Reno’s Rant: Musical Influences Vol. 4 Radio Years (Part 2)

So it’s been a hot minute since my last blog post. My food blog www.foodpocalypsenow.com has suffered as well. It’s been a crazy year thus far with my heart issues. Doctor visits and hospital stays for tests and procedures have kept my mind preoccupied. Unfortunately, my blogs and radio show have suffered. Well, that’s about to change.

It all starts here with my continuing series on the people who have influenced the music I love. As I talked about in my last post in this series, my cousin Rusty opened my ears to a love of metal. It was then that I began seeking out metal where I could find it! I went back to an old friend, the radio. I would get home from school and rush to my bedroom, sitting at my desk scouring the dial to find new tunes or my favorite tunes. Of course with one finger on the record button so I could make a mixtape of all my favorite songs.

It was the radio that really introduced me to what is now called “hair metal”. Back then it was just called metal…maybe you would hear the term glam metal. You didn’t have the metal snobbery that you have today. Back then you could listen to Poison, Metallica, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Anthrax, then some Megadeth, some Cinderella, Overkill and Ratt for good measure and no one batted an eye. Today you’ve got a bunch jabroni’s who think they’ve cornered the market on metal and if you don’t listen to the metal that fits the style they like, then it’s not “real” metal. Bump that! If you like metal, listen to the metal you like and don’t let some dude tell you it’s not metal. There’s nothing less metal than someone trying to be the metal authority figure. Metal has always been a middle finger to those who think they’re authority figures.

Ok, off the soapbox! Radio was a glorious time in the mid-’80s to early ’90s because metal ruled! That’s where I was introduced to bands who are still my favorite to this day. Bands like Poison, Ratt, Cinderella, Europe, etc…I remember listening to the radio and hearing Poison – Talk Dirty To Me for the first time. I was blown away! C.C.’s riff is a very punk guitar riff. Lyrically, as a teenage guy, you couldn’t go wrong with a song about chicks! It was new and exciting and everything I love about finding new music that I love! Then when I finally saw the band, I remember thinking wow, these guys look like girls. For some reason though, back then, that was cool. They looked over the top and that was what it was all about in the ’80s.

Thanks to radio, and DJ’s like Cat Thomas of Power 108 out of Cleveland, I was introduced to so many “hair” metal bands in the ’80s and they are all bands I love and listen to today.

So that’s it for this round of my musical influences. Next time we’ll take a look at the best friend I’ve ever had and see how he influenced a lot of music that I still love and listen to. Until then…Cheers!
Reno