Debbie Juvenile & Johnny Thunders, December 1976 - by Leee Black Childers
If you are looking for some solace after the passing of Heartbreakers bassist Billy Rath, head on over to Noise Addiction II for a recording of the 'Breakers 9 December set at the Electric Circus in Manchester, UK. A slightly noisy recording, but it's worth it. Just think, only Walter Lure is still kicking around.
Oh, and be sure to leave something in the dude's comment section!
This is the finale from the 1983 animated film Rock & Rule. Debbie Harry and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick's lead singer, for you youngsters) should have done more stuff together! What makes the song great for me, and what pushes it into "Hard Rock" territory, is Chris Stein's simple, thumping bassline.
Considering the big names that participated in R&R's soundtrack (Debbie Harry, Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Iggy) it's pretty unusual that an official soundtrack LP was never released. The only way to find this tune is as a rip from the movie, complete with sound effects and other voices. According to the liner notes in Cheap Trick's box set, Sex, Lies, Cheap Trick, the recordings were lost. Download the movie-rip HERE.
In 1989, Debbie Harry reworked the song and recorded Maybe For Sure, which totally sucks. I won't even post a link to the song on my blog! She used every late-80s studio cliche available and completely castrated the original, giving the world an impotent and pathetic snoozer that somehow managed to crack the top 100 of the UK charts.
“Even though we know it's inevitable, we never expect to suddenly
lose close friends and collaborators,” he said. “Dick Wagner and I
shared as many laughs as we did hit records. He was one of a kind. He is
“His brand of playing and writing is not seen anymore, and there are
very few people that I enjoyed working with as much as I enjoyed working
with Dick Wagner. A lot of my radio success in my solo career had to do
with my relationship with Dick Wagner. Not just on stage, but in the
studio and writing.
“Some of my biggest singles were ballads what I wrote with Dick Wagner. Most of Welcome to My Nightmare was written with Dick." - Alice Cooper
"Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman. [He] will be missed,"
KISS's Gene Simmons said in a statement, noting that Wagner
played the "blistering" guitar solo on the Destroyer track
"Sweet Pain." Paul Stanley said, "Dick was a
stellar player and his work with Steve Hunter on Lou Reed's Rock&Roll Animal
is legendary. He also did great work with Alice Cooper and uncredited
ghosting on Destroyer and albums by some of our contemporaries. A huge
talent with a huge tone and huge heart. A great unsung hero." - KISS
This is a photo of Alice Cooper-era Dick Wagner, a man that most Lou fans know from Rock N Roll Animal and Lou Reed Live, Alice fans remember from Welcome To My Nightmare (and about half a dozen other albums),and KISS fans may know from Destroyer, Revenge, and...dare I say it...Alive!.
Dick isn’t doing very well right now, and he’s battling for his life - a
severe lung infection and heart surgery are the latest hurdles he’s has
to overcome. Say a prayer for him and spin some tunes.