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

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Will Your Favorite Song Match Mine and Be Named Song of the Year? Find Out Now in Part 3 of The Shady Awards!


Welcome back to Part 3 of The Shadys, my first annual awards ceremony in which I name the videos, songs and bands that burned a hole in my soul the previous year. As noted at the start of the series, I was in a metal mood in 2012. Therefore, the entries for Song of the Year are all performed by hard rock and heavy metal bands. In a field dominated by magnificent power ballads which of these
worthy contenders will take top honors? Let's find out!




 "I Still Love You" - Kiss (1982) 

 "Gutter Ballet" - Savatage (1989) 

 "Send Me An Angel" - Scorpions (1991) 

 "What Love Can Be" Kingdom Come (1988) 

 "Too High to Fly" - Dokken (1995) 

 "Don't Close Your Eyes" - Kix (1988) 

 "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" 
  Cinderella (1988) 

 "New Tatoo" - Motley Crue (2000) 

 "Screaming in the Night" - Krokus (1983) 

 "Reason to Live" - Kiss (1987) 

 "Coming Home" - Cinderella (1988) 

 "Still Loving You" - Scorpions (1984) 



 GOES TO..... 

(pregnant pause while envelope opens)

 "Send Me An Angel"  

  by The Scorpions! 

Why? Because it's an instant classic, one of the
most beautiful melodic power ballads ever recorded!
Klaus Meine's vocals literally bring tears to my eyes.

The Scorpions, a fine German band, were nearly 20 years
into their career when they blew me away with their metal
anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane." Shallow Hal that I am,
I remained oblivious to the band's outstanding body of
work until last year when I loaded up on their tunes.
I quickly discovered that the Scorpions' power ballads
are even better than their rockers and two of their best
are featured in today's Song of the Year competition.


The First Annual Shady Awards culminates in a few weeks when I announce the grand champion. Will your favorite be declared Band of the Year? (Well..... not if your favorite happens to be Les Brown and His Band of Renown!)

Have a Shady day!


  1. I have a cousin who is 32, is a college professor, and travels all over giving symposiums in her field. She is a KISS fanatic, even to the point of decorating their Christmas tree with KISS memorabilia. It's one of those things that makes me chuckle a bit because of the incongruity, but KISS still has lots of appeal for so many.

    I think you made a fine choice from your group today and look forward to seeing who the grand champion will be! Have a wonderful weekend~

    1. Hi, Shelly! I wasn't sure you or anybody else would be around today since Saturday is an unofficial blog holiday, but I thank you very much for being here. Since 1974 I have never stopped being a KISS fanatic and as I've noted many times I was thrilled to have the opportunity to go to their dressing room and conduct an interview minutes before they and the opening band W.A.S.P. performed at a Tampa Bay venue the first week of 1986. I kept thinking to myself, "I'm not worthy!" I hope everyone who thinks they hate heavy metal will give these beautiful ballads a try because they deserve to be heard. Thank you again for your visit and comments, dear Shelly, and enjoy your weekend!

  2. I don't know , Shady, it could be a toss up between both Scorpion songs, those 2 were my favorite on your list. It could be because I was the most familiar with them. I love Klaus Meine's very distinctive voice . But MY fav Scorpion songs are, "No one like you" and "Wind of Change" They didn't make Shady's list, nor did one of my favorite all time rock songs, 1991, Alice in chains, "Man in the box"--check it out , Shady for more hair swingin/head bobbin fun! I also went to see Kix a couple times. They were kind of a local band (being from down the block in MD) They played in PA venues a lot. I saw them mostly in Harrisburg and really enjoyed them. I am a true Rocker Chick at heart but a closet Disco Queen! Like most girls, I always loved Motley Crew, "New Tatoo" was a new one for me and I liked it!!! Savatage and Kingdom Come were also new in my book of Rock collections but deserved some toe tapping , head bangin recognition! I really enjoyed rocking out w/ you this afternoon, Shady! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to put some icy hot on my neck!

