Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ear Rape with No Lube - Judas Priest Disgraced

One of the most common complaints today is how Hollywood has run out of ideas and continues to destroy our childhood memories by coming out with scholocky remakes of movies that we loved in the good old days. That no longer extends to movies....

In what I can only describe as a sonic lobotomy, Dr. Dick Israel & Ashley Costello give the world their rendition of Judas Priest's classic 'You've Got Another Thing Comin'; complete with synth drums and exasperated, out of tune vocals.

When someone says "I wonder what it would sound like if a teen pop singer did a cover of a Priest song", it doesn't mean you go out and make it. Sometimes the hypothetical should STAY the hypothetical.

Since this track made me feel nauseous and weird all over, I considered it my duty to have you experience the same gut-wrenching symptoms. Get out your dancing shoes and black leather!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Episode 6 - Rik Fox (Part 1)


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Rik Fox is a pioneer, artist, and has a unique perspective as an inside source of the rise of the American hard rock and heavy metal era of the 70s, 80s, and beyond. Rik witnessed the ascension of KISS, The New York Dolls, WASP, & Motley Crue, among others.

Part 1 of this 2 part Rik Fox special allows you to get an inside glimpse of what it was like to be in KISS' loft at 10 East 23rd Street; long before Gene Simmons was counting his millions. Listen to Rik share his memories of working in the 70's New York rock scene along with the Ramones, Dolls, and others playing gigs at CBGB's and the Fillmore East.

It was a legendary time and Rik Fox is your tour guide. I had a blast talking with Rik and think you will love hearing his recollection of a great time in rock history.

- Chris Czynszak

Music Featured:

Theme Song: Manic Bloom
1st Break: The Carry-Ons
2nd Break: Piranah
3rd Break: Stevie Peavey
Outro Song: Mindset Defect

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Get Your Full Show On!....Priest & Zeppelin (Sort of)


I'm usually way behind the curve on anything "cutting edge" and typically come late to the party. I know that's not exactly the best way to break new stuff to your readers/listeners. But I figure, most of the stuff I talk about is old so you might as well get "not so new" news.

On that note, I recently noticed that Youtube now has a few full concerts available to watch. You know how it's frustrating to click through Parts 1 through 50 to watch something longer than 10 minutes on Youtube? Well, now (for a few videos) that's a thing of the past. You can now just click play, knock back some shots, beat your wife, vomit, and pass out on floor while a full concert blasts through your computer speakers! Technology Rawks!!

For your viewing pleasure, here's Judas Priest playing the Rock in Rio Festival in 1991 and the Led Zeppelin Reunion (minus 1) show at the 02 Arena in London in 2008. Get your pimp hand ready!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Who is AAron Camaro?

Who is AAron Camaro?
AAron Camaro is known to Professional Wrestling Fans as the "Mouth of the North", the "Rock N Roll Ring Announcer", or simply as "The Voice."

AAron Camaro is a Big Cheesehead, who During his run in the early to mid 2000's was consistently the Top Rated Rock Radio Host in his timeslot on Central Wisconsin's Pure Rock Z104.

AAron Camaro's Doctors think that he is Crazy, and they may be right...

...but people Love him anyway.

Despite all that Flash, deep down - AAron Camaro is just a Metalhead!

AAron Camaro Sez, "I have been a fan of Pro Wrestling almost as long as I have been a fan of Rock Music, but I am not here to talk about Wrestling." "I grew up listening to my parents albums, they had all the good classic stuff... Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, The Doors, The Beatles." "I also had cool Aunts and Uncles who turned me onto bands like KISS, Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Ozzy."
"Now, if it's got Loud, Distorted Guitar... I probably listen to it." "I am a Rock Connoisseur!"
"I've interviewed countless artists during my time on Rock Radio in Central Wisconsin, and I am hoping to bring some of that experience as well as my own unique personality to the Decibel Geek Podcast." "I am very much looking forward to working with Chris and the guys to bring the show to the next level, and we've got some big things in the works."
"So stay tuned, and turn your friends onto us."

