"Heroes For Sale" (Perris; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Originally recorded in 1995, but unreleased until 2002, this CD is a virtual time capsule, containing some sleazy, raunchy rock'n'roll in the vein of Poison, Slaughter, Skid Row and the like.

While most of it is just fun party rock, there are a couple of tracks that stand out for their sheer nastiness and sharp edges: A cover of the Dead Kennedys classic "Too Drunk to Fuck" is one (imagine a glammed up version of that song and you'll get an idea of how interesting it is here) and the dark "Wish You Were Alive."

There's nothing groundbreaking here but that was never the intent. The intent was to deliver a rock'n'roll record that, to paraphrase Kiss, rocked all night and partied every day. "Heroes For Sale" does just that and, if you're looking for something more, something of substance, you're better off looking elsewhere.

Nasty Idols: Andy Pierce - vocals; Dick Qwarfort - bass; Mikkie Nelson - guitars; Stanley - drums.

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"The Best Of" (Perris; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Consisting of tracks taken from three Nasty Idols releases, "The Best of Nasty Idols" is a kick-ass collection of 80s metal sleaze a la Skid Row, Guns'n'Roses and Ratt. 

Hook-laden choruses, gin-drowned vocals and guitars that are crunchy when they're supposed to be and ready to shred when necessary. This Swedish band could have been born and bred on the streets of Sunset Boulevard. It's pure party rock'n'roll. 

Highlights include the first track, "House of Rock'n'Roll," "Sheila" (with its irresistible chorus) and "RIP" which does just that. "The Way Ya Walk" is also cool, reminding one of "Lick It Up"-era KISS.

If 80s metal is your thing, you've got to hear Nasty Idols - and what better place to start than with "The Best Of."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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