Music 2: Video. Songs to illustrate the list of bands and artists played during a party. (List given in 'Music' tab, halfway down)

I sometimes get emails along the lines of, 'The club and the girls you ask along look great, but will I like the sort of music you play?' Or, 'I'm not sure I like heavy metal' so this tab is to give a few examples of the kind of music that you'll hear.

This is real music played by real musicians, who wrote and performed their own material and learnt to master their instruments and voices. Who slogged their guts out playing several sets a night in small dives to as little as 3 people and a dog whilst learning their craft, humped their own gear about, drove miles overnight to play the next gig in small transits (in the case of RUSH, by their parents, across the vastness of Canada - whilst they were still schoolboys) gathering blisters and enduring long nights and days, often living on nothing more than their schoolboy dreams (the KISS and Def Leppard logos are STILL written as they first were, when sketched out in exercise books in class) and what food girls could steal for them if they worked at the supermarket checkout (that nugget courtesy of 'The Dirt' the completely staggering, internationally bestselling and highly recommended book about Motley Crue in the 1980's, who would spend the little money they had on hairspray, clothes and to invent a look that would subsequently infect the whole of L.A., then America, the U.K. and the Western rocking world for the next 12 years - a feat in itself!) while self-promoting and trying to bag a record deal; which was when the work really started and the treadmill slog of album, tour, album, tour, album, started. Then the pressure of following up the hit album (you're only as good as your last one), writing material to beat it on the bus or motel rooms on tour, while jet lagged and uninspired; dealing with bad managers, music industry insiders trying to oust you and other sharks trying to screw you for money, while trying to stay young, creative and relevant. No wonder many resorted to drugs - to stay awake and keep up with the workload. And then, after ALL of that? When your material is finally in the can, illustrated, packaged, promoted by the few rock outlets and specialist mags ... no airplay. The suits didn't like it or get it, yet they liked the Platinum units bands shifted sales wise! 

That's why you won't have heard it before. Not because its bad, but because of the near conspiracy to prevent it being played and it being underground. Certainly in the UK. But they were consummate professionals and deserve your respect. They'll always have mine. Its why us rock fans will defend it to the death, because it was so classy and yet consistantly misunderstood and derided. Looking back, some of heavy metal would seem like neanderthal buffoonery to the unconverted, the long hair and over the top attitude, but I remember it fondly, a more innocent age, before we all took ourselves too seriously and money became all that mattered.
It was a fun club to join and we stuck together, before Grunge totally blitzed a 25 year scene. I don't believe today's youngsters could or would work that hard again for so little reward, as only a few managed to ride their luck and finally make it big. And now kids spend their free hours playing computer games rather than learning instruments in their bedrooms, so the way of life music was and the burning passion it became for some, is now lost to the passing of time. But this below, is my generation. A sort of music that even the American goverment feared and tried in vain to stop. Enjoy!

If you can't relate to that decade and the long hair, then just listen. Put on a song and do something else around the house (or flick through my picture gallery in a new tab as you do so), to get used to it. It should move you. And if its too loud? ... then you're too old dude!!

I was fortunate enough to see Motley Crue on this tour, back in 1989 when they played Wembley Arena at the height of their powers. I still clearly remember it, down the front, gasping for air like a goldfish needing oxygen, my brand new Nike basketball boots getting mashed by the crush of bodies and feet, but I did just witness the now legendary revolving drum kit that Tommy Lee played upside down during this song. I also got hold of one of Nikki Sixx's bass plectrums that he flicked out to the crowd. Happy days! I remember reading an interview at the time with Tommy, that one of the hardest aspects of the engineering for the kit, was working out how to keep his drink from spilling, when he was upside down. Drummers always focus on the important things in life lol. Or 'dummers' as Nikki calls us. Cheeky bugger lol its much harder than it looks!
Nikki actually died from a heroin overdose in 1987, and literally came back from the dead, after it was announced on the radio that he had passed away. He recounts what happened after he left his body ... http://ultimateclassicrock.com/nikki-sixx-dies/ True to form, the uncompromising rocker told heaven to get stuffed, came back to earth 5 minutes later and then subsequently wrote a massive hit single about the event called, 'Kickstart My Heart' two years later. He really is a one off and was fortunate that the person in charge of giving him the 2 shots of adrenaline was a Motley Crue fan. The first did nothing. With nothing to lose the EMT administered the second, for the hell of it. The second, saved his life and he started breathing again 5 minutes after being pronounced dead. He then pulled out the IV lines and checked himself out of hospital and walked out the main doors, taking a ride home from a passing girl fan who had just heard on the radio that he was dead!












































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