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Cut the Fat - Number 4

The hits keep coming, friends. We're counting down seven records that are a little too heavy for their own good. Yeah, we're ditching the dud tracks and keeping 'em lean and mean.

Everyone knows I'm a big LA Guns fan. These days, I tend to side with Tracii Guns' version of the band but once upon a Glam time, both Tracii and Phil Lewis were actually in the same band (can you imagine that?!) and made some awesome tunes. One of the most awesomest of awesome Glam records is Cocked & Loaded. The album features my favorite LA Guns track "Malaria" and also "The Ballad Of Jayne" and "Never Enough." Now, I wouldn't be talking about Cocked & Loaded if I didn't think there was one less-than-perfect track.

What has to go? "Showdown (Riot On Sunset)." I just think the tune is a little less inspired than the rest and we all know Cocked & Loaded is LA Guns' masterpiece.

Cocked & Loaded track listing:

Letting Go
Slap In The Face
Rip And Tear
Sleazy Come Easy Go
Never Enough
The Ballad Of Jayne
Give A Little
I'm Addicted
17 Crash
Showdown (Riot On Sunset)
Wheels Of Fire
I Wanna Be Your Man

Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?


Reader Comments (17)

How could you possibly say that any of those are duds?
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
L.A. Guns don't do fat. 'part from those cover albums, 3 and counting.
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterahappypunk
This is the best LA Guns album by far, and one of the greatest albums from the 80's, period. All the songs are extremely well-written and produced, and could've been hit singles... including Showdown. It's one of my favorites on the album, and the chorus is such a great hook.

It's funny you mention Malaria, because I feel its the WEAKEST on the album.
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlaine
I thought LA Guns only had two cover albums! Is it up to three now?
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
disagree again
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSMK not SMF
Cocked and Loaded would have been a WAY better album if Stacey Blades recorded the guitar parts.....hahaha
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
That's ridiculous, Brian.

Stacey Blades is great but Tracii is one of the greatest guitarists I've ever seen, and I've seen Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Dicky Betts, Frank Zappa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alvin Lee and Buddy Guy, among others.

Guns has that little something extra you can't quite put your finger on. He plays fast, but he's got his own distinct style. He blows away Slash, who I've seen way too many times (8?). Besides Tracii co-wrote most of the L.A. Guns stuff, did he not? Blades is merely a "hired GUN", no pun intended...

I saw Tracii like 6 times in small clubs including the Country Club in L.A. BEFORE the first album even came out!

He was the talk of the town!

He is a killer Axe man, bar none.

Check that video that's out from back in the day. Blazin'!

That said, these guys are like Ratt...

"Lotta Filler. Less Killer."

I could do without most of this album including "The Ballad of Jayne".

What I do like on it is:

"Never Enough", "17 Crash" and "I Wanna Be Your Man".

Tracii's playin', however, is killer on all of it.
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I guess sarcasm doesn't come across well on the internet....haha.

My post was not serious IN THE LEAST! :-)
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
I guess I am taking this all way too seriously and once again have been left with the pen stuck in my heart, spillin' blood right on stage, to paraphrase.

First Def Leppard, now L.A. Guns.

Still, I did enjoy The Guns at M3 with what's-his-name on guitar, who I found to be quite competent. They were quite excellent, actually. Phil's got a crazy man with Kweens. He should get an equally crazy guitarist and do some new material. Or get Tracii back, hahaha!!!

Sarcasm works on the internet, just not on my brain early Saturday morning and particularly on this site where far more knowledgeable Glam Metal Heads like yourself eat me for breakfast on a regular basis.
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I always thought '17 crash' was kind of a turd.
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Kenny O! There you are, boy! Did you go to Rock'n'America?

Really, Kenny, I'm surprised you don't like "17 Crash"?

Stabbed again!

Hey, man, did you ever check out Aviator?!

Email me, bro! I got a lot more to tell you about!

Cheerz 'n Jeerz!
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
The Gunners have one of the best catalogs in the business. Just saw Tracii's version last week in Pittsburgh - he still shreds. This album rocks - Slap in the Face, Never Enough, I Wanna Be Your Man and Rip and Tear - just with those songs - how can you go wrong. (well, unless Jizzy is singing any of them) Regardless, some filler, but mostly killer. Listen to this over any Dead Leopard anyday. Classic Sleaze Glam with great lyrics and killer guitar work. "I'm a hard man to find, I'm an easy man to please, baby don't you mess with me cause you couldn't take, you couldn't take the heat..." How can you go wrong!
August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMEWIZEMGIC
Am I sensing a little Sunset Strip jealousy, since you were not able to live through the scene? I like Riot On Sunset.
I believe I mentioned at M3 that LA Guns wasn't good enough for it to matter which version you see. I have seen Phil's several times, and all of Tracii's various versions, and I have enjoyed them all equally. This was their best album, actually the only one I ever knew they had, so there ya go.
August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenternirVrana
When I saw the album cover I guessed before reading further and was sure 'Malaria' was going to be the one. When I read that was one of your faves on the album I knew it would be trouble. 'Riot on Sunset' is one of this albums hidden gems!

As for Phil v. Tracii, I was always partial to Tracii as well but having seen both and interacted with both after the show, Phil's version is by far the better group. Bummed me out on some levels but it was across the board: more interested in putting on a show, accessible, energetic. Phil's band is one not to be missed.
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterluke
Kweens makes it with his overplaying and overdisplaying his fey and outrageous stage wear and gear.

That said, you can't beat Tracii's shredding as he is one of THE greatest of the L.A. Strip scene, bar none!

All you have to do is hear one of his leads to be reminded who is the REAL L.A. Guns!

Hell, it's his last name in the band's name, kidz, Come on!

Luke's right, Phil and the boys are nice, but it's Tracii who is the extra-terrestrial here!
August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I think the problem with LA Guns is that while they were a good band, they were pretty terrible songwriters. This album has not aged well at all and while it as a couple of shining moments (Rip & Tear, Ballad of Jayne, Never Enough) the rest of the album is just full of filler.
No offence but i think the La Guns record is perfect as itis, i think every song off their is fuckin amazing
September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDj

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