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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #35-31

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Monday Metal Madness – Black in Black

Last week it was the Trolls that edged out the Orcs and Goblins in the Monday Metal Madness poll.  The week before that, it was Staind that reigned supreme in the Least Worst Of poll.  Thank you for playing along in our little voting games.  We appreciate your continuous support and as always, if you feel there is a topic you think we should set up a poll for, please let us know.  We would be happy to do whatever research necessary and make it happen.

This week I have been thinking about classic albums that still hold their weight in gold today.  You know the ones I am talking about; the albums that made a huge impact in Rock or Metal.  The one in particular I have on my mind today is Black in Black by AC/DC.  When I listen to this album I can hit random knowing full well any song that comes up it is a kick-ass song.  If they ever told anyone they were going to play this album live in its entirety it would be a huge tour.  They may have done it already; I haven’t been paying attention.  It would be awesome!  So, for today’s poll which song on this album is your favorite and why?  Please cast your vote and let us know what you think in the comments box.  For bonus I know of two movies that featured only AC/DC music it its soundtrack.  Can you name them?

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Themed Thursday: Workout CDs

Now that we are about to enter our 6th month of the year, how are all those New Year’s resolutions to lose weight going?  It’s a popular resolution that most of make and unfortunately fail at.  In the past I have written a few themes with a selection of workout songs I find motivating to help me move along.  Typically, I am a proponent of hard and fast music from DevilDriver, Slayer, or Amon Amarth.   Rarely, I listen to a single album while working out.  I find that at some point the steam dies and I have to flip though my iTouch to find something motivating while trying to run; it’s very distracting.  However, there are a few solid albums out there that I think are great to turn to when you don’t feel like assembling a playlist to exercise to.  Here are my thoughts on this.

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Remember When…

At some point in a metalhead’s life there was a point at which metal entered said life.  If you are anything like me, there was a moment when your life changed from what it was to what it is now.  I am taking the time in this blog to reflect on where I came from (in musical interests) and the exact moment that my life changed.  This is one of those where you when JFK was shot moments…only I wasn’t alive back then.

In the 80’s I was into what was popular and at the time and 80’s hair bands ruled as far as I was concerned.  My first declared legitimate favorite band came in 1983 when I was 10 years old.  I was so hooked on Def Leppard’s Pyromania record…yeah I had the vinyl.  I had one of those portable suitcase type record players and I listened to the shit out that record.  At 10 years old I had my first favorite band and I was so jealous that my older brother was going to see them live.  My favorite songs on that album were Rock of Ages, Die Hard The Hunter, and Billy’s Got A Gun.  They still are.

I wasn’t until 2009 that I would catch Def Leppard live at Download Festival, U.K.  It was neat to see them live even if I just came from the Trivium headlining show at the second stage. 

From Def Leppard my muscial interests expanded to what is now affectionately known as hair metal, but I usually just call is 80’s rock.  My next favorite band is one that I actually got to see live…my first ever concert when I was 14. I bought my own ticket and got myself there.  It was actually a fairly short walk from home.  The headliner was none other than Loverboy, but the opener was the band I really wanted to see which was Dokken.  To this day I still really like Under Lock and Key and Beast From The East.  Dokken held the favorite band title for quite some time.  I was beginning to dabble with Ozzy and Judas Priest as well, but if you remember the 80’s like I do even Ozzy and Judas Priest were not scary at all and were not far off from the glam and glitz of that time.

Throughout the decade as I was trying to find myself, I was regularly listening to Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Dokken, Def Leppard, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, White Lion, Tesla, Poison, Great White, AC/DC, and just about any other band that played on MTV…when they actually played music.  The 80’s bands pretty much dominated MTV at the time so I listened to it all.

Sometime during the summer of 8th grade I had a little job working as a bus boy.  I had fun with it allowed me to buy my own music.  At this time I moved on to cassette tapes.  Anyway, in the back of the restaurant was this slightly older (by a few years) long haired kid who washed dishes.  Whenever I brought him stuff to clean he was always listening to this crazy heavy music.  I was intrigued, but all too shy to say anything.  Then one say said individual asks what I listen to.  So I start of rattle off the above mentioned bands.  He says that’s cool, but asked if I heard Metallica.  I say no, so he hits the play button on his boom box  The song that came on was Leper Messiah off Master of Puppets.  I remeber hearing Lars go 1,2,1,2,3,4,5 and then bam, ba, ba, bam, bam and so on.

That was it!  I never looked back.  I mean I definitely never forgot what I used to listen to.  But that warm summer New Hampshire day is when it all started.  When this kid took some time off I did the dishes for about two weeks and he left a case of tapes behind.  I soon heard Iron Maiden, Wasp, Megadeth, King Diamond, and many more.  I think that was summer of 87.  That’s when it started for me.

Today, I listen to pretty much the same metal, but that has expanded especially in the last two years after being in Europe.  I have been exposed to so much more.  BUT, after all is said and done I still throw in Under Lock and Key and Pyromania.  Do you remember when your metal began?  I would love to hear it.  Have a great day! Long live metal and those who inspired it.

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Song of the Day – Big Jack – 7 March 11

How could you start a day listening to AC/DC and not get yourself in a good mood?  Today’s song of the day is Big Jack off AC/DC’s latest album Black Ice.  Big Jack is another finger-snapping song from the AC/DC arsenal.  I hope to see them when/if they ever decide to hang it up.  I hope you had a great Monday.  Let’s see what the rest of the week has in store for metal.  Oh, new Children of Bodom tomorrow…album review to follow.

Song of the Day- 27 December 2010

Greetings Metalheads!

I hope your holiday went well, and I hope you were able to spend it with someone.  Now New Year’s is around the corner.  Ready?

Today’s Song of the Day is “Back in Black”, by AC/DC, from the album “Back in Black”

A nice classic rock track today.  AC/DC proves that you don’t have to play a thousand miles an hour to rock out.  These guys are like 60 years old, and they still run around like they are teenagers.  Amazing.

Have a great day, everyone.