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

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shady Dell The Metal Years: Part 1 - All Hell's Breakin' Loose!

Who is man enough to enter this place?
Who is bad enough?

Who is bold enough to come face to face
with the terrors inside the Dellhouse?

the ghoulies...the ghosties...the creepy crawlies...

and the Beastie Boys?

You, sir? You, madam?...

Halloween in the 1980's

"Die Young" - Black Sabbath (1980) R.I.P. Ronnie James!

By the 1980's Casper the Friendly Ghost wasn't cutting it.

The amiable apparition was superseded on movie screens by psychotic slashers and hideous mutants run amok in search of blood.

"Dream Warriors" - Dokken (scenes from the 1987 motion picture A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors starring Patricia Arquette of CBS series Medium)

Horror flicks had evolved (or perhaps devolved is more accurate) into body count gorefests.

Teenagers were at the top of the endangered species list.

"Don't Talk to Strangers" - Dio (1983)

Over-the-top fantasy violence, the life blood of horror movies, was more graphic than ever before.

There were rotting corpses, gut spills, mutilations, impalings...and that was just the cartoon!

After that feeble attempt at humor on my part you're probably ready to bolt out the door and run run run run away. Humbly
I beseech you to linger a while longer!

By the end of the 1970's, excesses and extremes that
had shocked us a decade earlier were fast becoming the accepted norm in mainstream movies and music.

When disco faded in popularity, music with a harder edge which had spent years in the shadows cultivating a strong cult following, rose up to take its place and proved that it was more than ready for prime time.

"Rebel Yell" - Billy Idol (1983)

As the 1980's unfolded...

arena rock, hard rock, new wave...

glam rock and heavy metal came on strong.

"Rainbow in the Dark" - Dio (song 1983, video 1986)

Heavy metal thunder was booming by the early 80's and the sounds and images created by genre bands were the perfect companions to hardcore horror.

"All Hell's Breakin' Loose" - Kiss (late 1983)

I wasn't there, but from what I've gathered, the Shady Dell was not immune.

At the very same spot where delicate harmonies and tender doo-wop ballads once filled the air, jukebox records were now telling tales of dirty deeds done dirt cheap on the highway to hell.

"You Shook Me All Night Long" - AC/DC (song: 1980,
video: 1986)

Tongue wagging, blood spitting, fire breathing Gene Simmons wanted to be president and the Shady Dellegation joined the Kiss Army and formed a rock solid voting block in support of the God of Thunder's candidacy!

"I Love it Loud" - Kiss (late 1982/early 1983)

"Shout" by the Isleys was long gone.

"Shout at the Devil" was the revised rat refrain.

"Looks That Kill" - Motley Crue (1983)

The Metal Age was upon us and it made sweet soul songs of the 60's seem like relics of the Stone Age.

"Photograph" - Def Leppard (1983)

This was not your great great grandfather's Shady Dell, pumpkin. Deal with it!

"Foolin'" - Def Leppard (1983)

So join me next time as senior Dell rats put their nerves to the ultimate test!

Brace yourself - there's a new breed of Ratt at the Dell!

"Round and Round" - Ratt (1984)

You're about to discover that one man's meat is another man's Poison.

Will you bang your head in ecstasy or revulsion?

Find out when we FF to 1984 and experience more of
Shady Dell: The Metal Years!

Have a Shady day!


  1. Awesome, love the Dokken track.

  2. Yep. Patricia Arquette's been having nightmares ever since! Thanks so much for your comment, Emily!

  3. I might be a senior rat from the Dell Doo Wop era, but I still liked this era also. Just put me on Skid Row and I will be fine with any heavy stuff you come up with. Jerre

  4. I'm shocked! I didn't expect a thumbs up from the president of the Tiny Tim fan club! Thanks for your comment, brother Jerre!

  5. Thank you very much, Katia, and welcome aboard as my third European follower. I hope you find a lot to like!


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