Sunday Metal – Badlands

Speaking of amazing singers… how about Ray Gillen and his work in Badlands?

It’s not a great recording, but it’s a live performance and all Ray – no autotune, no backing tracks, just Ray’s incredible voice. (Thanks, Ricky for turning me onto them, all those years ago).

Badlands with “High Wire”

Sunday Metal – Steelheart

Steelheart was another band that came in at the tail-end of the hair metal era, with their debut album being released in 1990 (and what’s with that lame-ass album cover?). Yeah, a lot was derivative and formulaic but…

Holy shit, Miljenko Matijevic can sing.

Sure the “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” song is perfect for a radio dedication to your high school girlfriend, but the real gem on that album is this song: “She’s Gone”. I always preferred the album version as it’s longer, but all you’ll find online is the radio/video edit. Still tho… those pipes, the emotion poured into singing this song. Simply awesome.

Sunday Metal – Tyketto

Oh man… take me back to my radio daze. In 1990 David Geffen was enjoying success so he spun off a new record label, DGC. To help get it started, harder rock bands like… Nelson… were signed. Of course if you have a formula you keep milking it, and so Tyketto.

I remember seeing Tyketto’s album come into the station in 1991 – simply because that name was so odd, it stuck in your head. I never gave it a chance. It was the early 90’s. Hair metal was passé, or at least, these guys didn’t seem to embrace what made that music so good – and so, it never really took off. And then… DGC signed this obscure little band from Seattle called Nirvana and the world changed.

I admit, the YouTube rabbit hole brought this one up and writing this post I let the song spin – the first time I really listened to it. It’s not bad.

Tyketto with “Forever Young”

Sunday Metal – Danger Danger

This came on my iTunes radio mix the other day and it reminded me how terrible it was. It came out at the tail-end of the “hair metal” era, when everything had turned derivative and formulaic along with bands/musicians trying to find their way to success before everything had fully passed them over.

And you got this.

That said, Andy Timmons is a good guitar player and Ted Poley can sing. But if this doesn’t epitomize all that was that particular moment in time. 🙂

This is Danger Danger with “Naughty Naughty” for your Sunday Sunday Metal Metal

Sunday Metal – The Pretty Reckless

This song is fantastic. The composition. The progression. Taylor’s singing. When this album came out I listened to this song over and over, it’s so good. I’m still not tired of listening to this song.

The Pretty Reckless with “25”