Mixtape Rewind – Warrior Soul: Last Decade Dead Century (1990)

Episode #7 – Warrior Soul: Last Decade Dead Century (1990)

In this episode of Mixtape Rewind Mark is joined by Geno Cuddy to discuss the remarkable 1990 debut album from Warrior Soul, Last Decade Dead Century!


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Mixtape Rewind – A Twisted Christmas

Episode 5 – Twisted Sister: A Twisted Christmas (2006)


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Mark Jeacoma and Geno Cuddy listen and discuss the heavy metal Christmas album from the amazing Twisted Sister!

Mixtape Rewind – White Lion: Pride

Episode 2 – White Lion: Pride (1987)


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According to an interview with Sea of Tranquility, the recording process of the album took six weeks and the album was produced by Michael Wagener.[3] The album’s first single, “Wait”, was released on June 1, 1987, but did not make waves until MTV began airing the music video in January 1988, seven months after its release, pushing the single to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. In August 1988, more than a year after the album’s release, the second single “Tell Me” also featuring a music video hit #58. Pride’s third single, a gentle acoustic ballad titled “When the Children Cry”, made it all the way to #3, again with heavy MTV rotation of the music video, marking Pride one of just 20 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. The album peaked at #11 on the album charts. Pride would remain on the top 200 Billboard album charts for a full year.

The success of “When the Children Cry” would eventually push sales of Pride over the two million mark in the US, achieving double platinum status.[4]In addition, guitarist Vito Bratta was recognized for his instrumental talents by racking up Best New Guitarist awards with both Guitar World magazine and Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine.

All You Need Is Rock ‘n’ Roll was the fourth single released from the album.

Tramp considers Pride the best White Lion album because he feels he and Vito Bratta existed as “one person” when writing the songs, and the band was at its prime at the time.[5]

Mixtape Rewind – Queensrÿche: Operation Mindcrime

Episode 2 – Queensrÿche: Operation Mindcrime (1988)


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Operation: Mindcrime is the third studio album by the American progressive heavy metal band Queensrÿche, released on May 3, 1988. The album was re-released on May 6, 2003 with two bonus tracks, and in 2006 as a deluxe box set.

A concept album and a rock opera, its story follows Nikki, a recovering drug addict who becomes disillusioned with the corrupt society of his time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders.[6] In January 1989, it ranked at No. 34 on Kerrang! magazine’s “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”.[7]

The album was certified by the RIAA as ‘gold’ a year after its release, and it was certified as ‘platinum’ in 1991. A sequel, Operation: Mindcrime II, was released on April 4, 2006.

Mixtape Rewind – Skid Row (1989)

Episode 1 – Skid Row: Skid Row (1989)


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Skid Row is the eponymous debut studio album by American heavy metal band Skid Row, released on January 24, 1989 by Atlantic Records. After being noticed by manager Doc McGhee, Skid Row signed with Atlantic and began recording its debut. The album was recorded in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with producer Michael Wagener, and received favorable reviews upon its release. The band promoted Skid Row mainly as an opening act on worldwide tours by Bon Jovi and Aerosmith in 1989–1990. The album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and was certified 5× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1995 for shipping five million copies in the United States. It generated three singles: “Youth Gone Wild“, “18 and Life“, and “I Remember You“, all of which were accompanied by music videos and received heavy rotation on MTV. The album’s commercial and critical success made Skid Row a regular feature in rock magazines and brought the group nationwide popularity.