Hey, Folk’s today the one and only Tbone turns 53 years young and as you all know he’s been there since Day 1 in all of my musical journeys!
Once Van Halen hit with 1984 it was all bet’s off as Tbone went bonkers and kept pace with me pretty much in buying Hard Rock albums back then. I preferred vinyl. Tbone preferred cassette tapes. I bought Rock Mags. Tbone did not.
He didn’t need to buy rock mags as Tbone knew I devoured all the rock info inside each mag and when we would hang I would fill him in with everything! Ok, I babbled on like a lunatic.
Tbone was a smart man. He saved money this way.
A few years ago when I hit 50 I got right back into vinyl in a huge way. I told Tbone’s super-duper cool wife Christine to buy him a turntable for Xmas. She listened, and just like that he got a turntable. Tbone has been acquiring vinyl here and there and if I see some things that he will dig I grab em along the way.
As I mentioned earlier Tbone’s preferred listening method was cassette tapes back in the roaring ’80s.
So in one of my journeys along the way, I came across a batch of tapes. I never look at used tapes as I have nothing to play them on but one time when I was out and about on a vinyl hunt I decided to look and saw in one pile 3 tapes that Tbone had back in the day. Ok well back 3 decades ago. lol
Bad English/Loverboy and Autograph. All 3 of these Tbone left the good rock ship S.S dEke’s and ventured off into unfamiliar uncharted waters and purchased all 3 of these releases on his own!
Looking back I should have tossed him a musical life preserver.
I heard all 3 of these tapes courtesy of Tbone. The Loverboy tape intrigued me the most believe it or not as I will explain below.
So without further ado here is a quick little hit and run observations on each tape.
1-Autograph-That’s The Stuff: Tbone bought That’s The Stuff as soon as it hit the record shops in 85. I would have as well but since Tbone took the plunge first we listened to it together. We really had nothing to say about it. It sounded like it was rushed out to capitalize on the better than decent debut of Sign In Please(1984). So I understand Tbone’s motive to grab this one quick. I would have as well. On a side note thank you “T” for saving me $10 on this purchase back in 85!
2- Loverboy-Lovin Every Minute of It: Another 1985 release and I was curious as to why Tbone had decided to drive down Loverboy Lane. This tape I dubbed from Tbone as once I saw Loverboy had Judas Priest producer Tom Allom handle the production duties I thought the guitars will probably be jacked somewhat. Course having Mutt Lange write the title track helped the cause as well. Not bad from what I remember but not enough to make me go and purchase my own copy.
Now onto the one some of you have been waiting for.
3-Bad English- Bad English(1989): As The 80s head into the 90s and beyond Bad English is the gift that keeps on giving as we and when I mean we which include Tbone’s two brothers Darr and Rugg have verbally tormented Tbone over the purchase of this poor man’s Journey at various times over 30 years! Bad English was a supergroup formulated to make money. They did on this album and if you like this album( Take a bow Pete from Australia) I commend you. Maybe it isn’t as bad as I made it out to be but I tell ya folks it sure has been fun as fuck to give Tbone the gears on this release even if it was good which I would never admit too! lol
I’m sure a few of you are wondering what about Y&T’s Down For The Count which was another album I roasted Tbone on? Well, trust me when I tell you I started looking for it and never came across it on tape. Dang, but If I ever do come across Down For The Count and if it’s dirt cheap you know who will end up with it.
I know that Tbone does not have a cassette deck to play these on but that doesn’t matter as I’m sure he will probably display these three fine Gems proudly in his ManCave!
Well, He Better!
Happy Birthday, Bro!