I've been collecting records and tapes since I was thirteen and the collection
keeps growing. I also have over 700 home-taped music cassettes that are not
listed here. For a list of records currently in my collection and record statistics, follow:
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Personal History Of Rock'N'Roll
I grew up with glam rock, hard rock and punk. My earliest memories go back to
German TV appearances by Sweet, Mud, Kenny, Gary Glitter, Status Quo, Sailor and recognizing a
Suzi Quatro concert poster pinned to a pub door before I even knew what
rock'n'roll was or that there was such a thing as live concerts.
I remember my parents saying that they're all transvestites (save for Suzi, I guess) but
that could not deter me. Between the ages of about 9 and 14 I was a fan of Sweet,
Suzi Quatro, Status Quo, Smokie, Runaways, Rainbow and took an interest in the
Ramones, Sex Pistols (I started wearing a safety pin stuck through my jeans or jacket),
Boomtown Rats, Stranglers, Kate Bush, T.Rex and whatever else they would play on my favorite radio
show ("Pop Nach Acht" with Thomas Gottschalk) that I would tape from almost
daily on the dinky family stereo.
At age 14 I officially converted to being a KISS fan which lasted some 5 years. I also got into Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent,
Van Halen, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Motorhead, Angel City, AC/DC and Nazareth and more unknown bands whose
records my best buddy and I would carry home from record stores (I can still hear my Mom
say, "You are wasting your allowance on stuff you are not going to listen
to in two years" - wrong, Mom, sorry...). It wasn't until age 16 that I went to my
first concert which was KISS followed shortly by a Girlschool gig (courtesy of a radio
listener of a station where I had won a Krokus contest and was invited to be a 1-hour guest DJ).
I was also able to write down at least 100 band names from memory, usually on the back of school books.
I despised Abba, Queen, hippie bands and disco.
No big changes are recorded until roughly age 19 where I gave up KISS in
favor of a broader interest in bands though I skipped e.g. the whole new wave scene. I started
catching up with Alice Cooper who I previously had ignored and I learned who the New York Dolls
were. In my early 20's I started a major hard rock/punk exchange with a new buddy from work. I had
mostly hard rock, he had mostly punk albums and we taped almost our entire collections for each other,
becoming best buddies in the process. Travels to the USA got me more interested
in American rock and upon return I would seek out the albums of bands I had heard on US radio.
From then up to the present I have ventured into ever more new and unknown bands including more
off-the-wall stuff as well as blues and rockabilly while constantly revisiting
nostalgia and catching up with back catalogs of bands that I have known but
never paid much attention to. With the decline of 80's glam, being sick of American
"classic rock" and not really catching on to death/speed metal, neo-punk
and alternative, grunge, rap etc. I'm increasingly tending to British punk and old glam rock again.
So, I still like punk, punk rock, power pop, glam rock, hard rock, heavy metal, rockabilly, blues.
Following are some comments about my all-time fave bands and links to them and other worthy rock music sites.
All-Time Favorite Artists
Special Music Pages
More Cool Artists And Music Web Sites
- The 69 Eyes
Kick-ass trash/sleaze band from Finland with a hint of goth metal on their latest release.
- Backyard Babies
Official home page of Swedish underground heroes and glampunksleaze sensation.
- Biased History Of British Glam Rock
Great resource for British glam and glitter rock from 1970-1975. Check out the excellent links page covering
many of the bands and producers of the time.
- Bob's Interactive Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Page
Bob Caron, a young man with a taste for rock music before it got trashed by
alternative and grunge, pays tribute to his favorite hard rock and heavy metal bands.
Many sound samples, pick-of-the-week, links etc.
- CaseNet Clubs in Hollywood & Extended Los Angeles Area
Up-to-date gig calendars for the Hollywood and L.A. club scene.
- Jayne County
Wayne, Jayne, Shmayne, whatever. Are you man enough? Find out at this dedicated site.
- Jeff Dahl
Welcome to JeffDahlRocks.com, the new (Dec 2004) official Jeff Dahl Web site.
- The Great Kat
The Beethoven of the 21st century on speed and gore...
- Hanoi Rocks
Finnish band site includes info on Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy's solo projects.
- John Tonic
A young and exciting band from Germany who follows in the footsteps of The Dogs D'Amour.
- Michael Monroe
Official home page. No introduction necessary...
Known from such bands as Motorcycle Boy, Pillbox, Sour Jazz and stints with Marky Ramone and Jeff Dahl as well as a
recent solo album, "Ratboy" is a cool cat underground rocker. He's a compatriot of mine who also decided
Switzerland was too narrow-minded and moved away.
- John Otway
The Otway Webletter by Steve Ponds a.k.a. "Zen Poet". Brit musician with a lot of sarcasm and humor.
Just check out his hilarious cover of Sweet's Ballroom Blitz.
Tornado - The Official Rainmakers Home Page. Looks like Bob Walkenhorst and
the gang from KC, MO, are alive and still big in Norway.
- Social Distortion
I dig their driving punk rock sound big time but have not known them long enough to
qualify for all-time fave. This is their official Web site.
- Chris Spedding
I was first introduced to "Hurt" by my high school buddy Alex Trachsler when I was about 14 (where are you now?).
We played it at school dances. It wasn't quite hard enough for me at the time but has grown on me over the years.
And finally I found a Spedding site...
- The Stranglers
The Rat's Lair - The Official Home of The Stranglers Information Service (SIS).
- Toy Dolls
Great, unofficial page by Dave Bekkema
- Ultimate Band List
Huge index to band sites. If you are looking for specific band information
and Web sites, start here.
- Upper Crust
Boston-based power-pop/punk band that dresses as 18th century French aristrocrats and bemuses the
working class... Having been spared the guillotine, they are well worth checking out.
- Webb Wilder
Roots rocker and the last of the full-grown men, the idol of idle youth...
"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need
'em" is the Webb Wilder Credo...
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