Gator's Buried Treasures: Overlooked Classic Albums


Here are some buried treasures that rocked the eighties and ninities, they were overlooked at the time and are still buried.  


Wheels of Steel by Saxon was one of the albums that got the NWOBHM rolling. Saxon came charging out of England with a souped up, straight forward sound. Although it did not chart in the United States, it opened up a lot of American ears to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. 

Lead singer Biff Byford had a distinct bark that turned on fans to a legion of music that has kept coming for thirty years. Although Saxon is not the best known of NWOBHM bands, they may just well be the most consistent, as they have regularly put out solid albums for the last three decades. 

"Wheels of Steel" is an absolute masterpiece. They picked up immediate fans in bikers with outlaw biker classics "Motorcycle Man" and "Freeway Mad." These two songs are definite fist pumpers. Fast and reckless, they are mainstays of the Saxon catalogue after thirty years. "Motorcycle Man" stunned American metal fans and opened the door other NWOBHM bands.  

"Wheels of Steel" and "747 (Strangers In The Night)" are fan favorites at Saxon shows and are Saxon classics. "Stand Up and Be Counted," although buried by all of Saxon's great tunes over the years. The opening riffs recall Ted Nugent's "Yank Me, Cranked Me," although really cranked up. 

1. "Motorcycle Man" (4:00)  
2. "Stand Up and Be Counted" (3:09)  
3. "747 (Strangers in the Night)" (4:57)  
4. "Wheels of Steel" (5:57)  
5. "Freeway Mad" (2:40)  
6. "See the Light Shining" (4:53)  
7. "Street Fighting Gang" (3:10)  
8. "Suzie Hold On" (4:32)  
9. "Machine Gun" (5:21) 


Rose Tattoo came out of Austrailia in the late 1970’s. The AC/DC comparsions are inevitable and somewhat correct. They have the riffy Austrailan rowdy pub sound, definite party music. Angry Anderson’s growling vocals recall classic Bon Scott. Rose Tattoo does lean more to the blues side than AC/DC does, but they do it at a punk pace and metal volume.  

The late Pete Wells gave Rose Tattoo their own distinctive sound, wailing on his slide guitar. The band never found success on American soil, though they did tour with Aerosmith in the early 80’s. 

If you like fun, fast, and loud rock, this is a highly underrated jewel that is considered my many rock fans as a classic. The band is still around recording today, but the anthems on this CD are considered their best. Rose Tattoo heavily inspired Guns N Roses and was one of Axel Rose's favorite bands. 

The album starts out with true party anthem “Rock N Roll Outlaw.” This song was later covered by Nashville Pussy, but they could not capture the blues rowdy spirit of the song like the Tattoo did. Bar band rock at it’s absolute best. Chuck Berry meets Bon Scott. 

“Nice Boys Don’t Play Rock N Roll” is another bonafide classic. Later covered by Guns N Roses, this song is another whiskey soaked anthem. A fun boogie romp. 

“The Butch and Fast Eddie” is a blues romp of another kind. It is a story of suburban gang warfare. A battle of two opposing gang leaders. A strong blues beat highlights this song considered by rock enthusiasts as a true underrated classic. 
“Stuck On You” is a fun mellow ballad that shows the bands versatility. “Astra Wally” is a frenetic punkish tune. Many of the songs on here are considered absolute classics. If you are familiar with Rose Tattoo, you will enjoy hearing this album which held up surprisingly well over thirty years. If you haven’t heard it, you simply need too. 

THE RODS - "Wild Dogs" 

The Rods were a three man band from New York City that emerged in the early 1980’s with a sound that was similar to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWBHM) that was invading the United States.  

The band featured David “Rock” Feinstein. Feinstein is a cousin of Ronnie James Dio who played with Ronnie in Elf. Much later, Feinstein released the excellent “Third Wish” CD.  

“Wild Dogs” is a showcase for Feinstein. He was the vocalist, but he really outdid himself shredding on guitar. This is one of the most underrated metal albums ever. The title track is a blistering rock anthem. “Too Hot Too Stop” visits the commercial rock sound of the 80’s. Even the cranking up of the 60’s pop tune “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is interesting. 

