All in all it’s been a rocky road, Twists and turns along the way… But, I still pray for tomorrow, All my hopes, my dreams Don’t fade away… Don’t fade away…
(Whitesnake – Don’t Fade Away)
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon. Shine on you crazy diamond. Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light. Shine on you crazy diamond. Well you wore out your welcome with random precision, rode on the steel breeze. Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!
(Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond)
Love, my love I gave it all Thought I saw the light When I heard you call Life that we both could share Has deserted me Left me in despair…
But now I stand alone with my pride Fighting back the tears I never let myself cry…
(Foreigner – That Was Yesterday)
Standing by the trapdoor aware of me and you Are the actor and the clown their waiting for their cue And there’s a lady over there she’s acting pretty cool But when it comes to playing life she’s always playin’ the fool…
(Def Leppard – Too Late For Love)
It’s got what it takes So tell me why can’t this be love Straight from my heart oh tell me why Can’t this be love I tell myself Hey only fools rush in an only time will tell If we stand the test of time All I know You’ve got to run to win an I’ll be damned if I’ll get hung up on the line…
(Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love)
Chasing your shadow, the senses together, four-leafed and clever I come from behind. Chasing your shadow, I wander in circles, you’re one in a million, we’re two of a kind.
It’s you that I long for, it’s you that I hunger, oh you are the maker of waves in my mind…
(Roxette – Neverending Love)
Livin’ without you never could be so wrong
Don’t need to say it, I never waited so long
Thinking about yo in everything I do
Love for giving
You know I’m just livin’ for you
And I, I never needed to lie
Can’t you see I believe in my heart when I’m saying
It’s love that you see
You’re just the one for me
(Boston – Livin’ For You)
When he holds you close, when he pulls you near When he says the words you’ve been needing to hear I’ll wish I was him ’cause those words are mine To say to you ’til the end of time
… If you told me to cry for you I could If you told me to die for you I would Take a look at my face There’s no price I won’t pay To say these words to you…
(Bon Jovi – Always)
Pretty girl you are the light of my life, I mean my everything. You are the one I chose to make my wife, That’s why you wear my ring.
And when I’m feeling down and out, You’re the one who will bail me out. My love will always guide me home, my pretty girl…
(Eric Clapton – Pretty Girl)
Now I’m higher than a kite I know I’m getting hooked on your love Talkin’ to myself, runnin’ in the heat Beggin’ for your touch In the middle of the street
And I, I can’t stop thinkin’ about you, girl I must be livin’ in a fantasy world I’m so high on you…
Time to kick things off with some of my favorite rock tunes, chosen directly from my music library and delivered to you through the magic of YouTube and blogging! I hope you would enjoy this week’s selection and will get reminded of some great classics! This week, we will travel back to the 60s with Bob Dylan’s most important song and Steppenwolf’s ultimate hit, which also happens to be one of the first metal songs!; then we shall enter the 70s with Ramones, YES and Electric Light Orchestra; we will then move on to the 80s with AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe – some of the most celebrated bands during the 80s; finally, we will wrap the mixtape with some 90s sound – Van Halen and Def Leppard will do the trick!
AC/DC – Hells Bells ( 1980 ) Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone ( 1965 ) Def Leppard – Make Love Like A Man ( 1992 ) Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down ( 1979 ) Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle ( 1987 ) Mötley Crüe – Wild Side ( 1987 ) Ramones – I Just Want To Have Something To Do ( 1978 ) Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild ( 1968 ) Van Halen – Judgment Day ( 1991 ) Yes – Roundabout ( 1971 )
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone ( 1965 )
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild ( 1968 )
Yes – Roundabout ( 1971 )
Ramones – I Just Want To Have Something To Do ( 1978 )
Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down ( 1979 )
I don’t know which side of the world you live in, but for me it’s time to rise and shine and marry the day! Like many other rock fans out there, I can’t really imagine waking up and start preparing for the day, without listening to some rock ‘n’ roll tunes as a background. However, mornings can be pretty tough – we are still too sleepy, still very tired and it takes time for the coffee to start working…So, to some people, including myself, solid hard rock sounds and crazy guitars might not be the best option for your morning…especially if it’s the beginning of the week. Thus, a few years ago, I made the so called “morning playlist” or “morning mixtape”, featuring classic rock tunes which I think are perfect for the early start of your day. I love collecting songs and making playlists, so I decided to share with you guys, some of the songs you can find on this morning playlist of mine (My personal playlist is too long, so I decided to share just 20 songs from it). They are indeed more soft and melodic than the usual songs I post on the blog, because I just can’t handle the crazy riffs at 6 am in the morning (haha). I hope you guys will enjoy the mixtape I prepared for you and might get some ideas for your own “morning playlist”. It’s a personal selection, combining classic rock songs with no common grounds, except being suitable for your busy and tiring mornings ( of course, based on my opinion only). Let’s play!