Friday, August 19, 2011

There's a Special Brand of Music in Hell

And this is its composers....

I'm sure a large percentage of my 6 listeners (we had a new subscriber today yay! *sarcasm mode off*) have seen this amazing edition of Behind the Music featuring the greatest tone-deaf, out of tune, unskilled band Complete.

But we do have a couple new people checking us out and this footage needs to be seen to be believed. Dave, the narrator of this mini-documentary, does a good job explaining how this band came to exist. All I'll say is there's something magic about a guitar player that knows one chugga-chugga riff, a bassist wearing a Dr. Seuss hat while playing something completely different than the guitarist, and a drummer that performs an out of time fill whenever he feels like it. Add "vocalist" Curtis with his stained sweatpants, permanent hair-don't, and guttural groans that sound like someone is running over him with a steamroller and you've got true Must See TV!

You will never forget watching this video. I promise...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hello world!


Hello world. My name is Chris Sexxx. You might know me from comic book rock n roll band The Man Power or anything else related to the anime community on this side of the country, or you may not. Either way, I do not really care. I am here now, so let's have some fun!

I will be contributing whatever I feel like to this awesome blog, so I figured I would give you a little introduction about myself. So why am I so qualified to be writing about the greatness that is rock n roll and heavy metal? Well, I have liked KISS since I was in 2nd grade. Is that enough? How about I survived not one, but two, Guitar Wolf shows including the second to last before the original Bass Wolf died. Oh yea, he died a week after I saw them. Is that still not enough? Well, how about the fact that I have personally melted more faces on stage than most bands in my city combined?

So if I haven't sold you yet, I'll just do the typical thing of proving my worth and credibility with some lists of various things that should more than qualify me to satisfy your rock n roll dreams.

Here's a list of some of my favorite rock n roll and metal acts in no particular order:

KISS, Alice Cooper, Butch Walker, Cheap Trick, X Japan, Guitar Wolf, Danko Jones, Iron Maiden, Converge, Queen, Kishidan, King Diamond, Motley Crue, Boris, Slayer, The Wildhearts

I also like some not rock n roll and metal stuff like punk and hip-hop that would include:

Peelander-Z, The Wu-Tang Clan, Ramones, Bad Brains, Shiina Ringo, The Notorious M.S.G., Minor Threat, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams, MF Doom

My favorite live performers in no particular order would be as follows:

KISS, Alice Cooper, Peelander-Z, Butch Walker, Guitar Wolf, GWAR, and Motley Crue

I play guitar, I sing, I melt faces, I steal girlfriends, and I make boyfriends jealous. So that should be enough for all of the un-grateful readers in the worldwide internets of the future. Let's just have a good time and not take ourselves too seriously! Okay? Get ready for my first real post. It's coming soon!

Here's some of my various web sites worth noting:

The Man Power on Bandcamp

The Man Power on Facebook

The Man Power on Twitter

My personal Twitter account

My personal Last.FM account

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Money for Nothing.....Vinnie Vincent's Countdown to Lunacy

You just can't make this stuff up!

Vinnie Vincent, my show's number 1 fan, has recently updated his YouTube page (ie. his only communication to the outside world; who needs William Morris?) with some long-awaited news!

From YouTube:
**8/15/11 update!
Shooting for a premier date of August 25, 2011 for the OFFICIAL VINNIE VINCENT WEBSITE. Stay tuned here for details. Vinnie Vincent

Annual Membership fees for the OFFICIAL VINNIE VINCENT FORUM will be set at $500.00. Details will follow shortly.

Holy whammy-bars Batman! $500.00 annual membership? For what?! Vinnie Vincent hasn't released a single note of music since the late 1980's! Yeah, yeah I know, he released 'Speedball Jam' in the 90's. I'm sorry, but I don't consider speed picking while you sloppily run your fingers up and down a fretboard like some junked out heroin addict as "music" so it doesn't count.

