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Monday, November 23, 2015

Enroll Today in Lois and Peter Griffin's School of Rock! Vol. 1: Confucius Say, Seven Day Binge Make One Weak!


Hi! I'm Lois Griffin and
this is my husband Peeda.

We're subbing for Shady to introduce our
new series, School of Rock.  Today you will  
meet the beauties and the beasts as we
present the best of rock and metal.
Don't let the word "metal" scare
you away.  This is good music! 


Let's kick-off the series with our first act... Sad Alice Said... and "Alive."

Sorry for correcting you right off the bat, Lois, but sad Alice said... "I'm gonna kill ya."

No Peeda, not Alice the Brady maid!

Sad Alice Said, formerly Alice in Wonderland,
is a male - female gothic symphonic metal band
from Ukraine with Alisa Shakor on lead vocals.
"Alive" is a single the band released in 2012.

 "Alive" -  Sad Alice Said 


Next we have Eyes Set To Kill.

Eyes set to kill? Reminds me of the time I tried to kill a turkey at Thanksgiving.

Peeda, I'll have you know that Eyes Set To Kill
is a Phoenix, Arizona, post-hardcore rock band.

In 2010 the lineup of Eyes Set To Kill included
Alexia Rodriguez on clean vocals and her sister
Anissa on bass.  Justin Denson sang unclean
(screaming) vocals in the studio while other
singers including Cisko Miranda supplied
the screaming vocals on tour.

 "Broken Frames" - Eyes Set To Kill 
 (from June 2010 album Broken Frames)
 highest chart pos. #8 Top Heatseekers


And finally, "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" by Marilyn Manson.

Seven day binge reminds me of the time Stewie got bombed on cough syrup.

Lois, I cannot tell a lie. I have loved Marilyn Manson ever since she jumped out of a cake at JFK's birthday party.

No, Peeda! Marilyn Manson is a fella...
I mean it's a band... I mean... it's both....
But he's not a woman... I'm pretty sure.

"Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" was the
first single released from Marilyn Manson's 9th
studio album The Pale Emperor which made
the top 10 on the album chart.

 "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" 
 Marilyn Manson (October 2014, 
 highest chart pos. #3 US Hot Single Sales 
 from Jan. 2015 album The Pale Emperor

We hope you enjoyed this edition
of School of Rock.

Now this is Lois Griffin saying goodbye.
We hope to see you on Family Guy
Sunday nights on Fox.  Meanwhile,
please visit our partner in grime, 

and enroll in his School of Rock.



  1. Hi Shady,

    I LOVE the Pale Emperor! It almost reminds me of the style of Antichrist Superstar. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge is my 2nd favorite, The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles is my absolute favorite. I really love the lyrics in the song.

    The other two songs you posted, I like them as well. I love their styles and sounds. I'll definitely have to check them out on iTunes, purchase some songs, and upload them to my iPod.

    Thank you for sharing these gems with us, dear friend Shady. Have a rocking week and don't head bang too hard. :) ~Jessica

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie! Thanks for coming over to attend the launch of my new series - Lois and Peter Griffin's School of Rock. This series will no doubt feature rock artists and songs that you already know, plus it will expose rock lovers like you to exciting new artists and songs. All selections in the series are hand picked by Lois Griffin for your viewing and listening pleasure. Lois knows her stuff because she once dated all four members of Kiss.

      I have The Pale Emperor and two other Manson CDs integrated into my rock CD collection and loaded into tandem changers set on random "shuffle" play. "Binge" and "Mephistopheles of Los Angeles" play often and are two of my faves as well. I also have two Eyes Set to Kill albums in the system and love their mix of clean and harsh. Sad Alice Said is new to me and I really like their sound.

      Thank you very much for being the early bird, dear friend Jessica. Have a great week!

  2. Great job, Shady. Once again you have totally captured the dialogue of Lois and Peter Griffith-two of my most favorite characters and one of my most favorite shows.

    The music was great, too --especially the Ukrainian group. That one was new to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the sound. I’ve always liked what little I’ve heard from Marilyn Manson, but I really liked “Seven Day Binge." Don’t think I ever heard it before.

