It was twenty years ago today that a brand new band on the Metal horizon released their self-titled debut album and I am talking about the crushing power that is Sevendust from Atlanta, GA. The guys were dishing out a sound that came to be known as Alt-Metal or to some “Nu-Metal” and I have to admit that I wasn’t paying attention at all to this kind of thing at the time. Instead, I was finding myself focusing on the stuff coming out of the European side of the Metal fence since it was something that served my own musical cravings a lot more. I disclose this information not as a slight to Sevendust at all but more as an awareness on how one can miss something exciting without even realizing it. Sevendust would be the bands final name as they began as Snake Nation, Rumblefish and then Crawlspace. I’m glad that they settled on Sevendust.
The band members at the time of the debut consisted of Lajon Witherspoon (lead vocals), Clint Lowery (lead guitar/backing vocals), John Connolly (rhythm guitar/backing vocals), Vinnie Hornsby (bass) and Morgan Rose (drums/backing vocals). Though Lowery would leave the lineup in 2003 and be replaced by Snot’s Sonny Mayo, he has since returned to the group and the full original lineup continues to tour together for their legions of fans. This body of musical work was co-produced by Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French and it was actually thanks to an episode of MTV’s “Behind The Music” that I even first heard the name Sevendust. According to historical record, French’s time working with the band was short-lived. I’ve placed the albums Wiki entry down below for all of the finer details and since I was not in “their camp”, it works out better for you readers at the end of the day. Down below are the original track listings for the release. Later on we would find an expanded release coming out with some bonus live tracks and other versions but this is only about the debut.
Continue reading Sevendust’s Self-Titled Debut Hits 20 Years (1997-2017)
So back in October I did a quick little “Music Milestone” for the debut single by The Damned with “New Rose”; it’s an amazing tune and one that had held up over the years. You can review that summary on THIS LINK in case you haven’t seen it yet. I decided to do this because I was all amped up about seeing the band in concert for the very first time. Yeah it happens and you cannot always see everyone. I was just glad that I got the chance – AND I went to both shows so was feeling double special about the experience. All of that leads us to today where the bands official debut album “Damned, Damned, Damned” has reached its own 40th Anniversary. In 1977 I was far too young to be listening to this sort of stuff and I would get into some of what the band was doing during my high school years. The interesting thing about my own exposure was that I would first hear a song called “Jet Boy, Jet Girl” which was a cover by another artist and then slowly make my way into “Machine Gun Etiquette” and then onto this particular debut release. So, I cannot really speak about its overall impact on me other than sharing what I liked about it so here goes nothing.
Continue reading “Damned Damned Damned” by The Damned: A Debut @ 4 Decades (1977-2017)
Now since I’ve been doing these “Music Milestones” for several years now, it dawned upon me that every so often the need might arise to do a specific song’s anniversary. This is especially important for those songs that ended up being absolutely iconic and preceded a full body of musical work by several months. The song “New Rose” by The Damned is such a song and it was released forty years ago today on Stiff Records. The band’s full length debut album would be released in the middle of February during the following 1987 year. The song is a fast-paced one with thundering drums by Rat Scabies along with frenetic guitar by Captain Sensible. Singer Dave Vanian leads us into the tune with the words “Is She Really Going Out With Him”. I guess you can consider this a kind of love song but if it’s not that’s fine since the tune kicks some ass and still does forty years later.
Though I didn’t know this until only recently, the song is actually the very first single to be released by a British Punk Rock band and that was a pretty cool fact. It was written by bassist Brian James and produced by Nick Lowe with a B-side of a cover of “Help” originally done by The Beatles. The tune bears very little sonic resemblance to that of the Fab Four.
Continue reading “New Rose”; The Damned’s Debut Single Is 40 (1986-2016)
There have really been a lot of Music Milestones to raise a glass to in 2016 and for me personally a whole bunch of them came out in 1986 when I was a very active consumer and spending so much of my meager earnings at the local record store. This latest toast brings us back to 1976 where on this very day the debut album by the band Boston was released. It was very simply titled – “Boston”. Happy Fortieth to this absolutely classic release. Now I should stress that I didn’t purchase this one on the day of its release as I would have only been eleven years old at the time but as I sift through the memories I’d like to say that I had heard it from at least my own 13th year of life. “Boston” was an instant hit to my recollection and I used to listen to Rock radio stations like WPLJ and WNEW from an early age which meant the first singles from the record “More Than a Feeling” and “Foreplay/Longtime” had been in regular rotation on the airwaves for a couple of years by then. Once I was allowed to use money in the fashion that I best saw that I wanted to it would be one of the very first albums that I would purchase. The younger set has it so much easier with that kind of restriction I am thinking. As with other toasts, I am keeping this to personal recall more than the overall historical notes since you can find them all on the Wikipedia entry at the close. So now back to that.
Continue reading Raising A Glass To A Classic: Boston’s “Boston” Debut Is Forty (1976-2016)
The debut album by Metal Allegiance arrives today care of Nuclear Blast Records and features Mike Portnoy, Phil Anselmo, Alex Skolnick, Dave Ellefson and many, many more. You can order a copy via the link below.