Monday, January 19, 2009

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Outrageous Heavy Metal Album Covers

Last week we looked at's list of best & worst album covers for 2008. Switching gears a bit, let's look at's look at The Top 20 Most Outrageous Heavy Metal Album Covers. Actually, I think some of these are classic album covers, I love heavy metal covers! We will look at five a day, sometimes that's all a person can handle. Longtime readers of the blog will certainly recognize some of these classic album covers.

Heavy metal bands have always relied on their album covers. Most metal bands wouldn’t have been half as popular if it wasn’t for their ridiculously awesome album art. But how did it go so wrong? When did bands start thinking it was okay to take their shirts off and pose as medieval warriors?

20. Stryper: Soldiers Under Command

19. Stryken: First Strike

18. Boned: Up At The Crack

17. Attila: Attila

16. Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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By Dustin Sussman

Music News & Notes

Grandmaster Flash Readies First New Album in 20 Years

Rock & Roll Hall member Grandmaster Flash is ready to put out his first album of new material since 1987 with "The Bridge." The album is due for release on March 3 on Adrenaline City Entertainment via Strut.

According to, Flash stated "As a DJ, I've been blessed to see many different people, places and styles. The album title represents all the bridges I've crossed worldwide. The bridges of time, cultures and color, the bridges of hip hop, funk, pop, rock, jazz, punk, disco and R&B."


Seminal Folkster Donovan Receives French Honor

Donovan has been honored in France as an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Awarded at the annual MIDEM convention in Cannes, the honor acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution to the arts.

Accepting the award, Donovan stated: "I take it for all the work I've done over the years to bring poetry back to popular culture. To get an honour like this confirmed to me that it was successful, that my work was accepted on my terms, rather than becoming an entertainer. I wanted to be entertaining, but to bring to the world a sense of meaning again."


Truth In Advertising

Ohio is the 27th state to pass some form of the Truth in Music bill that makes it illegal for groups to dupe the promoters or the public into believing that a touring act is the real thing even when there are no original members taking part in a performance.

Under the new Ohio law, going into effect on April 6, at least one member of the touring group has to have recorded under the group's name. Fines can be up to $15,000.

John "Bowzer" Bowman of Sha Na Na has spearheaded the effort across the country and says “The public is entitled to know what it’s going to see. You have to have a legitimate link to the group itself,” he said. “If the federal trademark laws worked effectively, we wouldn’t need these state laws.”



A number of veteran artists have been announced as participants in next weeks Bob Hope Classic golf tournament, including Stephen Stills, Huey Lewis, Alice Cooper and Don Felder.


No Reunion of Jeff Beck Group

Jeff Beck has stated not to expect a reunion of the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. "Reformation of bands is never my idea of a good idea. Leave well enough alone, especially 35 years after it happened.

"It usually indicates there isn't anything else happening in someone else’s career, otherwise you wouldn't entertain it - let’s face it. We weren't together in the heyday of money. We were playing small clubs and dives and broke up just before Woodstock, so we never had any big money gigs."

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 01/17/2009

1. LP - Pink Floyd "Meddle" EMI Columbia Blue Vinyl Pressing - $12,000.00 - Start: $1,500.00 - Bids: 48

2. LP - Michele Auclair "Sonates pour clavier et violin" Les Discophiles Francais - $5,500.00 - Start: $499.00 - Bids: 17

3. LP - Pink Floyd "self titled" Odeon Japan Promo - $4,300.00 - Start: $499.00 - Bids: 20

4. 45rpm - Elvis Presley "self titled" EP RCA SPD-23 - $4,250.00 - Start: $10.00 - Bids: 23

5. 45rpm - U2 "I Will Follow" / "Boy/Girl" CBS Ireland tan vinyl - $2,650.00 - Start: $0.01 - Bids: 17

2009 gets its first break of the $10k mark this week, with a rare blue vinyl "Meddle" selling for exactly $12k. The $10k mark was broken only three times last year, once by the #5 White Album, and twice by Northern Soul 45's.

In the #2 spot a French Bach LP set of Bach Sonatas bids up to $5.5k. Next, another Pink Floyd record makes the list, this one a Japanese promo which contained tracks from early Pink Floyd albums Saucerful Of Secrets through Atom Heart Mother, as well as a few singles and B-sides.

Elvis Presley's three EP set, simply titled "Elvis Presley" bids up halfway past $4.2k.

And last, a tan vinyl "I Will Follow" from U2 sells for halfway over $2.6k.