    One thing this post made me consider – and why I have such a diverse taste in music. I was never one to watch music videos—never watched MTV or music on television and have not attended many rock concerts. When you are confronted with a video, the image evokes an immediate bias for or against whatever music is being played. It is difficult for many people to lay aside their biases and stereotypes when they are confronted with a visual that is not to their liking. It causes them to react against “hard rock” and never actually listen to what the artist is trying to say. Some of these hard rock songs are extremely poetic and insightful.

    It’s just the same with “Family Guy”. You are offended by the over-the-top violence and sexuality. But if you can’t look past it, you never get to see the Existential underpinnings of Seth McFarlane’s art. The man is a true genius. I only wish more people could appreciate his message.

    1. Hi, dear Kathryn! Thank you for joining the rock slide and enjoying tunes on the rock side.

      Once again I am thrilled to know that your ears match mine and that you enjoyed these selections in the Gothic symphonic metal, metalcore and bluesy hard rock categories. I had a feeling you would appreciate Marilyn Manson's song crafting and the blues-influenced styling on "Binge."

      I am also pleased that you got a kick out of my latest Family Guy parody. I'm sure you recall our conversation a few nights ago during which we concluded that Family Guy is the funniest sitcom on television followed closely by The Mindy Project and Modern Family. I agree that Seth McFarlane is a genius, an artist who is often misunderstood and unfairly attacked.

      I also agree with your point about the power of music video imagery to bias the viewer in favor of or against the song and the music. More often than not, it's a bias against. A barrage of intense images in a video or theatrical stage performance can make people withdraw, turn off their ears, close their minds and skip over material that carries a valuable and important message for them.

      Thank you again, dear Kathryn, for weighing in on the pilot episode of Lois & Peter Griffin's School of Rock. Have a wonderful week ahead!

  3. Unclean vocals! I'll pass that on to my wife as she's not fond of screaming either.
    The second and third aren't my style, but I'll check out Sad Alice Said.
    And great exchanges between Lois and Peeda!

    1. Hi, Alex! Thanks for coming over for the pilot episode of School of Rock!

      You raise a good point about the various types of harsh or "unclean" vocals in modern metal. They including screaming, cookie monster death growls and pig grunts, squeals and whistles. Apparently your ears are tuned to like death growls such as the ones performed in the video you presented today, and to dislike screaming. I am still struggling a bit to cultivate a taste for pig sounds made by the most brutally extreme metal bands. :)

      It's funny. Mrs. Shady was ready to bail out of Eyes Set To Kill when she saw and heard the two males running toward the camera screaming on stage. Those willing to stick around until the melody kicks in are treated to the clean lead vocals of Alexia Rodriguez who delivers a wonderful alternative rock song.

      I am very excited about Sad Alice Said, the female led band from Ukraine. I hope you check them out.

      Thanks for playing School of Rock, Alex!

  4. Too funny. I loved the turkey episode. I always like it when the animals come out on top.
    Marilyn Manson looks pretty scary.

    1. Hi, dear Sandra! Thank you for coming today as Alex Cavanaugh and I kick-off our new series School of Rock. I'm happy to know that you were entertained by the Family Guy flashbacks.

      Like Alice Cooper and other shock rockers that came before him, Marilyn Manson dresses provocatively. I own his two latest albums along with his "Best Of" CD compilation Lest We Forget which is loaded with gems of the genre. Marilyn Manson consistently combines powerful songwriting with edgy rock vocals and musicianship.

      Thank you again for coming to school today, dear friend Sandra. Have a great week!

  5. This is great, Shady! I also loved the turkey episode! :)

    1. Hi, dear Linda! How are you today, dear friend? Thank you for attending the launch of my new series School of Rock featuring the Griffins of Family Guy fame.

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed the post, Linda. Have a great week!

  6. Dear Shady,

    I love this! I actually have watched Family Guy so I will have no trouble getting the jokes.

    I really like Sad Alice Said. So much feeling and texture to the music and her vocals remind me a bit of Amy Lee from Evanescence. I just adore that woman, gorgeous and talented.

    I'm not into screamo although I heard quite a lot of it whilst the children were growing up. That's one form of rock just doesn't "click" with me.

