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Cool Vs Gah! Round 5..Y&T….

Well Folks this is gonna be my last Cool Vs Gah! for a while. Thanks for coming along. Next week it’s back to my Babbling Reviews…..Lot’s of neat reviews of Bands coming up and maybe a Book or 2 Review tossed in for Good Measure…..(Cue Mr Books)

Meanstreak VS Contagious

Lotta people love these guys and fair enough as I dig at certain times their stuff as well…

The albums Black Tiger(1982)/Meanstreak(1983) and to a  certain degree In Rock We Trust (1984)  were very good rock records.

For me though albums like Down For The Count (1986) were just pieces of Fabricated gum ball alley cheese rock and it’s no surprise i totally lambasted poor Tbone and another friend of ours Jack Loaf for buying this…

I demolished Down For The Count but it’s funny though as fellow Bloggers Jompa and Destroyer of Harmony  dig Down For The Count still to this day  and fair enough……

Y&T Meanstreak Dudes…..

Dave Meniketti – vocals, guitar
Joey Alves – guitar, vocals
Phil Kennemore – bass, vocals
Leonard Haze – drums, vocals

Meanstreak is a fucking good track! Opening powerful riffage leads the assault  and it’s one of the best toons every written about a chic with a Meanstreak! Check out the lyrics and the video (cannot beat these Metal videos from 83-84) below..So true …hahaha

Overtime everyday of the week still the house ain’t big enough,
Spend your money so fast that you never see the green,
Big, better, best tell me where does it end,
Keeping up with the Joneses is tough
Better open your eyes boy, she just wanna buy buy buy,
Better wake up boy, I’ll tell you why

She’s got a mean streak,
But you love her so much you don’t want to see her mean streak,
Everybody knows she’s got you on a leash, mean streak,
Well she’ll laugh in your face, but your kissing her feet,
Your never good enough in the eyes of a woman with a mean streak

Every time that I look at you boy, I can see your a nervous wreck,
You try to hard to give her every little thing,
Big car, big pool, big house heart attack,
You better bend, or your gonna break
How far does it take you,
She just wanna buy buy buy,

She’s gonna break you, I’ll tell you why
It could be different now, if she thought you’d say goodbye,
But your too weak to try,
Things won’t change, till you open up your eyes,
How could you be so blind

Y&T man these guys with songs like that could not catch break here in North America so by 1987 one of the biggest bands around at the time Bon Jovi must have played with Y&T’s Musical Noggin so much so that they wrote and named an album after the song Contagious..

Contagious really for all intent and purposes  is not a bad track and out of these Cool Vs Gah deals this one I don’t mind when I’m in the syrupy hooky world of Jovi that is….

Check out the video of Contagious below as it features the lyrics with the song! Go ahead BMellis sing along! Do it!

The production is late 80s Hey America We Need A Hit Like…Stat! Like I said this isn’t a total Gah! Tune at times I can cut these guys some slack as i hammered pretty hard on that Down For The Count review but …..

I will say that guitarist Dave Meneketti’s voice still sounds real good in 2016 as it did in 1983! That’s saying something as I was gonna post a Live Clip  of Contagious from this year but I wanted you all to hear this late 80s Gloss…..




Gary Moore/ Run For Cover(1985)

Gary Moore (RIP)should have been huge in North America! Of course Gary laid done some brilliant guitar work in Thin  Lizzy but like many others in successful bands  he split and went solo!

It was sometime in late 1984 I first read about Belfast born Gary Moore in Metallion Magazine (RIP) as Moore was gonna be doing the Monsters Of Rock 1984 with Van Halen,Motley Crüe, Dio,Accept,AC/DC,Ozzy and Y&T! There’s some serious guitar action there! Geezus a ton of heavy hitters!

All the bands mentioned above I had on vinyl or cassette except for I had nothing by Moore! I figured what the F*^k I’ll check out something by Gary Moore as I mean here’s this guy named Gary and he’s playing on the same stage as Ed Van Halen,Angus Young,Jake E Lee,Vivian Campbell,Wolf Hoffman, Jompa’s home boy Dave Menketti so Moore must be good!

Corridors Of Power was the chosen cassette tape I bought and it took one track the first song Don’t Take Me For A Loser and man I was hooked! The dude could play guitar,sing plus for added bonus he had Neil Carter ex of UFO riding shotgun playing rhythm guitar and keys!

