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Happy Labor Day 2013!

Happy Labor Day, American Glam fans. In honor of the holiday I thought we should listen to some classic America, "Ventura Highway." No, America isn't a Glam band, but they do rock and "Ventura Highway" is one of my favorite songs. Seems like a great unofficial end to summer.

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Confession: I bought and played to death America's first 2 albums until my neighbor gave me Led Zeppelin, "IV" for my birthday.

And now, from the World of Hair Metal, some other American themes, in no particular order:

1) "We're An American Band", Autograph (Grand Funk cover) -- also covered by Poison, as well as Red Hush.
2) "American Metal", Lizzy Borden
3) "American Hair Band", TUFF
4) "U.S.A.", T.N.T
5) "American Nights", Bonfire
6) "All American Boy", Crack The Sky
7) "California, U.S.A", Black Rose
8) "United States Of Anarchy", Alibi

That's all I could pull up on my iTunes. Please add, kidz. And, Happy Metal Labor Day"!
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
D'oh! Forgot one...

"(You Can Still) Rock In America"
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
... by Night Ranger
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
How about "All American Man" from side 4 of KISS Alive II.
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRita
Yankee Rose

"well guess who's back in I don't know what you may have heard."

"[the statue of liberty] is the perfect host/raise a toast"

and is another reason why my daughter's middle name is "Rose".
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
Rockin' In The USA - KISS
American Nights - The Runaways
California Paradise - Also, the Runaways
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
and, in the "true" spirit of what labor day represents...
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergary
You added. Now, I'm adding them to my iTunes, save for "California Paradise" and "Yankee Rose", which I already have, just isn't think of 'em in this context.

Any more?

p.s. Ace & Co., if you're into The Runaways, check this out and tell me if you think it's better than the original:
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Damn. Lemme try it again...
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
The second link works, gang. Prepare to ROCK!
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I like it alright... I think Dakota did really well in the role.

Cherie played the Universal Amphitheatre Friday night, before they demolish the venue next month. (opened for Danzig)

The venue means a lot to her, as it's where she saw her first concert, David Bowie. I'm just glad she got to be one of the very last rock acts to play there. Sorry it's so shaky... I was almost paying attention.
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
How about All American boy by Y&T? Oh, and here's a fun fact...the reason why Autograph covered We're an American Band is because there was another band, I believe from Russia, named Autograph, and some people got the two bands confused. Finally, did anyone else see Jackie Fox from The Runaways on the gameshow The Chase? She was absolutely annihilated by that guy who calls himself The Beast.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob
I'm sorry I'm not trying to offend anybody but why the hell would you call glam metal "hair" metal that is so ridiculous & offensive like nobody calls grunge flannel metal. Don't get me wrong I love Tuff's first CD & I love the song "American Hair Band" but I hate the song title it is so insulting he could of easily called it "American Glam Metal" when I listen to glam metal I am not thinking about the hair. I care about the music. Yes the look was a big part of it but at the end of the day it's all about the music. Also Klaus Meine & Kevin Dubrow back in the 80's both looked like DR. Phil with long hair. I'm sure someone will try & prove me wrong but I can't think of anybody since then that had great success with a balding lead singer. So it wasn't all about the hair.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJakki Steal

No, I hadn't seen Jackie on "The Chase"... But I had seen her on "The Dating Game"...

*Odd piece of rock trivia, Back in the day, Jackie Fox dated local guitar superstar Randy Rhoads. It was her recommendation of Randy to Dana Strum that got him the audition & gig w/ Ozzy.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Great trivia, Ace!

Back in the day -- '77 to be exact -- when you could have called me a Runaways "groupie", though I was unlucky enough to never have the chance to see them, I was more in love with Jackie than Joan and Cherie, lookswise.

Too bad Joan can't let her weird ego down and get the last remaining members reunite, even if for one show.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Great add and great trivia, Bob!

Oh, and Ace, great clip of the dating game.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
"Too bad Joan can't let her weird ego down and get the last remaining members reunite, even if for one show."

Uh, Yeah. There's something weird there. The overbearing influence of manager Kenny Laguna over Joan. They pulled some real dirty stuff by signing Cherie to Blackheart Records,& a management contract, around the time of the movie. Put her in the studio, Cherie made a record, & it sits shelved... at Kenny told her to lie low. It's like he's afraid that any popularity Cherie gains will dilute Joan. It's not that way. A Runaways re-union of the remaining original 4 NEEDS to happen, if just to honor the memory of Sandy West. But on a larger scale, these girls together are pioneers & deserve recognition AND induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Fortunately, Cherie did not re-sign her management contract & is finally taking her destiny into her own hands. As for the Runaways, all issues lead to Joan.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Thank you for shedding more light on the mystery that is The Runaways. For real, Ace, you are so right -- At this stage, Joan Jett has nothing to lose. Her new album was released with nary a whimper.

She gets the Runaways back together, we are talking Mass Hysteria = Mass Media attention, which, in this case, would be nothin' but a good thing!
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
BTW, y'all diggin' that new Cherie Currie logo? Totally HOT! Want the T-Shirt right now!
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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