Hair Metal Book
Soundtrack of Our Youth includes almost 500 pages of hair metal music news, interviews, information and fun! If you want the expanded and full versions of all the information on this website - go check out our Ebook on Kindle!!!
Soundtrack includes 50 exclusive rock star interviews, Top 1,000 songs & top 350 albums of all time, as well as several rock related stories.
Demos and B-Sides
Demos and B-Sides includes almost 100 pages of fantastic hair metal music related content that wouldn't fit into Soundtrack of My Youth.
Features include our Hair Metal Hall of Fame, the best bands/songs/albums of the 2000s, the most underrated songs and albums of all time, as well as several exclusive rock star interview - including Chad Cherry of The Last Vegas.
Billy Sheehan - Greatest Rock Bass Player Alive?
We interviewed the legendary Billy Sheehan for our recently published book Soundtrack of Our Youth. Below are some highlights of the interview. The full interview (27 questions) appears in the book.
1. Who do you kid the most? Paul Gilbert for some of his one-piece suits he wore, Steve Vai for losing to Ralph Macchio in a guitar duel or Richie Kotzen for playing in Poison?
Sheehan: All equally, lol! No, actually none. Time marches on. There is no past.
2. I know you are too classy of a guy to rank them. But is there one or two of them that really standout in terms of amazing you with their ability? Or how about one or two that you’ve really connected with on a personal and professional level (IE: your string soul mate)?
Sheehan: Hard to say. Everybody is different. The greatest musician I know is a drummer Dennis Chambers.
3. You are one of the most cordial rock stars in the world. Always extremely friendly with your fans, you respond to fan’s comments on social media, etc. Why is it important for you – one of the biggest and most famous musicians in the world – to take the time to engage with your fans?
Sheehan: Because they are everything to me. I'm supremely grateful to them for listening to my music and attending shows and so much more. I actually don't view them as fans---I consider them my friends. Plus, being in direct contact and close contact is always enjoyable and enlightening.
4. When did you first get involved with Scientology? What piqued your interest and can you summarize what benefits it has had to your career?
Sheehan: 1971. It's been a great help to me. I always want to improve in life, in music, in every area I can. I read a lot---many subjects. I love language and I'm a passionate self-educator. Especially scientific subjects. It all goes together.
5. From what I’ve read or watched on TV, it seems the leaders run a pretty tight and regimented ship. They don’t mind having a famous rock star out touring the world? (Since rock music is often associated with sex, drugs and craziness).
Sheehan: I haven't had even an aspirin since 1971, I don't do any drugs at all, and I've always been respectful to women, so that's not an issue with me.
6. Why put Winery Dogs on hiatus and start the Sons of Apollo band? Everybody seemed to love the Winery Dogs, both albums were Billboard hits, crowds loved you guys. It seemed like an odd time to shut that band down and start a new one?
Sheehan: The Winery Dogs are my favorite band. We did an album, a tour, another album, and another tour, and did not want to get caught in that never ending cycle. There's a reason why the first record or so of a band are considered their best work(s). After that, the endless cycle of album/tour, album/tour begins to drain the creativity (not in all cases of course), and we didn't want that to happen. So we took a break. We'll continue with lots of fresh new ideas and life experiences to write about very soon. In the interim, Sons of Apollo has been a blast! We are enjoying it immensely, and plan to continue to do so.
7. We know the proposed reunion with the DLR band a couple years ago got shut down by the fire marshal. Is there any chance that might happen again? Would you be into a one-off show or a mini-tour with those guys?
Sheehan: We all would love to, but it's up to Dave.
8. That band and DLR are so interesting. The first album was amazing, one of the best hard rock albums of the year. The second album had some great stuff on it…..but also clearly showed a bit of a change of style. How come you ended up leaving that band?
Sheehan: Eat ‘em & Smile was a blast. Writing, recording, touring, hanging out--we had a great time. I loved the music and live shows. On Skyscraper everything changed. It was no longer fun. Not my thing. The record was put together a piece at a time, rather than the whole band actually playing together. Unlike Eat em & Smile. So I put together Mr. Big to do things together as a band again.
Sleaze Rock, Hair Metal, Arena Anthems
MARK KENDALL - GREAT WHITE
We've got an exclusive interview with the legendary guitar player Mark Kendall. Here is one great answer!
HMM: Any crazy sunset strip stories you can share from your early days? Was it as crazy as people say?
Yes, we were once paid $6 from the Troubadour in Hollywood to a packed house! I remember saying to Jack, "Dude this is going to be a hard way to make a living”....
Then we said fuck it and split a Heineken.
Hall Of Fame - Whitesnake
David Coverdale. “In the Still of the Night.” Tawny Kitaen. Enough said.
Whitesnake are one of the older statesmen of the genre. They started building their skills and resume in the 70s. By the time the HM/HB ruled the rock world, Whitesnake was a fine-tuned, well-oiled rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse.
Whitesnake scored a number one and number two song on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well as scoring two top 10 albums! Whitesnake also dominates our local charts, the self-titled 1987 album tied a record (with several other bands) having seven songs that made our Top 1,000 list!
Main band members include: David Coverdale, Tommy Aldridge, Reb Beach, Adrian Vandenberg, Neil Murray, Rudy Sarzo, Micky Moody, Vivian Campbell and Jon Lord.