    Now Manson, I get and I like a lot of what he has done. I think many people outside of that generation had the wrong impression of him. When I first saw him my first thought was "Alice Cooper" for the new generation. Also my daughter was a big fan so I learned about his background and what he was really on about. He's not so scary once you realize there is an intelligence behind what he is doing.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving dear Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Anne! Thank you very much for coming to my School of Rock launch party!

      I greatly appreciate your comment, Anne. It makes me very happy to know that you are familiar with Family Guy and understand the Seth McFarlane style humor that I incorporated into the post.

      I am excited about Sad Alice Said. The Ukranian band seems to specialize in melodic, symphonic metal power ballads. They have released singles, EPs and albums and I am eager to add them to my collection.

      Screamo is an acquired taste and I acquired it. Only a few years ago my taste in hard rock and metal was limited to Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Alice Cooper and a few other acts. Slowly but surely my mind opened up and I embraced new sounds. I surprised myself when I recently developed an appetite for neo-thrash and even brutal hardcore metal and rap. I enjoy experiencing it all, the good, the bad and even the disturbing.

      You make an excellent point about Alice Cooper. 45 or more years ago the Alice Cooper band introduced shocking theatrics to rock music. Ironically, more people seem willing to tolerate Alice than are willing to give Marilyn Manson the time of day. I agree that Manson is an intelligent person, a songwriter with a conscience and a message and a highly entertaining rock showman.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and superb comment, dear friend Anne. I wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving as well!

  7. Good morning, dear Shady!
    I am ever amazed at the vast diversities of your tastes in music! Having little exposure to this kind of music, I gave them all a listen and didn't mind Sad Alice Said at all. :-)

    1. Hi, dear Diedre! Thank you very much for coming over today, dear friend!

      Yessum, I have always prided myself on having diverse tastes in music. Conducting research for my SDMM posts these last few years has opened up my mind and ears to an even greater extent. I love it all - the clean melodic vocal style of Alisa Shakor's ballads, the harsh, aggressive screams heard on "Broken Frames" by Eyes Set To Kill, a band based in your part of the country, and the glottal fry employed by Marilyn Manson on most of his recordings. The visual component is icing on the cake. I love the look and I love the sound. If you're gonna do shock rock, do it right, and MM has been doing it right since the late 80s.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Diedre. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  8. Okay, Lois, when you're done with the dog, here are my thoughts.

    I really liked Sad Alice Said! The next group was a lost like a Russian band I stumbled onto, Alkanost, except the girl singer was almost straight opera.

    Third Day was a lot better than most Manson I'd stumbled onto. Unfortunately I briefly made the mistake of looking at the video.... thankfully I scrolled down in time to avoid damage...

    I will have to see if I can find SAS on spotify, for sure.

    1. Hi, Chris! Thanks for joining the fun today, good buddy!

      I'm thrilled to know that you found a lot to like in Sad Alice Said (not the Brady maid). Tell me this, Chris...what does Sad Scrappy Say?

      I hope you didn't bark your shins when you stumbled onto that Russian band or Manson. :) I never heard of Alkanost but I will look for them.

      It's too late, Chris! You didn't look away from that MM vid in time and now you are under his spell and must do his bidding. I'm glad you heard the quality in "Seven Day Binge."

      Thanks a lot for coming, good buddy Chris. If you have a Time Machine post coming up on Black Friday I'll do my best to get to it but be advised that I'll be up to my neck in alligators (relatives) again that day.

      Have a happy Thanksgiving, Chris & Scrappy!

  9. OK love the little snippets from The Brady Bunch (were they really that young and innocent looking. Greg looks like a nice kid instead of creepy looking as he does now). Tonguing the turkey is just wrong:) I actually enjoyed listening to Sad Alice. Her voice was great and I could picture myself listening to it again. The 2nd one...I couldn't listen to it-sorry but ick. Marilyn Manson's song (song??) was quite good in a disturbing way and he always displays just how intelligent he really is.

    1. Hi, dear Birgit! Thanks for swinging over to help me kick-off School of Rock, my latest series in conjunction with Alex J.