The shows flashed and inspirations of Bon Scott era AC/DC, Ronnie James Dio era of Black Sabbath, and the commercial, but straight forward commercial, rock stylings of David Lee Roth era Van Halen. The band also had the intentisty of 80’s Motorhead.  
Commercial success evaded The Rods, but “Wild Dogs” is a pure underrated gem that offers the best of the different styles that rocked the 80’s. The Rods have reformed and our currently recording new music, so stay tuned.  

1."Too Hot to Stop" (4:03) 

2."Waiting for Tomorrow" (3:53) 

3."Violation" (5:03) 

4."Burned by Love" (4:03) 

5."Wild Dogs" (3:26) 

6."You Keep Me Hangin' On" (3:45) 

7."Rockin' 'N' Rollin' Again" (3:12) 

8."End of the Line" (5:22) 

9."No Sweet Talk, Honey" (3:29) 

10."The Night Lives to Rock" (3:15 


  RIOT - "Fire Down Under" 

             Riot's "Fire Down Under" (1981) is considered by many to be one of the best hard rock albums ever made. It blew rock fans away as they progressed quickly from their two previous releases. It was an important album at the time because Riot was an American band and they released a thunderous album right in the middle of the NWOBHM. This album showed that the Americans could rock right with good ol' Brits. 
A solid album with every tune being worthy of a greatest hits CD, the album opens with the smoldering "Swords and Tequilia." A rock anthem for the ages, "Swords and Tequilia" is a fast and driving rock anthem. The opener lets you know right off you are listening to something special. 

"Fire Down Under" comes ripping right in at number two. The duo form a powerful one-two punch that immediately disables the listener. The album definitely opens fast and furious. 

As good as those two are, "Outlaw" is just as good. Another fast paced song it belongs right beside the two openers. The late Guy Speranza was the lead vocalist on this cd and sounds like Geddy Lee on a dozen hits of speed. Commercial success never caught up with Riot but this album definitely found a cult following that salute this CD as one of the most underrated ever made. 


  MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP  - "Assault Attack" 

The name Michael Schenker has always been associated with the guitar. He is recognized as one of the top guitar players in rock. His band The Michael Schenker Group has never achieved commercial chart success and none of his albums are considered ‘must-haves’ or any of his songs considered classics.  

But, many underground rock enthusiasts consider his 1982 release “Assault Attack” as one of the best hard rock albums ever. The CD was not available in the US, until it was remastered and re-released in the Summer of 2009. It’s also now available on iTunes. 

It was the first and only MSG album to have Graham Bonnet as the vocalists. With a very distinctive and melodic voice, Bonnet gave MSG a very different sound then previous vocalist Gary Barden.  

Schenker himself delived some stunning solos, espically in the instrumental “Ulcer” and played superb guitar throughout the disc. The opening song, the title track “Assault Attack” truly lived up to it’s name and from the beginning. The listener knew that this new experiement with Bonnet as the vocalist would be a success. 

The album literally burns with smoking riffs and guitar licks. The story is that Bonnet was not considered a great lyric writer, so Schenker gave him a magazine and it provided many aggressive inspirations. The lyrics are solid and aggressive, perfect for hard rock. “Rock You to The Ground” follows the opener and forms a 1-2 assault. The third track “Dancer” is a melodic song that was commercially targeted for that time period. Bonnet’s voice and style worked perfectly. Although, it did not garner radio airplay at the time, it was right in line with what FM radio was playing. 


Lonesome Crow (1972) Fly to the Rainbow (1974) In Trance (1975) Virgin Killer (1976) Taken by Force (1977) Tokyo Tapes (1978). 

The Scorpions established themselves as a top metal act when hard rock merged with pop music in the hair metal days of the 80s. The Scorpions turned the power ballad into gold and scored several top forty hits. Before they found commercial success on Mercury Records, they had recorded five stellar albums and a live CD on RCA Records which made them big stars in their native Germany. 

Early Scorpions music is a lot of harder and more aggressive than their later music. The first album contained a then young guitarist named Michael Schenker. Psychedelic guitarist Uli Roth was in The Scorpions from 1973-1978. His guitar and the thrashing vocals of Klaus Meine were the key ingredients in The Scorpions' hard rock formula. 

While Schenker was on Lonesome Crow, the bands first solid album was Fly To The Rainbow. The album opened with “Speedy’s Coming”, a blistering early Scorpions classic. It was The Scorpions first step in becoming a classic rock favorite. 

