80’s Blast::Sam Kinison


(anyone who thinks otherwise can go jump in Lake Minnetonka)

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Originally recorded by The Troggs in 1966, Sam revamped Wild Thing  into “…a blistering condemnation of the title subject, with lines such as ‘Why didn’t you tell me you were a demon from Hell” and “The only thing that gets you off is to see me in pain.'” (which I loved – as well as Sam’s signature “oh-oh” scream) AND showcased Kinison’s blistering guitar riffs.

The video featured a TON of Cameos by 80’s Rockers (such as Steven Tyler & Joe Perry; Billy Idol; Tommy Lee; Slash & Steven Adler; Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini & Robbin Crosby; Richie Sambora & Jon Bon Jovi; Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai; and C.C. DeVille) and, of course, the beautifully sultry Jessica Hahn!

A version by LA-based punk band X is featured in the 1989 film  Major League and Cheap Trick covered it for the Encino Man soundtrack (1992).

Sam Kinison appeared in:  “Kickstart My Heart” (Mötley Crüe, 1989), “Bad Medicine” (Bon Jovi, 1988), and “Heartbeat” (D’Priest – of London fame, 1990).

R.I.P. Sam. We miss you…

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80’s Blast::Billy Idol


(anyone who thinks otherwise can go jump in Lake Minnetonka)

Billy Idol
from his self-titled album Billy Idol
(1982, reissued in 1983)Billy Idol (1983 reissue)

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MTV banned the 1987 version because it showed Idol’s girlfriend, Perri Lister*, bound to a cross (3:33).

Hot in the City  was featured in the 1998 film  Big.

In 2014, Billy Idol published his autobiography, Dancing with Myself.

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*Aries

SoBay Rockers::We’re not making progress

Looks like The Quarter Note is only booking ROCK on Saturday nights:

As much as I’d like to blame club-owners (across the board here in the South Bay), if they’re not making money on rock & roll what would you have them do? It’s a business. An alternative would be to shut down the venue (which HAS been happening). With rents being raised considerably the last couple of years, Silicon Valley’s become quite an expensive area to live in – heck, to even survive in.

I’ve said this before until I’m blue in the face:  The way to ensure rock – especially LIVE rock – stays alive here is to support it. That means getting your asses down to these shows.

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