I was at a loss for picking today’s Song of the Week. I decided to let my iTunes DJ make the selection by playing the first song that popped up which was Bon Jovi’s classic. Also, I was working out with the wife today (take your mind out of the gutter) and offered to make her a motivational playlist with her music library. She told me her only requirement was to have You Give Love A Bad Name on the list. It was an interesting coincidence (I thought), so here it is! Where do you stand with Bon Jovi? Are you the metalhead of today or do you reach back to some of those 80s classics that had huge impact?
For those of us that remember the decade known as the 80s, it was a fun decade. There were no major wars, no economic crisis that I knew of, and gases prices were lower than we will ever see again. Metal (or rock in general) was on MTV all day and was also on the radio. When I say metal I really mean the long-haired dudes that slightly resembled chicks (See photo to the right and below if you can’t imagine what I am talking about).
I was a tween and a teenager for most of the decade. When I reflected on the 80s I realized that the music (mostly in metal) revolved around three main topics; having a good time; hooking up and/or angst-ridden love; and the third topic was a general state of being heartbroken. The latter of the three usually came in the form of the popular 80s power ballad. Every band at the time had at last one or two. This Thursday’s theme is about a genre of music known affectionately as hair metal or hair bands.
I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the stereotype that all metal is dark and angry and that people who avidly listen to the metal are the same. Well, as you all know, that is not the case with most metal heads. Of course there are those who fit perfectly into that stereotype, but more often than not, that’s not the case. Like mostly everyone else in the world we like to laugh, smile, and be merry, we’re a happy people.
It’s true that a lot of metal albums are full of anger and sorrow, and that’s cool. A lot of music portrays anger and sorrow, even in pop and jazz music, but the extreme nature of metal intensifies it. It’s normal to enjoy songs about the stated feelings, just about everyone does. But like any good thing, moderation, moderation, moderation. And moderation does exist in metal. Not all metal has to do with anger and hate, the vast majority of the songs deal with various other subjects including love and happiness. So, if the extreme nature of metal can intensify the anger and hate emotions, inversely it can intensify happiness and joy. So today I bring you a nice little list of metal bands, albums, and songs that make me a Happy Metal Guy™. I hope that this list puts a smile on your face and makes you merry(and maybe even introduces you to some new music). This list is just the tip of the iceberg on metal songs that could make someone happy, what are your favorite Happy Metal bands, albums, and songs? Peace Love and Metal!!!!!
Our song of the day was picked a little differently today. Normally it’s chosen at random from an iTouch as we start our day in the office. Today we embarked on a road trip to Germany for Thanksgiving so I decided to do something different. I let my wife, Anarchy Alicia, pick the song of the day. Granted, all six CDs in my car stereo are mine, I went with a rock neutral selection since my wife is a non-metal listener and I respect that. So the song of the day is :
We Werent Born to Follow from Bon Jovi off the album The Circle.
This is a departure from the Amon Amarth’s and Chimaria’s of the world, but i do share my life with someone and since all CDs in my car were rock neitral I let her make the pick. So there it is. Have a great thanksgiving. I will be back on Friday with something deathly to help you work off that turkey.