Good metal? Hellyeah!

And now for something completely different! For those who are fans of either Pantera and Mudvayne there is a chance you will like the fairly new band, appropriately titled Hellyeah. The band is composed of Chad Gray on vocals (Mudvayne), Greg Tribbett on guitar (Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell on guitar (Nothingface), Bob Zilla (Nothingface), and Vinnie Paul on drums (Pantera, Rebel Meets Rebel, Damageplan).

Untraditional and Romantic Songs for V-Day!

So with a little more than two weeks until Valentines Day, I am sure many of you are already starting to make plans. Here are some songs that aren’t your traditional mushy love songs, but still give you that great feeling. These are my six all time favorite love songs, so hopefully these can get you “in the mood”.

1. Goodnight Moon by Go Radio

I had never heard this song until a guy I knew played it on guitar, and it made me melt. Two months later (we are now dating), and this song almost makes me tear up! The lyrics are so beautiful, and the concept together make this song irresistibly romantic.

2.  I Love Your Existence by Alex Goot

So sweet and so unique, give this one a try! Such a simple statement that means so much but without overdoing it.

3. Ordinary People by Clay Walker

You might not be a country music fan, but this song can still strike a chord somewhere. After listening to this song a few times it makes me want nothing more than an ordinary relationship with all the love, passion and comfort.

Unfortunately I was unable to find it on youtube, so you’ll have to look it up elsewhere.

4. Inevitable by Anberlin

There aren’t enough words to describe how purely amazing this song is. So amazing in fact that this is the song I plan on playing at my wedding, because who doesn’t want that perfect someone to be our “last first kiss”?

5. Kiss Me by New Found Glory

This song is romantic in the sweet innocent way of children rather than a love song, but is so cute and sweet it had to be added to the list.

6. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This by Toby Keith

This is another country song, and the first love song I really ever connected with. To this day I still cannot listen to it without getting the chills

Enjoy and have a great Valentine’s Day!

100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80’s!

This list was compiled by VH1 and has the greatest one hit wonders of the 80’s, many of which are considered to be some of the best 80’s songs overall. They also have a program where they talk about all of these songs one by one, which is very interesting

THE COMPLETE LIST…

1    Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”

2    Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”

3    A-Ha: “Take On Me”

4    Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”

5    Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”

6    Toni Basil: “Mickey”

7    Modern English: “I Melt With You”

8    Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”

9    Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”

10    Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”

11    Gary Numan: “Cars”

12    Animotion: “Obsesssion”

13    Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”

14    Big Country: “In A Big Country”

15    Devo: “Whip It”

16    Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”

17    Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”

18    Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”

19    Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”

20    Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”

21    Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

22    Michael Sembello: “Maniac”

23    Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”

24    Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”

25    Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”

26    Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”

27    Stacey Q: “Two of Hearts”

28    John Parr: “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)”

29    Madness: “Our House”

30    The Vapors: “Turning Japanese”

31    Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

32    Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”

33    John Waite: “Missing You”

34    The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like”

35    Tom Tom Club: “Genius of Love”

36    Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”

37    Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”

38    Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself”

39    Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride”

40    The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”

41 Billy Vera “At This Moment”

42 Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”

43 Shannon “Let the Music Play”

44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”

45 Robbie Nevil “C’est La Vie”

46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”

47 Pretty Poison “Catch Me I’m Falling”

48 Yello “Oh Yeah”

49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”

50 Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”

51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”

52 Mary Jane Girls “In My House”

53 Taco “Puttin’ On the Ritz”

54 Chris DeBurgh “Lady in Red”

55 Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”

56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”

57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”

58 Don Johnson “Heartbeat”

59 The Outfield “Your Love”

60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”

61 E.U.: “Da Butt”

62 XTC: “Dear God”

63 Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain”

64 Robbie Dupree: “Steal Away”

65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”

66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”

67 Martika: “Toy Soldiers”

68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”

69 T’Pau: “Heart And Soul”

70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”

71 Jack Wagner: “All I Need”

72 Swing Out Sister: “Breakout”

73 Paul Hardcastle: “19″

74 Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”

75 Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”

76 J.J. Fad: “Supersonic”

77 General Public: “Tenderness”

78 Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”

79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”

80 Eddie Murphy: “Party All The Time”

81 Josie Cotton: “Johnny Are You Queer?”

82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”

83 Paul Lekakis: “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room”

84 The Church: “Under The Milky Way”

85 Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers: “Tomorrow People”

86 Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots”

87 Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart”

88 Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”

89 Rodney Dangerfield: “Rappin’ Rodney”

90 Haircut 100: “Love Plus One”

91 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers”

92 Frank Stallone: “Far From Over”

93 L.A. Guns: “The Ballad of Jayne”

94 Club Nouveau: “Lean On Me”

95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”

96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”

97 Will To Power: “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird”

98 Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever”

99 Michael Damian: “Rock On”

100 Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne): “You’re A Friend Of Mine”

Breaking Up Breaking Benjamin???

