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Old 05-03-2018
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30 YEARS AGO TODAY, There was another band that made an entire album one big story. The Who, Pink Floyd, and Rush did it, now Queensryche when they released the rock opera Operation: Mindcrime and set them on the world stage when it arrived on May 3, 1988. The concept album about government corruption, corporate greed and dicey counter-culture revolutionaries, was unprecedented and remains relevant decades after its initial release.

https://youtu.be/CNdOsL4Xe7Q

Lead singer Geoff Tate: "We’re brought up as children to believe that the world is black and white. … And the older you get, you realize that’s a complete lie, and that there’s a loose code that we’re supposed to follow but most people don’t. So it’s kind of an eye opening experience when you realize that the way you were brought up isn’t the way that the world works.”

https://youtu.be/R7xtYIJgPjg

In the 2017 update of the 100 greatest metal albums of all time, Rolling Stone placed the LP at No. 67. Many fans believe Operation: Mindcrime remains Queensryche’s finest hour.

https://youtu.be/E_LDkphPYic

The album reached number 50 on the #Billboard charts. Released during the birth of MTV, the album went gold, then platinum, then double platinum, and it’s just been selling ever since.

The Mission:
https://youtu.be/bglInWLoxdc

Suite Sister Mary:
https://youtu.be/8CZGion20E4
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Old 05-15-2018
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35 YEARS AGO TODAY... Reach the Beach, the Fixx's second album, soared to #8 on the Billboard chart and they got there on the power of three consecutive Top 40 hits, including the #4 smash "One Thing Leads to Another", a biting critique of flip-flopping career politicians.

Singer Cy Curnin: "In some ways, it was simple. Great guitar hook. One-chord song. Enigmatic words that ring as true today as they did then. Lies and politics don't mix, but we always have to suffer these fools. When will they learn that they are our servants, not our masters?"


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Old 05-17-2018
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25 YEARS AGO TODAY, Winger's "Pull" album released. Appropriate first tune on the album when two years prior, Nirvana's "Smell's Like Teen Spirit" was heard (and seen on MTV) for the first time, and like a light switch, the 80's hair band era was over.

That's the main reason why this 3rd album was their least successful of the three, but is considered their best.

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Old 05-23-2018
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30 YEARS AGO this past Monday, Cinderella avoided the sophomore slump with "Hard Cold Winter", topping at #10 on Billboard. Rolling Stone placed the album at #10 on its list of the 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time, claiming the record “ranks with any blues-rock of the ‘80s.”

https://youtu.be/Xbz5WUqWZfg

The magazine also putting it on a separate list of “50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own.” “All the hits are somehow about trying to get back home again, one of country's eternal themes, which might explain why you can still hear echoes of ‘Gypsy Road’ in songs by guys like Randy Montana and Toby Keith.”

https://youtu.be/6j7E7pvLxmI

What gets ridiculed in one era can be praised in another, but only if it has staying power. Cinderella was playing the long game with Long Cold Winter; their songs still stand up. Even today.
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Old 05-24-2018
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30 YEARS AGO TODAY and hot on the heels of their first tour with Hagar and their first #1 album "5150", Van Halen quickly got back to work and released perhaps their most diverse collection of songs ever on their 2nd #1 album released today OU812!

The epic Led Zeppelin-esque "Cabo Wabo" is one of the best things this lineup ever recorded!

https://youtu.be/ZL8yWpUPMCY
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Old 06-06-2018
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40 YEARS AGO TODAY when the Cars’ self-titled debut album was released in 1978, rock music fans weren’t really sure what to make of it.

https://youtu.be/bnybirLa4xY

But in the end, it didn’t really matter much. Almost all nine songs packed enough big-time pop hooks to drive the album into the Top 20 and remain on the charts for an unbelievable 139 weeks!

From the opening "Good Times Roll" to "My Best Friend’s Girl", "Just What I Needed", "Bye Bye Love", and "You’re All I’ve Got Tonight", it was FM rock radio stations that made them stars, setting them up for their string of four Top 10 albums over the next five years.

https://youtu.be/TsPh-EgH65M
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Old 06-17-2018
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25 YEARS AGO TODAY, the king of outlaw country music, Waylon Jennings, decided that his 41st album would need a change.

With just 3 more albums to be made, he made this one just for kids.

https://youtu.be/Pr6JVM5RfrQ

Happy Fathers Day.

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Old 06-23-2018
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1/2 of Pantera, the Abbott brothers, are now gone.

Founding members, guitarist Dimebag Darrell, was assassinated while on stage in 2004, and now word has spread that his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, passed away last night in Vegas at the age of 54.

RIP Vinnie

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Forgotten Racing Song.....

....."Saturday Night Drag Race" circa 1951.

http://autoweek.com/article/car-life...al-rock-n-roll
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Old 06-28-2018
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30 YEARS AGO TODAY the Christian metal band released their 4th (and best) album. The album received two Gospel Music Awards for "Hard Rock Album" and "Hard Rock Song" for the title track:

https://youtu.be/N9k2LUtWVYk

Christian rock brothers Robert (drummer) and Michael Sweet (singer) one of the best vocalists in rock-n-roll at his peak.

https://youtu.be/-NL-Ny5IZN8
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