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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's a Fairy Tale Ending as Shady Names the Winner: The Band Of The Year!


 First Annual Shady Awards! 






In Parts 1,2 and 3 of this series I announced the  
nominees and winners in the following categories:

 New (to me) Band of the Year 


 Video of the Year  


 Song of the Year  


Now it's time for me to name the greatest band in the land. 
Without further ado I will introduce the nominees 
in our last and most important category.





 "Get It On" (1988) 


 "Charisma" (1979)  


 "Long Stick Goes Boom" (1982)  


 "Beauty" (1997) 


 "Princess of the Dawn" (1983)  


 "The Dungeons Are Calling" (1985)  


 "Dead Man's Road" (1990) 


 "It's Not Love" (1985) 


 "T.N.T." (1976)  


 "Cold Blood" (1988) 



 GOES TO..... 

(pregnant pause while envelope opens)


Why? Because Cinderella rules!

I met Cinderella in 1986 when the band came to the
Tampa music television station where I worked and we
interviewed them on our hard rock/heavy metal program
that was modeled after MTV's Headbanger's Ball.
The only Cinderella songs I remembered from my
encounters with the band were "Nobody's Fool,"
"Shake Me," "Gypsy Road" and "Night Songs."

 "Night Songs" (1986) 

For a long time I was also under the mistaken impression
that Cinderella was primarily a glam act. When I stocked
up on Cinderella tunage in 2012, I discovered much more
grit than glam, a stepmother lode of excellent material
produced by the Philly area band, much of it written
by growling voiced lead singer Tom Keifer. Cinderella's
Aerosmith/Rolling Stones influenced blues rock anthems
are timeless classics.  Their power ballads which include
"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" and
"Coming Home," both penned by Keifer, are raw, intense
and jam packed with feeling. Best of all, they tell the truth.

In this series you have already heard some of Cinderella's
greatest recordings. Please listen to a couple more that
I consider to be among the very best of Cinderella.

 "Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin' Apart at the Seams" (1988) 

 "The More Things Change" (1990) 

 That concludes my Cinderella story and 



 Next week in this time slot 

 host Marlin Perkins stalks the 

 elusive Tasmanian wombat on  

 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. 

Have a Shady day!


  1. Applause Applause Applause!!! A masterful job in your fine contest, my friend, and a very thorough one, too! Cinderella was a little after my heavy metal/ punk stage, but I think you made the right choice. Are they still together? That guy can not only sing, but he can write, too.

    This was a fun contest and I was looking forward to seeing who won this week. Thank you for your always stellar job of bringing it to us.

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Hi, Shelly! I'm happy that you agree with my Pick to Click - Cinderella. Lead singer Tom Keifer (a coincidental mix of my first name and my brother's nickname) is a prolific songwriter and gave us many great songs, rendered in his trademark have sung/half growled vocal style. Cinderella was still performing gigs as recently as March of this year and last month Keifer launched his debut solo album, video and a solo tour. Thank you very much for being here for the grand finale of my heavy metal competition, dear friend Shelly, and have a super Tuesday!

  2. Congratulations to the Shady Award Winners! I'd never heard of Cinderella before, what a great name for a band!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! Thanks for stopping by, dear friend. A gender bending band name like Cinderella was typical of the glam metal/hair metal genre which included Alice Cooper, Queen, Kiss, Alice N' Chains, Britny Fox, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden and Twisted Sister. As I noted in the text, Cinderella outgrew its glam image and cranked out some excellent Rolling Stones style blues rock. Thank you very much for coming, dear Emma, and have a wonderful Tuesday!

  3. Hi, Tom,

    Groovy awards idea of yours!!
    I'm not too familiar with Cinderella's music, i have heard of them.
    I like Poison, Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, Monster Truck..

    1. Hi, Strawberry-Doll! Thanks for checking in and checking out the final installment of my 4-part heavy metal awards ceremony. I could listen to AC/DC and Kiss all day every day, but the same holds true for Cinderella and all the bands represented in this post and the entire series. Poison came to the TV station where I worked at least twice for interviews and our video crew also went on location to one of the venues where they were performing. We did a segment with the guys on the band bus and taped part of the performance. Great, wild times! I never heard of the Ontario band Monster Truck but love their sound. They remind me of Airbourne. I read that Monster Truck was releasing their first album TODAY. I might just buy it! Thanks again for coming down to see me, Jules, and have a pleasant evening up there in Canada!

