Saturday, October 17, 2009

Slash's Snakepit - It's Five O' Clock Somewhere (1995)

Slash's Snakepit was a rock band formed by then-Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash in 1994. Fellow Guns N' Roses members Matt Sorum (drums), Gilby Clarke (rhythm guitar) also joined him. On bass was Mike Inez of Alice in Chains. Eric Dover (who had previously played guitar for Jellyfish) sang lead vocals. GN'R colleagues Teddy Andreadis and Dizzy Reed also appeared on the record playing harmonica & keyboards respectively.

The legend goes that Slash and Sorum were jamming in Slash's home studio Justify Full(known as "The Snakepit" due to the guitarist's fondness for snakes, and the studio being in proximity to his pets) with a view to working on new GN'R material. Soon, Gilby Clarke (rhythm guitar in Guns at the time) was joining them and contributing ideas. They demo'd songs together, onto which Slash apparently overdubbed some bass parts. In some cases, GN'R bassist Duff McKagan also contributed ideas and is credited as having co-written "Beggars & Hangers-On".

According to Axl Rose, in a 1999 interview with MTV's Kurt Loder, these songs were offered to Guns N' Roses as prospective material, but were turned down by Rose.

Slash recruited Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez to complete the musical side of the group. Gilby Clarke's drummer, Mark Danziesen, suggested Dover as vocalist, and after passing the audition, he joined the quintet to complete recording of what would become "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere".

Up to this point, Slash had always been publicly against a solo effort, claiming he had no need for one whilst Guns was in action. In promoting this album, he remained pragmatic in statements that it wasn't "really" a solo album, just a project that had come together by accident, and morphed into another band which was now keeping him busy whilst Guns was on hiatus. Slash wanted the band to simply be called "Snakepit", but the record company insisted they add his name to help increase sales.

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Slash's Snakepit - It's Five O' Clock Somewhere (1995)
Eric Dover – lead vocals
Slash – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals, production
Gilby Clarke – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mike Inez – bass, backing vocals
Matt Sorum – drums

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Slash's Snakepit, released in February 1995. The album was a decent commercial success, reaching number 70 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart, and being certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking a song or Download for Study)
01. Neither Can I
02. Dime Store Rock
03. Beggars & Hangers-On
04. Good to Be Alive
05. What Do You Want to Be
06. Monkey Chow
07. Soma City Ward
08. Jizz da Pit - (TRUE instrumental)
09. Lower
10. Take It Away
11. Doin' Fine
12. Be the Ball
13. I Hate Everybody (But You)
14. Back and Forth Again

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Izzy Stradlin - 117 DEGREES (1998)

Izzy Stradlin - 117° (1998)
117° is the 2nd album by Izzy Stradlin, released on March 9, 1998. Two of the songs, "Memphis" and "Good Enough" were originally planned and written for Stradlin's previous band, The Ju Ju Hounds, but due to the breakup of the band, he used them for this record.

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking a song or Download for Study)
01. Ain't it a Bitch
02. Gotta Say
03. Memphis (Chuck Berry cover)
04. Old Hat
05. Bleedin
06. Parasite
07. Good Enough
08. 117 Degrees
09. Here Before You
10. Up Jumped The Devil (Ronnie Dawson cover)
11. Grunt
12. Freight Train
13. Methanol
14. Surf Roach

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Doro - Fear No Evil (2009)

Doro Pesch
(full name: Dorothee Pesch, born 3 June 1964, Düsseldorf, Germany) is a female vocalist, formerly of the German heavy metal band Warlock and one of the few female singers of the 1980s heavy metal scene, which was primarily a male-dominated genre of music.
After Warlock went through many line-up changes, Pesch was the only remaining original member of the band. After changing her record label, she released the fifth album as Doro, as the former label owned the trademark on the Warlock name. Pesch now pursues a solo career and lives in New York City. The 2004 album Classic Diamonds was a collaboration with The Classic Night Orchestra which reworked some of her earlier songs. Her latest album is Fear no Evil which was released in 2009.

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Doro - Fear No Evil (2009)
Doro Pesch - vocals
Joe Taylor - guitar

Oliver Palotai - guitar, keyboards

Nick Douglas - bass

Johnny Dee (John DiTeodoro Jr.) - drums

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking a Song or download for Study)
01. The Night of the Warlock
02. Running From the Devil
03. Celebrate
04. Caught in a Battle
05. Herzblut
06. On The Run
07. Walking with The Angels
08. I Lay My Head Upon My Sword
09. It Kills Me
10. Long Lost For Love
11. 25 Years
12. Wildfire - 04:16 (Bonus Track)
13. You Won My Love - 04:13 (Bonus Track)

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Vixen - Discography

Vixen is an all-female American hard rock band which achieved some commercial success during the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the Los Angeles, California glam metal scene.

Vixen was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1980 by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund while still at high school. In 1984, an early version of the band with Kuehnemund, singer Janet Gardner and bassist Pia Maiocco (who later married guitarist Steve Vai) appeared in the movie Hardbodies, as the on-screen band Diaper Rash. In 1985, the band moved to Los Angeles, California to be part of the L.A. rock scene.

Lineup changes happened during the following years until the "classic lineup" of Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jan Kuehnemund (lead guitar), Share Pedersen (bass), and Roxy Petrucci (drums) was formed. This lineup of Vixen was interviewed in 1987 along with many other rock artists of the day by Penelope Spheeris for her film "The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years".