I also wonder if it's a coincidence that his proposed website launch date is Gene Simmons' birthday. I doubt Gene's concerned about it. He's too busy counting all of the money that he's earned actually getting out of the house, being productive, and sharing music with the world. I guess it's easier to open a message forum that's got all the freedom of Nazi Germany with the price of Ashley Madison and no kiss afterwards.

For the few fans that Vinnie has left that want to have honest, real discussion about Vinnie and his career with a price tag of FREE go HERE

Use Your Delusion? Indeed.....

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Geekwire.......Why Rolling Stone is Clueless, Bret Michaels Meets His Match, & Some Things That I Won't Even Touch


This is the inaugural Geekwire, our takes on the week that was & wasn't. Boy, did we pick an interesting time to launch this feature.

First off, Rolling Stone is clueless........I'll let that sink in. That shouldn't have taken long since Rolling Stone has been clueless for decades now. The "cooler than you" bunch of hipsters mag have these features currently up on their website among others:

The "Rock & Roll" Section has features on the Jay-Z & Kanye West tour & a Q&A with Taylor Swift. Nothing makes me want to down a bottle of Jack, throw on some tire chains and get ready to headbang like a Jay-Z/Kanye show! I mean, who needs the devil horns when you can do that stupid pyramid symbol thing with your hands that Jay-Z makes 2.5 million dollars off of everytime someone throws it up in the air? Taylor Swift also makes me wanna tear some shit up in a circle pit for sure! No wonder the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is so screwed up!

Next up, from our buds at, Bret Michaels recently cancelled an appearance at a marathon in Chicago due to "severe dehydration & flu." I don't know about you but I find it interesting that Bret cancels this appearance yet last year was able to miraculously recover from brain surgery and go straight into a tour within days and then, a few months later, risked life and limb as he battled the odds and braved a harrowing plane ride to make it to the Celebrity Apprentice finale. I guess not enough cameras & media were at the marathon. Get well soon Bret!

On a serious note, a couple of pretty sad things happened in the music world this past week. Most recently, the stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed just before Sugarland hit the stage to perform. 5 were killed and dozens others inured.

We also lost former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane. Jani's history with alcohol and depression is no secret; especially to those of you that follow my show. We haven't done anything on Warrant yet but I have the feeling that most of my 5 listeners know the story.

The inner-13 year old in me was tempted to crack a couple of morbid jokes about these events. Normally, things are wide open for comment with this show/blog but when it comes to folks dying, I have to draw the line. Either I'm becoming more mature or I'm a wuss (you decide). But, I'll have to let others fan the flames.

Sorry to end this first edition of the Geekwire on a sad note but don't worry. We'll be back to point and laugh at plenty of stuff in the future.

Until Next Time,
I'm out like the Belly to Belly album

Chris Czynszak

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Newsy Bits & Rik Fox Episode Coming!


Got a few things that I felt like spouting off about (ie. informing you).

It looks like we may have a couple new team members joining the Decibel Geek podcast very soon. In addition to the recent addition of new producer Marc Bullard, there are a couple of prospects meeting with us this weekend to discuss how they can possibly help spread our gospel of rock geekdom and witty, sarcastic humor. One of them may even be joining me on the air in future episodes so you don't have to keep enduring my exciting monotone drone through the whole show.

Another possible contributor to the blog is meeting with us as well so maybe this site will actually be more than my mindless rants and neurosis.

Coming up (hopefully) this weekend will be Part 1 of a 2 Part in-depth discussion with Rik Fox; formerly of WASP, Steeler, & Sin among others. Rik has an amazing history and was entrenched in both the 70's NY Rock scene with the likes of KISS, Ramones, NY Dolls, etc. as well as the L.A. Sunset Strip explosion in the 1980's; working with such characters as Blackie Lawless, Ron Keel, and Yngwie Malmsteen.

You'll remember Rik for my Vinnie Vincent special in which he shared his story about how his song 'On the Run' was lifted by Vinnie Vincent for 'Let Freedom Rock' from the first Invasion album. If you want to check out the SIN tune, here's a youtube clip of it; although that cat is going to give me nightmares.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stuff that Doesn't Suck Part 1

While I enjoy, as they say in Europe, "taking the piss" out of many hard rock and metal acts; I sometimes get asked what I think is actually good. While I'm not gonna fill this site or show with knob slobbering and nut swinging of bands (plenty other blogs do that) I thought I'd share a bit of stuff that has pleased my ears recently.

First up is Bad City. These guys have a great old-school vibe and they sing about Paul Stanley so that's a plus.

Next up is guitarist Charlie Parra. While I'm not huge on covers and even less huge on Lady Gaga, I gotta admit this dude's medley of Gaga tunes done hard-rock style is pretty damn cool. He's got loads of cool stuff on his youtube page too so check it out

Finally, a clip from Manic Bloom; authors of the Decibel Geek theme song. Actually, we borrowed part of their song 'Push Off the Ground' for the show and they graciously agreed to let us use it. They've got lots of great tunes such as this one and they are pretty cool guys as well.

Bret Michaels = Full of Hot Air


I recently read an interview with Bret Michaels that certainly gave me pause.......there, now that's over so I'll be filling in my responses to his quotes below in red. Enjoy!

Eric Lochridge of the Rapid City Journal recently conducted an interview with POISON singer Bret Michaels. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Rapid City Journal: As POISON celebrates 25 years together, are you surprised the band is still at it?

Bret: I think I did imagine a lifelong career with them. Life is about loyalty to me — you stick together (unless your fill-in for C.C. starts banging Rikki's girlfriend). I'm still amazed by POISON and by what we've done together in our career so far. We turned nothing into something (I agree with the nothing part). And we never faked it. Being real more times is the one ingredient that leads to longevity (and whoring yourself out on multiple reality shows and playing up a medical problem as well, but I digress), and 25 years later, here we are. I honestly believe that having that kind of experience behind us, we're a better band than we have ever been. POISON loves to give our fans a great show (as long as it's 13 predictable songs and time-wasting solos), and obviously we aren't kids anymore, but it's still about having a great time. And that's what it's always been about.

Rapid City Journal: What is it about POISON's songs that people relate to?

Bret: It's a simple formula, but it's built on authenticity (there's something so authentic about lyrics like "Like gas do you wanna pump me, and leave me when you get your fill"). The fans aren't dumb; they recognize when you're putting your all in what you're doing, and they also see straight through you when you're not (Are we really talking about Poison die-hards?). So if you want to keep your fans and gain new ones, you don't cut corners. You do what you love and you do it with as much energy and intensity as you can muster (for 13 songs). I think that genuine spirit comes across in our music — you don't stay in this business for 25 years unless you really love what you're doing (or have no other alternative for income; I shudder to think of Bret Michaels, venture capitalist). Because if you love what you're doing, then you work hard, and if you work hard and you pour your passion into what you're creating (Creating? You haven't put out a new Poison record in years! You're too busy raping our ears with your country-tinged solo albums), you make the kind of music that draws a fan base.

Rapid City Journal: What are the band's plans for the future? Any new music?

Bret: We recently released a 25-year greatest hits package that came out last May called "Double Dose of Poison: Ultimate Hits". As far as writing all new material, I'm not sure when that will happen (translation = I have no interest in writing with those guys). But I'm sure that it will one day. I love writing music and I love those guys. When the time is right and the inspiration hits (ie. I've sucked the reality tv teet dry), I'm sure we'll all find ourselves back in the studio together. But the bottom line is that both POISON and my solo career have co-existed for quite some time now (we know, unfortunately). They are each a huge part of my life, and I will certainly continue to put my all into both. I also have a solo album out this fall called "Get Your Rock On" (how original; he must have put a full 5 seconds into that title), so be on the lookout for that.