      That Brady Bunch promo mainly contains snippets from the first couple of seasons. I enjoyed the series more in the middle of its run, around season three and four, when the chemistry was at its peak and before the kid actors started to outgrow their roles. I haven't seen Barry Williams (Greg) or any of the other young cast members in the last decade. It surely would be jarring to see side by side pictures of all the kids then and now.

      I'm glad you got some giggles out of Peter Griffin's turkey smooching shenanigans. If you can get Family Guy in your area I urge you to watch it. Mrs. Shady and I agree that the animated series triggers more laughs per minute than any other show on television.

      I'm glad you enjoyed Sad Alice Said. If you listened to Eyes Set To Kill long enough to hear the clean female lead vocals and still don't care for it, then fair enough. Mrs. Shady almost bailed out of the vid prematurely during the first few seconds because she didn't like the screaming, but that's only the intro. I agree that Marilyn Manson is quite good in a disturbing way. I respect him for keeping his individuality and for stirring the pot and shaking things up.

      This was another great comment from you, dear friend BB. You are on a roll and I appreciate your visits tremendously. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. This is not my style of music at all, but I did enjoy the way you wrote it! I wouldn't have pegged you for a Family Guy fan. I like them on occasion but it was more of a college thing for me.

    Happy Monday, Shady! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi, Ashton! Thanks for coming over and bringing holiday greetings, dear friend!

      Oh yessum, I am a huge Family Guy fan. Mrs. Shady and I have been following the series almost from the beginning and never miss an episode.

      You wrote:

      << This is not my style of music at all >>

      A few years ago I would have made that same broad declaration. For decades I listened to my familiar 50s/60s oldies to the exclusion of almost everything else. Then, a few years ago, I got curious about the music today's young people listen to, not just here in the states but in Europe as well. To my surprise I discovered entire genres that were new to me and added many new artists and songs to my personal favorites. The rock and metal selections I am presenting in this new series are indicative of my ever expanding tastes. Maybe when you reach age 66 you will surprise yourself in much the same way.

      Please give your little girl a hug for me and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, dear friend Ashton!

  11. Good evening, friend Shady!
    I've never actually watched Family Guy, but do remember The Brady Bunch well. As for the music, you had me at "gothic symphonic metal". ☺ Sad Alice Said is definitely Alive and much to my liking! They could have added a couple more metal riffs though. Entry number two, on the other hand was not my taste, vocally. The yelling as singing thing..... Even the woman with the clean vocals didn't hold much appeal. Sorry. The music itself wasn't bad, though.
    Marilyn Manson does remind me a bit of Alice Cooper and he has that great baritone voice. Good one!

    I like this new "School of Rock" feature, Shady. So, it's not a contest anymore, but rather an educational, musical excursion? Nicely done!

    1. Good morning, Debbie the Doglady! Thanks for stopping by to witness the beginning of my new S.O.R. series starring Lois and Peter Griffin. You are correct. It's not a battle. It's a means of educating you about bands and recordings that I (and the Griffin clan) consider new school cool.

      If this was indeed a Banned Battle then Sad Alice Said would be getting most of the votes so far. I'm glad you like that band and I hope they continue making music. Eyes Set To Kill is my favorite of of the three offerings because over the past couple of years I have developed a taste for screaming vocals. (They remind me of life with Mrs. Shady :) Clean male or female lead vocals punctuated by screams are music to my ears. I'm glad you enjoyed this track from Marilyn Manson's latest album.

      Thank you very much for staying up late to visit, listen and comment, dear friend Debbie. I hope your week is off to a great start and I hope to connect with you again soon!

    2. I got a kick out of your references to "clean" and "unclean" vocals. Life with Mrs. Shady must be interesting. ;) To be honest, I've never really listened to much of Marilyn's music. It's good and I will definitely check out the album.

    3. Hi again, dear Debbie! I wasn't familiar with the terminology until I got interested in these heavier forms of music a few years ago. "Unclean" or harsh vocals can refer to any kind of snarling, gutteral vocals including screaming, cookie monster death growls, pig grunts, pig squeals and pig whistles. I must admit that I find the pig sounds most unsettling but, at the same time, I acknowledge them as a legitimate art form like any other style of singing, including the "girly voiced" variety. :)

      Thank you again for stopping by and spreading cheer, dear friend Debbie!