Eagles – I Can’t Tell You Why ( 1979 )
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight ( 1977 )
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven ( 1971 )
Whitesnake – Don’t Fade Away ( 1997 )
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
The Alan Parsons Project – Some Other Time ( 1977 )
Hello, everyone and happy weekend! I hope everyone is enjoying their last working day and is ready for some fun, excitement and relaxation. (I sure as hell am ready to get some rest this weekend).
When we talk about the weekend, we think of doing something cool, letting loose, meeting some friends, etc. For me personally, weekends can’t be fun if there’s no rock ‘n’ roll in them! I’m pretty sure my readers think exactly the same. In the spirit of the upcoming two days of freedom, I decided to prepare a little mixtape, a.k.a a playlist, featuring some serious classic rock tunes, which I think would be perfect for your weekend mood! I told you before – making playlists is my specialty and I love doing it. I even remember, when I was a little kid, I had an audiocassette with “weekend” songs (there were a lot of disco tunes in that cassette, as far as I remember…). The goal of this publication is to simply give you guys a playlist to listen to over the weekend. Or, you can just play a few songs and remind yourself of those classics. One thing is for sure – all the songs I collected are here to create a perfect atmosphere and a lovely good mood! I hope you are ready for some no-more-work-for-two-days music!
One more thing – It’s a personal selection and I tried to include various classic rock tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s, exploring different topics and themes, such as love, having fun, relaxing, partying, etc. Some of those songs are perfect for having a drink, while some of them are great for a dance party! Even if for some reason you can’t party or you can’t loosen up this weekend, you can still put on your headphones, turn the volume to the max and enjoy the music – the greatest thing in life!
Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!
Genesis – I Can’t Dance (1991)
Loverboy – Working for the Weekend (1981)
Duran Duran – Skin Trade (1987)
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1983)
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight (1986)
AC / DC – Have a Drink On Me (1980)
Foreigner – She’s too Tough (1979)
Judas Priest – Living after Midnight (1980)
KISS – Rock and Roll All Nite (1975)
Autograph – Turn up the Radio (1984)
Kenny Loggins – Footloose (1984)
Kenny Loggins fr. Steve Perry – Don’t Fight It (1982)
After the nice feedback and overall audience response for the previous informative publication I made about Bon Jovi –“10 Facts You Probably (don’t) Know about Bon Jovi ” , I decided that I should make similar posts about other classic rock bands as well. Then, I thought that it’s been a while since I last wrote something about my most favourite classic rock band – Def Leppard, so here we are… The following publication will present some interesting facts and details about the band, accompanied by some of their most famous and loved songs. I know that there are many Def Leppard fans like me out there, so for some of you these stories and facts might be well-known. However, there are people who might also not be so familiar with the band. This publication is for everyone who wants to know more or re-fresh their fan memory. I do hope you enjoy it!
