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Rediscovering L.A. Guns 'Over the Edge' 

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments13 Comments

I had completely forgotten about the L.A. Guns song "Over the Edge." The song came on Hair Nation yesterday. I kept listening and even asked the Glam husband, "Wasn't this in a movie?" (It's a song that just sounds cinematic). He shrugged and I made a mental note to Google when I got home.

Turns out, "Over the Edge" was used in the movie Point Break, and therefore "Over the Edge" is on the official soundtrack, along with RATT, Little Caesar, Shark Island and more. Now, would you believe I've never seen Point Break? I suppose I should add it to my Netflix queue, right?

Anyway, back to "Over the Edge." I guess I'd forgotten about the song because, well, every song on Hollywood Vampires is basically forgotten, right? The 1991 album is underrated and under appreciated. Bottom line: rediscovering "Over the Edge" was a pleasant surprise.


Reader Comments (13)

Over The Edge has always been my favorite L.A. Guns album.
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTadroxx
Great movie, phenominal song!
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKixchix
funny...i was going to watch that movie last night but watched escape from NY instead. i do remember that song in the movie. perfect fit and great song.
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
My fave LAG song...by far
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmknotsmf
It's funny you write about this song today...As I was walking to work this morning I put on HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES on my ipod. DAMN, what a GREAT ALBUM!!!! These songs are so strong and just overall KICK A**!

I encourage everyone to go pull out their copy, go download it on Itunes, purchase on amazon (new or used) and discover/re-discover what a lost gem this record is!

I LOVE THIS BAND!
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari
This is one of the last albums I bought that was a true 80's metal vibe. Not your typical 80s metal album but different in a good way. Came out early 90 or 91 but all of our favorite bands from the era were already starting to shift their sound to something more "modern". A great cd, my favorite from L.A.G.
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris D.
My favorite LAG song as well..
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Great song and an amazing album...oh and Ally good movie too!
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
I think that this was the last great hard rock/metal soundtrack. It seemed like there was always one or two every year, but this was the headstone. Partly due to the changing in music popularity and it seems like movie soundtracks nowadays are geared to reach the broadest base possible,. Or that they are just driven by one song.
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Point Break remains to be my top rated action flick, biased oevidently by my love for the soundtrack :)

Everything Fast & Furious and the car after-market industry had, they owed it all to Point Break, obviously it was the same script they used in the first franchise, replacing surfboards with cars.. it was Kathryn Bigelow's first real badass opus, unbeknownst to many who had just recognized her via The Hurt locker.

It was almost all latter era Glam style rock n roll that'll be ringin in your ears after seeing this film,

I Will Not Fall by Wire Train is my favorite, followed by Nobody Rides For Free and Over The Edge.

Make a note to watch Hot Fuzz after seeing Point Break!
July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRawhide
Cool song. Stacey tears up the leads on that recording. :-)
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
Great song!

I think my fave L.A. Guns song is "Never Enough" but it's really hard to pick just one, isn't it, because those first three albums are pretty much All Killer, No Filler, IMHO!

But this is definitely right up there, for sure.

And the "Point Break" Soundtrack is pretty awesome as well. Even some of the cheesy fluffy stuff is okay, if you can get sucked into it the way I do sometimes.

And the 1991 movie itself is one of The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Flicks of All Time. The Director is Kathyrn Bigelow, who eventually won The Best Director Oscar for Best Picture "The Hurt
Locker", did a heckuva job with the actors, allowing Patrick Swayze to turn in perhaps his finest performance ever. For some reason, he is totally believable as the sympathetic bad guy in what has to be one of the most totally unbelievable plot lines in the history of film making.

Donald Peterman should also get kudos for his dripping wet 80's/early 90's cinematography. And don't blink... Yep, that's Anthony Keidis and Flee as bad guy punks in the white jeep whizzing by for a fleeting moment about a quarter of the way into the picture.

The true cult classic is a real brain rester not to be missed. I can't believe I'm saying this but it's one of my favorite movies despite how annoying the overacting by Keanu Reeves and Lori Petty gets, which also shed some light as to why I love most of this Glam Metal crap we're all into so much!

But as Al points out, it's an undeniably great soundtrack!

p.s. However, The Greatest Metal Soundtrack, IMHO, is the Paul Stanley produced "Shocker". Check it out. Phenomenal!
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I have Hollywood Vampires in my car right now... I think that album is really underrated. I saw LA Guns in February and they played quite a few songs from the album (great show, btw!).
July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

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