  12. Looks like this will be another great series. I liked Sad Alice Said, they were new to me and sounded pretty good.

    1. Hey hey hey, Mike! It's great to see you, good buddy! Thanks for coming.

      Another unofficial vote for Sad Alice Said, I see. Remind me to include at least one easy listening, melodic, symphonic piece in every School of Rock lesson plan. :)

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Mike, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. I'm no fan, but the Marilyn Manson cut was pretty good I thought. Eyes Set to Kill had some very good moments, but the growler doesn't interest me though I guess the growling moments were good for what they were.

    My favorite was Sad Alice and I'd much rather look at their lead singer than Manson.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi, Lee! Thanks for coming over, good buddy!

      School of Rock provides an education about human nature as much as anything. It demonstrates how many of us stubbornly cling to long held notions and attitudes. Case in point: You and I probably never thought we'd like Miley Cyrus enough to vote for her in a Battle of the Bands. Yet, to our credit, we both did. Do you see where I'm going? I am expanding Mrs. Shady's thread. When you and I cast our votes for Miley, we set aside our preconceived notions about the artist, disregarded her controversial stage antics and wardrobe malfunctions and honestly evaluated her performance based on its own merits.

      You and I respond to the overall sound and feel of a production. I'm glad you found value in all three recordings offered in this post even though there were a few elements you did not like as much. Some people bail out of a piece within the first few seconds and, in doing so, miss the goodies that come later. If they merely closed their eyes or looked away from the screen and listened with open ears and an open mind, they might form a different impression of bands and songs they have long avoided. My intention is to present to my friends music that I find to be of value and hope that they will give it a chance and get tuned-in and turned-on to it as well. If someone had told me a few years ago that I'd be collecting Marilyn Manson albums and hardcore gangsta rap mixtapes, I would have told them they're crazy. Yet, that's exactly what I am doing and I'm discovering many great recordings in the process. Simply put, I refuse to give in to hardening of the attitudes. I admire you for keeping an open mind, too.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Lee. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. Hello Shady, I liked Sad Alice Said a bit. Loved her voice; not a fan of the song. My kids loved the Brady Bunch, so I saw a lot of those shows. I guess it is a contrast to Family Guy. I've never seen that one. I once had a cold that was so bad I did get high on cough syrup. Lol Liz has seen Alice Cooper a number of times. He is one of her favorites. Great new series. I'll go check out Alex's pics.

    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for coming down, dear friend! (It's finally jacket weather here in Florida. Last night, for the first time this season, we switched from air conditioning to heating. Can you believe it?)

      I'm happy to have you on board as I begin this new School of Rock series with Alex. I hope to give you an education about emerging and existing artists in various hard rock and heavy metal categories including many fine European bands like Sad Alice Said.

      If you can get Family Guy in Western Canada I urge you to give the series a try. It has been running since January of 1999. Peter Griffin is part Archie Bunker, part Fred Flintstone. Lois Griffin reminds me of Wilma Flintstone and countless other "out of their league" TV wives who have an uncouth slob for a husband. Mrs. Shady and I get more laughs per minute from watching Family Guy than any other show on television.

      Millions embraced groundbreaking shock rocker Alice Cooper and millions have also embraced the artistry of Marilyn Manson. If you don't happen to like MM's manner of dress or his make-up FX, then try listening to the song with eyes closed and I'm sure you will appreciate the strong songwriting, the quality production and the mix of anger, bitterness, despair and hopelessness in Manson's voice as he sings "Seven Day Binge." Sad, angst-ridden songs about loss and heartache are nothing new. Countless artists in the categories of Country music, Pop music and the Blues have dealt with the exact same theme for decades.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit, dear friend Belle. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  15. I was fond of the first musical selection. The word metal isn't something that will automatically turn me off, though I am selective. Sad Alice Said sounded very Evanescence to me, which is a group I really like.
    On the other hand, Eyes Set to Kill was an immediate turn off for me. I'm not one for being screamed at. I was going to shut it off, but then something happened. I was moved inside, that is to say I felt movement inside of me. It was quite an emergency so I ran to the bathroom for the needed bowel movement, which is when I realized I forgot to turn the song off.
    As for Marilyn Monroe, I've always thought she was hot. I didn't realize she dressed as a guy and sang "songs". Sorry, I'm stealing Peter's joke for that one. Seriously though, it was an okay song. I've never been a big fan, but it didn't bother me so much as the second song.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey! Thanks for coming over to my School of Rock launch party (or... in your case... potty :)

      I like Evanescence and hear similarities between that band and Sad Alice Said. I'm glad you enjoyed the S.A.S performance of "Alive."