Whitesnake (#13), Slide it In (#60)
Rock: Still of the Night (#9), Fool For Your Loving (#40), Slow and Easy (#102)
Ballad: Here I Go Again (#9), Is This Love (#69), Too Many Tears (#72)
MOST UNDERRATED SONGS OF ALL TIME
We've listed the 40 most underrated songs of all time in the Demos and B-Sides book. Coming in at number 5:
Time To Let You Go - Enuff Z’Nuff (Strength)
Enuff Z’Nuff were often compared to The Beatles back in the day. I actually thought Time To Let You Go was a Beatle’s cover for several years – that’s how good this song is. Enuff Z’Nuff at its finest.
We've interviewed 55 rock stars for our two books and website. The complete interviews will be published very shortly. Here are a couple excerpts.
Warrant's Joey Allen on other famous guitar players:
Warren DeMartini – I opened for him when he was in Enforcer, I was 15. He’s one of the best in the business and the nicest guy you could meet.
George Lynch – Love to listen to George. I remember painting fences while listening to Under Lock and Key…his phrasing is killer and totally original.
CC Deville – Brother from another mother. Very under-rated as a player and writer.
Vita Bratta – Da…Vito…great player.
Brent Woods – great player!
Dokken's Jeff Pilson on Winger:
Pilson: I’ve always felt that Winger got way too much unfair criticism and not NEAR the credit they deserved. What an amazing bunch of musicians, singers and songwriters. So Kip was a good dancer- that shouldn’t take away from his recognition as a great musician!
Year-by-Year Breakdown of the Genre
2010 - Year of the Ratt
Ratt came through with one of the best albums of their career and Vince Neil took a song written by Nikki Sixx to the top of our charts!
Showing how fickle the music world is, just a few months after releasing their best album in twenty years the Ratt lineup that released Infestation – which went all the way to #30 on Billboard – went on an “indefinite hiatus” and the band stopped touring. ‘Best of Me’, ‘As Good as it Gets’ and ‘Garden of Eden’ are all tremendous rock songs.
Vince Neil’s Tattoos & Tequila cracked the top 60 on Billboard and produced the best overall song of 2010 in ‘Another Bad Day’. Interesting note, ‘Another Bad Day’ was written by a who’s who of the rock music scene. Tracii Guns, James Michael, Kevin Kadish and Sixx share writing credits. Reportedly the song was written for Motley Crue but Tommy Lee didn’t find it worthy enough for inclusion. That decision worked out well for Neil, who turned the song into a hit.
Hardcore Superstar continued their streak of top notch-albums. Split Your Lip might be their best overall release. ‘Moonshine’, ‘Last Call for Alcohol’, ‘Run To Your Mamma’ and ‘Here Comes That Sick Bitch Again’ make Split Your Lip one of the best rock albums of the decade.
Vain, Enuff Z’Nuff and Jetboy had decent albums. Overseas rockers had a strong year, Reckless Love, Wig Wam, Crashdiet and Crazy Lixx all had strong releases.
Another Bad Day – Vince Neil
Best of Me – Ratt
Moonshine – Hardcore Superstar
As Good as it Gets – Ratt
Save Her – Crash Diet
Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone – Alleycat Scratch
Love Drug- Vain
Do You Want to Taste It – Wig Wam
Lazy Day – Enuff Z’Nuff
Touch – Bad City
Push & Pull – Keel
Love Machine – Reckless Love
Perfectly Wrong – Jetboy
Last Call for Alcohol – Hardcore Superstar
Take Me For a Ride – Bad City
21 ‘Till I Die – Crazy Lixx
Tangled Up – Treat
Showdown in Central Park – Bad City
What Do You Got – Bon Jovi
Run to Your Mama – Hardcore Superstar
Here Comes that Sick Bitch Again – Hardcore Superstar
What of Our Love – Crazy Lixx
Man in the Moon – Wig Wam
Shouldn’t Cry – Vain
Here Comes Lonely – Vain
Fire in the Pouring Rain – Bad City
Beautiful Pain – Crashdiet
Albums You Should Own:
Infestation – Ratt
Split Your Lip – Hardcore Superstar
All Those Strangers – Vain
Welcome to the Wasteland – Bad City
Tattoos & Tequila – Vince Neil
Dissonance – Enuff Z’Nuff
Off Your Rocker – Jetboy
New Religion – Crazy Lixx
Streets of Rock & Roll – Keel
Generation Wild – Crashdiet
Non Stop Rock’n Roll – Wig Wam
Reckless Love – Reckless Love
TOP 1,000 Songs of All Time
We spent a full year putting together an elaborate and extremely accurate (as possible) list of the top 1,000 songs and top 350 albums of the sleaze rock genre.
Below is 131-146
131. Wanted Man – Ratt (Out of the Cellar, 1984)
132. Queen of the Nile – Dangerous Toys (Dangerous Toys, 1989)
133. It’s Not Enough – Tom Keifer (The Way Life Goes, 2013)
134. Big Guns – Skid Row (Skid Row, 1989)
135. Rhythm of Love – Scorpions (Savage Amusement, 1988)
136. Get it On – Kingdom Come (Kingdom Come, 1988)
137. Rocket Queen – Guns N’ Roses (Appetite for Destruction, 1987)
138. Doesn’t Matter – Killer Dwarfs (Dirty Weapons, 1990)
139. Do You Like It – Kingdom Come (In Your Face, 1989)
140. Passion Rules the Game – Scorpions (Savage Amusement, 1988)
141. Mad About You – Slaughter (Stick It To Ya, 1990)
142. Out of the Night – Great White (Out of the Night, 1983)
143. Sex Action – LA Guns (L.A. Guns, 1988)
144. Your Momma Won’t Know Pretty Boy Floyd (Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz, 1989)
145. Dance – Ratt (Dancing Undercover, 1986)
146. Lay Your Hands on Me – Bon Jovi (New Jersey, 1988)