Rock Chain #19: Strap it On!

Slaughter (CAN)

This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here in the blog.

Slaughter from Canada was a band that made Metal history with his debut album, Strappado. They were helped by a guy who was A&R of Roadrunner records at the time called Monte Conner who used to play their songs on punk radio shows he hosted.

Monte Conner later joined forces with Nuclear Blast Records to form Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new U.S. partnership for the German label.

Nuclear Blast got its name after founder Markus Staiger traveled through the United States for four weeks in 1987 and saw a gig of his favorite band Blast.

Blast released their second album It’s in My Blood in 1987, and followed it with a seven –inch with a cover of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”.

“School’s Out” is featured in the soundtrack of Stoner classic movie Dazed and Confused. The background of this movie is kids from senior year going to buy tickets for a Pink Floyd concert in 1976.

In 1976 Pink Floyd was touring Wish You Were Here an album that contains not only the iconic title-track but also the heartfelt “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, a tribute to Syd Barrett.

Syd Barrett’s first solo album, The Madcap Laughs, had Jerry Shirley from Humble Pie playing drum s on the tracks “No Man’s Land” and “Here I Go”.

Jerry Shirley, many people don’t know, is the co-writer of Fastway’s greatest hit, “Say What You Will”.

Fastway was a band formed by former Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke and UFO’s bassist Pete Way.

Pete Way, let’s remember, was member of the touring band for the album Diary of a Madman from Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne once guested on the song “Therapy”, by the project-band Infectious Grooves.

Infectious Grooves was a project of Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir.

Suicidal Tendencies played in the classic “Clash of the Titans” tour of 1990 alongside Testament, Megadeth and Slayer.

Megadeth and Slayer many years later were part of the Big Four tour alongside Anthrax and Metallica. They used to finish their shows with a version of “Am I Evil?” from British band Diamond Head, with all the members of the four bands on stage.

Diamond Head was part of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) a rather influential movement that inspired many Metal musicians around the world particularly a young guy growing up in Florida called Chuck Schuldiner.

Chuck went on to form Death, but in the very beginning of his career, you know which band he briefly joined?  Slaughter from Canada.

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