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What I Like (Learning) About You

It's late and I'm exhausted...and also getting sick. I've been sitting, staring at the computer for about an hour. Often the words come easy, sometimes they are a struggle. Other days, topics are in between. I wouldn't say I'm necessarily struggling with this piece - it's more an issue of fighting fatigue.

It dawned on me yesterday - sometime after breakfast and before my second cup of overpriced coffee - that you know way more about me than I know about you. The single best part of Rocklahoma for me was meeting those of you who stopped by to say hello. Truly a blessing. Reflecting on those meetings lead to the realization that I pepper a lot of random facts about my life in what I write here.

Thanks to this website, you know my favorite bands are Aerosmith and Motley Crue. You know I'm married, I live in Ohio and that I'm an only child. I had a good childhood, with laid back parents and my mom really likes rock music. 

Sometimes I learn things about you, especially if you're a regular reader. I mean, I now know Christian personally - he traveled from Australia so we could go to Rocklahoma together. There are others I know personally too, and I count among my friends.

Some people like to read and never comment. I respect that - in fact, that's what I mainly do on a lot of websites. Still, I think just once in awhile it's good to let your presence be known.

I guess the easiest way for me to learn more about you - and the bands you want covered - is to simply ask.

Here's a few questions:

1. What is your favorite band?
2. What was your very first CD/album/cassette?
3. What bands do you want to read about more here on Bring Back Glam!?

I'll tell you that I have a laundry list of features planned for the coming weeks, including interviews and reviews of about 78 new CDs I have (and no, that number is not exaggerated!)

In case you're wondering, I do remember my first actual CD - it was Mariah Carey's self-titled debut, and I got it with a small CD player for a Christmas gift about a million years ago. I don't remember my first cassette - but I'm pretty sure it was Glam.

Here's Poison's cover of "What I Like About You"

Reader Comments (36)

My first cassette was Abba - Arrival. My first CD was, I think, Flick of the Switch, I got a CD player and shoplifted about 5 CDs the same day. I remember one was Yngwie and I thought he sucked. I wanted to take it back.

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
My fave bands are, in order from fave to.. uh, less favorite lol: Motley Crue, Poison, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana and Def Leppard. My favorite CD would have to be GNR's "Appetite for destruction", but i mostly buy "best of" compilations snce i'm 15 and most of my bands have seen their greatest days 20 years ago. The site rocks, keep it up!
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
Hi Allyson..I'm also an only child too..After having me I can't blame my parents!...HAHA!..My first album was a compilation album called "Fonzi's greatest hits" back when Happy Days was still a series on TV..It was all 50's Rock N Roll..I LOVED IT!..I wish i still had that album..because I heard it is worth money today. My first rock cassette was "Kiss Alive II" when it first came out and I played that cassette so much I wore it out haha!...My all time favorite band has to be Kiss...They are the band who blew me away as a kid and started it all for me when I first got in to hard rock.....As far as bands I'd like to see on BBG...You do a great job Allyson...You cover such a wide range of bands...So glad I found this site..You rock!!!! =)
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Hey Allyson, i'm from amsterdam, holland. My fave bands are KISS, journey and Motley ! My first record must be Cheap Trick-live at budokan, i was 8 or so. From there on i never listened to anything else but rock/metal. For bands i like to see on bbg, i think you've got it covered. But i see a trend of a lot of new Glam/power metal bands coming, maybe cover them a bit ?
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstrutter
Well im from Aberdeen in Scotland
Fave bands are Motley crue/Hanoi rocks(yeah strange combo i know)
First cassete was Adam and the ants - kings of the wild frontier i was 7, First Glam purchase was Motley crue TFFL - i was blown away.
I would like to hear more on Tattooed millionairres, Peep show, Hanoi rocks, Danger and the rest of the scandanavian glam bands.
I love this site - i try to visit everyday.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRed6ixx
My first cassete was Slip of the tongue from Whitesnake, i heard it when i was 11 ('Sailing Ship' and 'Judgement Day' was my favorite at that time). regards from Indonesia.. :)
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobby Permata
Here the answer of your questions :

1-My favorite bands at this moment, wich I consider the ones I listen the most right now are : BANG TANGO, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and PRETTY BOY FLOYD, my all time favorites are, and will be POISON, DANGER DANGER, TUFF and THE GLAMOUR PUNKS.