  4. Congrats to the winner! Of course I had to listen to each one because I'm not too up on all the heavy metal bands...not like my hubby is! I'm sure we have some original albums stored guitar playing son thought he hit pay dirt when he was a teen and found them! Many of the tunes have been played by our Ortho Doc on his operating day...played loud I might add! So now I'm a bit more familiar with the artists! Thanks! I also love the 80's big hair and cool costumes! Fun contest and I'm impressed at how many bands you've actually met! Must have been a great job!

    1. Hi, YaYa! It's cool that your husband knows and loves heavy metal bands. I'm glad this four part series enabled you to get to know some of the best bands in this broad category which includes glam, pop metal, heavy metal, hard rock, blues rock, post-grunge, sleaze and many other subgenres. Lately I've been delving into another exciting style that became popular as a result of the modern obsession with vampires, namely gothic, symphonic, melodic metal, much of it produced in Scandanavia by male bands with classically trained, operatic female lead vocalists. It's exciting stuff! Yessum, I must admit I had a fun job hanging out with bands like Kiss and Poison, meeting Playboy playmates and shooting commercials and music videos at the beach and other picturesque locations around the Tampa Bay area. I was lucky to have landed such a job. Thank you very much for attending the Shady Awards, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. Why hello there...MR Heavy Metal Music Man! Livin' in the land of Dixieland Blues, Jazz and Southern Comfort Rock n' Roll I'm gonna have to fess up to not knowing much about heavy metal. A beau from way back was big into heavy metal so I listened to it...just not appreciating it, lol!
    You had me laughing out loud with your tease for next week, with your Marlin Perkins lead...does the elusive Tasmanian wombat have a record label yet?


    1. Hi, Sush! The Tasmanian wombat is already booked on the next season of American Idol! (LOL) My dear friend, it comes as a very pleasant surprise that you came by to say hello. I thought the long hair and guitar distortion would cause you to skip over this one. Instead you demonstrated true friendship by showing up and expressing something. I appreciate it. As I have reminded our dear friend Thisisme below, the heavy metal presented here is very tame and middle of the road by today's standards. Growling has replaced singing in much of today's metal music and it's much more disturbing than anything presented here. Cinderella's lead singer Tom Keifer growled to convey feeling and emotion, not to frighten and intimidate. Thank you once again for being such a great friend, dear Sush. Please play these videos late tonight to wake your husband, okay? :) Also, please stick around because this is the last of the heavy metal until next year. Your kind of music is coming soon, I assure you!

  6. Hi dear Tom. This is a very good idea for a post to have these Awards, I must say! You always seem able to come up with something a little different for us to keep us on our toes. I am listening to Cinderalla as I'm typing this comment and, as you know, heavy metal is not really my bag (I'm with Sush on that one!), but dare I say I'm actually enjoying it. I did like all the glam rock groups back in the days (We had Gary Glitter, T-Rex, Sweet and the like). You are converting me dear friend!! Hope all is well with you, Mrs Shady & dear little Toto. Smooches and double smooches.

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! You and Sush are sweet for finding something positive to say about music that you don't particularly like. That's the way to be a great blogger and a great friend. While I doubt that I will ever convert you into a head banger, I am excited to know you are listening with an open mind and finding value in the music. I will remind you again that Cinderella was influenced by the blues rock of the Rolling Stones and, with the exception of the growling vocals by Keifer, produces a similar sound. I'm very happy that you mentioned those early glam rock acts. As you know I already included Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll" (The Hey Song) in a previous post. One of my favorite videos to watch is the Top of the Pops performance of "Get It On" by T-Rex with Sir Elton John playing piano:

      Did you ever see it before? Thank you again for your kindness, dear friend Thisisme, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Hi, Shady!

    It's always fun to revisit my glory days with all those glam hair bands. I really liked Dead Man's Road, too. It kinda reminded me of one of my fav 80's band tunes, Wanted Dead or Alive, by Bon Jovi with that twangy guitar sound. Again, I knew all the artists but the songs weren't all that familiar, but it's still fun to hear some of them. I particularly like when they start out like a slow ballad then get hard towards the end! Fun post, Shady!

