Yeah, me neither. But it did happen and the episode “111 Harry’s Will“, aired on November 5th, 1990. And it was as awkward and as awesome as it sounds . Extra heavy metal points go to Marion Ross (dressed as the flying nun) who got to hip-check Wendy at an ice skating rink, and to for Wendy for probably really scaring the piss out of Abe Vigoda. The entire cast of this episode deserved an Emmy for this. Bonus? The clip above also contains a scene from the 1989 movie “Pucker up and Bark Like a Dog” that Williams also appeared in along with Phyllis Diller. PHYLLIS FUCKING DILLER. Mind blown.
As if Austin, Texas wasn’t awesome enough already, James Moody, part of the Austin Music Council, and owner of the famous music venue, the Mowhawk, proposed that the city build a statue of Glenn Danzig riding a dragon that would “welcome” visitors to downtown Austin. Although Moody said he made the suggestion “mostly in jest”, the news made a pretty good splash on the heavy metal part of the Internet. The Music Council will meet on again on Monday and will hopefully vote in favor of this epic idea. Portland, Oregon, you’re going to have to try harder to keep it weird if the Danzig Dragon statue gets the go ahead.
I’ve been sick in bed all weekend. Which means I’ve been swilling NyQuil and watching way too much TV. Some of it good (Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo), and some of it bad. So bad, that it also gave me a case of the sads, which I really didn’t need. Which is exactly what happened when I tuned in to the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
Bring on the hate mail, but this performance by Guns really didn’t need to happen. Axl doesn’t look or sound good. He looks uncomfortable – he’s completely over-dressed and looks like he’s ready to go into some mid-evil heavy metal battle. And his vocals on one of metals greatest anthems, “Welcome to the Jungle” are so bad at times, it actually heartbreaking. It’s like a very metal friend of mine (almost) always says whenever the opportunity arises to see a long-ago band live:
“I want to keep the good memories of my idols intact.”
It would be nearly impossible to find a headbanger that would disagree with the fact that Axl Rose is one of the greatest front men and vocalists of all time. A recent interactive chart put together by Concert Hotels comparing the vocal ranges of singers from the past and present, placed Rose at the top of the heap with the widest range, beating out Freddie Mercury, Steve Perry, and Jeff Buckley.
I was lucky enough to let this band melt my face off back in the day, and I’ll never forget it. That said, I can say with 100% certainty that I don’t need to see GNR trying to recapture that same energy and ferocity again, and failing, ever again.
And why not! I mean, why should Jesus have all the fun appearing on everything from a grilled cheese sandwich, to a bananas, and even pancakes? Well, move over Jesus, because Lemmy’s face just showed up on a pancake, and the photo of the most metal breakfast ever was posted to the bands official Twitter feed earlier today for everyone to virtually worship. And it’s only going to be a matter of time before Lem’s mug starts showing up on in all kinds of other weird places. Who’s your Messiah now, Moses!?! Motörhead, that’s who!
Without a doubt, this video of a ukelele-loving metalhead killing the shit out of Slayer’s “War Ensemble” is the most metal thing that happened today – and it just might be the most metal thing to happen to a ukelele, ever. Rob Scallon, you rule brother.
My good pals over at Aggronutix almost broke the heavy metal part of the Internet late last week when they debuted their latest Throbblehead creations, Oderus Urungus and Balsac “The Jaws of Death” of GWAR. Will you be one of the worthy few to own this collectible set? Worship your masters, human filth!
In other cool news, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Dave Brockie Fund, a charity with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, and preserve the legacy of Dave’s works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity.
Limited to 1000, no doubt these mini-GWARS will go fast. Pre-order is underway now!
At least I’m guessing that’s what Don’s O face looks like, but I really don’t know since I was never part of the 80′s hair-metal backstage groupie scene. Anyway, this amazing snapshot into 1982 can become a part of your bad-ass battle jacket for the low price of $5 over at Cheap Dates Etsy page.
The smile-inducing, band-directed video for Wish You Could Stay, a single that appears on the band’s new album The Golden Age Of Glitter, follows each member throwing a paper airplane which eventually makes its way to the next member.
Stereogum has a full album stream of the record, that has another track featuring Lanagan’s whiskey soaked vocals, Let’s Take The Same Plane”, up now. Don’t miss it!
Many waves of thrash-happiness ran through my ears today for 4:44 seconds after listening to the latest EP from hardcore thrash outfit, Iron Reagan.
Spoiled Identity is the Richmond, Virginia bands second first effort since. 2013′s, Worse Than Dead. Which by the way is 19 tracks deep, but only clocks in at a speedy 24 minutes. But it’s not surprising that you will happily enjoy letting all 13 tracks on Spoiled Identity tear your face off in record time – Iron Reagan is comprised of members that used to bang around in bands like Municipal Waste, Darkest Hour, and a band that gives me the Motörhead shakes, Hellbear.
I love everything that’s happening on this record – and you will too. Especially when you hear vocalist Tony Foresta scream “Your Kids An Asshole” (for a full seven seconds & also happens to be something I often say in my head), or “Cops Don’t Like Me, I Don’t Like Cops (an epic 33 seconds), is awesomely gratifying. Trust me.
Lastly, I know things have been pretty quiet here lately. And it’s going to keep on that way for now. And since I don’t have a hot minute to think about where this is all headed, I’m still not exactly sure what the future will hold for CB.com. But I’m not pulling the plug yet, so stay tuned.
You can always find me on Twitter @DJCherrybombed, over at Movies About Girls, and Destroy the Brain. I am taking a week or so off to terrorize areas that may or may not be located in the PNW so look out. And don’t forget to get out on Record Store Day this year (Saturday, April 19th) and support your local, Independent record stores. I’ll be keeping it weird and hitting up Portland, Oregon this year MAG’s Ambassador of Friendship, Drew Buzzy.
Born in Winter comes from Gojira’s 2012 album L’Enfant Sauvage. The mind-bending video artwork comes all the way from Spain and Jossie Malis’ Zumbakamera animation studio. If you’ve been binge-watching Neil deGrasse Tyson’s addictive “Cosmos” series like me, this video is the perfect heavy metal compliment to all the science Tyson has been tripping our brains with for the last few weeks.
Want to live chat with Gojira about their theories on evolution or headbanging? Tune in here at 1PM PT. The band kicks off a massive tour in Seattle (!) on May 28th with Kvelertak and Mastodon. Most metal tour ever? It just might be.