disappearance of the local record store as a hang out for fans and upcoming musicians needing to network.



You'll probably wonder why you've not heard of many of the bands or songs before, but it could be argued that it was a conspiracy by the BBC and Radio 1 in the 1980's not to play them or give heavy metal any airtime. They completely ignored this massively popular and lucrative genre, even when Iron Maiden had a number 1 album and a single tooPerversely it probably contributed to its longevity, as you had to seek it out and it never was fashionable and therefore by association, neither were the fans but we didn't care as we loved the music and time is proving us right. This link will give an insight into what the music meant to a generation from 1980 to 1992, especially in America, though us Brits can claim to have invented heavy metal in the late 1960's. It was just the most fun you could have with your clothes on, larger than life, over the top and we were happy to be a subculture. For those not there, the 1980's were a party! And the American girls!! : O All the UK bands that toured there couldn't believe them! To understand it better, please spend 40 minutes and enjoy this history lesson. Watch this ...



You should find the songs as classy as my choice of girls
as it is my real passion, and many are deliberately chosen because they are stuffed full of innuendo and double entendres.

So that the party has different flavours and feels to it, the first hour of music will sometimes be what the girl chooses to bring with her, and something I ask her to do - if I remember. That way she is relaxed and has something familiar to her, whilst meeting strangers in an unfamiliar and potentially daunting environment.

'Planet Rock' is the tuned station you'll hear in the bathroom.



Artists featured:
Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Rush, The Enid, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Mr. Big, Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trouble, Dream Theater, The Tea Party, Rainbow, The Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, The Black Crowes, UFO, David Lee Roth, Winger, Journey, Foreigner, Cry Of Love, Saxon, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Badlands, ZZ Top, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Aerosmith, Blue Murder, Raging Slab, Bon Jovi, Europe, Tyketto, Genesis (early), Kiss, Magnum, Marillion, Enuff Z'Nuff, Salty Dog, W.A.S.P., Boston, Bad Company, Janis Joplin, Neil Young, Motorhead, Heart, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Megadeth, Metallica, Vangelis, Vinnie Moore, Tony Macalpine, Guns N' Roses, Yngwie Malmsteen, Damn Yankees, Uriah Heep, Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Tangier, Lynch Mob, Dokken, Twisted Sister, The Storm, Britny Fox, Danger Danger, Dio, The Bang Gang, RTZ, Firehouse, Giant, Yes, Kings X, Zakk Wylde, Tall Stories, Y&T, Great White, Dare, Tattoo Rodeo, Tesla, Queensryche, Skid Row, Velvet Revolver, Only Child, Every Mother's Nightmare, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Warrant, Nelson, House of Lords, Kix, Motley Crue, Hardline, Cinderella, Slaughter, TNT, Tuff, White Lion, Allman Brothers, Vixen, Alice Cooper, RATT, XYZ, ...



Halloween! - This is going to be the best selection of suitably spooky tracks that you'll ever hear at a Halloween party! Set lists will be put on the walls during the party, and perhaps here, when I complete it. Examples ...
'Zombie Stomp', 'Devil's Daughter', 'Bark At The Moon',
'Waiting For Darkness', 'Spiders' by Ozzy Osbourne.
'Dancing On Your Grave', 'Dead Men Tell No Tales', 'Ace Of Spades' by Motorhead.
'Haunted Heart' by Alias.
'Teenage Frankenstein',
'Welcome To My Nightmare' by Alice Cooper.
'Hell's Bells', 'Highway To Hell' by AC/DC.
'Burn', 'Demon's Eye' by Deep Purple.
'Devil's Child', 'Night Crawler' by Judas Priest.
'Witch Hunt', 'Roll The Bones', 'Ghost Of A Chance' by Rush.
'Shout At The Devil', 'Hell On High Heels' by Motley Crue.
'Dead Man's Road' by Cinderella.
'Witch's Promise', 'Beastie', 'Cold Wind to Valhalla'
by Jethro Tull.
'The Number Of The Beast', 'Fear Of The Dark', 'Children Of The Damned'
by Iron Maiden.
'Something Wicked This Way Comes' by The Enid.
'Killer On The Loose', 'Angel Of Death' by Thin Lizzy.
'Prince Of Darkness' by Megadeth.
'Ghost In Your Heart' by Bad English.
'Evil Eye', 'One Foot In The Grave', 'Scream'
by Dio.
'Heaven and Hell', 'Lady Evil', 'Black Sabbath' by Black Sabbath.
'Haunted Lullaby' by Dokken.
'House Of Pain', 'Runnin' With The Devil' by Van Halen.
... and many many more!!

'Grand Designs' by Rush. Recorded 1985.  - All lyrics written by Neil Peart (drums). All music composed by Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Geddy Lee (bass, keyboards, vocals (sometimes all 3 at once!)).