Yea, you know the ones I'm talking about. Songs from your favorite bands that you once loved that are still undeniably awesome pieces of musical art and expression. Years ago, you rocked'em out BIG TIME and threw the proverbial fist in the air and honored them proudly. But, as time went by something went wrong...
You began to feel the love for them drift away, almost like a best friend whom you'd slowly grown apart from. What happened? Did the wanderlust stem from the road often less traveled, or were you like me and heard the material on the friggin radio so much that you just got beyond burnt? Either way, we all have them. I've cobbled together what it is at this point a modestly short list of some of the songs I hail as great tracks, but somewhere along the line radio completely bummed them out for me. I'm sure I'll add more as time goes by.
But for now, the finalists are...
Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy is a living legend, and Randy Rhoads just might be the greatest man to ever pick up the axe. But that said, I'm gonna go fucking crazy if I hear this one more time in the next ten years....and not the way Ozzy would like! This song, although a classic piece of rock n' roll and the track that solidified Ozzy as a solo artist and proved he didn't need Black Sabbath to leave his mark in history -- I just don't wanna hear it anymore. Can I get Suicide Solution or Revelation (Mother Earth) instead?
Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses
It was the song that ruthlessly kicked rock n' roll in the ass in the late 80's and blew the landscape wide open for one of the biggest bands in the land. As more and more pretenders stepped up to the hard rock stage, fruitlessly imitating their predecessors who did it right, Guns N' Roses broke down the door to hard rock dominance and rose to iconic stature beginning with Welcome to the Jungle. Now, anyone who knows me or has taken the time to pay the least bit of attention to my myspace page can ascertain that GN'R is one of my favorite bands of all time and frontman Axl Rose is one of my childhood heroes. I used to crank this song up incredibly loud and antagonize many a passer-by outside my bedroom window as a child and young adult. Appetite For Destruction was a virtual soundtrack for my NES craze, rockin it out while playing video games with the TV volume turned down. But these days, Jungle is probably the least-listened to track of GN'R's entire catalog. As far as I'm concerned, It's So Easy is track 1 of Appetite. I don't wanna hear it on the radio, I don't wanna see the video either. I'm just done with it unless it's played live. That's about it.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Although not the originator of the classic anecdote, Kurt Cobain is often referred to for uttering the phrase "it's better to burn out than to fade away", and boy is that spot on with this fucking song. Smells Like Teen Spirit kicked off the civil war of rock music in the early 90's and fronted the revolution to be known as the alternative genre. By 1992, bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Warrant, and a whole slew of others who had enjoyed star-studded success for years, feeding off the hairband era, saw their one-way tickets to have their asses kicked out the back door of mainstream rock punched and delivered in one fell swoop. When this song hit the airwaves it seemed like the change happened over night. And me personally, while I generally like this tune I was never too big of a fan of Nirvana's work outside the album Bleach, which is a kickass record from start to finish. Still, no one can deny the importance of Smells Like Teen Spirit and the effect it had on everyone at the time. But, that was yesterday. Stop playing it every damn day on the radio and voting it as the best rock song of all time! It isn't within a light year of that prestigious honor.
One by Metallica
Ah yes, I remember how cool it was to hear Metallica on the radio in 1988 and to see their first video on MTV. I spent many nights rockin out to One, blasting it's crunchy riffs and pounding double-bass drumming on my little RCA cassette playing jambox. Though a great song with the accompanying video that made Metallica a household name in the mainstream metal world, I personally view this song as the beginning of their fall from musical grace. Sure, they made millions upon millions of dollars in the years to come and over two decades later remain the biggest metal band on this earth. But, I look to Metallica's earlier work as their finest hour, musically. And I don't care how you spin it, to me there isn't one Metallica album I'd rather hear than Kill'em All, Ride The Lightning, or Master of Puppets. And while One was their rocket ship to the stars, I don't wanna be constantly reminded of their departure from the raw, unchecked fury of the underground.
War Pigs by Black Sabbath
Who could deny Black Sabbath single-handedly created the beloved genre of music known as heavy metal? Not I. And I've got a friggin blood note waiting to be signed and slapped in the face of anyone who disagrees. Tony Iommi is the shit and one of metal's most influential guitarists and Ozzy, well....nuff said. Great band, and War Pigs is a great tune that'll delight the classic metal fans' ears the first 20,000 times you hear it. After that.......I dunno. Something just changes. There's gotta be a reason why this song is the only one I've ever gotten a complete 100% score from on Guitar Hero. Maybe because I've heard it so much my subconscious can hum it in my sleep! Eh, give me Fairies Wear Boots or hell, even Iron Man.
Rock N' Roll All Night (Party Everyday) by Kiss
I don't care where you live, everyone has a local rock radio station that has this one on their daily rotation. Kiss is, well Kiss. You're usually either a fan or you're not. Me, I'd say I'm a listener. While I Love It Loud is one Kiss song I could hear over and over till the end of time and not get sick of, I sat back and pretty much watched the Kiss train go by. Just never hopped on the bandwagon. But, that said, I don't look to turn the dial when they hit the radio either -- except when I hear the opening seconds of Rock N' Roll All Night (Party Everyday). I think I'd rather sit in a room and listen to paint dry before I'd elect to sit through this one from beginning to end again. Radio has KILLED this song for me in every sense of the word. If it's still one of your favs, good for you. Play it loud, rock it proud. Me.........I'll stick to changing the channel or blasting something else loud enough to where I can't hear you.
Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Ugh......my stomach just turned at the thought of the opening sounds. I have heard this tune so many times I don't even remember the lyrics. That's great that you're gonna have it played at your funeral, I guess I won't have a choice then (I promise I won't say a word). And thanks Mr. Zombie for sticking it in the final minutes of The Devil's Rejects, prompting me to either turn off my surround sound or just skip to the final gun shot blasts and call it a night. It's hilarious that Guitar Hero II warns you repeatedly before you play this song once you unlock it. It asks if you're sure you wanna play it about three or four times before the track actually loads. Skynyrd is a great band and they have a load of songs I like to listen to, but mostly because of radio, this is one I wouldn't mind if it fell off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again.
Rock You Like A Hurricane by Scorpions
I'm a Sirius subscriber. I love my Hair Nation station. But, I gotta tell ya -- no song makes me change the channel faster than Rock You Like A Hurricane. This is one of those cool songs from the 80's that should get a spin once every couple weeks or even a month or so. IMO, it just doesn't have near enough staying power to hold it's weight much longer than that. Sirius loves to throw it out at you at least once a day. No thanks.
That's it for now. I have a feeling I'll be adding more in the foreseeable future...