“In Trance” came out the following year in 1975. The album is an absolute stunner. The tile track “In Trance” is a slow building scorcher that is somewhat reminiscent of the power ballad sound they would later perfect and use to climb the charts. “Life’s Like A River” is another bluesy slow grinder. “Dark Lady,”“Top Of the Bill,” and “Robot Man” are anthem rockers that are among the best of any Scorpions rockers of any era. 

“Virgin Killer” featured the hot rocking Scorpions classics “Virgin Killer,” “Hellcat,” and “Pictured Life.” Their fifth release “Taken By Force” is a showcase for Uli Roth, who was making his last studio album for the band. “Sails Of Charon” and “He’s A Woman, She’s A Man” are mesmerizing. “Tokyo Tapes” was a two-record live collection of the best of the first era of The Scorpions. 

The Scorpions would go onto have US chart success with the rock anthem “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and several power rock ballads, but the RCA years contained several underground classics.  

Unfortunately, the early albums are hard to find on CD or even downloads. If you can find early greatest hits collections containing the RCA classics, I highly recommend them, they are worth stalking ebay for and haunting used CD stores. 

  VENOM  - "Black Metal"


Ahhhhhh….everything starts somewhere. Everything has roots. Black metal’s roots are traced back to Venom. Crono’s band Venom? Yep, that’s the Venom. There’s all kinds of venom flowing from various creatures here in Da Swamp, but this Venom, while dark and sinister, is also kind of funny…well, in a way. 

Goin’ back to when I was just a teen gator back in ‘81, I remember being curious about an import single from a band known as Venom. I was just a reckless teen, and how could I pass up a single that contained songs called “In League With Satan” and “Live Like An Angel Die Like A Devil.” 

I mean, consider the cultural climate back then. Poor ol’ Ozzy…you know the guy who has trouble staggering through house without tripping over dog dishes. Yeah, that’s him. He was branded a devil worshorper by TV preachers who were goin’ to keep all of us teens from goin’ to Hell. Rock music was just starting to move into mainstream and, of course, we who loved Maiden and Priest were soon goin’ to be doomed to hell. 

So, when I seen this single from Venom, I just had to get it. It was like I suddenly went from teen virgin to major rebel, just by buying this single. For all I knew, I may be transported straight to hell, but I risked it. I loved it in a sneaky way. It was the dirtiest, filtiest thing I heard in that time. I felt like I was being bold just to risk playing it.  

When the album, “Welcome To Hell” came out, I quickly snatched it up. Again, it was like a secret evil inside of me. I felt like I was risking my soul purchasing it. I played it and played it for my friends. My ‘guilty’ conscience led me to dispose of it rather quickly. But it was what I expected. It was cheesy and over the top, but it was daring for the time period. It was very untalented musicians, but they were just in the right place at the right time. It was an extremely low budget recording, but you have to call it a classic album.  

“In League With Satan” is a grimy, but still unbelievably fun anthem. The vocals are borderline bizarre. Until then, Motörhead was the most exetreme music this young gator had ever experienced. 

At times, the album seemed more of a satire against religion than a satanic ritual. Today, it still does. It’s evil, but it seems to be poking fun of itself instead of just spewing venom. It has it’s message, I guess, it’s not like Satan was using the album to recruit patrons. Venom still lives, fronted by Cronos, having released the cd “Hell” in 2008. Their second album “Black Metal” coined the term black metal, which describes that genre of music.  

I haven’t listened to anymore Venom albums, that one was enough for ol’ AJ but the only thing I regret is that I destroyed it out of guilt. It’s a memorable album, what a waste to destroy it! But then again, it may have just kept this ol’ gator from becoming boots in Dante’s Inferno. It may not be for everyone, but ya have to check it out and hear it once. Espically for thrash, death, or black metal fans…it’s certainly a piece of history. 


    DEF LEPPARD   - "On Through The Night" and "High and Dry" 

Def Leppard became pop rock kings in the 80’s. They pounded the charts with a greatest hits album worth of top forty songs. Then, their greatest hits CD - "Vault," became a multi-platinum smash. They thrived in the hair metal days with danceable pop rock tunes.  

But, in the late seventies and early eighties Def Leppard were a fierce part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. They released two solid rock albums which still stand as underrated hard rock classics. Although they did not sell millions or produce songs that even made their greatest hits album, “On Through The Night” and “High and Dry” are true underrated rock gems. 

