1989 was indeed the year for hidden hearts. In that year, there were four artists alone who released versions of the Desmond Child/Paul Stanley penned epic, ‘Hide Your Heart’ – yet which one is the best ? Hide Your Heart – although co penned by Stanley – is total Desmond Child, which means it sounds … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Who Recorded The Best Version of ‘Hide Your Heart’? KISS ? Ace Frehley? Bonnie Tyler ? Robin Beck?
Today I am giving Slade's 1973 record 'Sladest' a thorough inspection - and damn it's good. Actually it’s extraordinary ! What you are in fact all looking at folks - is the very first record I ever bought. See, me and the Cowboy used to spend many Saturday mornings as kids - perusing local school … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Slade – ‘Sladest’
Not surprising to note that the most odious man in rock n roll , Gene $immons, has again offended people with his comments. This time the buffoon with the ridiculous looking wig has been caught with his foot well and truly in his mouth, and has hit the headlines again for all the wrong reasons. … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Can Gene Simmons Become Any More Obnoxious?
Some facts - I owned this thing back in the day. The day - as in 1985. Can I say that ? I wonder how that rates in this world of 'Kiss cool' where, it is how old you were when you got into Kiss, which gives you the serious cred amongst your fellow Kissers...you … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Viewing Today ? Kiss: Animalize – Live Uncensored
Clever Australian comedian Norman Gunston - (when interviewing then KISS manager Bill Aucoin on the 1980 tour) cheekily asked if the band wrapped the price receipt inside the package when KISS merch was sold. Amusing and not that far off the mark. Just when you thought it was safe to smash open your KISS piggy … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About the Kiss Monster Book – their biggest rip-off yet ?
First off, let me say that as an ex-Kiss addict - a band I gave 25 years to, I am very much qualified to give my opinion on why I think Kiss should retire in 2012. Many devoted Kiss fans are not going to like what I write and will not agree with me. That’s … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Why KISS Should Retire in 2012
Here is a record which brings back some memories. Purchased back in the day at one of Sydney's inner city record stores (hint - near Big Al's) it cost me most of my pay packet. As I was a blinkered Kiss devotee it made no difference. Who needs food or rent money when you have … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Kiss – Live at the Gaumont, Ipswich UK 1984
Sometimes I cringe when I hear a certain tune, Like when the radio announcer (cos that’s all they are these days) tells me the story about ‘You’re So Vain’ being written about Warren Beatty. Argh! If you are 20 years of age listening to the radio, you wouldn’t even know who the hell Beatty is, … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders:Just How Many Backs Against The Wall Are There In Rock ‘n’ Roll?
Let's face it folks, not all musicians are created equally. I read with interest some recent comments made on this blog about Manowar's Joey DeMaio and his bass playing ability. So then I get to thinking, who are the worst I've come across ? DeMaio incidentally is not one of them, for as macho and … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Who are the world’s worst rock bass players ?
I ask you – when is enough enough ? KI$$’s Gene $immons revealed this week that he was scheduled to meet with executives to discuss, in his words, "a KISS-Hello Kitty worldwide deal.” As Japanese company Sanrio's most recognizable character, Hello Kitty has already joined forces with the rock band X JAPAN to create Visual-Kei … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About KISS and Hello Kitty.
Man I used to love Keel. Keel were one of the BEST metal bands to come out of LA in the 1980s. Keel wrote more metal anthems than most metal bands. They wrote original, solid and ballsy metal tuneage. I used to own ‘The Right To Rock’ LP, ‘The Final Frontier’ LP and the self … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? KEEL – LAY DOWN THE LAW (1984)