      Wow - Eyes Set To Kill is taking quite a beating. That's AOK, Jeffrey. A few years ago my reaction to screaming vocals was the same as yours - totally negative. I never thought I would cultivate a taste for that style of music but I did. There is no right or wrong implied, just stating a fact. You may find that your tastes change over time, too.

      I'm happy to know that you appreciated the Family Guy humor even though you apparently are not a regular viewer of the cartoon series. If you like edgy topical humor and satire I highly recommend it!

      Thanks for rendering your honest opinions, good buddy. Even if you didn't find a whole lot to your liking at least you showed up for a friend and that is something for which I am grateful.

      Have a happy Thanksgiving, good buddy!

  16. I've seen Family Guy from time to time. Like most animated shows, it's rather hit or miss for me. Same thing for Robot Chicken, I laugh when I watch, but never get around to watching on a regular basis.
    As for my answers. I pride myself on being completely honest. Though i may use humour to soften the blow as much as possible.

    1. That's the style, good buddy. That's the way to do it. The use of humor softens the blow like Eyes Set To Kill soften the stool. Listen to them often - they'll keep you regular.

      Happy Turkey Day, good buddy Jeffrey!

  17. Marilyn Manson is a scary looking dude! I think I'd have to run and hide if I ever saw him on the street.

    I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi, dear Sherry! Thanks for coming!

      Keep in mind that you are 22 years younger than Shady. Marilyn Manson is more a part of your generation than mine! :) Manson might be scary looking, but heck, so was Alice Cooper, so was Kiss, so was Twisted Sister and countless other shock rock and metal bands over the last 45 or more years. The whole point of rock & roll in the first place was to shake things up, give old people fits and give kids their own style of music, a radical departure from the easy listening big band sounds of the past. I choose to stay young and this is the type of music that helps me do it.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your kiddos!

  18. Hey Shady! Happy Tuesday. It is Tuesday, isn't it? I can't keep my days straight...
    Love your School of Rock series! I really liked Sad Alice Said a lot! That was a really great song.
    I'm not a Marilyn Manson fan but the song you choose wasn't bad. On the other hand, the screaming in Eyes Set to Kill was definitely too much for my ears to handle. I just don't understand how one can think that screaming makes for good music??!!! My ex is a head-banger metal freak and he loves all that screaming stuff. Hard to believe now how we ever got together, we are so different! But despite that, we're certainly best friends now. We don't however, go to concerts together... :)

    Wishing you and Mrs. Shady a wonderful Thanksgiving. In this time of gratitude, let me just say that I'm thankful for you and your friendship.

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, dear Michele! Thank you for joining the fun today as I kick-off School of Rock, a new series that gives you an opportunity to stretch, grow and learn something new.

      I'm happy to know that you enjoyed Sad Alice Said and that you found Marilyn Manson tolerable. You are not the only reader who expressed a dislike for the screaming vocals found in Eyes Set To Kill. I was going to say that it must be a guy thing, but my friend Jessica Marie seems to love rock in all its forms, including screaming. Then I was going to say it must be a young person thing, but I'm 66. I don't know how to explain it other than to say that I can recall a time when I didn't care for the hot sauce Mrs. Shady used liberally in her cooking recipes. It made my eyes water and my nose run and set my mouth on fire. She kept right on using hot sauce and kept urging me to eat the dishes she prepared. Eventually I developed a taste for her hot and spicy meals and now I look forward to them. I find harsh, aggressive vocals therapeutic (as in "scream therapy"). "Transgressive" music is a valid art form. All of my current favorite bands utilize screams and death growls in their music. Maybe you will never become a fan of this style, but at least you gave it a try and kept an open mind. That's something I admire.

      I am very grateful for your friendship, too, dear Michele. I hope your parents are well and that you and your doggie family have a very happy Thanksgiving!