    1. Hi, Toni! Gosh, I hope you aren't sitting up there wearing a neck brace from too much hair swingin' and head bobbin'! (LOL) I'm very excited by your comments, dear friend. First of all I am pleased that the Scorpions' ballads resonate with you as much as with me. I wish I could have included a few more entries but there were already so many that it would have been cumbersome. I am very familiar with (and love) "Man in the Box" by the Pacific N.W. grunge/heavy metal band Alice in Chains. I'm also thrilled that you mentioned Kix, one of the great underrated hair bands of the era. I had only known them for their 1983 East Coast hit "Body Talk" until I stocked up on their tuneage last year and was very glad I did. "Don't Close Your Eyes," released five years later, was the breakthrough hit for the Hagerstown based glam/hard rock/heavy metal band. I am also stoked because you dig "New Tatoo" by the Crue as much as I do. Thank you very much for attending my Song of the Year awards, dear friend Toni. Stay tuned for Band of the Year coming soon!

  3. Hi there Tom. Oh, "Send Me An Angel" was an easy winner here for me today. I had never heard this song before, but I absolutely loved it, and have been playing it over and over, so thank you for that. I know, I know - I'm terribly late again, and I apologize for that dear friend. You knew that I would be here eventually though, I hope. The family from France have been here on a very fleeting two day visit - they're home again in Paris now. Still lovely to see them, as you can imagine. Take care and please send me over some warm weather if you can :) Smooches.

    1. Smooches to you, dear Thisisme! I hope you took some video of Alfred to post on your blog. You never need to apologize for arriving late, dear friend. We're friends to the end regardless. Besides, this seems to be a slow weekend in the blog world and you are one of the first arrivals to my Song of the Year awards banquet. I'm very thankful that you gave this music a chance today. The long hair, crazy costumes and other trappings heavy metal bands are off putting to many people, especially women, but most bands have a softer side and I'm thrilled to know you didn't miss out on hearing some of these marvelous ballads. Thank you very much for your visit and kind comments, dear friend Thisisme, and have a safe and happy week ahead!

  4. I didn't even come to blogland yesterday-wow, this was something else Shady! But while I was listening, some Shockwave thing crashed, and zapped all of the rest of your videos off. i'm on Google Chrome right now, and this happens to me frequently. hopefully I'll get this thru to you. But I did get enough time in to hear 'Send Me an Angel'. I didn't recognize it, but, I had heard another version of that during the 1980's, just don't know who did it. 'Gutter Ballet' was very powerful, I enjoyed the video.

    I have never heard of Dokken and 'Too High to Fly', but got to listen to your entry of it and really liked it. This song has a 'Doors-like' eeriness to it. Has some strong drums that really make the song.

    But my #1 choice for this series has to be Cinderella's 'Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone! I just always liked it, with that high-pitched voice and piano. A very good song.

    Well, I'm off to the back's been very windy for a couple of days now, but temps in the 70's. I know Thisisme is freezing across the pond, wish we could send more sun her way!

    I enjoyed your post Shady! You do good work, and, it's good to be introduced to bands that we've not seen or heard before! Have a wonderful week!♫

    1. Hello hello hello, dear Suzanne! Shockwave crashes on me all the time and it's frustrating. I'm glad you persisted and got to hear most or all of these song selections. The Cinderella song you mentioned, "Don't Know What You've Got (Till It's Gone)," was the Philly area band's biggest hit single, reaching #12 on the chart in the fall of 1988. Know what else? It was my original pick for Song of the Year until I changed my mind at the last minute and went with the Scorpions. Looks like you and I both appreciate Cinderella lead singer Tom Keifer's high pitched growl. It gives me chills every time I hear it and I consider his to be one of the greatest voices in all of rock. Gutter Ballet was the heavy metal band Savatage transitioning into a fine progressive rock band. It makes me sad to watch that video because, only four years after it was made, lead guitarist and co-founder of the band, Criss Oliva was killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver.

      We're topping the 80 degree mark today and it'll be even warmer in the days ahead. Summer has sprung in Central Florida. Thank you very much for coming to the party, dear Suzanne, and say hello to Karo and Scootie for me!

  5. Hey Shady! I apologize for showing up so late to the party. It's a toss up for me between
    "Don't Know What You Got Til' It's Gone" and "Still Loving You." I remember both very well and still love them. It must have been difficult for you to pick a favorite from this lineup!

