Y&T - "Don’t Stop Running" (In Rock We Trust, 1984)
Dave Meniketti has a great rock voice that reminds me a bit of Sammy Hagar, and he’s a great guitarist to boot. Not sure why these guys weren’t bigger.
Scorpions - "Lady Starlight" (Animal Magnetism, 1980)
This song has always seemed a bit out of place on this album—it’s too clean and too pretty, and the mix of Klaus Meine’s voice with the background vocals is almost too perfect, but I really like it. I guess the Scorps could have been an adult contemporary band if the rock thing hadn’t worked out so well.
Mötley Crüe - "Come On and Dance" (Too Fast For Love (Leathür Records version), 1981)
Dirty, sleazy rock ‘n’ roll, but Vince’s slightly off-key vocals almost ruin it for me. My favorite part of the song—and the both versions of the album for that matter—has always been Tommy’s cowbell. Rock ‘n’ roll definitely needs more cowbell.
Mae - "Embers and Envelopes" (Destination Beautiful, 2003)
More Mae goodness this week, although this is one of my least favorite songs on the album. Not that it’s a bad song. The rest of the album is just much stronger.
Rush - "Leave That Thing Alone" (Different Stages, 1998)
OK, so the next song iTunes served up was the first track “Fart and Wiener Jokes” from Brian Posehn’s comedy album of the same name. My thought is that if it’s not a real music track I’m not gonna include it here. “More Metal Than You” would have totally counted, though. Skip.
Next up is another Different Stages track, this time the instrumental “Leave That Thing Alone,” originally from Counterparts. I love this song, if for no other reason than Geddy’s excellent funky bass groove.
Coheed & Cambria - "Delirium Trigger" (The Second Stage Turbine Blade, 2005)
I love most of the music produced by the C & C music factory (no, not that C & C Music Factory), but good grief, I wish I understood the story arc behind these albums.
Iron Maiden - "Iron Maiden" (Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack, 2009)
I’ve gotten so used to Trivium’s version of this song that the original sounds old and slow to me these days. But a great song nonetheless. The Flight 666 rockumentary has some excellent live footage. The Central America and South American crowds are completely insane (see also: Rush in Rio). Looks like a fun time and quite a refreshing difference from the typical spoiled, cooler-than-you American concert goer.
Mötley Crüe - "Starry Eyes" (Too Fast for Love (Leathür Records version), 1981)
The original Leathür records version of one of my favorite songs off the Crüe’s debut album. A couple of friends and I literally wore out the cassette version of the Elektra release of this album. Good times playing air guitar, air cowbell, and trying to sing in Vince Neil’s Mickey Mouse falsetto. Can I get the real Mötley Crüe back?! Whatever happened to these guys?