I Grew Up During the Best Years of Rock Music Part 2

I Grew Up During the Best Years of Rock Music Part 2
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I Grew Up During the Best Years of Rock Music Part 2. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s was a blast especially if you liked rock and roll music.

Most of the iconic rock bands were formed in the 70’s and 80’s.

Some of the heavier Metal bands came in the late 70’s and mid 80’s say from 1975 on forward.

1976 brought us more legendary bands and bands most people never heard of. Bow Wow/Vow Wow an influential Japanese rock band formed in Japan in 1975. They renamed themselves to Vow Wow in 1984, before moving to England and disbanding in 1990. Guitarist and vocalist Kyoji Yamamoto reformed Bow Wow in 1995 with all new members before original members Mitsuhiro Saito and Toshihiro Niimi rejoined him three years later. I only added them because it was unusual to hear of a hard rock band from Japan.

I Grew Up During the Best Years of Rock Music Part 2

1976 continued on with Foreigner and Ratt forming bands. Some of the popular songs in 1976 were AC/DC – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”; “Dream On” by Aerosmith The original 1973 issue of this 45 has a shorter edit of “Dream On” (3:25). Most of the intro has been edited out and the first chorus is replaced with the second chorus. The second issue from 1976 contains the album version (4:28).

1976 also had popular songs by bands like Blue Öyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”; “Magic Man” by Heart; Judas Priest – “Victim Of Changes”; Kiss – “Beth”; Kiss – “Detroit Rock City”; and a popular movie song “The Boys Are Back In Town” by Thin Lizzy

1977 brought us one of the greatest bands of all time, Def Leppard. Some of the popular songs for 1977 are “Let There Be Rock” by AC/DC; “Draw The Line” by Aerosmith; “Love Gun” by Kiss; “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent; “Baracuda” by Heart. Up until now, we had not seen much of the “Hair Bands” come into the picture. I guess maybe Def Leppard was one of the first Hair Bands to hit the scene in  1977. 

I Grew Up During the Best Years of Rock Music Part 2

1978 brought into the picture another Hair Band – Whitesnake. Some of the popular songs for 1978 were AC/DC – “Riff Raff”; “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation” by AC/DC; Black Sabbath “Never Say Die”; “Better By You, Better Than Me” by Judas Priest; “Beyond the Realms of Death” by Judas Priest; “Stained Class” by Judas Priest; “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” by Van Halen; And Van Halen showed us exactly what could be done on an electric guitar with one of the best Riffs ever played on “Eruption” by Van Halen. We lost one of the great drummers The Who’s Keith Moon dies of a Clomethiazole overdose on September 6, he was 32.

1979 gave us some great songs by some great bands. Some of the popular songs of 1979 were “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC; Kiss released a controversial song on their Dynasty album a Disco single “I Was Made for Loving You” led to accusations of sellout, band’s popularity suffered for several years; “Beautiful Girls” by Van Halen; “Dance the Night Away” by Van Halen.

1979 we also saw Ozzy Osbourne is kicked out of Black Sabbath due to problems with drugs and alcohol. Also, Joe Perry left Aerosmith and formed The Joe Perry Project, and was replaced in Aerosmith by Jimmy Crespo. Aerosmith goes into commercial decline.

I Grew Up During the Best Years of Rock Music Part 2

1980 we start to see Thrash Metal bands appear. New bands that were formed are Blitzkrieg, Exodus The initial lineup was formed in the late 1970s by guitarists Kirk Hammett and Tim Agnello, drummer/vocalist Tom Hunting, and vocalist Keith Stewart while attending high school together. Metal Church, and after Black Sabbath fired Ozzy Osbourne he formed his own band.

Popular songs from 1980 include probably one of the most recognized songs ever “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC; Def Leppard – Hello America; “Ace of Spades” by Motörhead; Ozzy Osbourne CrazyTrain; “Mr. Crowley” by Ozzy Osbourne; “Spirit of Radio” by Rush; “Ready An’ Willing” by Whitesnake; “Fool for Your Loving” by Whitesnake.

1980 was full of tragedies as we lost Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC dies at 33 on February 19 after a binge of heavy drinking. April 1: Brian Johnson joins AC/DC replacing Bon Scott as lead singer. We also lost John Bonham, he was the drummer for Led Zeppelin, dies at 32 on September 25, after a binge of heavy drinking. His death was similar to Bon Scott’s and caused Led Zeppelin to disband. April 1: Brian Johnson joins AC/DC replacing Bon Scott as lead singer.

Some readers might be dubious to my picks as the best rock bands in my era, and that is okay but tell me why you doubt my picks in the comment section.

I’m going to leave it right there for now and I will write a part 3...check out Part 1 if you have not done so




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