It is Metal Monday once again at the Pastor Matt blog. Unfortunately, That Metal Show has gone on hiatus until the late summer, so we will be reaching back and interacting with past episodes to discuss Eddie, Don and Jim’s Top 5 List and their “throw down” debate.
On one previous show, the three debated the top 5 power ballads of all time. Here is the list they finally settled on:
TMS Top Five Power Ballads
1. “Home Tonight” Aerosmith
2. “Still in Love with You” Thin Lizzy
3. “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” Def Leppard
4. “Home Sweet Home” Motley Crue
5. “Goodbye to Romance” Ozzy Osbourne
I love the show and the lists but this is weak! Here are my top 5 with comment.
My 5 favorite
1. “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin. The song that arguably created the power ballad. “Stairway” has been ruined for those who listen to classic rock radio but for those of us who always ignored FM radio it is still THE song.
2. “Dream On” Aerosmith. If “Stairway” set the standard than Dream On made rockin’ ballads a near necessity….oh, and it’s just friggin’ sweet!
3. “Home Sweet Home” Motley Crue. If “Stairway” and “Dream On” created a pattern in rock, “Home Sweet Home” re-ignited the passion for the bad boy blues. Crue’s video for the “Home Sweet Home” was the most demanded video on MTV’s former evening top 10 for so many weeks that MTV enacted “The Crue Rule,” which set a 12-week limit on requests of an individual video. “Home” was so popular that nearly every band had to have a power ballad.
4. “Patience” Guns N’ Roses. Many credit Tesla with creating the unplugged rage of the late ’80′s and early ’90′s. They’re wrong. GNR’s 1988 #1 acoustic hit (recorded in a single day live with the band in a circle) is the real instigator and, again, it is friggin’ sweet!
5. “House of Pain” Faster Pussycat. A power ballad about more than just a broken heart. The song was an anthem for those of us with…oh, shall we say, “parental issues.” It also gave a great band a gold record.
There is my list. What’s yours?
During the Throw Down, the hosts, Frankie Banalie of Quiet Riot and Phil Collen of Def Leppard debated which Lep LP was stronger, “High N’ Dry” or “Pyromania.” All but Collen and Banalie went with ”High N’ Dry.” I agree that ”High N’ Dry” is a better hard rock album but I have a nostalgic place in my heart for Pyromania. It was the very first album I purchased and “Photograph” is one of my favorite songs of all time. However, you can’t go wrong with either. In fact, despite “Hysteria” being Lep’s biggest selling LP, I prefer ”High N’ Dry” and “Pyromania” to anything else that Leppard has done.
Now for this week’s trivia question–What Swiss hard rock vocalist was offered the seemingly impossible job of replacing Bon Scott in AC/DC before Brian Johnson?
The answer to last week’s trivia question was Blue Murder. After leaving Black Sabbath but before joining Badlands, Ray Gillen briefly joined the John Sykes, Tony Franklin, Carmen Appice project Blue Murder. It didn’t work out and Sykes took on both the lead guitarist and lead vocal role while Gillen joined former Ratt and Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee to form the under rated band Badlands.