I love rock music, especially the heavy metal stuff. I grew up during the ‘rock kapak‘ era where Amy Search and Awie Wings were the kings and Ella was the sole queen of rock. But I admit that my taste was more towards those US and UK rock bands rather than the local ones. I think it had a lot to do with the riffs, the guitar riffs I mean. Except for Hillary Ang and few others, local guitarists just can’t keep up with those western six-stringers and very often you hear the very same pattern or formula being used to produce local rock songs. Oh yes, those C major key over and over again. No offence and not to underestimate our local musicians but that was it before and the quality has improved over the years and I am beginning to like the local music more and more each day.
There were so many bands that I liked when I was still a schoolboy. It was quite difficult to get rock albums during that time. Well, no internet, no mp3 and definitely no free downloads. Every week day from 9 pm to 10 pm I would sit next to my radio and listened to American Top 40 with Casey Kasem. Remember that guy? 😀 I also subscribed to Kerrang and Metal Edge magazines to keep me abreast with what’s going on in the rock music world. Once a month I would take a bus to Kuala Lumpur with my friend and we would check out new albums at Pertama Complex. Sometimes we went to Singapore to find more rock albums. It wasn’t a problem for me as I had my own passport and my grandparents were Singaporeans. No problem with money as well as I have worked since I was 10. School in the morning and work in the afternoon. RM250 per month was quite a lot at that time, plus I had free food, lodging and education with my parents.
If I list out the Top 10 rock bands that I liked the most, it would probably include Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Anthrax, Nirvana, Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Halloween. Well, there are hundreds more that impressed me over the years but those were the top guns, I think. I liked Van Halen because of Eddie. He’s the guitar god for me, though strangely, I first know about the guy while listening to MJ’s Beat It. Remember the solo part? Eddie did that!
I liked Guns N’ Roses for the same reason I liked Van Halen – the guitarist. I rate Slash highly and I thought he brought new style to rock music with his riffs and sound. Those living in the 80’s and 90’s can listen to Sweet Child O’ Mine and Welcome To The Jungle over and over again without being bored. They were very good back then. Too bad Axl Rose decided to leave the band and GNR was never same again!
If someone asked me what is the best rock album I’ve ever heard, I think I would say Metallica’s And Justice For All… it is the best ever. It was so good that James Hetfield and Co never managed to produce anything like that again ever since. Not even close…. Nirvana’s Nevermind probably is the second best.
Apart from listening to rock music, I liked to watch them live on concert. Two of the best rock bands on stage are Anthrax and Halloween. They were so energetic and creative. It was fun watching them on stage. They produced good music as well…. and I still “got the time tick tick tickin’ in my head.” 😉
If I want to hear something soft but still ‘rock music lah‘, then Bon Jovi and his Jersey boys is the best in producing ballad rock. Try listening to ‘Always’, ‘I’ll be There For You’ and ‘Never Say Goodbye’ to understand what I mean.
Well, that’s all for today guys. How about you? Any rock bands that you like? Share with us ok. Keep rocking and keep reaching for the sky 😀