Your favorite podcast, wherein Eric, an expert, and John, a novice, explore, discuss, and argue about the history of heavy metal music. New episodes are available on the 3rd Monday of each month!
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Wherein Eric and John conclude their epic diptych exploring the music and stories of women who rock, taking a look at an assortment of amazing female heavy metal artists and their extraordinary music making in the 1980s.
Opening clip: Wendy O. Williams
Assigned Listening #1: Rock Goddess- "My Angel" https://youtu.be/ezQ6jDaC6Tc?si=DrrizhtdjJXyggxl
Assigned Listening #2 : Wendy O. Williams- "It's My Life" https://youtu...
Wherein Eric and John embark on an epic diptych exploring the music and stories of women who rock, first by delving into the prehistory of women in heavy metal via a look at of some of the monumental contributions of women to the wider history of rock music from 1938 through the 1970s.
Opening clip: Joan Jett
Closing clip: Lzzy Hale
Assigned Listening #1: Sister Rosetta Tharpe- "Strange Things Happening Every Day" (1944) https://www.youtube...
Wherein Eric and John take Heavy Metal 101 to the next level, combining elements of classic horror radio plays, telling the narratives of four
macabre King Diamond classics, alongside the story of the band and the man in the 1980s in classic HM101 style.
Prologue- "The Call"
The Story of Fatal Portait
Eric and John do their thing, pt. 1
Assigned listening #1: "Halloween" (from Fatal Portrait)- https://www.youtube...
Wherein Eric and John take a scenic tour through the cassette collection of a young Eric, and explore three of the biggest pop metal hit albums of the mid-1980s: Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet, Whitesnake- Whitesnake (aka 1987), and Def Leppard- Hysteria.
Assigned Listening #1: Bon Jovi- "You Give Love a Bad Name" (the video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrZHPOeOxQQ
Assigned Listening #2: Whitesnake- "Here I Go Again" (1982 video): https://www...
Wherein Eric and John return for season three with a bang, exploring the seminal works of the "Big 4" of American thrash in 1986/7, Metallica's Master of Puppets, Megadeth's Peace Sells...But Who’s Buying?, Slayer's Reign in Blood, and Anthrax's Among the Living.
The season #2 finale, wherein Eric, John, and special guest Ben Apatoff (author of Metallica: The $24.95 Book) discuss the formative history of arguably metal's most culturally significant band, Metallica, from their prehistory and formation through the release of Ride the Lightning.
Assigned listening #1: "Hit the Lights" by Mettallica (sic) from the first pressing of the Metal Massacre #1 compilation (1982) https://www.youtube...
Wherein Eric and John continue to delve ever more deeply into the gritty, glitzy history of glam metal, focusing this time on the first wave of 1980's Sunset Strip bands including Mötley Crüe, Dokken, W.A.S.P., Great White, Stryper, and Ratt.
Wherein Eric and John delve into the seedier side of the heavy metal multiverse, exploring the history of glam metal via both an examination of the earliest days of British glam rock and a look at the proto-glam metal scene found on the 1970's Sunset Strip.
Wherein Eric and John excavate the most significant of heavy metal's musical roots, the blues, exploring the origins and histories of the genre as well as its more direct connections to the history of heavy metal...
Wherein Eric and John reflect upon the ascendency of heavy metal as an increasingly significant force in popular culture by looking at four massive albums released in 1983 and 1984, Def Leppard's Pyromania, Quiet Riot's Metal Health, Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry, and Van Halen's 1984.