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’
Without a doubt - the BEST KISS album of all time, is quite possibly Paul Stanley's 'bootleg solo album from 2005. From the man who penned such Dylan like lyrics as 'You Make Me Rock Hard ', and 'Uh All Night' comes an album chock full of the man's stage banter. Released in 2005, this … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? PAUL STANLEY – Let Me Get This Off My Chest CD (2005)
Just recently I re-read Cherie Currie’s bio, ‘Neon Angel’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was about to start reading Dee Snider’s ebook, when the cover of Bobbie Brown’s new kiss ‘n’ tell book caught my eye, as it would most red blooded males. Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? Not in … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Reading Today ? DIRTY ROCKER BOYS – Bobbie Brown (2013)
I was driving down the road doing 95 miles per hour recently, whilst streaming a Kiss radio station - as you do - broadcasting outta Greece no less (and before any Kiss zombie thinks 'why is he listening to Kiss, when he is AWOL ? Fact is, obedient Kiss-drone - that I still enjoy listening … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Kiss – Asylum (1985)
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
As anyone who has read this blog will know – many of the articles are written with a healthy dose of humour throw in. Life gets serious enough, and you’ve got to laugh at something when it’s genuinely funny. Some pretentious, self absorbed geezer who takes themselves way too seriously is a prime candidate – … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Saxon – and why some heavy metal fans don’t get the joke
Here is a subject often discussed amongst Kiss fans but rarely documented - until now. That's right kids - Mr Rockbrat has his Kiss albums in front of him - the volume set to high and a skeptical pair of ears. I once wrote - when reviewing the Psycho Circus album from 1998 that 'Kiss have a … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: What Are The Most Forgettable Kiss Songs ?
Who would've thought that guitarist Ace Frehley would perform in make-up for the final time at Auckland, New Zealand in late 1980 ? Nearly 9000 miles is a long way from the NYC bars of 1973 when the Spaceman Make-up was still in its earliest stages. But so it came to pass, that after the … Continue reading Rockbrats Wonders: About Ace Frehley’s Final Kiss Show in Make-Up at Auckland 1980