Compilation albums are increasingly popular in the single driven music world. Mullets Rock! Too! features some of the most famous hard rock hits from the seventies and eighties.
Packaged in glam pink and featuring cartoon characters of men and women sporting mullets, the album is really a soundtrack for a generation.
Featuring tracks as famous as Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian,” the mullet crowd also digs deep, featuring lesser known tracks such as Aldo Nova’s “Fantasy” and Ace Frehley’s “Do Ya.”
The album begins strong, featuring the Ted Nugent rocker “Wang Dang Sweet Pootang.” The famous opening riff gives listeners a taste of what is to come. While this isn’t Uncle Ted’s best known song, it’s still loud enough to get die-hard mullet-heads in the mood for some down home rock.
For ease of listening, the producers divided the 18 track album into two categories: Psyched! and Bummed! This warning allows the listener to avoid an all out rollercoaster of emotion if the heart’s recently done time.
Mullets Rock Too! is the follow-up to the massively successful, two disc Mullets Rock! Featuring glam power ballads like “The Flame” by Cheap Trick and “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)" by Cinderella, the compilation producers do a fairly excellent job of selecting the cream of the mullet crop.
Sadly, even great albums typically leave room for improvement, and this is the case with Mullets Rock Too! Two tracks in particular seem out of place: “Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” While both songs are iconic 80s hits, neither truly represent the mullet mentality.
After a series of real rockers, a pair of near misses and some great power ballads, Mullets Rock Too! ends on a high note with the Kansas hit “Dust in the Wind.” Nearly as reflective as any Lynyrd Skynyrd track, “Dust in the Wind” is the perfect ending to a string of songs bemoaning heartache. Crossing over into multi-genres by using acoustic guitars, Kansas was able to ride the wave of success with this unconventional sounding melodic rock track. Thirty years later, mullet lovers are still rocking to Kansas and “Dust in the Wind.”
The full track listing looks like this:
Wang Dang Sweet Poontang (Ted Nugent)
Do Ya (Ace Frehley)
More Than a Feeling (Boston)
I Just Want to Make Love to You (Foghat)
Baby Hold On (Eddie Money)
Jane (Jefferson Starship)
Fantasy (Aldo Nova)
Burnin' For You (Blue Oyster Cult)
I Hate Myself For Loving You (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)
Love Stinks (J Geils Band)
Love Hurts (Nazareth)
The Flame (Cheap Trick)
Take It On the Run (REO Speedwagon)
Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone) (Cinderella)
Tuesday's Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Dust in the Wind (Kansas)
I rate this album 7.5 out of 10. You probably already own all these tracks. Still, this concept album proves fun for a spin from time to time.