    1. Hi, Toni! I agree that Cinderella's "Dead Man's Road" has a sound and feel similar to that of Bon Jovi's "Wanted, Dead or Alive." It pleases me to know that you are familiar with all of the competitors in my battle of the bands and that you recognized most of the songs. Many heavy metal recordings start out quiet and slow and then explode with loud guitars, drums and screaming vocals. It reminds me of the excitement one experiences on a roller coaster when, at the beginning, the car slowly climbs to the top of the track and then plunges to the bottom. Thank you very much for attending the First Annual Shadys, dear friend Toni, and c'mon back next time!

  8. Yay! Good choice my friend, good choice. And, that's a plus when your brought up against 'Kiss', 'Motley Crue' and 'AC/DC'. I, too, like Cinderella and actually went to Dallas in, I believe 1988 to see them-very enjoyable. And, I think it's exciting that you were able to meet sounds as tho you've had the opportunity to meet quite a lot of fascinating people Shady! I wasn't much on the heavy metal, but, then I discovered that some of these groups like Def Leppard, Cinderella, and, oh, don't forget 'Ratt' actually put out love songs. Well, I was hitting 40 when I first heard these groups, so, I wasn't totally with it and didn't realize they were called 'power balads'! lol!!! I had a 9 year old who helped me through it, thank goodness, I did gain some knowledge! I was very fond of Ratt and Def Leppard actually.

    But, gotta go back to Motown where my true love lies!

    Fund post Shady, have been here twice today, got the rest of the week off...but, I've been using Google Chrome, and that's where I run into trouble-for some reason can't get thru the whole post and listen to your songs. So, I'm traveling via Yahoo tonite with better luck! See you soon! Don't you just love Thisisme's new Retro Van? What a cutie!♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne! Yessum, I loved Thisisme's post and her cute little caravan named Sandy. If you're using Google Chrome you might try clicking "About Google Chrome" in your controls to make sure it's up to date. I recently updated mine and haven't had any problems playing the videos. It's quite a coincidence that you mention Def Leppard because I just ordered their Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection. Love those guys! I already have Tell the World: The Very Best of Ratt. In fact I've stocked up on the essentials by all of the bands represented in this four part series. Don't you worry, my friend. After this post I'm giving heavy metal a rest for a while. Motown is coming your way along with some excellent recordings in many other categories spanning 50 years. Please stay tuned! Thank you very much for reporting in, dear friend Suzanne, and enjoy your evening in Texas!

  9. Well, we are pretty far apart in our musical tastes, but this was great fun nonetheless. I love all of your background knowledge and little snippets of info I never knew. So much work putting this together - good job!

    1. Hi, karen! Is it safe to assume you do NOT own the album Kiss Destroys Anaheim? :) As I told some of the others, each of you proves your genuine friendship just by showing up and expressing something. I always appreciate you for doing that especially when you can find a way to put a positive spin on your comments as you did here. I know we are far apart in musical tastes but that makes our friendship all the more powerful and meaningful in my opinion. Thanks for sticking with me, dear friend karen, and I'll see you over at your place soon!

  10. Hi Tom,
    I came back to read your cmments, cause you know how I love your replies. I busted out laughing at the idea of Dear Diane or myself being converted to 'head bangers'! You are just so much fun!
    Have a great weekend!
    And I'm thinking I enjoy my life to much to wake up my date with 'head bangers', lol!

    1. Hi, Sush! I suspect that's why Thisisme got herself that vintage caravan. She's going to turn it into a "girl cave" where she can hang out and bop to heavy metal! (LOL) Do you realize how great a compliment it is for you to let me know you read the comments and replies? If you think about it, the comments section of a blog is where the action is. In my case it's the equivalent of the Shady Dell dance hall where people mixed and mingled and talked trash during the brief intervals between songs playing on the jukebox. This is where you can learn many new things about people and share some laughs as well. Comments and replies are vitally important to me, the life blood of my blog. I am thrilled to have a friend of your caliber and your follow-up comments are very welcome indeed! Have a great day, dear Sush!

  11. Hello dear! Thank you very much for your comment on my blog, I just saw yours and it's exciting! I absolutely love it!
    Unfortunately, I have not lived during 50's or 60's, although I do my best to have the music and the style by my side all the time. I'm Spanish, no much rock'n'roll here, but we do what we can.
    I will keep visiting you, thanks a lot!


    1. Hi, Paula! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I am delighted to have you as a new follower and I thank you very much for your comment. I wish you could have lived in the 50s and 60s because it was a great time to be young. It is exciting to find young people like you in other parts of the world who share an interest in the music, styles and culture of the period. Thank you again for joining the fun here on SDM&M and have a safe and happy weekend, my new friend!


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