    I hope you, Toto and Mrs. Shady are all enjoying Summer in Fla. (LOL) It was pretty warm here today, too, and I was thinking how pleasant 65 degrees is and that I wouldn't mind if it never got hotter than that. The problem with Spring is that it's soon followed by Summer! ;)

    1. Hi, Jenn June! As I told Suzanne, Cinderella's power ballad "Don't Know What You Got" was my first choice to be Song of the Year but I went with "Angel" at the last minute. You're right. There are so many great songs here that choosing a winner was very difficult. There are many other fine songs I didn't include in the post.

      Yessum, the heat is on here in Florida. I'm sure you remember the song "I don't like spiders and snakes" and soon we'll be seeing lots of them as the heat and humidity set in for the duration. Thank you very much for visiting, dear friend Jenn, and have a wonderful week!

  6. Oh boy I'm late to this music reason? Heck, I needed to listen to them all before voting! That took a bit, but I'm heading with Kiss..I just love them! But I agree that Cinderella's ballad was pushing it for me also...Great pics and I hope everyone enjoys what you've put together here! I'm sure I'll be hearing many of these again because our hard rockin' Doc is back from vacation tomorrow... Surgery walls will be vibrating!

    1. Wow, YaYa! You're the greatest! I was so afraid of losing you with a post like this. I'm delighted to know that, instead of running for the hills, you actually embraced this mock awards program of mine and found value. I've been a member of the KISS army since the mid 70s and as I've told other followers, I had the opportunity to meet and interview them at the start of 1986 when I took a video crew to the concert venue where they were playing with W.A.S.P. as the opening act. To bring you up to speed, I worked in the 80s and 90s as production manager for a television station modeled after MTV. We had our own staff of VJ's, presented a late night Headbanger's Ball type show on weekends, the whole nine yards! I got to meet dozens of hard rock, glam and heavy metal bands of the era as they passed through Tampa Bay on tour. They included Poison and another Pennsylvania band, Cinderella, featured here, along with Ratt, Savatage (a local Tampa Bay area band also featured here), the Thompson Twins and many others. It was great fun, some of the best and wildest times of my life doing interviews and partying on band buses and backstage dressing rooms. I'll tell you, dear friend YaYa, you're #1 with a bullet in my book! Thank you very much for your visit and terrific comments!

  7. Hi Shady, I like ballads and I enjoyed all the selections. Some were new to me. I guess they didn't get the play time in this area. But new selections are good. Even this old timer gets tired of the same old thing all the time. Jerre

    1. Hi, Jerre! Thank you for checking in and checking out my Song of the Year awards. I'm glad you encountered some new songs in this post and very happy to know you enjoyed them all. I was shocked when I looked up "Body Talk" by the Hagerstown, MD band Kix and discovered that it only made the Bubbling Under chart for 5 weeks in the spring of 1983. In Pennsylvania and throughout the Mid Atlantic states that record was a big top 40 hit and played in heavy rotation on local stations. I hope you enjoyed Savatage, one of the bands that's probably new to you. As I told others it makes me sad to watch their vids knowing that the lead guitar player became the victim of a drunk driver on the way to the Livestock rock fest down here. Thanks for being here, Jerre, and don't miss the grand finale when I name the Band of the Year. Hint: It is NOT Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music Makers!

  8. I'm intriqued to see who wins Band of the year. My vote from this array of songs was Kis Reason to Live, although I always liked Beth (especially the paul rudd version in Role Models). They do a great power ballad, it has to be said!

    Hope all is well with you Tom!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! You'll never get an argument out of me if you choose a Kiss ballad as Song of the Year. There are very few songs in the entire Kiss catalog, fast or slow, that I don't like. Paul Stanley is my favorite balladeer in the band but Peter Criss has the honor of being lead singer and co-writer of their biggest career hit, "Beth" which reached #7 in the summer of '76. The atypical Kiss song was initially released as the B side of "Detroit Rock City" but soon caught fire, forcing Casablanca to reissue the single with "Beth" as the A side. The rest is Kisstory. I remember Peter singing "Beth" in the TV movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, required viewing for any real Kiss fanatic. Thank you very much for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Emma, and enjoy the rest of your week!


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