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Anso DF of MetalSucks.Net TalksT-Ride

Editor’s note: Holy Glam! Anso DF of fame is a visiting columnist today. He’s giving it to us good and presenting the awesome band T-Ride. Read on, comment and be nice. He likes us here.

Back in July, I was able to rope Allyson into a thankless and work-intensive project for, the home of my column Hipsters Out Of Metal! The reason was simple: I needed an outside voice, an expert, to bolster my claim that most if not all glam metal is perfectly legitimate, often transcendent, and way more fun than all the bummer shit that took its place on our radios and TVs. After a few calls and emails, we decided to co-author a guide to the essential glam metal library. Its readers would be equipped to get a start in the genre; old hands could reminisce with two party-metal loonies.

Our little project was big neon fun to write, and ended up running over four freaking days. It was super-gratifying to have Allyson’s totally sane-sounding points of view and non-creepy band devotion to balance my own paranoid, stalker-ish shrieking. We’re like fire and ice, Ritchie and Ronnie, chocolate and peanut butter. And we listen to all the same records!

But with one exception! One album under discussion was Crashdiet’s debut, Rest In Sleaze, aka the album that my neighbors are hating of after four weeks of semi-daily blastings. I love that record and I heard about it from Allyson, so it represents a glistening cherry atop the sundae of our collaboration for MetalSucks. That’s what friends do!

It’s to return that favor that I write about T-Ride’s self-titled debut album here today. It’s a weird little record released by a young label at the end of glam’s heyday. The trio featured oddball guitar virtuoso Geoff Tyson (a proto-Buckethead shredder and chord wiz) and drummer/producer Eric Valentine, who’d go on to shepherd acts like Good Charlotte and Lostprophets to their biggest successes. These guys were pros looking to make a distinctive entry to the hair rock canon; as such, their only album is packed with ambitious backing vocals (a la Boston, Def Leppard) throughout brief, bursting songs that play like roller coaster rides. Just as exhilarating, too!

All three T-Riders could sing and play, but lead vocals were handled by bassist and songwriter Dan Arlie, an unusually mealy enunciator and deft lyricist. His best couplets are the stuff of bumper stickers for the badassed, like “Don’t give me that righteous rap/And all that ‘live and let live’ crap” (from “Ride”) or “I don't ever have a problem getting my army going/All I have to do is play that marching beat” (from “Hit Squad”).

Though T-Ride poked its nose into the mainstream via soundtrack spots (lost amid heavy hitters on The Last Action Hero, damned to universal indifference on Encino Man) and an opening slot for Tyson’s teacher, Joe Satriani. But in 1992, hot-wired hair metal rivaled Whoopi Goldberg nudes for commercial non-acceptance; sadly, T-Ride’s classic disappeared. But it’s a singular masterpiece that scratches your itch for big hooks and musicianship -- and, at 35 minutes, it might shock you with its Reader’s Digest-style brevity. One description calls T-Ride a jam war among Eddie Van Halen, Queen and Prince. Yeah, that’s worth a half-hour to check out! Happy glamming!

Reader Comments (21)

one of my all time favorite albums...ever!!
August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlajustice77
T-Ride's first album is virtually unlistenable which would explain why you can find it abundantly in mint condition and cheap (like $1.25) on Ebay or Amazon.

Still, it has one redeeming quality...

...a lone standout track... the neo-film noirish, "Backdoor Romeo".

What the hell is that doing on what is otherwise one of the worst Un-Rock albums of "Heavy Metal"?

No doubt, someone at their record company, the unlikely Hollywood Records, a Disney company, made sure they included it.

If it weren't for that song this album would out and out S-U-C-K!

Also, why are we wasting space even discussing this wreck of an album on here when there's so much Glam from the 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's no one's ever really even heard of on here to talk about.

Oh, I get it...

Anso wanted to find a poster-band for his aptly titled site, "MetalSucks". It sure does, if this "band", of all things, is the example your going to hang your hat on.

I remember when this came out a friend of mine at Buena Vista, a division of Disney, gave me it to me. He had the thankless task of running distribution for Hollywood Records, Disney's fledgling and forever stumbling (at the time) record label.

He actually remarked to me, "This album is one of the reasons we're in trouble. Let me know what you think of it."

I listened to it and filed it without saying a word to him and he never asked me about it after giving it to me.

Still, as much as I'm p*ssing on your Non-Glam Parade, Anso, there's no denying, "Backdoor Romeo", which someone at Disney obviously made sure to include on T-Ride's 32 minutes of uncatchiness (or however long this crap takes to torture us).

So, as much as I personally think these guys are a joke, I did manage to put "Backdoor Romeo" on one of my iTunes playlists I aptly titled "Metal Noir", a collection of coincidentally film noirish sounding Glam Metal tracks, alongside Steve Stevens' sterling "Evening Eye" and the D'Moll's classic, "D'Stroll".

Those last two are prime examples of Great Glam Metal, as opposed to "T-Ride", which, "Backdoor Romeo" excepted, is a prime example of "Mediocre Metal" (and thats putting it kindly).

T-Ride = UnRock!

(p.s. Try again, dude! The fact that you like these jokers doesn't alter my respect for you as a writer...)

(p.s.s.t. And Monica Ugg's above multipostings above promoting her Uggly Boots ought to be an indication of what these guys look like in that picture, too! The only band uglier might be Celtic Frost or my personal favorite, Anthacks!
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