From there I bought the double live We Want Moore as it was released at the time (1984) that I first read about him! The opening track Murder In The Skies just flat out rocked! His guitaring on that track is soooo good and the fact that he wrote it about the Russian Jet Fighter that shot down that Korean Airliner carrying civilians proved that he wasn’t just gonna sing about party rock doofus themes all the time!

When 1985 rolls around I’m onboard right away with Run For Cover when it’s released!

Run For Cover is a great rock record! Moore embraces the rock side but pushes it’s limits at time with 1985s technology! Also interesting is that he used including himself 5 different producers and there are some decent names Like Andy Johns(Led Zeppelin) Beau Hill (Ratt) Mike Stone(Journey) and Peter Collins(Rush) ….

Gary also brought on board with him some real good musicians like Glenn Hughes  (vocals), Bob Daisley(bass) and one of Mike Ladanos favs Phil Lynott (RIP) .

So between producers and all star musicians Gary from Belfast plays a real good Strat and sings a decent tune!

Boys are indeed back in town….

RUN FOR COVER-a snazzy whirl of the keys and boom Run For Cover is just that! Gary and his Strat are ripping licks  left and right and the drums and bass are locked and Run For Cover is a great opener as its features great verses and chorus along with a real slick move by dumping the opening snazzy whirl of the synth in the middle of the song  which segues right into Moores solo and this solo is soooooo friggin good..well watch the vid! Moore kicks my ass in a cool 1985 kinda way….

REACH FOR THE SKY-Moore peels leads right off the hop at the start of this track. This is a basic rock track so basically it’s old school rock not a synth in site and Glenn Hughes delivers the bass  while Gary wails on his guitar and throws down a good rock vocal.

MILITARY MAN-Phil Lynott wrote this track as Gary and him hook up on this track. Military Man has some Military like drum rolls and sharp bursts of almost a Celtic like flavour added and of course two years later Gary really dives Into the Irish roots with Over The Hills And Far Away.  Military Man is a great track. Kinda  a Thin Lizzy reunion!

EMPTY ROOMS-this is a great slower paced tune. Moore oooozes slow riff after slow riff but not to the point of Sap! Neil Carter was Moores wingman on keys,rhythm guitar and backing vocals and is showcased on this tune as well since he co wrote it. This song did well for Moore! Case in point I heard it back in the day of our local Am watered down station 580 CKPR! Usually they were pumping Air Supply and Little River Band to give you old foggies a idea!

OUT IN THE FIELDS-Lynott returns and along with  Moore take this tune to town! Out In The Fields is a classic song about the boys growing up in Ireland and the turmoil and war going on at the time. Moore plays a great guitar on this track and this is one of the songs that embraces 80s technology but in 2015 keeps it in check! Great solo on this tune and if you want a good ass kicker version check out YouTube and search Gary Moore Out In the Fields Monsters Of Rock 2003! It’s just a Moore,some bass and guitar and a shitload of Moores fantastic playing….the vid I posted is the studio track and you can see by the lyrics written it’s none of that cat dragged in material! Great song!

NOTHING TO LOSE-Gary sets the pace with this track and it’s just another straight ahead rock track! No frills just a good rock track. Gary has some tunes that have nothing to do witht 80s technology and are just simple tunes! Great solo by Moore and the band just use the keep it simple silly  rule! Atta Boys!

ONCE IN A LIFETIME-this is a great song! Sure it has the 80s trappings of poppy kind of Keys but man it has Moore playing some good guitar and when duty calls he could write a decent track that could be played on radio. Great poppy chorus with a added touch of coolness tossed in!

ALL MESSED UP-this is a straight ahead party rock track! Gary is All Messed Up With No Place To Go! Have you been to that place? This song is  a good loud rock guitar drivin track and I’m sure it went down a storm live in concert!

LISTEN TO YOUR HEARTBEAT-Moore ramps right down and almost goes a little bluesy on this tune. Of course it was a sign of the times as 5 years later(1990) Moore ditched the Rock and went into full out blues mode with his 1990 album Still Got The Blues and scored his first ever Gold Record in the USA!  I didn’t follow Moore’s path to Bluesville but he put a ton of Blues albums and also dabbled with Rock until he died in 2011.