Their debut full-length album, "On Through The Night," was released in 1980 when the band’s average age was sixteen. The album had a raw sound and it was easy to tell that the band was still trying to find their sound. It had a few weak moments, but still was a solid rocker. Borrowing influences from Deep Purple, Judas Priest, and AC/DC it was obvious from the beginning that this band was heading somewhere. 

The album was very close to being a total classic. Some of the songs were too obvious and cliched, but just missed the mark. “Wasted,” “Rock Brigade” (which received moderate airplay on US AOR-oriented stations at the time), and “Rocks Off” were early fan favorites and showed glimpses of greatness. The album contained a cross of working class rock and glam rock’s glittering hooks. 

“When The Walls Come Tumbling Down” and “Answer To The Master” were thrash rockers in the style of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. All in all, this was an album that showcases the potential of a young band ready to explode, but still searching for the right sound. Not a classic album per se, but a true overlooked classic. 

“High And Dry” was released a year later in 1981 on Mercury Records, the same label that released the debut album. It was a major step beyond their first effort. Again, the album was stacked with several songs that loyal fans consider Leppard classics, but none of the songs were chart successes or even made their greatest hits collection. 

“Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” received airplay on a young MTV and radio airplay. Years later it was rerecorded by Mariah Carey. The song had a definite commercial hook. The album thundered from the beginning with the heavy opener “Let It Go.” The title track was a rowdy party anthem that is one of the better overlooked gems from Def Leppard. “You Got Me Running” displayed the band’s penchent for catchy, hooky songs that would later make them superstars. “No No No” closed the album out in the thunderous style that it opened with…also containing a screaming session at the end of the song. 

In fact, these two albums should be merged into one great CD that could rival the greatest hits CD “Vault” in the heart of true Def Leppard fans. The band aimed their sound at commercial goals and they become mega stars as they slammed both the album and single charts throughout the eighties. Nowadays many metalheads cringe at the mention of Def Leppard, BUT there was a time when they were at the forefront of the NWOBHM and ranked ahead of bands such as Iron Maiden 


     THE GODZ 

The Godz rode out of the heartlands of Columbus, Ohio, in the middle seventies and onto Casablanca Records and the opening spot on the Love Gun Tour for KISS with fellow opening act Cheap Trick.  

The Godz were more like a motorcycle gang than rock band in looks, attitude, and hard party lifestyle. But, oh, could they rock! 

Sounding like Chuck Berry on steriods at time, they took a simple pure rock and roll beat, cranked it up, and turn it into whiskey-soaked, pure rock and roll joy. A real rock and roll celebration. 

As can be expected, critics hated them, radio wouldn't play them, but grassroots rock and roll America gave them a cult following. The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide described them as a "Miserable hard-rock quartet from Columbus, Ohio, epitomiz[ing] the most wretched excesses of Seventies rock," and rated both of their first two CDs as "worthless." But fans loved them and followed them on the road. 

The orginial lineup consisted of Eric Moore, Mark Chatfield, Glen Cataline, and Bob Hill. In addition to touring with Kiss, they embarked on a tour with glam rockers Angel, which was dubbed the Heaven and Hell tour. 

The Godz website says the following about the band's leader Eric Moore: "Eric Moore was the real deal, the genuine article - the true embodiment of the sex, drugs and rock and roll credo. And, he's as American as apple pie and Chevrolet, with a slightly different viewer rating. His songs and his on-stage banter relating war stories of drugs, women, guns, and freedom have won him devoted fans everywhere he performs. Eric's notorious partying and rock and rolling exploits are legendary throughout Ohio and beyond." 

There was a psychedelic band out of New York that had the same name, but after a cash payoff, the Columbus band was able to remain The Godz. 

The Godz disbanded in the early eighties. Eric Moore was in and out of jail and spent some time in the Mansfield, Ohio Reformatory for allegedly shooting someone in a barfight. During this downtime for The Godz, Mark Chatfield joined Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. The Godz reformed in 1987 and released “Mongolians.” The album was a rerecording of a indie release two years earlier and contained the hard charging rock classic “Criminal Mind (Rock and Roll Heart).” 

The Godz are back around and playing regularly around the Columbus, Ohio, area. The lineup now consists of Eric Moore, Ronnie Hughes, Bub Adams, Nikki Storm, and Heidi Helser. They now go by the name Eric Moore and The Godz. In 2003, they released a retrospective called “Twenty Five Moore Years” by Eric Moore and The Godz. The 2 disc set included new cuts and live rarities. 

