Market Cycle Analysis

I knew this was going to be like opening a can of worms with music fans, so let's break down the last post:

- I chose Kiss as the original not because they were first, but because they so perfectly epitomized the original philosophy of all great hair bands: get drunk, get laid, look good, do it again.

- I don't think anyone's going to argue with me about Van Halen, but if you want to see what happens when you dismantle Van Halen, keep Roth, and replace the rest of the band with the best musicians money can buy, it sounds like this...

This is so fucking prog it makes Rush sound like the Sex Pistols. However un-David Lee it is, I still get a certain amount of nostalgic pleasure from listening to it. However, to all you whiskey fans, this is what happens when you obsess over the specs and forget about why you're drinking in the first place. You get guys talking about technical prowess, but the soul is gone. 

- Motley Crue "Wildside" is the apex of eighties metal for me. Tommy Lee plays in a revolving drum kit, Vince runs around the stage, everyone's wearing black leather, and Nikki Sixx still looks the same then as he does now. Leave a good looking corpse, right? It was everything I wanted to be about when I was seven years old. I had a tennis racket that I would use as my guitar and I would ROCK in front of that TV.

- I'm using White Lion to show a decline in quality, but no disrespect to Mike Tramp and the gang. I loved that song then. I love it now. Purists will castrate me for saying that, however. Plus, Vitto Bratta's solo is one of the best of the decade. He was a gunslinger on the loose, out to dethrone Eddie.

- Then there's Steelheart. If you've never actually heard Miljenko Matijevic hit the high in "Lady," then you need to watch that video...ALL THE WAY TO THE END. No singer in rock history has that range or that much power with the high note. Again, he was a beast. But at the end no one cared anymore. 

To answer the question I always get when I write posts like this: I was born in 1979. So how do I remember all this? Because I was such a ball of energy and non-stop need that my parents needed constant breaks. MTV was the only thing that mattered to me starting at age five. I spent more time watching MTV in the eighties than Martha Stewart and Adam Curry combined. 

And it all paid off!

-David Driscoll

David Driscoll