In 1988 the band was signed to EMI, and they began recording their debut album Vixen, which was released in September 1988. Singer-songwriter Richard Marx actually wrote and arranged their signature hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart", as well as performing keyboards and producing the song. Rumor was he was asked to assist the all-female band by EMI to produce their first major-hit, to compete with the all-female band the Bangles. Richard Marx had nothing to do with their follow-up CD, since he was becoming more of a mainline- singer than songwriter. Vixen spent the next year touring the world, supporting acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows. The band returned to the studio in late 1989/early 1990 to record their follow up album, Rev It Up, which was released in July 1990. A year of touring followed, including headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as KISS and Deep Purple. In mid-1991, the group disbanded due to musical differences.

In 1997, drummer Roxy Petrucci reformed Vixen, with Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Gina Stile (lead guitar), and Rana Ross (bass). This lineup toured the United States in 1997, and in 1998 Gardner, Stile, and Petrucci recorded the album Tangerine. After the release of the new album, Roxy's sister Maxine Petrucci was brought in to play bass on a U.S. tour of 1998, but they were sued for copyright infringement by Kuehnemund (Lead guitarist).

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Vixen - Vixen (1988)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Edge Of A Broken Heart
02. I want You to Rock Me

03. Cryin'

04. American Dream

05. Desperate

06. One Night Alone

07. Hell Raisers

08. Love Made Me

09. Waiting

10. Cruisin'

11. Charmed Life

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Vixen - Rev it Up (1990)
Jan Kuehnemund - Lead and rhythm guitar, back up vocals
Janet Gardner - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Share Pedersen - Bass, Back up vocals

Roxy Petrucci - Drums, Back up vocals

with Michael Alemania - Keyboards

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Rev It Up
02. How Much Love
03. Love is a Killer
04. Not a Minute Too Soon
05. Streets in Paradise
06. Hard 16
07. Bad Reputation
08. Fallen Hero
09. Only a Heartbeat Away
10. It Wouldn't be Love
11. Wrecking Ball

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Vixen - Tangerine (1998)

Tangerine is the third album by American hard rock band Vixen. It was recorded without former members Jan Kuehnemund (Guitarist) and Share Pedersen (Bassist). The line up for this album was Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, Gina Stile, and additional bass player Mike Pisculli. Different from the classic Vixen sound, it was more grunge than hard rock.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Page
02. Tangerine
03. Never Say Never
04. Peace
05. Barely Breathin
06. Bleed
07. Stay
08. Shut Up
09. Machine
10. Air Balloon
11. Can't Control Myself
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Vixen - The Best of Vixen: Full Throttle (1999)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. How Much Love
02. Love Made Me
03. Cryin'
04. Not a Minute Too Soon
05. Charmed Life
06. Love is a Killer
07. Edge of a Broken Heart
08. Streets in Paradise
09. I Want You To Rock Me (Live)
10. Fallen Hero
11. Bad Reputation
12. Give It Away
13. Cruisin'

NOTE: Track 09 is the new track in this album.
Janet Gardner & Roxy Petrucci were born on the same day. When Jan Kuehnemund reformed Vixen in 2005, Petrucci wasn't invited back. Roxy currently plays for Roktopuss with former Femme Fatale vocalist Lorraine Lewis.

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Vixen - Extended Versions (2006)

01. Rev It Up
02. Streets in Paradise
03. How Much Love
04. Love Made Me
05. Love is a Killer
06. Little Voice
07. Cryin'
08. I Want You To Rock Me
09. Cruisin'
10. Edge of a Broken Heart
11. Bad Reputation
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Vixen - Live And Learn (2006)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Anyway
02. Live & Learn
03. I Try
04. Little Voice
05. Pacifist
06. Don't Want It Anymore
07. Love Song
08. Angry
09. I'm Sorry
10. You Wish
11. Suffragette City
12. Give Me Away

NOTE: The 2006 Album is very different from the classic Vixen sound. The guitars sounded like a cheap overdrive effect only.

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Vixen - Live In Sweden (2008)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Rev it Up
02. On The Streets Of Paradise
03. How Much Love
04. Love Made Me
05. Love Is A Killer
06. Little Voice
07. Cryin'
08. I Want You To Rock Me
09. Cruisin'
10. Edge of The Broken Heart
11. Bad Reputation

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Velver Revolver - Contraband (2004)

Velvet Revolver is a hard rock supergroup consisting of former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, alongside Dave Kushner formerly of punk band Wasted Youth. Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was Velvet Revolver's lead singer since their formation until parting ways with the band in 2008. In 2004, the band achieved commercial success with their debut album, Contraband. Critics initially described Velvet Revolver as a mere combination of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N' Roses, and criticized the band for a "disconnection" between Scott Weiland and the rest of the band. With their single "Slither", they won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

The band released Libertad in 2007, driven by the release of the single "She Builds Quick Machines", and embarked on a tour with Alice in Chains. In April 2008, Weiland parted ways with Velvet Revolver and has since reunited with Stone Temple Pilots. Velvet Revolver has been on indefinite hiatus since April and in November of 2008, the band was released by their record label RCA Records at their request to allow them "complete freedom to go through whatever process it would take to accomplish" replacing Weiland. Although the band is still in 'limbo', the band members remain optimistic about its future.

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Velvet - Contraband (2004)

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking a song or download for Study)
01. Sucker Train Blues
02. Do it For The Kids
03. Big Machine
04. Illegal Song
05. Spectacle
06. Fall To Pieces
07. Headspace
08. Superhuman
09. Set Me Free
10. You Got No Right
11. Slither
12. Dirty Little Thing
13. Loving the Alien
14. Bodies Live

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