Here’s a sample of Godz’s lyrics that pretty much some up the spirit of Godz rock and roll: 

Gotta Keep A Runnin' 

I can't see enough I can't feel enough 
I can't do enough in one d**n day 
I'm gonna lose you baby I'm gonna use you baby 
I don't care what you say 
I'm gonna burn right up like a two dollar pistol 
I like a rocket shot to the sun 
I'm alive and I'm a jiving I'm a passing you by 
I can't stop for anyone 
I gotta live my life I can't stop for you 

Gotta keep a runnin' gotta keep a runnin' 
goodbye baby I'm a leaving you 
Gotta keep a runnin' gotta keep a runnin' 
Gotta keep a runnin' 

I've got to see the land in a traveling band 
I've got rock and a roll with you 
I'm gonna make alittle money make alittle honey 
make my connections too 

I'm gonna brun right up like a two dollar pistol 
I like a rocket shot to the sun 
I'm alive and I'm a jiving I'm a passing you by 
I can't stop for anyone 
I gotta live my life can't stop for you 

Gotta keep a runnin' gotta keep a runnin' 
goodbye baby I'm a leaving you 
Gotta keep a runnin' gotta keep a runnin' 
Gotta keep a runnin' gotta keep a runnin' 
Godz rock and roll 

Now dig up ya'll 
Now we're stoned to the bone, hot and sweaty 
Look at us, we're everything your parents ever warned you about 
They think we're all junkies, but everybody's some kind of junkie 
There's money junkies, booze junkies, dope junkies, sex junkies, 
And there's one thing they can't understand , all of us, you and I, we're Godz , and Godz are rock and roll junkies 

Now every night we get into a different town 
Every night we get high, every night we rock and roll 
Every night we go crazy and we know we're killing ourselves, but it feels so... good 
They try to tell us rock and roll is dead , but Godz rock and roll ain't dead 
Rock and roll is why we're all here 
Rock and roll is why we got long hair and get high 
Rock and roll is why we dress the way we do 
Rock and roll has turned us into something that they can't stand, but rock and roll has created us 

Rock and roll has made us into machines 
We can't see straight 
We can't think straight 
We can't hear straight 
We can't feel nothing , got no heart and soul, but we're Godz 
And someday there'll be thousands of us, thousands of Godz, thousands of machines 
More of us than there is of them, they can't stop the Godz rock and roll machine, stop the machine......machine 
The Godz are rock and roll machines 
No hearts but at least we're machines 
The Godz are rock and roll machines 

The Godz are rock and roll machines (x8) 

Eric Mark,Glen,Bob 
1.The Godz are rock and roll machine (same) 
2.We're all rock and roll machines The Godz are .... 
( both lines x 4)  
note: last time in live setting, Eric will replace 
We're all rock and roll machines with the city name 
(ie Cleveland Ohio rock and roll machines) 
Note: Eric sings 1 and 2 parts Mark/Glen/Bob sing 
The Godz are rock and roll machines followed by Eric parts (hope this makes sense) 

Repeat versus #1 from; 
I can't see enough........thru.........I can't stop for you 

Gotta keep a runnin' gotta keep a runnin' 
goodbye baby I'm a leaving you 
Gotta keep a runnin' gotta keep a runnin' 
goodbye baby I'm a leaving you 
Gotta keep a runnin' (x7) 

The Godz were and are rock n roll! Say what ya want but you can’t stop The Rock and Roll Machine. A recent scan of the net found the original “Mongolians” CD going for $126.99. Hopefully, Eric Moore and The Godz will record more music. There are some nice import comps available on the internet. If you like simple rock and roll with attitude and an edge check out The Godz. I recommend the first two CDs (The Godz and “Nothing Is Sacred” or the Eric Moore retrospective. I’d steer away from The Godz live CD because the sound quality was poor.                                                                                              


    Asphalt Ballet came out of Southern California after the hair-metal craze. Perhaps that is why this CD didn't get the justice it was due. Timing wasn't on its side, because soon after the release of their debut CD on Virgin Records, grunge swept down from Seattle and the tides of rock music changed.  

This debut CD was tremendous and showed the potential of the band. Many people wanted to group them as hair-metalers, but they had a very strong blues edge and at times like on "Head Wind Blows," a touch of Southern rock. 