Before I continue, I would like to say a few words about the band and their legacy. Def Leppard debuted in 1980 with their excellent album “On through the Night”. That album launched the professional career of one of the most appreciated and respected rock bands in the world. With a bit of uncertainty and yet unrefined and not very well-polished sound, Def Leppard jumped on the rock music scene of the 80s with hopes and dreams of becoming the next “Led Zeppelin”. As years, projects and numerous hardships went by, the band members, as well as their sound significantly grew and evolved and as a result, they created some of the most well-written and highly-processed album of the era. Of course, we should mention the help of top producer Mutt Lange who was by their side. “Pyromania” (1983) and “Hysteria” (1987) are the albums that basically ruled the 80s and turned Def Leppard into absolute rock Gods. Catchy, radio-friendly and energetic songs, combined with a mixture of shiny new pop hooks and classic hard rock was their recipe for success. And what a success story that was…and still is…
1.Def Leppard is an ENGLISH band from the steel-producing town of Sheffield. In 1977, Rick Savage, Tony Kenning and Pete Willis were already the members a rock band, called Atomic Mass. Originally, Willis was on guitar, Savage on the bass and Kenning on the drums. At that time, Joe Elliot was only 18 years old. He auditioned for the band as a guitarist. However, during the try out it was decided that Joe is a better singer than a guitarist. He was hired immediately as a lead-vocalist.
2. Joe Elliot proposed the band adopt a new name. He suggested they call themselves “Deaf Leopard” – a name he came up with while writing reviews for imaginary rock bands in his English class. Elliot was always dreaming about forming a band in school. He was creating song lists, band logos and band names while his classmates were studying. Kenning, however, suggested that they should alter the spelling of the name to “Def Leppard” in order to seem less punk rock. (P.S. The name was also a reference to the band Led Zeppelin.)
3. In January, 1978, guitarist Steve Clark successfully auditioned and eventually was accepted into the band. According to Joe Elliot, Steve Clark did a phenomenal job playing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” in its entirety, without accompaniment. Later on, Steve Clark would be know as the “riff master” for his ability to come up with tons of catchy tunes for the band.
4. Tony Kenning – their original drummer unexpectedly left the band in the beginning of 1978. The mother of Rick Allen, who was 14 back then was the one to actually respond to the ad placed by the band, looking for a new drummer (“Leppard loses skins” was the ad’s headline). On his fifteenth birthday – November 1st, 1978, Rick Allen joined the band and eventually dropped out of school. Today, he is known as the “thunder God”.
5. Their first concert was in 1978 in a high school gymnasium in their home town of Sheffield, England. It’s said that only about six people went to it. It is said that the band smuggled beer into the event by hiding it in the drum kit.
6.Phil Collen – a former guitarist of the glam rock band called Girl was hired by the band in 1982 as a replacement of former guitarist Pete Willis. Pete Willis had to be released from the band because of his excessive alcohol and drug abuse.
7.Phil Collen and Steve Clark became very close friends and were eventually given the nickname “The Terror Twins” (a reference to Aerosmith’s Toxic Twins).
8. The famous producer Mutt Lange is the mastermind behind Def Leppard’s High ‘N’ Dry (1981), Pyromania (1983) and Hysteria (1987). He was also the executive producer of Adrenalize (1992) and co-wrote “Ring of Fire” and “I Wanna Be Your Hero” from Retro Active, (1993) and “Promises”, “All Night” and “It’s Only Love” from Euphoria (1999).
9. Def Leppard’s ultimate hit single “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” from their second album “High ‘n’ Dry” became one of the first rock videos to be played on MTV in 1982. The song’s working title was actually “A Certain Heartache” but they had it changed.
10. Def Leppard is one of the few rock bands that have had two studio albums which sold more than 10 million copies in the USA alone. As many might guess, those two albums are Pyromania (1983) and Hysteria (1987).
11. Pyromania’s (1983) lead single “Photograph” is probably their most essential song, as it completely established the name and image of the band among the mainstream audience. The video for “Photograph” succeeded Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” as the most requested video on MTV. The song became a daily “must play” for every rock station and a standard for any hard rock song in the 80s.
12. Drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash on 31st of December 1984, when he was racing in his Corvette outside the band’s home city of Sheffield. Rick flew through the windshield and his arm was ripped off by the seat belt. Despite the horrible disaster, Rick Allen was determined and fully committed to continuing his duties as Def Leppard’s drummer. Eventually, he realized that he could use his legs to play the drums. He worked with Simmons to design a special custom-made electronic drum kit. The other members were very supportive and never thought of replacing him with another drummer. In just a few months, the strength of Rick’s will and his enormous desire to make music resulted in his very powerful comeback. Allen gathered the other band members and played the intro to the Led Zeppelin’s version of “When the Levee Breaks” to show them his progress. According to Joe Elliot this was a very emotionally-intense moment for all of them.
