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What's in a Name?

Do certain names destin those among us for  rock n' roll fame and fortune?

Take, for instance, the long list of glam bands named after founding members:

Van Halen, Dokken, Dio, Slaughter, Winger, Bon Jovi, Frehley's Comet, Nelson, Plain Jane (Jani Lane post-Warrant), Lynch Mob, and the Vinnie Vincent Invasion.

If you grow-up with the last name of Slaughter, kids will either taunt or fear you. A little pain and humiliation go a long way toward creating a rock persona.

For our purposes today, we'll focus on American band Slaughter. Their song "Up All Night" is my song obsession of the week. The song is on the band's 1988 debut "Stick it to 'Ya."

Unlike most 80s glam bands, Slaughter didn't get their start on the Sunset Strip. Instead, the band made a name for themselves under the bright neon of the Las Vegas Strip.

Slaughter toured well into the grunge years, but suffered a set-back when guitarist Tim Kelly was killed in a car crash.

The band hired Jeff Blando as a new guitarist, and continue to tour.







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