My Rock Playlist
It’s time for another playlist and this time it’s Rock!
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters, 1991
My first true experience of Hard Rock / Metal and it only happened when I pinched my brothers self recorded cassette labelled ‘Metallica’. The cassette in question was a live concert from the early nineties and was so poorly recorded I could barely understand any of it. The two songs I could listen to without issue was ‘Last Caress’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and after several dozen repeats of these two songs, I went to Our Price and bought the cassette copy of the Black Album.
The Offspring – All I want, 1997
For those of you who remember Crazy Taxi this song will illicit all the emotions of first playing the game in the Arcades, those who don’t? Go play Crazy Taxi, come back and then read again. Although I have very fond memories of Crazy Taxi and The Offspring / Ramones / whoever else I’ve forgotten soundtrack, this wasn’t the first time I had heard them. That accolade goes to my first job at the garden centre when we found a copy of ‘Americana’ laying in the lost property. I listened to that album every time I walked to work for the best part of a year and still enjoy listening to it today (even though there are better albums with much better songs – Ixnay on the Hombre, Smash, etc..).
Jackyl – The Lumberjack, 1992
I only discovered Jackyl through the amazing album ‘The Beavis and Butthead Experience’ with their amazing song ‘Mental Masterbation’. Fast forward a couple of years later and I was then working for Our Price with the ability to order in any album I wanted for personal purchase. I ordered as much of the back catalogue for Jackyl that I could and never looked back. The Lumberjack is one of my favourite songs by them not for lyrical value but instead the sheer insanity of a song being played with a chainsaw.
Rammstein – My Herz Brennt, 2001
How can I have a playlist with this without some nutcase, Uber over the top, German heavy metal band? Rammstein on stage are an incredible show if not a little bizarre and their songs catchy whether you understand them or not. There is also a good chance that you have heard Rammstein before without knowing it and that depends solely on whether you have seen the Matrix (Du Hast). I can only think of Du Hast being my first experience of Rammstein followed by listening to their Album with Penny in Our Price.
Slayer – Raining Blood, 1986
What a song! If you want the epitome of thrash metal then look no further than Slayer and Raining Blood. I have nothing else to say..
Faith No More – We Care A lot, 1987
I once got pulled in to the dangerous world of mail order CD’s on the cheap if you joined the mail-order club. My ten CD’s arrived as promised, one of which was ‘This is it: The best of Faith No More’ which had an amazing selection of songs on it. I loved ‘Easy’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and ‘Digging the Grave’ but ‘We Care a lot’ is still my favourite.
Actually, fuck it, you’re getting ‘Ashes to Ashes’ to just because of the vocal quality and power of the song.
Powerman 5000 – Bombshell, 2001
Unreleased due to the theft of the 2001 album, Bombshell only came to light on soundtrack albums such as Dracula 2000 and Evolution. I initially heard this song being played in the film Evolution and rapidly looked for other songs they’d performed. ‘Tonight the stars revolt’ was bought from CD Warehouse in Watford and I enjoyed almost every song, a rare feat for an album. Bombshell has a place in my heart just for the speed, catch and style of song.
Oh, the lead singer is called Spider One and is the younger brother of the one and only Rob Zombie!
Pantera – Cowboys from Hell, 1990
I drank a lot of Jack Daniels the day Dimebag was murdered on-stage, I can even remember where I was. I had been working at Vebra (estate agent software) in Park Street when my colleague Joel pinged across the BBC news article, we sat their gobsmacked before leaving work early and going to the pub to raise a few shots. ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ and ‘Cowboys from Hell’ are still some of my favourite albums to this day hence the below.
Megadeth – Kill the King, 2002
The first ever gig I went to was one of Megadeth’s final concerts before Dave Mustaine relapsed in to drug addiction followed by a hand injury leaving him unable to play the guitar without extensive physiotherapy. it was 2001 and Matt Vickers (A guitar legend and old school friend) had got hold of tickets for the London Astoria. I remember having my ribs crushed by the front barriers, a man urinating in the middle of the mosh pit because ‘fuck going to the toilet’ and the late night Maccy D’s enjoyed by us all. The song I’ve chosen isn’t a common choice with most people choosing ‘Hangar 18’, instead I wanted to be a little different and really enjoy this song.
The Wildhearts – My girlfriend is a headfuck, 1993
I was never going to NOT include the Wildhearts in this list. Introduced to them by my middle brother, I fell in love with Ginger Wildheart and the varying band members especially when it came to breaking up with a particular Psycho Hose Beast (See Wayne’s World) in the mid 00’s. Their modern stuff has been a bit pony granted but looking at albums such as ‘Earth vs the Wildhearts’, ‘PHUQ’ and ‘Fishing for Luckies’ will give you an idea of how great these northern bastards are and with that..
There you have it, another 11 songs for a playlist that you may not care about. I can hear you all crying ‘What about Guns N Roses, Alice Cooper, Monster Magnet, AC/DC, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine’ and my answer is: I’ve only got so many minutes in a day where I can write, copy embed code from YouTube and add posts. The above songs are ones that I love, will always love and will listen to over and over. The artists mentioned after I love, will always love and will listen to over and over, I just didn’t want to choose the same bands on the most part that everyone else does.