13. Def Leppard’s Hysteria (1987) is one of the few albums which spawned not one, not two, not three, but SEVEN hit singles – “Animal”, “Rocket”, “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Women”, “Hysteria”, “Armageddon’ It” and “Love Bites”. Furthermore, up to date, Hysteria is Def Leppard’s best-selling album of all time – it sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. It also remained in the album charts for about three years. (wow!!!)
14. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” is one of Def Leppard’s most famous and instantly-recognizable tunes. It is said that Joe Elliot came up with the title for the song while he was sitting in his apartment in London. He asked producer Mutt Lange for some sugar for his tea. Lange replied by asking whether Joe wanted one lump or two. Joe said, “I don’t care, just pour some sugar on me”…and the rest is history. (I should say that this story varies according to different sources.)
P.S. Upon asked about the title, Joe said, “It’s not for me to say, It’s for you to interpret”… so who knows?Joe also said that “Pour Some Sugar On Me” is “The metaphor for whatever sexual preference you enjoy”…
15. “Love Bites” (from Hysteria, 1987) is one of the most famous power ballads of the 80s. Up to date, it’s Def Leppard’s only number one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
16. The “Riff-Master” – guitarist Steve Clark died of a drug and alcohol overdose on January 8th, 1991.
17. Between 1991 and 1992 the band held numerous auditions to replace Steve Clark. In February 1992, the band chose Vivian Campbell. Before joining Def Leppard, Vivian played in Dio and Whitesnake.
18. Def Leppard’s album “Adrenalize” was dedicated to Steve Clark and was released a year after his death – 1992. The album debuted at number 1 on the USA Billboard 200 and peaked number 1 position on the UK Album Chart as well. Adrenalize is Def Leppard’s final glam metal album. After it, the band started exploring different music directions and styles.
19.One of the most unique accomplishments of the band was achieved on October 23th, 1995 – Def Leppard entered the Guinness Book of World Records by playing three 45-minute shows on three different continents. The performances were in Tangier, Morocco, London and Vancouver, Canada. The band decided to carry out this rather stressful and extraordinary situation in support of Vault (Greatest Hits 1980-1995).
20. On the September 5th, 2000, Def Leppard were inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood by their good friend Brian May of Queen.
21. In 2001, VH1 produced and aired a biopic, titled Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story. The docudrama was portraying the band’s history between 1977 through 1986. The first broadcast of the movie produced some of VH1’s highest ever TV ratings. The movie is also available on DVD. (P.S. I thought it was a very decent movie and I recommend it, especially for people who are very interested in knowing more about this awesome band.)
22.Def Leppard won an award for “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist” and “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album” for Hysteria during 1989’s American Music Awards. They also got numerous nominations in music video and best stage performance categories.
23. Def Leppard have an album which includes only cover songs from their childhood years. The album is titled “Yeah!” and it pays tribute to artists such as Blondie, The Kinks, ELO and others.
24. Up to date, Def Leppard has 11 Studio Albums, 2 live albums, 4 compilation albums, 8 video albums, 33 music videos, 50 singles and 18 concert tours. The band’s latest album called “Def Leppard” was released on the 30th of October last year and it debuted at number 10 on the Billboard charts. It became the band’s seventh album to peak at a top ten position on the chart. The first single from the album is called “Let’s Go”.
25. This past January, Def Leppard released their latest music video for the song “Dangerous” from their 2015 self-titled album.
Hello, everyone! Happy new week! I do hope it’s going to be a good one for all! It’s Monday, so I thought that there’s no better way of kicking off the week than listening to some pure rock ‘n’ roll! I previously mentioned that I love collecting songs and making playlists and I’ve been doing it ever since I was a kid. Thus, I thought that it’s only natural to continue with this tradition on my blog and prepare a weekly “mixtape” for my readers.
This week, once again, I’ve chosen 10 classic rock songs which I’m sure many of you guys are quite familiar with or have heard at least a few times before. Nevertheless, I think it’s a good way to remind ourselves of some brilliant masterpieces from the past and listen to them one more time. I’ve made my choice based on personal preferences and there’s no specific order or category – just songs I love and listen to quite often. I hope you guys would enjoy this week’s playlist … I hope some of you might also discover a song they’ve never heard before!