IN CONCLUSION- living in Tbay I could count on one hand the amount of people that I knew that listened to Moore! There loss as they missed out on some real good Rock guitar. Run For Cover is a great no frills Rock record and actually I guess with 5 producers and special guest musicians its a allstar record now that I think about it!

Moore has all kinds of  tunes on here embracing 80s technology but also staying true to the rock guitar roots of his career!

If anyone reading this comes across any of Moore’s stuff pick it up! ITunes as well has a lot of his stuff not that I’m plugging Apple but that is my method of purchase nowadays as we all know ……

3/4’s Filler…Y&T/Down For The Count

TBone asked me to do a review on the flip side of a Sonic wave and that would be an album or two that irked me at the time.  I thought  what a challenge and there are some albums that I just could not wrap my head around at the time and now is a good time as any to do this….

So Batter up!

Back in highschool me and TBone would like  try too out album scoop each other at times,of course when the huge releases would come out we would be there in line together buying the latest sellers ie Halen/Cru/,Ratt etc. but then there would be times when we weren’t in line together and this is one em……

So one day back in late 1985 as I was headed out of the door of my highschool (Lakeview) and going home TBone and a buddy who we called JackLoaf roared up beside me in Jackloafs truck into the parking lot with windows down and tunes a blaring!

The conversation went like sumthin like this….

deke- ‘Hey man what’s up?

Tbone- ‘Nuthin much check this out’

(TBone cranks up the tape deck in Jackloafs truck)

Tbone-‘deke! Do you know what this is?”

( I knew I heard the toon from years past and it was Your Mama Don’t Dance)

deke-‘I dunno man sounds really weak”

TBone went from I’m gonna fool this bastard look to a look of horror when I didn’t take the bait put forth by his rock trap! One of the very times in our 40 yrs of friendship I  have seen TBone dumbfounded!

deke-  Well man what is it ??

At this point TBone said Nuthin JackLoaf was speechless and TBone finally put forth a mild ‘Y&T’ …what? How could it be ? I mean Y&T I first heard a few years earlier with BlackTiger and Meanstreak thru a pal named John Young. Of course I picked up on his lead and purchased those along with their latest release at the time In Rock We Trust but you could hear in the grooves the change of commercialism in there sound and even though this was the case I still bought into it . John Young did not, he got off at the next bus stop in regards to Y&T saying they sold out. Hardcore that fellas was!

Sure my first impression was Your Mama Don’t Dance and the snapping of the fingers in the track at the beginning were just plain right brutal ! Of course a few years later Poison put Your Mama ….out as well as a single and it sold like gangbusters. Dave Meniketti must have lost it back than.

Upon further inspection what an appropriately named album Down For a The Count.Yep  as far as I was concerned Y&T were and what a goofy album cover. Compared to the Maiden covers and even Black Tiger and Meanstreak covers this one  was awful.

I did borrow Tbones cassette and man the use of keyboards just bogged this album into like a bunch of Journey scraps left on the floor and Y&T came along and went thru the trash and manufactured this into Down For The Count! The songs don’t do it for me (Don’t Tell Me What To Wear,Look like Trouble,In The Name Of Rock)man I dunno what else to tell ya…TRAINWRECK  comes to mind but this may be a result of record company politics calling the shots!

I had bought in the summer of 85 Y&T  Open Fire the live release they put out which was good and it had the studio version of Summertime Girls on it and it was so out-of-place with the rest of Open Fire meaning Y&T were a serious rock machine live and then the twiddly keyboard infested sonic of Summertime Girls just ruined the vibe of Open Fire! This my followers is what you call a Red Flag!

Having said all of this about Down For The Count I did still buy their next release Contagious with the title track featuring some whoah whoah whoah your Contagious so Dangerous! Ha somewhat goofy but a better effort! The album after Contagious I bought was there farewell live album from 1990. It had a ripping version of Meanstreak man I couldn’t get enough of that version ! Don’t believe me ask my bro Todd he must have heard that tune a million times over in the summer of 91!

But back to 1985…it’s ok TBone ya got duped and the Y&T ship was sinking and I had to throw ya a life-preserver and well since there was only one life-preserver I had to let Jackloaf go down in the S.S Y&T !

IN CONCLUSION – hey if you think a Down For a The Count is a classic that’s alright and your still ok in my books! It’s good to agree/disagree at times, makes conversation especially in the musical realm interesting! I gotta get to work on another one of these 3/4 Fillers shortly….