Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Tracy Wolff today.
Seven Rock Bands that are Everything I LOVE about Music
First of all, I want to say how thrilled I am to be here. Thanks so much for having me!
In this time where pop and hip hop rule so much of the music industry, it’s almost strange to be writing a series about a rock band. But I started listening to music in the eighties, when all of the hard rock hair bands were burning up the radio stations and MTV. And I came of age in the nineties, when alternative was king and rock was everything. So when it comes to writing about musicians, I can’t imagine writing anything else. In fact, from the time I started writing, I’ve wanted to do a rock star series about a band on the brink of superstardom—and six years after I sold my first book, I’m finally getting the chance to do that. I’m so excited that it’s actually a little ridiculous. And since I’m so excited, and since I’m such a child of the hard rock/alternative eras, I thought I’d create a list of my favorite rock bands. Let me know if any of them are your favorites, too J
The Offspring: I’m a huge offspring fan. A HUGE Offspring fan. Though they aren’t as big and their songs aren’t as iconic as those by the other bands I’ve listed here, I think they are absolutely amazing. AMAZING. I discovered them for the first time when I was in college and Dexter Holland became one of my favorite frontmen of all time. One of the things I love most about them is that though they’re punk and rock and deep and dark they also bring incredibly humor to a lot of their songs, which somehow just makes everything better. Hammerhead, Genocide, Self-Esteem, The Kids Aren’t Alright, Come Out and Play … there are just so many songs to love.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: A friend and I recently had a rousing debate on the Chili Peppers–she hates them and I think they’re brilliant. She dismissed them as California rock, and I laughed because that’s exactly what I love about them—that and their kick ass lyrics. Wet Sand, Scar Tissue, Under the Bridge … way too many songs to name here.
Guns N Roses: GNR have had their problems through the years, but no one who knows rock can deny their influence on the genre when they burst onto the scene in the mid to late eighties. Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin—these guys helped rock rediscover its edge and danger and rage (no wonder I love them so much) and in a way, the genre has never been the same since. Songs like Civil War, Sweet Child ‘O Mine, Welcome to the Jungle and Patience have become iconic, and for great reason.
Nirvana: It’s been twenty years since In Utero came out and I am still blown away by the album as a whole and all the songs on it individually. All Apologies, Milk It, Heart-Shaped Box, Scentless Apprentice. It only takes a couple notes to take me back to the one and only Nirvana concert I ever went to. I still count it among the best concerts I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot).
Pearl Jam: I discovered Pearl Jam when I was in high school and they quickly turned into an obsession. It wasn’t long before I knew everything there was to know about them. And while my obsession eventually waned, they remain a part of pretty much every playlist I’ve ever put together. Black, Alive Jeremy, Better Man … one of the best things about Pearl Jam is how their songs are just as topical today (in some cases even more so) than they were when they wrote them one or two decades ago.
Bon Jovi: I love Jon Bon Jovi. I love Richie Sambora. I love David Bryan and Tico Torres. I just love this band. I fell in love with them at my friend, Stephanie’s, birthday sleepover when I was in junior high—her older sister was listening to Living on a Prayer—and my love for them has only grown deeper through the years. Everything about this band is amazing, from their lyrics to their concerts to the fact that Jon Bon Jovi is one of the biggest, most active philanthropists in the world. Seriously, there is nothing not to love about these guys. Nothing. Living on a Prayer, Bed of Roses, Lay Your Hands on Me, Wanted Dead or Alive, It’s My Life. They’ve tried a ton of different things and always come out sounding brilliant.
Aerosmith: My favorite rock band of all time. Ever. Ever. Walk This Way, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Crazy, Love in an Elevator … My college roommate, and BFF, still has nightmares about waking up to Steven Tyler’s face plastered on every available surface of my half of the dorm room (and can I just say, I found out yesterday that in a poll groupies who actually slept with a lot of these bands/guys rate him as the best lover of all rock stars ever). I even stalked Mama Kins, their bar in Boston, for months hoping for a chance to meet them. It never happened, but I’ve seen a lot of amazing concerts in the twenty years I’ve been an Aerosmith fan.
She’s totally off limits, but this rocker wants a taste…
Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother’s band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she’s just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star’s bed post. Even if it’s Ryder’s.
Ryder doesn’t deserve happiness. After his fame destroyed his last girlfriend, he swore he’d never fall in love again. So when Jamison, the girl he’s been in danger of loving for years, joins the band on the road, he’ll do anything to deny the sparks between them—even after one hot night together. But Jamison is determined to show Ryder that he’s worthy of love—her love—and that she’s all grown up…and ready to play.
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