  19. YES oh yes the School of Rock Ultra Rad Edition!! Oh my goodness, funny how the mind can read something in a character's voice! and how entertaining too!
    and no i did not let the word METAL scare me away from some gosh darn good music. I LOVED eyes set to kill, that one really stuck out to me. Something about that, such a fierce performance!
    also a big fan of the turkey skit and the Brady Bunch clip. You sure know how to make a kid laugh!
    -Abigail & Daisy

    1. Hi, dear Abigail! How are you and Daisy? Thank you very much for dropping by.

      What a wonderful comment from you, dear friend! In fact, it is the perfect comment because you addressed (acknowledged) the main elements of the post, the cartoon as well as the music, and you expressed yourself in a positive, upbeat, enthusiastic manner. I couldn't ask for anything more. A kind and supportive tone like yours is always appreciated.

      First off, I am pleased to know that you enjoyed the Family Guy parody. My intention is to make this a long running series. I already have enough Griffin family material for a dozen more episodes. Secondly, you shocked me by singling out Eyes Set To Kill as a performance that you loved. You are the first friend to respond that favorably to "Broken Frames." It's a pleasure to know that your ears match mine on that one. I know the Arizona band has millions of fans and I am very happy to find another fan of their style here among my readership.

      I was just telling Mrs. Shady. Putting hard and heavy music on my blog is risky business, but it is a risk that I am willing to take. What's the point of blogging if you are too timid to reveal your genuine likes to you friends? On your Sweeter Gets The Journey blog you sometimes present your banjo tunes. For 60+ years I avoided banjo music because I let a voice inside my head tell me I didn't like it. Through you, through our committed friendship, I have come to enjoy and appreciate your banjo playing. You did me a great service, Abigail. You opened up my mind and allowed me to embrace something new and different.

      When I present hard rock and metal, I usually have a pretty good idea how various friends will react to it. Sometimes people surprise me. This social experiment proves there is no typical profile of a rock lover. It's not a guy thing. Millions of women around the world embrace hard rock and metal. It''s not only for the young. Shady is living proof. People who are deeply spiritual and God fearing can still keep an open mind and experience the energy and excitement of a passionate "fierce" rock performance. You are living proof of that. As Kiss reminds us, "On the 8th day, God created rock 'n' roll." I admire the way you reacted to the screaming vocals on "Broken Frames." People who claim to have an aversion to screaming need to make sure they aren't coming from a bias. After all, two of the greatest primal screams in rock history are found in the recordings of the wildly popular bands Led Zeppelin ("Whole Lotta Love") and The Who ("Won't Get Fooled Again.") The Beatles shouted and screamed on some of their biggest hits including "Helter Skelter" and "I'm Down." I wonder how many readers who can't stand screaming also avoid those bands.

      Thank you again for being such a great friend, Abigail. I hope you will give Daisy some turkey tomorrow and I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

      God bless!

  20. Hi Shady! I actually enjoyed all songs on the School of Rock trio. My fav was "Alive". It didn't seem " heavy metal " to me-- I thought it was a pretty song, loved the vocals. I also enjoyed the female vocals on "Broken Frames".

    The way you related the Family guy humor to the artists names was clever!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you very much for making time for a visit this busy holiday week and for helping me launch School of Rock, the new series that teaches us a lesson in more ways than one. :)

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed a couple of these tunes. I am especially pleased to know that you didn't bail out of "Broken Frames" prematurely and stuck around to enjoy the clean, melodic female lead vocals and capable song crafting of this great Arizona band Eyes Set To Kill.

      If you enjoyed this taste of Family Guy humor I urge you to watch the series. It's almost literally a laugh a second.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Toni. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  21. Marilyn Manson is a weird looking fellow. I know a lot of people like his music, but I just can't get pass his whole image which is totally disturbing. I'm disturbed enough without added worries. :D Fun and humorous School of Rock post. I enjoyed reading this and gaining a bit of music education. Thanks for stopping by to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving, my friend. I hope you and yours have a wonderful time celebrating all the Lord has given you this year. Have a good ole time with the fam!

