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Casey Kasem’s American Top 40

Co-creator Casey Kasem hosted the original American Top 40 from its inauguration, until August 6, 1988. The show usually started out with this introduction: Here we go with the Top 40 hits of the nation this week on American Top 40, the best-selling and most-played songs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. This is Casey Kasem in Hollywood, and in the next three hours, we'll count down the 40 most popular hits in the United States this week, hot off the record charts of Billboard magazine for the week. Most segments of the show included two countdown songs. The second song in the segment would usually be introduced by Kasem with a brief story connected with the song, which could be...

Seriously…How Many People Thought At Least Some Of The Band Members In Poison Were Female At First?

Okay, let’s talk about this for a minute.  I seriously can’t be the only guy that thought at least one of the band members was a girl when this album first came out.  Back in August of 1986, Poison released their debut album called “Look What The Cat Dragged In”.  All of the major rock magazines at the time had an ad, a full-page ad in some cases, featuring the announcement of the album. When I first saw the ad, I wrongfully assumed they were an all-girl band at first glance.  After doing a double-take, I still wasn’t sure.  Maybe one or two of them are guys that are really made up? But I was pretty sure that at least one of them was female. ...

The Good, The Bad And The Dirt On The Motley Crue Movie, One Year After It’s Release

On March 22nd, 2019 Netflix premiered “The Dirt”, the biopic about the infamous and sordid details of the lives of Motley Crue.  Having read the book, I was curious how they were going to fit everything into a two-hour movie.  And the truth is, that they didn’t.  Considering the long career and actually quite interesting stories of each band member, it was simply impossible to cover the entire book in this time span.  Having said that, the movie is a collection of the great highlights of the career of one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Before watching, I was most concerned with the choice of “Machine Gun Kelly”, a notable performer in the rap world playing Tommy Lee didn’t seem like a great fit.  My fears...

Before Lady Gaga…There Was Dale Bozzio From The Missing Persons

In 1980, six years before Lady Gaga was even born, The Missing Persons were formed.  Dale Bozzio, the lead singer for The Missing Persons, had a really futuristic look and often experimented with unusual outfits and creative makeup and hair.  Honestly, I've never heard if Lady Gaga has ever mentioned Dale Bozzio as an influence, but the similarity in their styles is hard to dismiss.   Lady Gaga has often said that she was influenced by artists of the '80s and certainly seems reasonable that she may owe a good deal of her early stylings to Dale.     Let's compare the two in these videos: First, Dale Bozzio performing the song "Words" https://youtu.be/IasCZL072fQ           And now, Lady Gaga in "Bad Romance"...

The Top 15 Christian Heavy Metal Bands Of The ’80s

01. Stryper-Stryper has to be at the top of this list. Not because I think they're the best, but because their contribution to Christian metal is the equivalent of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest in the non-christian metal world.  I never really got the goofy outfits that looked like bumblebees.  They are however quality musicians who brought Christian metal to the mainstream in the 1980s. Established in southern California in 1983, multi-platinum crossover Christian metal band, Stryper, continues to share their positive message and energetic stage presence with a passionate following throughout the world. Since the band’s inception over 30 years ago, the founding members have stayed true to their deepest convictions, turning from “the ways of the world” and following their hearts...

25 Great Hard Rock Albums Of The ’80s That You Might Have Missed

During the 80’s hard rock ruled the airwaves. Quiet Riot’s Metal Health became the first #1 metal album of all time. Soon after the scene exploded with bands like Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Dokken, Ratt, Warrant, Poison, and many more. Unfortunately, for every success story, there were great bands that got overlooked, suffered from poor promotion, or simply imploded on their own. If you’re a true 80’s rock fan, you’ve probably heard at least some of these bands, and if you’re like me, you bought all of these albums. But for those of you who didn’t….here’s a list of some the greatest albums that you might have missed     Alcatrazz – No Parole From Rock N’ Roll Notable for being the major-label debut...

10 Bands That Helped Start The Gothic Rock Movement Of The ’80s

If you're a fan of Gothic Rock and you haven't heard all of these bands before, by all means, check them out.  These bands along with numerous others helped create a new sub-genre of rock music that still thrills fans and inspires new generations to this very day. Stay tuned for our upcoming second article that explores more of the genre's history and more recent artists that are carrying the torch. Joy Division Started in 1976, Joy Division is considered to be one of the first bands to help start the Gothic rock movement in a post-punk world.  Vocalist Ian Curtis' real-life problems influenced the band's direction until Curtis' untimely death by suicide.  Curtis was plagued with depression, a failing marriage, and often had seizures....

100 Great One Hit Wonders From The ’80s

Check out our "Wild '80s" 100 Great One Hit Wonders From The '80s While everyone's definition of what constitutes a "one-hit wonder" is different, the criteria used here was that each of these bands or artists had a huge hit, but was never able to duplicate that same success again. It doesn't mean that these artists and bands didn't have other songs that charted, but that they never charted that high again.  The artists on this list are outstanding performers and many have gone on to have very long and fruitful careers.   The songs are listed alphabetically by title and we've included our Spotify Playlist so you can listen along to the songs while checking the list. All I Need - Jack Wagner Almost...

10 Bad Albums By 10 Of The 80’s Greatest Hard Rock Bands

You wanted the best….you got the best! Now here are some of their worst albums These 10 artists are some of hard rocks’ most famous bands during the '80s.  Most have long careers with certified Gold and Platinum albums.  But even these artists have at least one album that they’d like to forget ever happened. Kiss-The Elder Kiss had been riding high since the ’70s with one great album after another until things started to go lame with “Unmasked”. While a lot of people thought it was the band’s worst album, they soon realized that it wasn’t when Kiss started circling the drain with the release of “Music From The Elder”.  While the band may get creativity points for trying a concept album, that was...

Def Leppard’s Change In Sound: The Tale Of Two Leppards

Def Leppard is arguably one of the most successful bands to emerge from the 80’s hard rock and heavy metal scene.  The band found success early on, hitting the scene with their debut full-length album “On Through The Night” in 1980. Followed up, only one year later with “High N’ Dry”, the band was quickly gaining a large fan base and praise worldwide.  Def Leppard hit the big time with “Pyromania” in 1983 striking up huge record sales sparked by the enormously popular single “Photograph”.  Def Leppard was now a household name.    Everything seemed to be going the band’s way but tragedy was soon to strike the band and unfortunately, more than once. Starting on December 31st, drummer Rick Allen’s Corvette veered off of the road and the accident caused Allen to...

How Beavis & Butthead Ruined Winger’s Momentum At The Peak Of Their Popularity

From the late ’80s into the early ’90s Winger built momentum and became an overnight sensation, in part thanks to a heavy rotation of their videos on MTV, which at that time, actually showed music videos. Winger’s debut album went platinum in the U.S. After a successful first album, the band then released “In The Heart Of The Young” and once again the band received solid radio airplay and heavy video rotation on MTV. With the second album going platinum and touring with the likes of KISS, Scorpions, Extreme, Cinderella & more, the band was growing in popularity, even while glam metal was starting to lose it’s hold on the charts. Ironically, MTV which had made Winger a household name would also be the catalyst for ousting the band from the realm...

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