October 30, 2009 Playlist

A Scaaary Halloween Special
"Ride The Lightning" by Metallica (USA 1984)
Metallica "Ride The Lightning"  1984 (USA)
It's Halloween, and that means an excuse to feature the scariest and heaviest music imaginable -- it's called 'eavy metal, mate, and metal was never more ferocious that during the "thrash" years of the 1980's.  The evolution of metal is a long story dating back to the late 1960's, but the immediate influences on thrash were:  1) the heavy metal renaissance which started in England in the late 1970's, often known as "NWOBHM", and 2) a reaction to wimpy, safe, parent-friendly corporate rock and pop radio (much like the "hardcore" punk scene which happened around the same time.)  Of all the thrash bands, clearly the most popular was Metallica, who transcended the underground scene they started in and have come to be regarded as something like "the Beatles of Heavy Metal" these days (or is that another band?)  Their first three albums with Cliff Burton playing bass and co-writing songs are some of the best metal music ever made.  Tragically, Burton died in a tour accident in 1986, and even though the band went on to become much more popular, they have never equalled the power of their early days. 
Here are some live clips of the classic Metallica line-up back in the good ole days of thrash metal: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (with a bass solo!) and "Fade To Black" are two of the most popular songs from Ride The Lightning.  This next clip of the band covering Diamond Head's "Am I Evil" features an earlier line up with Dave Mustaine on lead guitar (after he was kicked out of Metallica he formed another popular thrash band, Megadeth.)  Another classic 1980's metal group featured on the show this week is Venom, whose look and sound were extremely influential on groups that followed, including Metallica and the most evilest band of all time Slayer
(T) = Sounds of TERROR!!!
Artist Song Album Year Country
Sounds of Terror The Headless Horseman Sounds of Terror 1974 USA
Aphrodite's Child The Four Horsemen
   / The Lamb
666 1972 Greece
Metallica The Four Horsemen Kill 'Em All 1983 USA
Beatallica For Horsemen A Garage Dayz Nite 2001 USA
Iron Butterfly Filled With Fear (live) Live 1970 USA
Sounds of Terror The Nightmare Of Lost Souls Sounds of Terror 1974 USA
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 1973 UK
Slayer Postmortem
   / Raining Blood
Reign In Blood 1986 USA
Metallica Creeping Death Ride The Lightning
1984 USA
Metallica For Whom The Bell Tolls Ride The Lightning
1984 USA
Black Widow Come To The Sabbat Sacrifice 1970 UK
Coven Wicked Woman Witchcraft Destroys Minds And Reaps Souls 1969 USA
Sounds of Terror Burned At The Stake Sounds of Terror 1974 USA
Sodom Witching Metal In The Sign Of Evil EP 1984 Germany
Sleep The Druid Sleep's Holy Mountain 1992 USA
Melvins If I Had An Exorcism Bullhead 1991 USA
Sounds of Terror The Exorcism Sounds of Terror 1974 USA
Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast The Number Of The Beast 1982 UK
Metallica Trapped Under Ice Ride The Lightning
1984 USA
Beatallica Got To Get You Trapped Under Ice Beatallica (The Grey Album) 2004 USA
Alice Cooper Halo Of Flies Killer 1971 USA
Judas Priest Epitaph Sad Wings Of Destiny 1976 UK
Sounds of Terror Buried Alive Sounds of Terror 1974 USA
Venom Buried Alive
   / Raise The Dead
Black Metal 1982 UK
Slayer Reborn Reign In Blood 1986 USA
Piledriver Metal Inquisition Metal Inquisition 1984 Canada
Sounds of Terror Victims Of The Guillotine Sounds of Terror 1974 USA
Ted Nugent Heads Will Roll (live) Intensities In 10 Cities 1981 USA
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Cheepnis (live) Roxy & Elsewhere 1974 USA
Blue Oyster Cult Godzilla
Spectres 1977 USA
Sounds of Terror King Kong Sounds of Terror 1974 USA
Jimmy Castor Bunch King Kong Supersound 1975 USA
The Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa) King Kong
   / It Can't Happen Here
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly rec. 1967 USA
Back to playlists         Back to main