2-My first album ever, and I was very, very young, can't remember but maybe under 7, was the sound track of Grease.

3-what I would love to read more about here in the next weeks :

A-Info on the new album of BULLETBOYS, the new single is really good !!

B-Info on the new album of ENUFF Z'NUFF

C-Info on the studio work for the upcoming DANGER DANGER album.

D-Info on the new coming PRETTY BOY FLOYD album (Kristy Majors says will be out in August...)

E-Info on the new EXTREME album.

F-Any news about BANG TANGO, their last 2 studio albums are real gems !!

G-Anything on the FASTER PUSSYCAT front.


Keep the great work Allyson and congratulations !!

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXavier
Oh, Allyson,and an interview with Mandi from the infamous Sunset Strip Glamsters, THE GLAMOUR PUNKS, would be just GREAT !!!!
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXavier
1. What is your favorite band?

U2. I know they're certainly not glam, but they're my fave. For glam-type bands i'd say my faves are Extreme, White Lion, and Ratt.

2. What was your very first CD/album/cassette?

My first cd was "Time's Up" by Living Colour (I so would have loved to see them at Rocklahoma). My first cassette was "Victory" by the Jacksons. I'm not quite sure what my first album was. It was likely either something by Duran Duran or Culture Club. I know one of my first was "Metal Health" by Quiet Riot. I was only like 7 or 8 years old and I remember being surprised my Mom would let me listen to a song called "Love's a B*tch."

3. What bands do you want to read about more here on Bring Back Glam!?

I think you do a great job and have a nice variety of well-known and more obsure artists you cover. I'd love to see you do something on Kingofthehill. They put out one major label cd in the early 90's and had a pretty good sound. Nothing groundbreaking but it's a good cd.

If you ever want to learn more about my crazy life, feel free to visit my blog at It's about my adventures as a father of a child with autism.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
I am a smartass metal fan hailing from the great state of Maryland.
1-Favorite band-It alternates between Sabbath and Maiden
2-First album-It was a thing of Star Trek stories that were really corny (I still have it though). This was in the mid-70's.
First cassette-AC/DC's Powerage or Deep Purple's Machine Head. I got them both around the same time, but can't remember which was worse. This was early 1980's.
First CD-The day I bought my first CD player I also bought Venom's Prime Evil, Hanoi Rocks'Self Destruction Blues, Megadeth's Peace Sells and Flotsam and Jetsam's No Place for disgrace. This was 1989 or or '90 I think.
3-Write about what you want, I have no preferences.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
1. What is your favorite band? - It's a tie between Motley Crue and GN'R
2. What was your very first CD/album/cassette? - High N' Dry vinyl - Def Lep, followed by Too Fast For Love by Motley on cassette
3. What bands do you want to read about more here on Bring Back Glam!? Hmmm...You do a good job of covering everyone. So I can't answer this one :)
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
1. What is your favorite band? Even split beteween Maiden/ Crue
2. What was your very first CD/album/cassette? Shout At The Deivil
3. What bands do you want to read about more here on Bring Back Glam!? I think you do a great job covering a broad spectrum. Keep up the good work.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78
Yeah as Xavier said - i would love to hear more on the bands from the sunset strip that didnt 'make it'
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRED6IXX
1. What is your favorite band?
2. What was your very first CD/album/cassette?
3. What bands do you want to read about more here on Bring Back Glam!?

