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Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:20 PM
The internet has more or less killed off the awesome metal magazines of decades past but all this searching the web for awesome pictures of Stryper reminded me how fun they were. I used to have a few boxes worth and foolishly threw them out when I went away to college.

I like how they'd often times make up bad ass metal feuds (WASP Vs. Stryper, Bon Jovi Vs. G'N'R) and dumb stuff like that.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Joy1fEg6KVg/Sz0ypmZf6LI/AAAAAAAAAN4/E9n3SeiC020/s320/hpmay85.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:21 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_D1ZZyTOG7tQ/SwbquTmQ8nI/AAAAAAAAGHs/drRJbNW6oRQ/s1600/Circus+Magazine+9-30-92+(01).jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:22 PM
http://defleppardandelpasotexas.com/circus.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:23 PM
http://s11.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/t/j/tj3xfzo40emgjtxe.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:23 PM
http://www.viviancampbellrocks.com/CircusWhitesnakeCover.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:24 PM
http://rockcriticsarchives.com/features/circus/rockcritics_circus87.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:26 PM
http://getvintagemagazines.com/images/metal_edge034.jpg

Todd Jordan
02-16-2011, 03:27 PM
wow! you know that feeling you get when you see something that reminds you of being a kid? That Def Leppard one just did that to me. My brother used to buy those mags and that particular one just made the feeling of being 12 come flooding back. Cool.

You may want to start a thread on Tiger Beat for Paul. He probably won't be able to relate to this one.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:27 PM
http://www.musicobsession.com/Pictures/s/k/skidrow352883.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:28 PM
wow! you know that feeling you get when you see something that reminds you of being a kid? That Def Leppard one just did that to me. My brother used to buy those mags and that particular one just made the feeling of being 12 come flooding back. Cool.

You may want to start a thread on Tiger Beat for Paul. He probably won't be able to relate to this one.

I remember the summer Hysteria came out and being at my cottage and just rockin' the fuck out to Pour Some Sugar On Me, and crying on the inside everything I heard Love Bites.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:32 PM
Remember these guys? I remember walking down Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls to go play some video games and walking into a crowd of screaming girls only to see that these two dudes were hanging out.

http://wzzrdirt.com/wp-content/nelson002.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:46 PM
http://www.thelocal.se/blogs/gregelk/files/2010/02/metal_hammer-1984.jpg

http://www.mcrueloyalty.dk/images/mag%20cover/85-86/1985%20Metal%20hammer%20june%20england.jpg

http://emptyshellofaman.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/metalhammer891.jpg

Hey remember The Wild Hearts?

http://www.musicobsession.com/Pictures/w/i/wildhearts358038.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 04:00 PM
Who would win?

http://www.waspnation.com/Archives/Mags/ratt.jpg

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 04:01 PM
http://cdn1.iofferphoto.com/img/item/188/789/022/twisted-sister-kerrang-magazine-1985-dee-snyder-39b68.JPG

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 04:03 PM
Motley Crue voted #1 rock act in America? STOP THE PRESSES!

http://cdn3.iofferphoto.com/img/item/104/498/665/AkXgNgpxrWYLnug.jpg

Andrew Monroe
02-16-2011, 04:03 PM
The Wildhearts rock! They're actually still around. Ginger (left in pic w/cig) is an insanely busy guy, he's been involved in WH, solo albums, Silver Ginger 5, Supershit 666 (w/Nicke and Dregen from Hellacopters/Backyard Babies), etc etc...I have a bunch of Wildheats albums, I reckon my favorite is Coupled With. The live album Strike Back is cool too, the version of "Nita Nitro" on that just smokes.

I still have some 80s metal mags in boxes somewhere but most of 'em are toast. Kerrang was my favorite, it was a big deal to get an issue of that. I had to drive down to Charleston to the cool punk store there. It was run by an Edgar Winters lookalike who was super creepy. He once followed me around and watched what albums I was checking out, later he comes up with a stack of them and says you can have these if you go in the back room with me and let me watch you rub one out. I had to pass. The things I went thru for some info on Michael Schenker!!!

Horace Cordier
02-16-2011, 04:06 PM
Good grief - what a cool topic - I click - and then...I see........


CIRCUS?

fucking...

HIT PARADER?

Good God!

You need to get schooled.

