Top Hard Rock/Metal Albums and Videos that Shaped my Metal Childhood

Stone over at Metal Odyssey had this great post over the weekend – his top 5 metal albums from the Eighties he couldn’t live without. He said I ought to try to come up with one of my own. I honestly couldn’t come up with 5, but I did think of 4. Where he did a list of those he couldn’t live without, my list is based on things that grew me as a Hard Rock/Metal fan.

I don’t blog much about music, but it is another passion of mine. Top 5 artists (not all metal, but 3 are): Jimmy Buffett, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Tesla, and The Dave Matthews Band.

Anyway, here’s Stone’s post:

Check out his site for great Hard Rock/Metal news and the occasional side bar.

Here’s my Top 4:


I still remember my friend bringing this one over and encouraging me to listen to it. Blew me away, of course.


This one, probably the biggest shaper for me. It was the first tape (you know that little piece of plastic that you had to flip over in order to listen to each side) I ever owned – co-owned actually. My brother and I put our allowance together to get it.


This tape I bought myself, and I remember my parents wanting to hear it. I guess they didn’t trust the album cover. Anyway, the biggest memory of this one I have is of taking a charity walk with my Walkman (the thing that played tapes, and it was about the size of a toaster) and listening to it. I have enjoyed this one since the mid-eighties all the way to today. Plan to keep on enjoying it.


I got this one for Christmas one year. My brother (who’s not much of a metal head) and I listened to it all the time. Great stuff.

Here are a  few videos that just grabbed me the first time I saw them.

Love the killer intro, mid-section, just all of this song.

This one might seem a bit dated, but I still enjoy it as much as I did back then.

The uproar of mighty Metallica doing a video.

Believe me, it was huge news.

Two videos by a band that have long been a favorite of mine.

They’ve dropped off as of late, but are still great to see on tour.

There you go Stone. Thanks for the inspiration.


Haiku – Megadeth and Iron Maiden

Blistering fast speed

Electrifying rhythm

Awesome thrash metal

Getting ready to see Megadeth live with Iron Maiden – can’t wait.  

Here’s a haiku I did for Maiden some time back.  

You can find the link here:

A band from England

With Eddie as a Mascot

Heavy Metal Kings

Haiku – Tesla

California based

Been kicking around for years

There’s no quit in them

Of my Top Five Bands, this group ranks fourth, just after Iron Maiden and before The Dave Matthews Band.  I have been a huge fan of theirs since seeing them in the round with Def Leppard -cough, cough- back in the late eighties – I think it was 1988.  I have enjoyed their music ever since and please don’t put them in the Hair Metal crowd.  This band is more classic rock with a metal groove and they do stand out from the Hair Metal pack.  I have always referred to their music as Blues Metal – that’s jut me though.

Old School:

New School:

Haiku – Last Night’s Run – (6/19/2013)

Aerosmith – good tunes

Three and a half solid miles

Lightning bugs flashing

(this song really got me moving last night)


Some more good reasons to drink coffee, helps with running as well.

Caffeine (in coffee or otherwise) improves performance… Hundreds of studies have shown that consuming caffeine before a physical challenge likely helps subjects go farther and faster than when they go without it. This effect holds true in studies of both endurance athletes and sprinters.

via 8 Things Runners Should Know About Coffee | Runner’s World

Haiku – Today’s Run – (6/11/2013)

Rock in my left shoe

Thumping pain in my right toe

5 Miles – walk and run

This was a very up and down run tonight.  It was easy and hard, kind of a strange one, but I made it out the door – didn’t think I would.  Running, just got to love it.  Such an odd way to stay in shape.

Anybody want to spill about their runs, the good ones or bad ones, just let it flow below.  

Zeppelin really pushed me on tonight.  Got to give them some love.  

I never get tired of this song.

Haiku – Randy Rhoads

A guitar legend

Fingers flying, lightning quick

Gone, not forgotten

I heard this song earlier today and it just made me sad to think how great this guy was and how quickly he was gone.   R.I.P  Randy Rhoads

Randall William “Randy” Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. Despite his short career, Rhoads is a major influence on neo-classical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists, and is included in several “Greatest Guitarist” lists.[1][2]

via Randy Rhoads – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia