|Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Phil Wrathchild - Wrathchild|
|Written by Phil Wrathchild|
|Sunday, 13 May 2012 05:00|
With a surname like that he was born to be in a band. Phil Wrathchild, guitarist with the stakk attakked legends of UK glam rokk is the latest victim of Uber Rock's Midnite Mixtape Massacre. Read on and uncover Phil's ultimate thirteen track mixtape, containing the likes of Queen, Kiss, Van Halen and.....err....Extreme.....
1.) 'Space Station No 5' - Montrose (from the self titled album)
I first bought this album on vinyl when I was 15 when it was first released and it has to be my all time favourite rock album. It contains the most stripped down exciting music to my ears from the 70s. Ronnie Montrose for his blinding riffs and Sammy Hagar whose voice is total perfection. Produced by Ted Templeman, the guitar riff on Space Station is monster and every track is awesome...I love it!!!!
2.) 'Ain't Talking About Love' - Van Halen (from the self titled album)
If you think that this album was released in the middle of the punk era, this went against the grain of popular music at the time. Incredible guitar work from Mr EVH, speed, tricks, feedback, whammy bar, full volume improvisation. Athletic rock, power, fun, pop-rock. Also produced by Ted Templeman because they actually wanted to sound like Montrose but then left the studio 10 days later and sounded like nothing else on earth. This album made me sit down for months trying to work out how Eddie Van Halen made his guitar sound like this....amazing album and 'Ain't Talking Bout Love' makes me smile everytime I hear it....great song!!!!!
3.) 'Brighton Rock' - Queen (from the album 'Sheer Heart Attack')
I had this way back in the '70s..always loved it and bought the vinyl a few times over the years but it is in fact quite superb to my ears. This being Queen's third album for me is where they found their style and sound. There are some wonderful performances and songs to die for on this album. A lot of people say that 'Night at the Opera' is their best but for me that one doesn't quite come near as this one. Feel the power rise as the whips crack during the intro to 'Brighton Rock', Brian May is a genius!!!
4.) 'Let It Roll' - UFO (from the album 'Force It')
This is a fantastic guitar orientated rock album - I have never tired of playing this album and it is still one of my favourites from the band due to the quality of the song writing. There are five classic songs that the band still perform live. 'Let it Roll' and 'Shoot Shoot' are great heavy rock standards and 'Mother Mary' and 'This Kid's' are two of the many highlights on the 'Strangers' live album, and Michael Schenker who had all the chops plus the image, flying V, blonde hair and and thigh length boots...Rock 'n' Roll!
5.) 'Heartbreak Blvd' - Shotgun Messiah (from the album 'Second Coming')
What a great song! Tim Skold was the bassist on the first record, but why they didn't start him out as vocalist, I'll never know. He defines Shotgun Messiah's sound. His voice is so cool and it runs so smooth over Cody's shredding riffs. In the short time they had together, they created one of my favourite records.
6.) 'I Believe In You' - Y&T (from the album 'Earthshaker')
If you are a serious fan of metal, rock and blues you should not be without this complete masterpiece by the mighty Y&T. While some of their peers achieved commercial success, Y&T somehow missed the boat but remain to this day one of my all time great heavy metal acts. 'I Believe In You' is my favourite rock ballad, Dave Meniketti has so much soul in his voice and guitar playing that he just takes it to a different level....
7.) 'Angel No 9' - Mick Ronson (from the album 'Play Don't Worry')
Bowie fans will be aware of Ronson's massive contribution to Bowie's success as a guitarist and arranger and production facilitator, as he colours 'The Man Who Sold The World', 'Hunky Dory', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Aladdinsane', Reed's 'Transformer' and so on. On 'Play Don't Worry', he proves himself as a glam idol of the front rank. His massive, squealing, guitar sound on 'Angel No 9' makes this Mick Ronson's finest song to my ears....I just keep playing it.
8.) 'Set Me Free' - Sweet (from the album 'Sweet Fanny Adams')
I remember buying this thinking "shit this is heavy, more like Deep Purple than a glam rock band." 'Set Me Free' is a rapid-fire rocker that shows off Sweet's vocal and musical strength to its limit.
9.) 'Decadence Dance' - Extreme (from the album 'Extreme 2')
From a guitarist's perspective, I have to say this is one of my all-time favourite tracks. Nuno provides us all with a humbling demonstration of fast, intricate and incredibly inventive playing. His tone, helped by the crystal clear production, is also superb....turn it up!!!!!!
10.) 'Get A Life' - Charlie (from the album 'Kitchens Of Distinction')
Terry Thomas has, through his music, launched an assault on society's idiocies in the best way he can. In many ways, he has summed it all up in 'Get A Life', perhaps one of the best songs I have heard in years....brilliant.
11.) 'Won't Get Fooled Again' - The Who (from the album 'Who's Next')
A song about moving forwards and advancing in life (I tip my hat to the new constitution) and not getting left behind...One of the greatest rock songs of all time...well I think so anyway!
12.) 'Kings and Queens' - Aerosmith (from the album 'Draw The Line')
Aerosmith have composed tons of great song over the years so it's very hard to pick one, but 'Kings and Queens' always sends a chill down my spine every time I hear it.
13.) 'Detroit Rock City' - Kiss (from the album 'Destroyer')
This is undoubtedly the high point in KISS's very long and successful musical career for me; 'Detroit Rock City' is awesome, the track isn't as glammy as they would get and isn't as heavy as they could be but it has a good time feel about it which still sounds great today.
[Photos by Tessa 'TG' Blakout]