At 10 and 11 years old, I thought that my music selection was on point with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and The J. Geils Band, but 1983 was a huge turning point for me when MTV introduced me to AC/DC's For Those About To Rock. Suddenly, I was made aware of this music that was heavier and dirtier than I'd previously known, and I ate it up.
Shortly after discovering that AC/DC record, I believe that the next band to get my attention was Quiet Riot. There was a lot of buzz for this band at the time, and I found the album cover with the dude in a straight jacket and mask to be dangerously ominous...plus Metal Health and Cum On Feel The Noize were all over MTV and quickly became anthems for this thirteen year old kid.
I've been spending a lot of time in my '83 and '84 playlists, revisiting those first albums that I'd bought and was influenced by...and while I didn't think that I'd ever need to listen to Quiet Riot again, surprisingly, I've been having a blast dusting off these songs and giving them multiple listens. So I was very excited to find a copy in the used bins at one of the local record stores in town.
Take me back to those early days. I want to relive those moments when my friends and I were discovering this music.