    1. Hi, dear Cathy! Thank you very much for making time for a holiday visit, my special friend!

      I'm happy to learn that you enjoyed the humorous approach as the Griffins of TV's Family Guy took over as guest hosts this week and introduced their new series School of Rock.

      You're right, Marilyn Manson has millions of fans. I'm sorry you aren't one of them. If you can't get past his appearance, you should try doing what I do when I vote in the band battles. I turn away from the screen and simply take in the music. Perhaps if you just listened to the Manson band instead of watching them, you would find that you actually enjoy and appreciate their music and their message. That's how I became a fan - by hearing them before seeing them. If you didn't fancy Marilyn then I hope you liked the other featured bands. If not then at least you learned what you don't like. :)

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and Thanksgiving well wishes. I hope that you and your family had a delightful holiday celebration. Thank you again for sharing a few minutes of your day with me, dear friend Cathy!

  22. Happy post Thanksgiving Shady! I'm sure you're out with all the black Friday shoppers this morning. I'm also betting you think "Black Friday" is a heavy metal band playing at the Mall! (just teasing!) As always your posts are so clever and I have to say that I enjoyed "Sad Alice" the most...she was the milder form of heavy metal for me! When the screaming wasn't going on I thought the next set wasn't bad either. Of course as a medical person I kept thinking about what those guys were doing to their vocal cords and if they had hoarse voices permanently! Last but certainly not least is Marilyn Manson. Not a fan but I'm always try to keep an open mind and respect the taste of others! This week has been a busy blur and I'm looking forward to some down time this weekend. I'm not a big shopper with the crowds so I'm hanging around the Pines and enjoying our mild temps! Hope your Thanksgiving was delish!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Happy Black Sabbath Friday to you, my wonderful friend! :)

      I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying mild late autumn weather way up there in Ashland, Alaska. :) I hope you and your family are having a terrific Thanksgiving weekend at the Pines. I noticed that you have a new post running and I will be over shortly to read it. I hope it includes more pooch pics. Did Eddy meet Chubbs yet? I hope it was love at first bite. :)

      I want you to know that I started smiling the moment I saw that you had left a comment for me. I smiled even though I strongly suspected that you are not a fan of Manson (Marilyn nor Charlie) and would need to rack your brain for something positive to say about the post in general. What I love about you, YaYa, is that, busy as you are, you always take time to do just that. For the last three years I have known that I can count on you to compose interesting, intelligent comments. You consistently address the topic and contribute something meaningful to the discussion often through the use of personal anecdotes and observations. You make judicious use of humor, the type that leaves me feeling good instead of crying "ouch!" I smile whenever you come here because I have complete confidence in you as a friend. Although you and I are different in some ways we love and respect each other and it shows. Our commitment to this friendship transcends all else.

      Think of SDMM as a store. The content of any given post is merely window dressing. The theme and style changes week by week. At Halloween I put scary decorations in the window. A few weeks out of the year I salute rock and metal. My best friends, friends like you, have learned to look beyond the window dressing and discover the value on the inside.

      It seems like singers who perform harsh vocals would be doing damage to their vocal cords. I read that Tom Keifer, the raspy voiced lead singer of Cinderella, lost his voice to vocal cord paralysis midway through his career only to regain it and continue on.

      Mrs. Shady and I are up to our ears in family all weekend. I hope you and your family continue to enjoy a happy holiday weekend at the Pines. Again I thank you for all the extra time, care and effort you put into this friendship of ours, Kathleen. You are one friend that I will bend over backward to keep.

      God bless!

  23. Tom! Thank you for your kind comment on my latest blog post! It's lovely to hear from you. I hope yourself and mrs. shady are doing well and had a lovely Thanksgiving this week!

    Much love, Emma x

    1. Hi, dear Emma! I am very happy to see you, my sweet friend!

      Mrs. Shady and I had a splendid Thanksgiving, thank you, and we are still gathered with family members through the holiday weekend.

      This is a time of transition here at SDMM. Friends are coming and friends are going. The friendship that you and I have, Emma, is one of which I am very proud. Over the years that we have known each other, our lives have changed quite a bit, but our mutual admiration and genuine friendship remain the same.

      Thank you very much for your cheery visit and well wishes, dear friend Emma. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and come back and see me soon!


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