Article by Devin J. Meaney
Recently I have been getting into a lot of old rock. Anyone that follows me in the zines I am associated with knows that my tastes lean a bit on the “extreme” side—but as of late my musical interests have mellowed a bit and I have been listening to Steppenwolf, AC/DC, Eddie Money, The Doors, Aerosmith, Sabbath, Alice Cooper and a ton of other bands and artists from times long passed. I was originally thinking about doing reviews for the albums I purchased recently but as I don’t know much about this kind of music I figured I would just make a single writing—this one.
Aside from listening to bands like Metallica and Megadeth when I first started listening to metal, I have always veered towards black metal, goregrind, street punk, hardcore, etc. If you asked me to listen to a band like Steppenwolf when I was a teenager I’d probably roll my eyes and tell you to throw on some Dying Fetus or something. But it appears that as I have gotten a bit older the seemingly ancient music of the 70s and 80s really seems to strike a chord with me.
I will also mention that most of the physical albums I purchased involving these older acts I got from the library or local thrift stores for like a buck apiece. So not only do I highly suggest searching the annals of rock history I’ll also throw it out there that you should look into getting some music from places like The Salvation Army and shops similar. You never know what you will find! There will probably be lots of stuff you have no interest in but there always seems to be at least one “diamond in the rough” and for the sake of a few quarters or so a new album (or new to you) in your hands is something that will usually brighten the day of music fans/collectors.
Again—this is all new to me and I don’t know enough to give a proper review. But man, some of this stuff is really damn good! Give it a try! -Devin J. Meaney