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First Flops: 10 Classic Rock Debut Albums That Failed To Break The Band Into The Big Time

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30 years ago this week a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles named the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their self-titled debut album. Following its release….they remained a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles. Gradually though, over successive releases and tours, they built their fan base and finally broke big with their fourth long player, 1989’s Mother’s Milk. Few artists have a hit record straight out the starting gate, and some rather noteworthy bands didn’t see success until three of four albums into their careers. Read more…

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Classic Rock Kama Sutra: 18 Songs That Taught Us Everything We Needed To Know About Sex

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Sex. Rock n’ roll bands have been singing about it since the beginning, when the term “rocking and rolling” was an actual euphemism for the act of, in Shakespeare’s words, “making the beast with two backs.” There’s no shortage of classic rock songs specifically about having sex, from Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” (actually there are very few Led Zeppelin or AC/DC songs that aren’t specifically about having sex). Without getting too graphic however, there are many different ways one can have sex besides the good old fashioned way we all know and love.  Rock n’ roll being an innately rebellious form of musical expression has never shied away from talking about these…alternate means of getting one’s rocks off, as The Rolling Stones might say. Read more…

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Pretty Boys? Rock Stars in Truly Insane Makeup

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With schlock rock pioneers, Kiss, going on a forty-city tour this summer (a grueling schedule for aging Baby Boomers; hope they’re bringing Ben-Gay) — we realized that the band was celebrating a huge milestone in 2014. Forty years of wearing truly psychotic makeup. Sure, they weren’t the first to do it – - that title goes to that weasly-genius Alice Cooper — but the fact that they were four big, brawny New York dudes made up to look like clown demons was super-memorable. And they took it so seriously! Each member was painted in the style of a different character: Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons), Space Ace (Ace Frehley) and Catman (Peter Criss). Totally bonkers, but seventh grade boys adored their freaky looks. Next up? A slew of bands hit stages looking like ghouls crossed with drag queens.

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Civil Wars, Stabbings And The 15 Fiercest Feuds In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History

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Band beefs are nothing new, whether between members or ex-members of the same group, or rivals from the same scene. Whether fighting for their turn in the spotlight or for the affections of a groupie, competition is as natural to the life of a rock band as camaraderie, and where there is competition there is usually conflict. In the world of hard rock and heavy metal, home to some of music’s loudest loud mouths and even the occasional genuine badass, things can escalate quickly from smack-talking to catching a smack. Read more…

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My Dad Is Cooler Than Yours: 10 Unlikely But Awesome Heavy Metal Fathers

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Father’s Day. A time to celebrate the man who drove you to little league, taught you about life, cheered you up when you were feeling down. But what if your dad was on the road 80% of your young life, snorting lines of ants and partying with groupies and throwing TVs out of hotel windows? Well that doesn’t make him a bad person, or a bad father – does it? Sure, “normal” dads may have had more quantity time with their kids, but a lot of heavy metal dads had just as strong a bond with their young ‘uns (albeit in a different way) and made sure to give them everything they need to grow into decent, responsible adults. We think. And though the offspring of heavy metal legends might not be thanking their dads with a Hallmark card and a polo shirt for his big day, there’s no reason they shouldn’t celebrate them and show them how much they mean. From Ozzy to Lemmy to Tom Araya and Eddie Van Halen, these guys have all found the rock star/doting father balance. Here’s 10 Unlikely, but no less great, Metal Dads – just in time for Father’s Day.

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Strength In Numbers: 14 Classic Rock Bands With More Than One Lead Singer

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Typically in a rock band, there is one lead singer. Sure there may be other band members adding background vocals and harmonies to fill out the sound, but those other members usually have a primary role other than singing. Of course, this is not a steadfast rule by any means. In fact, in the classic rock era the multiple-lead-singer setup was quite prevalent. And some of the greatest bands of all time have had more than one lead vocalist, where each singer is identifiable as a trademark of the band’s sound. Read more…

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Badass Axes: The 45 Most Tricked Out Guitars In Rock

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We all know our favorite guitar player’s sound, but do we really know their gear? Through the years of rock ‘n roll, there have been some interesting shapes and styles that have created anthems for all generations. See if your favorite player’s gear is insane enough to end up on our list!

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Happy Birthday Ace Frehley: Kiss’ Original Spaceman Turns 63!

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Today Kiss fans worldwide celebrate the 63rd birthday of the band’s original and beloved Spaceman, the one and only Ace Frehley! Born and raised in The Bronx, NY and famously showing up in mismatched sneakers for his Kiss audition in 1972, Ace is one of the great characters in rock n’ roll and also one of the most influential guitarists of ’70s hard rock and early heavy metal. Read more…

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Stevie Nicks, Questlove and Tom Morello Weigh In On The KISS Hall Of Fame Controversy

By now the KISS Army are aware that the band’s induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame was marred by some serious infighting. The dispute centered around founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s desire to perform with band-mates past and present, including current drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer. The Hall of Fame were only honoring the original line-up that included Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, and wanted to limit the new member’s involvement. The whole matter gets complicated (our experts have broken it down here in great detail)  but in the end, the band did not end up performing during the ceremony. It’s sad that the disagreements got in the way of the music, and some of rock’s luminaries took the time to weigh in on the whole ordeal!

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