1989 was indeed the year for hidden hearts. In that year, there were four artists alone who released versions of the Desmond Child/Paul Stanley penned epic, ‘Hide Your Heart’ – yet which one is the best ? Hide Your Heart – although co penned by Stanley – is total Desmond Child, which means it sounds … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Who Recorded The Best Version of ‘Hide Your Heart’? KISS ? Ace Frehley? Bonnie Tyler ? Robin Beck?
Today I am giving Slade's 1973 record 'Sladest' a thorough inspection - and damn it's good. Actually it’s extraordinary ! What you are in fact all looking at folks - is the very first record I ever bought. See, me and the Cowboy used to spend many Saturday mornings as kids - perusing local school … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Slade – ‘Sladest’
For anyone who remembers, up until that time in 1980, the KISS Tour of Australia was the biggest tour of Australia since Abba a couple of years previously, and only the Beatles in 64 before that. In November of 1980, the masked marauders were all over the newspapers, TV etc etc. Gene couldn't adjust his … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Dennis Lillee met KISS
I was driving down the road doing 95 miles per hour recently, whilst streaming a Kiss radio station - as you do - broadcasting outta Greece no less (and before any Kiss zombie thinks 'why is he listening to Kiss, when he is AWOL ? Fact is, obedient Kiss-drone - that I still enjoy listening … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Kiss – Asylum (1985)
I was driving the rockbratmobile recently and the Cure came on the radio. Naturally enough I slammed some Twisted Sister in the tape deck and killed off that depressing whining of Robert Smith. But then the ol' brain flash-backed to the 80's, and a time I recalled when some ultra-hip university students started a 'we … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About bands who’ve never toured Australia
Tell you what, you could blow some serious money at the moment on the live rock circuit here in Australia. I cannot recall a time when there are so many bands announcing tours - a far cry from those days in the mid-8o's when we had only the likes of Purple, or Queen, or Dio … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Is This The Busiest Year for International Rock Australia Has Seen ?
Some facts - I owned this thing back in the day. The day - as in 1985. Can I say that ? I wonder how that rates in this world of 'Kiss cool' where, it is how old you were when you got into Kiss, which gives you the serious cred amongst your fellow Kissers...you … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Viewing Today ? Kiss: Animalize – Live Uncensored
I was driving aimlessly along a road the other day with a Kiss CD in the car stereo. "Plod plod plod" I thought aloud, wincing at how tunes like Shout It Out Loud and Cold Gin have aged very very badly. Many Kiss songs sound very very dated. But lo and behold, whenever a tune … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Are the Peter Criss-sung Kiss tunes the best in the Kiss catalogue ?
Signing up to join the Vinnie Vincent Invasion International Fan Club - now there's a tongue-twister - was a no-brainer for this here Kiss nut. Of course, back in the mid-80's, fan clubs etc worked a little differently to nowadays. Vinnie's been in the news in recent times for all the wrong reasons, but back … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Vinnie Vincent 1986 Guitar Picks
It was back in the summer of 83....err actually 93, when Ace Frehley launched his official fan club 'Rock Soldiers'. As a long time Kisser, my address was no doubt on many Kiss Fan Club mailing lists. I was a member of the Frehley's Comet fan club, some years before this, which I will write … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Rock Soldiers – Ace Frehley Fan Club