Asphalt Ballet had the most wins on Headbanger’s Ball on MTV in the early ’90s. The band also appeared on “Star Search.” The debut album starts out with the classic "Hell's Kitchen" which sounds like Guns ‘N’ Roses or Motley Crue at their sharpest. 

Lead singer Gary Jeffries showsgreat range as a vocalist. "Soul Survive" is another balls-out rockin' anthem. "Tuesday's Rain" had a touch of blues, and is another great singing job by Jeffries. The song also had a touch of commercial pop/metal to it. 
"Blood On The Highway" finds the band rocking at high gear. The album may not be regarded as an absolute classic but it definitely is a very underrated album that has a variety of different rock on it.  

Shortly after the release of the CD, Jeffries left the band due to personal reasons. The band picked up a new singer and recorded a grunge-based CD that largely went unnoticed.  

In 2009, the band has begun recording new material — with Jeffries doing vocals from Dayton, Ohio, and the rest of the band in California. Definitely an overlooked CD worth picking up. 

1. Hell’s Kitchen 2:55  
2. Soul Survive 4:22  
3. Tuesdays Rain 4:18  
4. Unlucky Mr. Lucky 3:47  
5. End of My Rope 4:03  
6. Heaven Winds Blow 3:55  
7. Blood on the Highway 4:00  
8. Goodbye Yesterday 4:33  
9. Wasted Time 3:40  
10. Taking a Walk 4:03  
11. Hangman Swing 3:42  
12. Blue Movie 3:52  
13. Do it All Over Again 2:19  


Although originally named Yesterday & Today, Y&T was truly a band ahead of their time back in the late 70’s and 80’s. They released their first two albums in 1976 and 1978. In 1980, A&M signed the band and their name was shortened to Y&T.  

The San Francisco band was formed by and around Dave Meniketti (lead vocals and lead guitar). Joey Alves (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Phil Kennemore (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Leonard Haze (drums) rounded up the lineup that cranked out classic albums from 1980-86. 

Unleashed in 1981, Earthshaker was a monster of an album that did not get the attention it deserved. If released later in the metal dominated decade of the 80’s, it would have been a chart sensation. At the time, this was the best and most powerful metal in the US. “Hungry For Rock”, “Shake It Loose”, “Squeeze”, “Hurricane” and “Knock You Out” were slices of metal stacked with brutal savage intensity. “Rescue Me” is a timeless classic that had the lyrics and emotions of a power ballad, but still built up to a knockout punch. It was a momentum gaining power rock tune similar to the formula which The Scorpions were able to use to became rock giants in the later 80’s. The album still sounds fresh over twenty-five years later and deserves recognition as a true underrated gem.  

“Black Tiger” and “Mean Streak” came out in ‘82 and ‘83. The albums helped build the tide of rock that was rolling off the West Coast, but did not garner the band national recognition. Still the albums were the best United States rock available in that time period. Black Tiger opens up with a furious but brief guitar intro then explodes into “Open Fire”. “Open Fire” was like Van Halen on steroids. “Black Tiger”, “My Way Or The Highway”, “Forever”, and “Barroom Boogie” gave this black tiger a mean set of claws.  

“Mean Streak” completed a tremendous trifecta that established Y&T as respected rockers. The album saw the band begin to focus on more commercial goals. Still, it was a hard rock explosion. “Down and Dirty” and “Hang ‘Em High” were two more Y&T classics. 

The band reached number 46 on Billboard’s top 200 album chart in 1984 with “In Rock We Trust.” Although a solid album, you can detect that the band had more commercial aspirations in mind. In 1985, they released their seventh album “Down For the Count” which contained their biggest hit “Summertime Girls.” The song hit 55 on the top singles chart and 17 on mainstream rock.  

Although “Summertime Girls” sounds kind of cheesy over twenty years later, it is regarded by many as their signature song. 

All in all, Y&T has sold over four million records. Still, it is this mean trio of CDs from the early 80’s that stand as timeless masterpieces. While the charts remember them for “Summertime Girls,” it is “Earthshaker,” “Black Tiger,” and “Mean Streak” that represent the band’s best rock work.  

They are still playing, but have had different lineups. Dave Meniketti is still the backbone of the band. If you want to check out great rock that preceded the US pop metal explosion, dig up the three masterpieces of early Y&T, which are available from the group's website. 


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