The summer slow down is just about over. I’ve been hard at work on my first book, so it’s been a perfect time for it to be happening. Only a few pieces of note for August, a pair of galleries and a rumored reunion of a legendary rock and roll band.
The Cult have always been a band that never quite fit into any one period of time, though it’s not for lack of trying. During the mid to late 80s, they had the big hair and glammed out look, but never the trite songs. When grunge hit big in the early 90s, the UK outfit tried to mimic the musical style to such a degree that when it didn’t work, they ended up on a lengthy hiatus where it looked like frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy might never repair their relationship. Thankfully the two made nice and returned with Beyond Good and Evil in 2001, a heavy, groovy, satisfying work. It turns 15 years old this month, and was the subject of the Classic Album Spotlight.
From the #VoltVault, I grabbed “Jump in the Fire” from Metallica’s original 1982 No Life ‘Til Leather demo. Drummer Lars Ulrich said recently they wanted to put out an expanded reissue of the long bootleged item, but that they were facing some hurdles, which could be issues created by former bassist Ron McGovney or ex-guitarist Dave Mustaine, both of who played on it. Fans are doubting either of the two are looking for more money though, and signs are pointing to someone on the production or studio end that wants a bigger cut.
Here are some highlights from this week:
Classic Album Spotlight: The Cult – Beyond Good and Evil (15th anniversary) Volt Vault: Metallica – “Jump in the Fire [’82 Demo]” Killer Cover: Anthrax – “Ball of Confusion” (The Temptations) Double-shot: Queensrÿche
As always, after a new show runs, I’ll be posting the playlist here before the rebroadcast. There is an opportunity to hear it again as the Voltage Factory repeats the following Monday at 10:00pm EST on VanyaRadio. The full playlist is after the jump.