Missing someone can be the worst feeling in the world – life becomes so difficult when there’s someone out there who cannot be with you right now for one reason or another. Missing someone is basically your heart telling you that you truly love this person and wish you could be together at this moment and forever… It is just so painful to have someone in your heart but not have them in your arms! Being is such state can trigger overwhelming feelings of sadness and emotional stress and can affect pretty much every aspect of your life. Needless to say, not being able to physically and emotionally connect with the person you feel you should be with can be mentally agonizing. However, sometimes out of suffering and unimaginable pain, the most beautiful and touching works of art have emerged. A lot of people choose to overcome their agony by writing a poem, drawing a picture or…making a song.
These days, I’ve been thinking a lot about a certain someone who, sadly, I cannot see or be with at this moment. I’m not going to tell you my life story, but the point is that my heart is reaching for someone who is just not here to reach back…and it hurts like hell…But what can we do in such situation? We smile and act like nothing’s wrong – but only we, ourselves know what our hearts truly long and cry for…
Loneliness, broken heart, physical or any kind of distance between two people has been a popular song theme for as long as we can remember. Sometimes, those songs that explore the matter of missing someone can be a very good way to overcome the pain, obtain some strength or just realize your true feelings towards another person… Since this is a blog dedicated to classic rock music, I thought about preparing a little playlist that deals with the topic of how missing someone special has been portrayed in some of the most beautiful rock songs from a few decades ago. I think that the majority of people may be familiar with the awful feeling of wanting to be with someone who is so far away. I apologize if the following songs bring some sadness or other painful emotions or memories to you, however I thought that something positive might come out of it…After all, life goes on and things change. Songs are a good way to remind ourselves of the long and scary road we once walked… Regardless, I hope you guys enjoy the songs…It’s a personal selection and deep feelings aside – they are awesome classics!
How I wish, how I wish you were here. We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year, Running over the same old ground. What have we found? The same old fears. Wish you were here.
John Waite – Missing You (1984)
You don’t know How desperate I’ve become And it looks like I’m losing this fight In your world I have no meaning Though I’m trying hard to understand And it’s my heart that’s breaking Down this long distance line tonight
Scorpions – Still Loving You (1984)
The things that killed our love Your pride has built a wall, so strong That I can’t get through Is there really no chance To start once again I’m loving you
Journey – Faithfully (1983)
And being apart Ain’t easy on this love affair Two strangers learn to fall in love again I get the joy of rediscovering you Oh, girl, you stand by me I’m forever yours Faithfully
Electric Light Orchestra – Turn to Stone (1977)
The dancing shadows on the wall THE TWO-STEP IN THE HALL are all I see since you’ve been gone TURNING TURNING TURNING Through all I sit here and I wait I TURN TO STONE I TURN TO STONE You will return again some day TO MY BLUE WORLD
The Rolling Stones – Miss You (1978)
Well, I’ve been haunted in my sleep You’ve been staring in my dreams Lord I miss you. I’ve been waiting in the hall Been waiting on your cal…
Aerosmith – I don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (1998)
‘Cause even when I dream of you The sweetest dream would never do I’d still miss you, baby And I don’t wanna miss a thing…
Kiss – Beth (1976)
You say you feel so empty That our house just ain’t a home And I’m always somewhere else And you’re always there alone
Def Leppard – Miss You in a Heartbeat (1992)
I believe, that there’s something deep inside That shouldn’t be from time to time. I sure found out, thought love was such a crime The more you care, the more you fall No need to worry, no need to turn away ‘Cause it don’t matter, anyway …
Steve Perry – Missing You (1994)
Still I remember Things I never meant Memories surround me Won’t let me forget I was so wrong The secret’s not worth keeping I had no faith That you would still believe
+BONUS track ~
Eric Clapton – Miss You (1986)
You know I’ve come this far without you; It won’t be too hard to be alone. I’ve got choices all around me, So I won’t be spending too much time at home. Girl, I’m gonna miss you. I’m gonna miss you, baby. I can’t forgive you, Still I’m gonna miss you, baby.
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