As always, I want to thank Norm over at for this great data.

Rock & Roll Tidbits

Steppenwolf's lead singer, John Kay is seldom seen without sun glasses due to the fact that he has been legally blind since childhood.

Before Bobby "Boris" Pickett released "The Monster Mash" in 1962, he was working as an actor, making appearances on the TV shows Bonanza, The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction.

Blood, Sweat and Tears concert contract stated that their shows are not to be advertised as a reunion concert, even though the band has split and re-united at least five times.

Buddy Holly asked his future wife for a date, 30 seconds after meeting her and proposed later the same week. Six months earlier, he had recorded a song called "Take Your Time".

In 1957, Frank Sinatra was quoted as saying "Rock 'n' Roll is phony and false, and sung, written and played for the most part by cretinous goons."

October 17th, 1990 marked the first time that the #1 album in the United States was only available on CD or cassette - and could not be found on vinyl. The album was Vanilla Ice's "To The Extreme".

Songwriter Tommy Durden showed his partner Mae Axton a newspaper story about a suicide victim who had left a one-line note that said "I Walk A Lonely Street". The pair added "Heartbreak Hotel" to the line and in 22 minutes had written Elvis Presley's first million seller.

Vaudevillian Jack Norworth wrote "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in 1908 after seeing a sign on a bus advertising BASEBALL TODAY - POLO GROUNDS. Norworth and his friend, Albert von Tilzer (who wrote the music) had never been to a baseball game before his song became a hit.

Pat Boone was a semi-finalist on the TV talent show Ted Mack's Amateur Hour, but before the finals, he appeared on a similar show called Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, for a fee of $600. Ted Mack's show then disqualified him, as he was no longer an amateur, costing Pat a chance at a $6000 scholarship.

In 1972, Keith Richards and his girlfriend at the time, Anita Pallenberg, rented a lavish palace on the French Riviera while the band was recording the LP “Beggar’s Banquet.” Included in the household budget was $1,000 for food, $1,000 for alcohol, $2,500 for the rent and $2,500 for drugs.

Two of Jim Croce's biggest hit songs were inspired by real people. Leroy Brown was a fellow member of the Air National Guard who had gone AWOL and Big Jim Walker ("You Don't Mess Around With Jim") was a pool shootin son-of-a-gun from south Philadelphia.

Brenda Lee's 1960, US number one hit, "I'm Sorry", was recorded at the tail end of a recording session with just five minutes of studio time left. It was intended to be the "B" side of a 45 that featured "That's All You Gotta Do", but disc jockeys flipped the platter over and "I'm Sorry" soon shot to the top of Billboard's Hot 100.

Jim McGuinn of The Byrds changed his middle name to Roger and began using it as a stage name after becoming interested in Eastern religion. A guru had told him that names starting with the letter "R" would vibrate better with the universe.

When Paul McCartney wants to play some of his old Beatles' hits in concert, he must pay a royalty fee to Michael Jackson, who bought the publishing rights for $47.5 million in 1985.

In 1929, American Paul Galvin, the head of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, invented the first car radio. Consumers had to purchase the radios separately as they were not available from carmakers. Galvin coined the name Motorola for the company's new products, combining the idea of motion and radio.

When Richard Penniman was asked how he came by his stage name, he said that in his childhood neighborhood, there were only two nicknames used, 'lil and bro. That's when he became Little Richard.

When John Lennon's Aunt Mimi bought him his first guitar in the summer of 1956, he practiced constantly. As she watched him play hour after hour, day after day, she finally remarked "The guitar's all very well John, but you'll never make a living out of it."

During the early stages of their careers, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Hall and Oates and Steve Martin were all opening acts for the rock and roll nostalgia group, Sha Na Na.

The Crickets were given awards as the Best Vocal Group in the US and Great Britain in 1957, despite the fact that the only member of the group that actually sang was Buddy Holly. The background vocals for their number one hit "That'll Be The Day" were sung by Gary and Ramona Tollet.

Roy Orbison's highest charting album did not come about until after his untimely death in 1989. "Mystery Girl" reached #5 and was eventually certified platinum.

Aerosmith was known to bring a chainsaw with them out on tour so that they could chop up hotel rooms with greater efficiency. They also traveled with extra-long extension cords. Their reasoning? So the TVs that they tossed out of their hotel rooms would stay on and keep playing all the way to the ground before they were smashed up.

Danny and the Juniors' 1958, Top 20 hit "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay" was written in response to a rock record smashing party sponsored by St Louis radio station KWK.