While searching for some information online the other day I happened to come across a rather startling news article that claimed that Breaking Benjamin was breaking up. The lead singer and frontman Benjamin Burnley suffers from Wernicke’s Encephalopathy due to excessive drinking in his past, when he apparently wanted to drink himself to death. Despite the fact that he longer consumes alcohol, he still suffers from the lingering effects of this illness. Because of this Breaking Benjamin canceled their summer 2010 tour, and the other members rejoined their previous bands while Benjamin Burnley took some time to recover. Due to all of this rumors began to circulate that they were breaking up permanantly. However after some research it appears that they are just taking some time off, and will be regrouping eventually. *sigh of relief*

Chad Szeliga (drummer), posted this one his facebook page reguarding the status of the band “For those of you who are concerned. We (Breaking Benjamin) are not breaking up. We are taking the summer off due to some health issues that he [Ben] has been dealing with for some time now. I would like to personally thank all of you for the emails and comments. Thanks for your concern. It means a lot to Ben, Aaron, Mark and… myself.”

Give it up already!

Have you ever noticed that there are some bands that just don’t seem to give up even as they age? While I applaud them for their dedication to producing and performing music, there is a certain point where they need to retire before they die on stage. Look at Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, so far he’s already fallen off the stage twice, and been hospitalized at least once for it. There reaches a point where the performance just doesn’t have the same effect. Somehow listening to Living on the Edge jus doesn’t have the same meaning when it’s sung by a bunch of 60 somethings (not meaning to pick on Aerosmith here, because they really are a good band). I just think they should stop while they are ahead at a certain age, and be remembered for their excellent music and performances, not their hospital visits.

Tim Hawkins has a great parody of this called Old Rock Stars, check it out:

What do you think? Should aging rock stars “give it up already” or keep performing??

 

Naughty Songs

Everybody has their own “guilty pleasure” songs. You know the ones that make you want get up and dance, or maybe even do something naughty. I’ve been pretty addicted to a few of these recently, so I thought I’d share them with you all!

1. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard

This song may be older, but too good to ever go out of style. It’s a classic “naughty” song, and is actually the #1 song used for stripping (bet nobody ever told you that one)

2.  I Almost Told You That I Love You by Papa Roach

This song crosses the line into just plain dirty just a bit, but is still pretty awesome. Just beware the video, it’s pretty wild

3. Scream by Avenged Sevenfold

Sexy metal, what could be better?

4. Bad Girlfriend by Theory of a Deadman

Pretty self explanatory

5. For Your Entertainment by Adam Lambert

This song is so hot, and very addicting!

6. I Get Off by Halestorm

My number one favorite naughty song by far. The more you listen to it, the more little things you notice, especially some of the double meanings!

7. Bad Romance

Just plain sexy

This is no Letdown

A song that’s been on my mind a lot lately has been Letdown by This Providence. Listen to it once or twice to see what you think.

One of the very cool things about it to start is the strumming pattern, it has a very distinctive up and down series of strums, keeping the song very fast moving and rhythmic. At the very beginning and end of the intro the strings are muted to produced a “flatter” sound. This song seems to have almost a drum like beat even without the drums or bass!

The lyrics are also pretty special, they tell a story of a guy who was ensnared by a girl with less then honorable intentions. This is one of the few songs that shows a guy being lead astray by a girl, usually it seems to go the other way around. It shows the true emotions of a guy being vulnerable without falling into the trap of being whiney and generally “emo” (not that those type of songs aren’t good in their own way).

The analogies used in this song are so beautifully written and thought provoking. Just listen to some of these lines:

“I’m painted crimson and blue, she was a ruthless artist. Traded my skin for cheap sex and tattoos”

Almost everyone has had a time in their life when someone has lead them astray, or led them on to belief something. I think something in this song can resonate with each of us.

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