Friday, October 22, 2010
Shady Dell The Metal Years: Part 2 - Sinful Songs and Evil Emanations that the Church Lady Doesn't Want You to Hear!
Well I'll just bet these naughty records made
by these naughty boys will make aaaaaaaaaall your naughty little
warm and tingly!
Isn't that speeeeeeeeeecial?
In March of 1984, nearly twenty years after I first set foot inside the Shady Dell, I returned to my alma mater. I wanted to say goodbye to John and Helen Ettline and tell them that
I was moving to another state. A friendly yet subdued John greeted me, remembered my name, and shook my hand. To my shock and dismay John then informed me that Helen had passed away three weeks earlier. I was living in Lancaster
at the time and somehow never got the news! After a few minutes of commiserating with John over the loss of our beloved Helen and reminiscing with him about the Dell's glory days, I excused myself and headed down the sidewalk to take one last look inside the barn.
As I went back to the future and intruded on their private Dell domain the young rats looked startled...like deer caught in headlights.
In that moment it seemed as if I was gazing upon the sole survivors, the diehards, the revolutionary rat underground, the last bastion of nonconformity, the one remaining pocket of resistance to the established order, the Dell rats' last stand in the decades old fight to escape the watchful eye and authoritarian rule of Big Brother.
It wasn't the Dell that I remembered, but even though the place looked and sounded like a morgue (probably because grampa Del had unexpectedly burst in on the proceedings)
I knew that these brave hearts would heed the call, step up to the plate and assume the mantle of keeping rock 'n roll and the Dell itself alive.
a few members of Denver Rinehart's Shady Dell Facebook group represent
a younger generation of Dell rats...those who made the Dell their home away from home during the 70's and 80's rather than the 50's and 60's. I suspect that there are also a good number of younger Dell rats who follow Shady Dell Music & Memories. Over the past 27 months I have blogged extensively about the doo-wop 50's, the soulful 60's, and the disco 70's. It's time for me to acknowledge the youngest members of our Dell rat family. That's why I am playing some of the music that formed the soundtrack of their youth...the songs of the hard rockin' heavy metal 80's!
Although I only set foot inside the Dell that one time during the entire 80's decade, it doesn't mean that I stopped rockin' and checked myself into an old folks home. Nobody had to twist my arm to get me to accept the music of the 80's.
I love New Wave and I love Metal - the rock category that
I chose for this salute to 80's Dell rats. In this post and the two previous I am sharing with you some of my favorite hard rock, heavy metal and glam rock anthems, and while I can't be sure how many of these songs were actually played at the Dell, I believe they capture the essence of Dell rats of
all ages. There's no way any of us are ready to roll over and play dead. We're gonna go down swingin'...we're gonna keep on rockin' coz you only rock once! These songs and videos speak to the indomitable Dell rat spirit in all of us!
"Balls to the Wall" - Accept (1984)
"Back for More" - Ratt (1984)
"Home Sweet Home" - Motley Crue (1985)
"Rock 'N' Roll Children" - Ronnie James Dio (1985)
"Tears Are Falling" - Kiss (late 1985/early 1986)
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" - Beastie Boys (1986)
"Nobody's Fool" - Cinderella (1986)
"Uh! All Night" - Kiss (1986)
"You Give Love a Bad Name" - Bon Jovi (1986)
"Shot in the Dark" - Ozzy Osbourne (1986)
"Who Wants to be Lonely" - Kiss (1986)
"He's Back" (The Man Behind the Mask)" - Alice Cooper (1986)
"Don't Change That Song" - Faster Pussycat (1987)
"Girlschool" - Britny Fox (1988)
"(You Make Me) Rock Hard" - Kiss (1988)
"Wait for You" - Bonham (1989)
"Poison" - Alice Cooper (1989)
"Cradle of Love" - Billy Idol (1990)
Finally, here's an oldie but goodie for old timer Dell rats.....
one that the church lady should appreciate because it features one of her own.
"Wild Thing" (1988) - Sam Kinison with Slash (Guns N' Roses), Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Billy Idol, Steve Vai (Frank Zappa Band), Dweezil Zappa and Jessica Hahn (former PTL Club church secretary)
TAKE THAT, CHURCH LADY!!!
It's safe to say that many Dell rats of the doo-wop 50's and early 60's wondered WTF? when the music of the Five Satins and Little Anthony gave way to the Doors and Jefferson Airplane. The Dell rats of late 60's steeped in classic rock pulled their hair out when disco swept the nation in the 70's. The dance oriented Dell rats of the 70's must have shuddered when Ozzy, Vince Neil, Axl Rose, Bret Michaels, Gene Simmons and Bon Jovi brought their bands to the barn. The point is that the other guy's music might seem alien and off-putting at first; but if you close your eyes and open your heart like a good Dell rat should you might find a lot to like not only in the other guy's music but in other aspects of his life as well. Give people a chance and their stuff just might become your stuff, too!
The Shady Dellegation consists of:
Dell rats of the 1940's
Dell rats of the 1950's
Dell rats of the 1960's
Dell rats of the 1970's
Dell rats of the 1980's
The Dell Rat Party is a party of inclusion...of unity, not polarization. We welcome members of all ages. We respect them and their music.
We're all in this together!
We stand united!
We're a pack and we are back!
Have a Shady day!