In all honesty, I actually loved Poison back in 1986......when I was 10 years old.
In reality, it's probably better that Bret and his wigdana stick to the solo route and continue to cover Sublime songs at state fairs while dragging Poison out every couple years for another nostalgia tour. Does anyone really think that Poison is going to put out something amazing in 2011? I don't either.

Good for nostalgia but Bret needs to get off his high horse and give the reality tv a rest. But....what do I know?

Monday, August 8, 2011

6 Degrees of Metal Sweepstakes (or......we need Fans!)


Decibel Geek Podcast is desperate for Fans!
Decibel Geek Podcast, the newest sarcastic rock and metal podcast on the web wants your useless opinion!

We are self-absorbed & insecure and need you to "LIKE" us so we decided to come up with a stupid little contest.

Everyone is familiar with the popular 6 Degrees movie game. We're doing something similar but have no interest in promoting the jackass from 'Footloose'. Decibel Geek Podcast is proud to announce the 6 Degrees of Metal Sweepstakes.

The rules are simple.

1. "LIKE" our Fan Page.

2. Tell us in 6 degrees or less how KISS & SLAYER are connected.

3. While there could be multiple winners if we played this game straight, we're looking for the most creative/entertaining/tasteless answers we can get.

The Prize:

We've got a ton of old crappy cd's and demos from unsigned rock & metal bands; 99% of which broke up years ago. We need shelf space and need to get rid of these damn things so the winning entry for this contest will get a handful of free cd's that will probably make your ears bleed. They also double as beer coasters too!

Go HERE to enter the contest!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When Mashups Go Too Far........Alice Cooper & Ke$ha??


I'm so freaking confused right now......

I've been excited since last year when I heard that Alice Cooper was recording an album here in Nashville with new Music City resident Bob Ezrin. I was even more excited when I heard that said album was going to be a sequel to Alice's legendary Welcome to My Nightmare.

And then today happened. Today, I read that Nashville's favorite high school dropout, Ke$ha, is appearing on one of the tracks for Welcome 2 My Nightmare. While I'm all for interesting mashups with styles colliding, I gotta wonder if Ezrin's back on nose candy and Alice got lost in a bottle!

But then I start thinking about it. Ke$ha, while certainly not my thing, is pretty theatrical in her own right and has publicly mentioned her fandom of Alice (as well as other classic rock artists) in the past. Plus, Alice probably figures to get some mileage from the iTunes downloads coming from 15 year old curious Ke$ha fans so it does make sense to a point.

I still gotta say, it's a bit of a letdown but I still hold out hope that this newest, Nashville-bred Alice Cooper album will be at least half as entertaining as its predecessor.

If there's a video for Ke$ha's song on the album, I hope that she fits in better than Kane Roberts' hilarious guitar-aping in the 'Freedom' video from the 80's.

We're Now Mobile!......and Other Stuff


In an all-important effort to get things cooking with the show, producer Marc & I headed into downtown Nashville last Saturday to begin, what we hope will be, several on-location recordings for the show.

As I've mentioned on previous episodes, we have a plan to include some Nashville-centric episodes in the future since we're here and most of the local rock knuckleheads will tolerate my drunken buffoonery.

We started the night out at The Rutledge on 4th Avenue and had fun conversations with Andy, Benji, and Jenny. We'll get to specifics closer to release date.

We also recorded a conversation with Nashville-Canadian hybrid act Hello Kelly and discussed such pressing issues as why their name sounds like a children's toy line and why they are willing to admit to liking Nickelback. In all seriousness, they are a good group of guys and you'll get to hear that in the future.

Next we headed down to Rockbar on Broadway and got some quick conversations with Darren from Piranah & Ray & Chris from Oblivion Myth. We discussed such earth shattering topics as Darren's amazing cassette collection of bands you haven't heard from in 25 years and Ray's almost-demented dedication to the local music scene.

Plenty of shenanigans were had by all and you'll hear lots of that stuff in the future (ie. when we get off our asses and edit the audio).

So, that's a quick recap of where we stand. There's lots more going on behind the scenes but we'll save that for another time that I have nothing to share.

See ya soon!
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