Circus and Hit Parader were kiddie magazines. Little girls read them and boys who were waiting for their balls to drop. What RULED in the 80's were 2 titans of Metal Publishing that emanated from the great island of Britain - the mighty KERRANG! (which was an offshoot of Sounds magazine) and started in 1981 and their main competitor who came along a few years later - METAL FORCES.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IBigK-nP7zw/TLBgjXgzMHI/AAAAAAAAPI0/oMDEEYs4Tqs/s400/kerrang_one.jpg

Just contemplate the awesomeness of that first issue: an AC/DC cover. Articles on stalwarts like Motorhead and Kiss but also brilliant but obscure acts like French boogie rockers TRUST, the mighty GIRLSCHOOL and ROSE TATTOO (when they were almost unknown).

This magazine was so great that I used to ride a BUS twice a month for over an hour to get the latest copy from the only Greenwich Village record store that imported it. KERRANG! were writing about METALLICA when they were a demo band, and they were always the first stop for any famous band member to talk trash about ex-members and other good stuff. They even got involved in feuds: KERRANG! writer Mick Wall was one of the critics mentioned by name in Axl Rose's crybaby classic "Get In The Ring".

METAL FORCES tended to be a bit more thrash and speed oriented but was a very cool magazine that often topped 120 pages.

http://www.mfkdfaq.com/magazines/metal_forces_29_front.jpg


Probably most famous for giving HELLHAMMER's first Mini-Lp a 0 out of 100 score and starting an epic feud with Tom Warrior that went on for years.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 04:06 PM
He once followed me around and watched what albums I was checking out, later he comes up with a stack of them and says you can have these if you go in the back room with me and let me watch you rub one out.

Wow.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 04:08 PM
boys who were waiting for their balls to drop.

That's about where I was at in the early/mid 80s.

Andrew Monroe
02-16-2011, 04:16 PM
I remember an article in Kerrang soon after Mercyful Fate's Don't Break The Oath came out where the Kerrang resident occult expert took King Diamond to task for not knowing of what he spoke and how dangerous that was. They made such a huge deal of it, as if they had somehow destroyed all of MF's cred. Like I gave a fuck, I just thought they rocked and the lyrics were horror movie stuff to me.

Horace Cordier
02-16-2011, 04:35 PM
I remember an article in Kerrang soon after Mercyful Fate's Don't Break The Oath came out where the Kerrang resident occult expert took King Diamond to task for not knowing of what he spoke and how dangerous that was. They made such a huge deal of it, as if they had somehow destroyed all of MF's cred. Like I gave a fuck, I just thought they rocked and the lyrics were horror movie stuff to me.

I remember that well. What was really funny was that the writer was actually some sort of idiotic worshiper of Aleister Crowley and he kept circling back to that. Diamond was sort of like "What is this kid's problem?". Later on, the same writer tried the same thing with VENOM and it was hilarious - Cronos just started taking the piss out of him and made the guy look really stupid. The other great story I remember was when Graham Bonnet dropped his pants and started waving his "junk" around and ranting at a Michael Schenker Group gig. He actually dragged the hidden 2nd guitarist out from behind the amps and introduced him to the audience as "the guy who plays the solos the German can not play".

Roderick
02-16-2011, 04:37 PM
It was run by an Edgar Winters lookalike who was super creepy.

I also used to frequent a record shop run by a guy who looked like Edgar Winters. He was just a laid back young hippy dude though. Did Winters have a franchise thing going?

Andrew Monroe
02-16-2011, 07:06 PM
I remember that well. What was really funny was that the writer was actually some sort of idiotic worshiper of Aleister Crowley and he kept circling back to that. Diamond was sort of like "What is this kid's problem?". Later on, the same writer tried the same thing with VENOM and it was hilarious - Cronos just started taking the piss out of him and made the guy look really stupid. The other great story I remember was when Graham Bonnet dropped his pants and started waving his "junk" around and ranting at a Michael Schenker Group gig. He actually dragged the hidden 2nd guitarist out from behind the amps and introduced him to the audience as "the guy who plays the solos the German can not play".

Ha, yep I remember the whole dust-up over Bonnet's short stint in MSG. What a waste. Coulda been a great band. Another cool thing about Kerrang was the fact that they were probably the only english language mag writing about and reviewing Hanoi Rocks albums at the time. That's actually where I read about Razzle's death. They weren't perfect though, they would champion weird shit like Bryan Adams amongst all the metal.

