I know Mitch has a youtube music video problem, just like me (in fact, I may have given him his first taste of the sweet sonic tonic of nostalgia). Anyway, a while back I asked if Mitch wanted to guest curate a youtube mixed tape session. He said: hells ya. Took me a while to post it, but here it is, straight from the Man in Black (and by the way, if you want to find the gold, a little hint, it’s at the end):
Wednesday Guest Tape: Eighties Hard Rock
Definitely one of my guilty pleasures and the music I grew up on (there is still some shame in this, I admit). Here are a few that might be more obscure. You have no idea how many hours Iâ€™ve burned on YouTube reminiscing. Iâ€™ve found some gold and cheese while on my journey. Iâ€™ll leave it to you to decide which is which belowâ€¦
Slaughter â€“ Fly To The Angels (1990)
While Slaughter came after the eighties hair bands (or more like the tail end), you canâ€™t deny that lead singer, Mark Slaughter, had a crazy unique voice as proven in this recent acoustic version of their power ballad hit, Fly To The Angels.
Whitesnake â€“ Is This Love? (1987)
Singer David Coverdale cut his teeth in a later version of Deep Purple before launching Whitesnake. You probably remember the original videos from that era with Tawny Kitaen.
Canâ€™t Wait For The Night â€“ Brighton Rock (1986)
OK, this is not the acoustic version, but when I found this on YouTube it took me waaay back. I think they were from Niagara Fallsâ€¦
Hear Nâ€™ Aid â€“ Stars (1985)
This was the hard rock sceneâ€™s response to Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and USA for Africa’s “We Are the World”. There are some great vocal performances and who can deny how metal Rob Halford from Judas Priest is? (look at how he dressed for the studio – really, the metal world had â€œno ideaâ€?).