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The Metal Years

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I simply love this movie.  I watched it again yesterday for the billionth time.  It’s interesting seeing many of the people in the movie that I’ve met a time or 2 over the years and seeing how much they’ve changed.

I’ll always love the section on ODIN.  Sure, Randy O. was pretty wasted and said a few outlandish things, but at least the guy believed in the dream.  And he had guys with him who believed it as well…his bandmates and Gazzari (RIP).

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend a weekend with Shawn and Jeff Duncan of ODIN.  Those guys are legends to me.  And to no surprise, they are very cool dudes.  They latest band, DC4, was here in Austin for the SxSW festival and I got to help them around town a bit.  They completely kick ass.  It was a pleasure for me to assist in every way that I could.  Especially since I’ve been a fan of their debut since it came out.  After watching the Metal Years again yesterday, it was cool to see them back then and compare them to the now.  They seemed so familiar to me when I finally got to meet them.

The Chris Holmes section of the movie was always a bit weird to watch for me with him being completely tanked in the pool with his mom sitting there.  I recently read on the Wikipedia page about the movie that the bottles of vodka that he was drinking and pouring all over himself were full of water.

I love the section on London as well.  I had the cassette of their 2nd album way back when and liked it a lot.  Would love to see this stuff come out on separate CDs…official or not.

One of the best bands featured on there was Detroit’s Seduce.  A former friend from high school and I used to listen to them all the time back in the olden days.  They looked glammy but were pretty damn metal IMHO.

The Faster Pussycat stuff was cool.  One of my bands opened for them about 6 years ago and it was almost scary to see how much taime had changed.  That dude’s a freak.

All in all it’s a fun movie to watch, even if it did focus more on the glammier side of LA.  At least Lemmy and Alice Cooper got some good footage in there.  It seems that this is coming out in an official DVD version sometime as well according the the Decline Movies website.

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April 6, 2009 at 11:53 am

Odin! Odin! Odin! Odin!

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Sure we all remember the movie “Decline of the Western Civilization – The Metal Years” and the scene where Mr. Gazzari was trying to get the crowd to chant “Odin!”  The band came off like fluff and stuff in the vid, especially in the hot tub scene…but let me tell you, their debut album rocked.

This was another album that a former friend from high school turned me on to and for it I am eternally grateful.  The production wasn’t so great and sounded thumpy on my record player but I loved this record.  I still do.  When I put it in the CD player, it usually gets 2 or 3 listens in a row.

I’m even more excited now that I found out last night that DC4 is playing here in a  few weeks.  DC4 features Shawn and Jeff Duncan from Odin.  Jeff also plays for Armored Saint now.  Apparently Odin just released a best of CD with DTNFAA (pictured) in its entirety and remastered by Roy Z.  I highly recommend it.  The albums that came after this were a little difficult to listen to.  They really fell into the the Motley Crue/GnR styles and it just didn’t work for them IMHO.  12 O’Clock Is a great song though and the studio version is much better than the live version featured in the Metal years movie.

ODIN
DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER

Released 1985 (Greenworld/Half-Wet)

Track List:
01. The Writer
02. One Day To Live
03. Shining Love
04. Solar Eye
05. Don’t Take No For An Answer
06. Judgement Day

Band:
Randy “O” – vocals
Jeff Duncan – guitar and backing vocals
Aaron Samson – bass and backing vocals
Shawn Duncan – drums