Molot
01-15-2012, 02:13 PM
Something from my collection

http://s018.radikal.ru/i525/1201/58/f39af9a8699bt.jpg (http://radikal.ru/F/s018.radikal.ru/i525/1201/58/f39af9a8699b.jpg.html)


http://s018.radikal.ru/i506/1201/c1/510f410dc37at.jpg (http://radikal.ru/F/s018.radikal.ru/i506/1201/c1/510f410dc37a.jpg.html)


http://s018.radikal.ru/i525/1201/ae/4ee22741ea33t.jpg (http://radikal.ru/F/s018.radikal.ru/i525/1201/ae/4ee22741ea33.jpg.html)

Ian Jane
07-25-2012, 12:30 PM
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Andrew Monroe
07-25-2012, 02:13 PM
I remember that cover, never had that issue but you don't forget that. Awesome!

Faithful Breath...hahaha. Some of the funniest band photos evah on the back of their Gold'N'Glory album. When I lived with some friends at a drunken metal apartment (that year took 10 off my life easy) we had a metal wall of shame where we would hang album covers with funny band pictures, rotating them out with new ones. That Faithful Breath album never left the wall, never had any serious challengers. They actually weren't a bad band, very similar to Accept or Trance.

Ian Jane
07-25-2012, 02:20 PM
Faithful Breath were goofy viking dudes, right?

Andrew Monroe
07-25-2012, 02:27 PM
Yep, one of them is wearing a viking helmet with these amazingly cartoonish horns on it on the album cover.

Ian Jane
07-25-2012, 02:33 PM
I remember some of those pictures. They were bad even by the admittedly bad standards of the era in which they were shot!

Roderick
07-25-2012, 03:51 PM
I must see photographic evidence.

Ian Jane
07-25-2012, 04:10 PM
I must see photographic evidence.

And so you shall.


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Roderick
07-25-2012, 04:19 PM
Niiiice. That is all kinds of awesome. Erik the Red Pants and his minions.

Andrew Monroe
07-25-2012, 04:32 PM
The drummer - dude in the back in that picture - has a scary skunkhawk haircut on the G'N'G album. Nice find Ian!

Ian Jane
07-25-2012, 04:59 PM
I like to think they're drinking a mix of beer and the blood of 1000 virgins out of those horns.

Robert W
07-25-2012, 08:37 PM
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb42/Robert7779/kick-ass.jpg

Jack J
07-25-2012, 09:34 PM
I used to buy the original German edition of METAL HAMMER before they began publishing the English language version. I remember not liking KERRANG simply cos they didn't write about the European thrash metal bands that MH covered and thus were deemed wimps (Well, in my early 80s book anyway. LOL).

Tom K
07-26-2012, 08:57 AM
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb42/Robert7779/kick-ass.jpg

My favorite!!

Bob Muldowney was super cool...RIP

I was with my buddy a few weeks back and were cleaning his office room...Still had all his Kerrang's and Metal Forces mags...We ended up trashing a lot of other mags he had, but not those...

Sledgehammer Press was another good one...

Ian Jane
07-26-2012, 09:26 AM
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Robert W
07-26-2012, 12:21 PM
Color covers are for posers!

Molot
08-04-2012, 04:25 PM
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Molot
08-04-2012, 04:26 PM
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Molot
08-04-2012, 04:28 PM
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Andrew Monroe
09-07-2012, 04:12 PM
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Jack J
09-07-2012, 04:35 PM
Talking of metal: There was a new photo of Kim Ruzz in the local paper yesterday. He's got a new band now, and the journalist just mentioned that Kim had played metal music before. Hahaha. That's like loosing a scoop if I ever saw one!!!

Sorry about the bad quality. If anybody wants to see it I can find a link to the online edition. Kim in the white shirt. The new band is called Metalruzz, haha.

And the detail that was a major secret for many years: His real name is Kim Thyge Jensen.

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn199/mrsick_scans/KimRzz.jpg

Robert W
09-07-2012, 06:15 PM
OT, but I saw Venom live and it was the loudest thing I've ever heard.

Andrew Monroe
01-04-2013, 01:39 PM
White Sister - Doesn't quite top Job For A Cowboy as worst band name ever but does an admirable job trying. Are those leg warmers?

http://heavymetalrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/White-Sister.jpg

Ian Jane
09-17-2015, 10:52 AM
This is not from the 80s or 90s and not really metal but I didn't want to start a new thread just for this, I just wanted to post it.

Courtesy of Trash Compactor (http://trashcompactorzine.tumblr.com/page/5).

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MetalZ
09-23-2015, 08:05 PM
I have a bunch I kept from the 90's. Wish I had some from the 80'a. wah. :(