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’
I was driving the rockbratmobile recently and the Cure came on the radio. Naturally enough I slammed some Twisted Sister in the tape deck and killed off that depressing whining of Robert Smith. But then the ol' brain flash-backed to the 80's, and a time I recalled when some ultra-hip university students started a 'we … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About bands who’ve never toured Australia
From memory, I purchased this around 85 and it rules. Double LP, gate-fold sleeve, pressed locally via Concept Records. Around this time period, heavy metal was all I knew. Money earnt from my menial factory job was spent on metal records....and I've never regretted it. Actually this compilation really is a sneak peek at the … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Metal Madness – Various Artists (1985)
Another album I played to death in the mid-80's which still kicks ass. Sure the Rhoads-era material is superb, no doubt, but this album and its predecessor Metal Health are both fun, rock records with tons of great tunes. The aging old hippies at Rolling Stone magazine gave this a two-word review in back then … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Quiet Riot – Condition Critical
It’s almost 3 years since Quiet Riot’s irrepressible front man died. Mr. Rockbrat and Cowboy Col were big fans of QR in the early to mid 80’s, and QR were the FIRST LA metal band to break out of the West Coast in a massive way in 1983 with ‘Mama Were All Crazee Now’. Whilst … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Kevin DuBrow (October 29, 1955 – November 25, 2007)
In 1986, the Sydney metal scene was abuzz with news that Boss front man Craig Csongrady would be replacing Kevin Dubrow in Quiet Riot, kings of the LA metal scene in the first half of the 1980s. Kev Dubrow (may he rest in peace) was sacked by his QR band mates because he had a habit of bad … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: What if Craig Csongrady had’ve replaced Kevin Dubrow in Quiet Riot ?