YO YO's me Kari!
here are my answers: 1. Fave band, hands down VAN HALEN! 2. First cd/album/cassette, CD-Elvis,On Stage 1970 / Album: Monkees 20th anniversary / Cassette: this one I don't remember. My first glam cassette that I remember buying with my own money was Poison, Open UP and Say Aahh 3. Bands on BBG: Dirty Penny; Lynam; Steel Panther (formerly Metal SKool, formerly Metal Shop)

Ally: hope you are able to rest this weekend. Talk to you soon. Ready to ROCK Labor Day Weekend at Rock The Bayou.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Hi Allyson! It was great seeing you at Rocklahoma (thanks for letting me be in a photo with you, and thanks, too, for all the updates Saturday while we were away from the venue after that ferocious storm).


Favorite bands: Black Sabbath (from 1970 to 1975), Slayer, Metallica's first five albums, AC/DC, Iron Maiden.

First LP: "The Story of Star Wars."
First cassette: I don't know for sure, but I think "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen.
First CD: "Blow Up Your Video" by AC/DC.

What bands do I want to see more coverage of? I can't think of any... your website is utterly fantastic. I will say that I am really looking forward to your coverage of Rock the Bayou next year. Your review will be one of the primary deciding factors as to whether or not I go there next year.

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason
I love most of the glam bands.

My first album was Destroyer by Kiss.

I'd like to read more about Celebrity Skin!
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChag
Hello . . . I don't usually post on these websites, but I was reading your album review for Saints of Los Angeles and just had to throw in my two cents.

To preface this comment, I am a HUGE Motley Crue fan, like yourself they are my favorite band, and I have been listening to the CD almost every day for 3 weeks, so I feel like I truly understand what each song has to offer.

My comment regards which two songs you said were stinkers: "Chicks=Trouble," and "White Trash Circus." I fully agree with you that Chicks=Trouble is the worst song on the CD, and might be the worst song that the band has ever written. But, "White Trash Circus" is my favorite song on the CD!!! I beg you to go back and listen to the lyrics again, but this time instead of judging them, appreciate them in the context of SOLA being an autobiographical CD. Not to mention musically, I feel that this song is a microcosm of each band member's best talents . . . Nikki Sixx and his eternally memorable pre-choruses and choruses, Vince Neil and the way he delivers the verses, Mick Mars with a great chunky guitar riff, and Tommy Lee holding the whole thing together with his sometimes punk, sometimes pop, and all-the-time rock drumming style.

This CD grows on my with every listen, I think it is exactly the album Motley Crue should have released (except for Chicks=Trouble), and please, please, please, from one Cruehead to another, listen to White Trash Circus again with an open mind. After all, with Motley Crue being your favorite band, and their music being a big part of your life, how can you not appreciate "we're the voice, we're the voice, we're the voice in your head"?

Anyway, long live the Crue, long live glam, and keep up the good work with your blog!
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMander_Rock
1. Favorite band - either Poison or Motley Crue. For years it was Poison, but with nothing new to get excited about (and Poison'd was nothing to get excited about, new or not), Motley has crept up my list.

2. First LP - I think it was Twisted Sister's "Love is for Suckers." I didn't actually get it until the 1990s. I always listened to my brother's and next door neighbor's records growing up (everything from AC/DC to Twisted Sister to White Lion)

First cassette - I think Bobby Brown's "Don't Be Cruel." And I still like it, so shut up.

First CD - Bob Dylan's "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2." Shortly after that the "Woodstock" soundtrack.

3. Band I want to know more about - I'm not sure really. I'd like to hear some "Where are they now" type stuff on Vito Bratta, Vinnie Vincent, etc. The guys that really aren't on the scene anymore. Find out what they've been doing for the past 15-20 years.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Greatest Bands are
Aerosmith and Motley Crue
1st cd is AC/DC's Back In Black
FAv. Cd either Motley Crue's Shout or Motley Crue's Saints or Every AErosmith CD! :)
More about Cinderella and how Tom's doing
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
1. Guns N Roses Appetite Era, Poison, but music is the soundtrack for life so there is really a long list of favorites.
2. First 8 track Kiss Destroyer. yep thats dated....
3. You do a great job of covering everything just keep doing what you do. I hit the site everyday just to see whats going on and know that there are people out there that appreciate and keep the music alive.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShawn

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