Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Give it Away.” From the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991). I’d much rather the shuffle hit “Suck My Kiss” or “I Could Have Lied,” but this one will do, too. Sure, this album, “Under the Bridge” in particular, marked the beginning of the Chili Peppers’ descent into commercial mediocrity, but there are some great songs on it, too.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Mephistopheles.” From the album Beethoven’s Last Night (2000). The incomparable Jon Oliva singing this dark and mystical tune in the role of the devil. Yes, more, please.
Hardcore Superstar, “Remove My Brain.” From the album Beg for It (2009). This is a great big, grooving hard rocker from the Swedish throwback outfit. Nice riffs, memorable, and it’s even got cowbell.
Ted Nugent, “Motor City Madhouse.” From the album Ted Nugent (1975). Ted Nugent doing what Ted Nugent used to do best. Energetic guitar riffs and howling like a madman about his hometown. No, Ted himself is not nearly the singer that Derek St. Holmes was, but I still far and away prefer the songs with Ted’s vocals. Much as with David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, sometimes personality tops chops.
Girl, “Doctor Doctor.” From the album Sheer Greed (1980). Punkish, glam rock from the often overlooked previous band of L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. If you missed this album the first time around, it’s well worth checking out, though I still like the Lillian Axe version of “My Number” better.