The Rockstar Ramblings: 1986 M/F/K

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Band Photo: Metallica

25 years ago hard rock and glam albums found regular rotation on the radio and pop culture thanks to MTV, Circus Magazine, and eighties culture. 1986 was riding the fringe of hair band saturation, but also the year Metallica and Megadeth put out timeless efforts. Since 1986 we have seen the grunge era, the boy band era, and the release of St. Anger. We’ve seen it all in the last 25 years.

Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. There is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again.

Master of Puppets (Metallica)
M: Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
F: Damage, Inc.
K: The Thing That Should Not Be
(NOTE: It really is the perfect “F” song)

Eat’em And Smile (David Lee Roth)
M: Yankee Rose
F: Tobacco Road
K: I’m Easy

Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi)
M: Wanted Man
F: Livin’ On A Prayer / You Give Love (a Bad Name)
K: Side B
(NOTE: given Livin’ On A Prayer and You Give Love basically sound the same it really doesn’t matter to me)

Night Songs (Cinderella)
M: Nobody’s Fool
F: Shake Me
K: Nothin’ for Nothin’

5150 (Van Halen)
M: Best of Both Worlds
F: Summer Nights
K: Why Can’t This Be Love

Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (Megadeth)
M: Peace Sells
F: The Conjuring
K: I Ain’t Superstitious

Inside The Electric Circus (W.A.S.P.)
M: 9.5. – N.A.S.T.Y.
F: Inside The Electric Circus
K: King of Sodom and Gomorrah

Look What The Cat Dragged In (Poison)
M: Look What The Cat Dragged In
F: Talk Dirty To Me
K: Play Dirty

Dancing Undercover (Ratt)
M: Body Talk
F: Slip of The Lip
K: It Doesn’t Matter
(NOTE: very difficult to Kill anything on this album as over time I have come to appreciate this as the most “complete” Ratt album from start to finish)

The Ultimate Sin (Ozzy Osbourne)
M: The Ultimate Sin
F: Fool Like You
K: Shot In The Dark
(NOTE: sometimes you’ve just had enough of a hit single)

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