The Ballad Of Ruby

Like I said yesterday I love how eclectic my songs seem to be when the shuffle button is utilised. From the more thrash orientated of things I’ve had Hellion, Children of Bodom followed by Deathwish. First song today is by Tyketto. A proper curve ball and I can’t get much further apart from yesterday to today’s offering. 

As stated earlier I don’t do bad songs (even the Nickelback songs I have are decent!*) so I have no problems with listening to this track (which incidentally was followed by Final Six by Slayer). I can’t really remember listening to this song before. Another ballad, obviously, from the band that kind of reminds me of The Black Crowes or bringing it more up to date The Temperance Movement. 

New York’s Tyketto were formed back in 1987 by Waysted vocalist Danny Vaughn, who is a stunning frontman. The Ballad of Ruby is from the bands third release Shine, so I’ve obviously got a cross section of their catalogue in my library, but it’s really only their debut Don’t Come Easy that I’m overly familiar with, and so are most other people who are simply “familiar” with the name. 

I’ve seen them twice now. It should have been three but their UK club dates last year were cancelled and I couldn’t make the rescheduled Liverpool show. The first time was a brief set in a rather large tent during Download 2010. The biggest crowd reaction was for Forever Young. It’s from the debut album and is one of those songs that you didn’t know you knew! 

Six years later they were in North Wales for Hard Rock Hell AOR. It was the same weekend that Hammerfest and AOR were held in union. Quite handy when I had my wife in tow so we didn’t have to suffer Cradle of Filth. It was the silver anniversary of the first album so they played it in full, just backwards, much like Metallica did on the European Black Album tour in 2012. As Danny Vaughn said, everyone would leave after the first song which is Forever Young. The same reason Metallica didn’t open with Enter Sandman? 

Right, I’m suffering with this stinking head cold and making too many mistakes here, I’ve had to write pretty much every other word twice as I just can’t type today. And I also have an Iron Maiden ticket for Saturday to try and sell. Who thought that would be so hard?

After 408 posts I appear to have come across a song that isn’t a standalone track on YouTube in some form. The link below should take you to the full album. Fast forward to about twenty two minutes if you’re interested. 

(* NOT delirium setting in. Honest) 

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Don’t Leave Me Now

Onto another listen through of a record I’ve never heard before. Today I introduce you to Vow Wow, who used to be called Bow Wow but changed name to avoid confusion with Bow Wow Wow! I’ve plumped for this one as a friend procured the vinyl version of V while we were at Hard Rock Hell. Released in 1987 during a peak in the melodic soft rock and AOR scene.

I’ve had to listen to it twice to get a better feel of it. On first listen it was a little bit uninspiring and just seemed to slide into background music in the car. To me the vocals sounded a bit weak and drowned out by the music.

Listening to it again you can start to pick out all of those mid 80’s traits and it’s almost a colour by numbers release. Grandiose keyboard intros reminiscent of Journey or Europe. Huge nods towards UK AOR rockers Magnum and dashes of early Queensryche in there as well. The vocals come across to me as sounding like Lenny Wolf from Kingdom Come with that Robert Plant inspired sound, but on some tracks the vocals are almost Tom Keifer like. And the obligatory power ballads? Yes, they’re there too.

Maybe a lot of the mixing pot of influences can be expected when you realise the band are from Japan. So many of their bands always seemed to want to be the Japanese version of someone else.

After the second listen I liked it that bit more, but again nothing special here to make me listen to it on a regular basis.