Sunday, March 17, 2013


Ozzy Osbourne once said that, in the Seventies, the press labeled any band with long hair and mustaches "heavy metal." So did some of the record labels. There was a Warner Special Products compilation called Heavy Metal. It featured great hits by Black Sabbath, James Gang, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, MC5 and Uriah Heep, as well as unusual choices such as Faces, Yes, The Doors, Grateful Dead and J. Geils Band. Along with those were bewildering choices for a heavy metal compilation such as War, Van Morrison, the Eagles, Dr. John and Delany and Bonnie. I'm surprised Bread wasn't on that LP.

As I mentioned last time, younger people may read this playlist and say, "That old timer doesn't know heavy metal." Actually some of my generation probably said the same about these songs.

REMEMBER: Crank these songs up to 11.

Blue Oyster Cult - "Cities On Flame With Rock and Roll"
Van Halen - "Ain't Talkin Bout Love"
Humble Pie - "Stone Cold Fever"
AC/DC - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
Bad Company - "Bad Company"
REO Speedwagon - "Ridin the Storm Out"
Bloodrock - "D.O.A"
Frigid Pink - "House of the Rising Sun"
Crabby Appleton - "Go Back"
Kiss - "Rock and Roll All Night"
Grand Funk Railroad - "We're an American Band"
Deep Purple - "Smoke On the Water"
New York Dolls - "Jet Boy"
Jethro Tull - "Aqualung"
Foreigner - "Dirty White Boy"
Rush - "Working Man"
Journey - "Any Way You Want It"
Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"
Queen - "Stone Cold Crazy"
Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"
Led Zeppelin - "Black Dog"
Black Sabbath - "Iron Man"
The Who - "Long Live Rock"
Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back in Town"
Blue Ash - "Dusty Old Fairgrounds"
Alice Cooper - "School's Out"
Dr. Feelgood - "Milk and Alcohol"
Judas Priest - "Rocka Rolla"
Flash - "Small Beginnings"
Ten Year After - "I'd Love To Change The World"
Heart - "Barracuda"
T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
April Wine - "Oowatanite"
ZZ Top - "Tush"
Rainbow - "Long Live Rock and Roll"
Mott the Hoople - "Rock and Roll Queen"
Bachman Turner Overdrive - "Takin Care of Business"
Trooper - "Raise a Little Hell"
Styx - "Miss America"
Foghat - "Slow Ride"
Rare Earth - "I Just Want to Celebrate"
Pere Ubu - "Final Solution"
Golden Earing - "Radar Love"
Uriah Heep - "Look At Your Self"
James Gang - "Walk Away"
Head East - "Never Been Any Reason"

BONUS TRIVIA: The adult, sci-fi comic book Heavy Metal began in France as Metal Hurlant.


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