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Riptide
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Who here is a fan? Have to admit I wore his 1981 cassette Don't say no out back on the day. Chock full of hits like the Stroke, In the dark, you're my kind of lover. Always thought it had that great mix of hard rock and new wave. I remember getting his 1980 debut Tale of the tape finally on cd a few years back. The album is most known for the big beat which has been one of the most sampled song by hip hop artists. I also have one of his albums when he was in Piper in the late 70's. Kind of power popish. Most people know him for his horrific video rock me tonight. Anyone know of any other artist who was blackballed like that due to a video? The only other one I can think of is Winger, when Beavis and Butthead made fun of them because they were Stewart's favorite band.
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That was an awesome album.Stroke is actually playing on the radio as i type this. His stuff was never turned off back in the day and has held up well over the years.
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I love The Stroke. When I was in the army two of my mates and I went into Hungry Jacks (South Australian version on Burger King). Anyway they have the old Wurlitzer jukebox in there. When there was no music on at all my mate got behind the machine and turned the volume knob right up (these things go very loud up full blast) He then selected The Stroke and when you select a song it takes about 15 seconds before it kicks in. Just enough time for us guys to walk outside the packed restaurant. When we were outside the song kicked in and the windows were actually violently shaking and everyone in there was looking around absolutely startled. We were in tears laughing. The funny thing is too is that we went back there about a week later and done the same thing.
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your an ornary cuss. haha. just kiddin Bernie.
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I know that is a movie quote but I am having a mental blank. What's that from again?
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vacation. when they were at Dodge City
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I knew it was from a movie. I just could not place it for some reason. I have seen vacation so many times. Argghhhh.
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I have acquired a few more later albums of his since. I just have a few gripes in that I thought he could have been better. He never seemed to escape that shadow from Don't say no. And in my opinion hard rock in the mid to late 80's got lamer.

Just had a flashback from the early 80's. I remember revisiting my old neighbourhood after we moved in 1980. I remember there were tons of kids back then. There were a few of the rebellious kids who congregated and played their music loud. The two tunes that fit this they were playing were Joan Jett's I love rock n roll and the Stroke. This made such an impression on me compared to my sister's friends listening to Culture Club!

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Just listened The Tale of the Tape (the fantastic Rock Candy release) and it totally rocks!
Now i need to revisit his other albums. I wish Rock Candy would re-release the whole 80s Squier catalogue.

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I hear ya. The 82 album is real expensive. Have to suffice with vinyl. Speaking of rock candy, you into Montrose?
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I like the ´73 Montrose debut very much, haven´t heard their other material.
I have one Ronnie Montrose instrumental solo lp "The Speed of Sound" (1988) and it´s also good stuff.

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Speaking of Montrose, Rock Candy is releasing Paper Money, Warner Bros. Presents... Montrose! and Jump on It next month. Super awesome!
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Was saddened to hear of Ronnie Montrose's passing recently. I got into Montrose originally as a Van Halen fan when I found out that Sammy Hagar was the singer and Ted Templeman was the producer. Over the years have collected some of the albums and solo stuff. I really love forgotten hard rock from the 70's and 80's. Stuff like Stray, UFO, even early Scorpions. Also would recommend the two Piper albums that Billy Squier did in the late 70's.
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Finally got his third album Emotions in motion album on cd for the princely sum of 2 bucks at charity shop! The more I listen to him, am impressed he was one of the few to combine hard rock with funk and new wave. Looking for other artists who did this, the only ones I come up with are Rick James and Prince, although consider them way more in an R&B mode.

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