Anthrax, "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)." From the album Among the Living (1987). Among the Living is easily the best album of the Joey Belladonna lineup, and arguably, the band's career. When I was a bit younger, "Efilnikufesin" was one of my favorite tunes, mainly because of the title. (I wrote a short story for class in high school that included a wizard named "Efilnikufesin." Wonder if the teacher ever figured it out.) I still like it, but it's not one of my favorites on the record anymore.
Monster Magnet, "Temple of Your Dreams." From the album Powertrip (1998). I forget how much I love this album when I go a while without listening to it. This tune is a drug-induced, slightly psychedelic slab of pure old-fashioned hard rock goodness.
Brian Sivils, "I Just Want to Mow Your Yard." From the album Juke Joint Poison. Here's a bit of a detour in this week's shuffle. Sivils is a local blues player from northeastern Louisiana with a great sense of humor. This is a great bit of classic blues double entendre. To hear more from Brian or get his albums, visit his site.
Judas Priest, "Screaming for Vengeance." From the album Screaming for Vengeance (1982). This is one of those songs that represents everything that was great about Judas Priest in the early 1980s. It's fast, and it's heavy. Those guitar riffs bite right into you, and Halford is shrieking like a banshee. Good stuff.
Ted Nugent, "Lovejacker." From the album Spirit of the Wild (1995). Even Uncle Nuge's best albums have a few throw-aways for me, and this is one from Spirit of the Wild. It's one of Ted's attempts at an R&B-influenced tune. It's not a bad song, and Derek St. Holmes sounds great, but when it comes to Ted Nugent, I really want loud, in-your-face, raunchy rock.