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An In-Snide Look #20

By: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Thursday, December 19, 2013 7:30:00 AM


Sleep deprivation -- or as I think of it, training for the world record longest broadcast next spring -- is beginning to take its toll.  I think I'm running on about 3-4 hours a sleep per night for the last two weeks at least.  See, this week I discovered web services and how to program for them.  (Hey, sue me, I move from developer to middle manager around 2004 -- I never needed to learn them!)  So, now  you will note some cool stuff coming to  For example, over in the member's section, I am working on implementing social signon ... that is, the ability to create and access your profile simply by being logged into Facebook, Google, Twitter, or whatever it is you're using.  This eliminates all of the problems I've faced for the past eight years about how cumbersome it is to create an account, remember the password, update the profile, etc.  Not to mention MY end, where I have to program the computer to validate you've filled your profile out correctly, recover lost passwords, and upload and shrink giant image files (seriously, people, they're called "thumbnails," lear to use them).  I've also got plans in place to develop an Indy In-Tune Twitter wall, a better event calendar, a much-improved photo album that fans can add their photos to, etc.  It's sort of like I just walked in to Fry's with a stolen American Express card and it's time to hit the wish list!

Fun conversation tonight at open mic.  I've argued many times that the whole "Hair Metal" thing is a direct result of Randy Rhoads being killed in 1982.  "Dubrow" renames themselves to "Quiet Riot" in his honor and becomes Billboard's first #1 metal album on the strength of a Randy Rhoads tribute song.  Within a year, every band on the Sunset Strip gets a record deal and hair metal is king (in two distinct waves) for the next seven years.  Now the question becomes, what if Randy didn't die?  In trying to reconstruct a probable chain of events, we decided it's pretty much given that he would not have done a third album with Ozzy.  Even Ozzy's book pretty much admits he was looking to move on from "metal music" at the time.  Ozzy's choice of replacement would not likely have been Jake E. Lee in this alternate timeline, as Jake E. Lee would mostly likely only be known as "the founder of an obscure bar band called Ratt that never really caught on and so fizzled out about a year ago."  Without hair metal, I would posit that the two most popular sounds on the west coast in a Randy-populated 1983 would be Van Halen (who already had some steam prior to the explosion) and Metallica (who weren't quite there with the sound we've come to know them for, but had a huge following in '83).  Is it a far stretch to think that Dave Mustane would have ended up taking the guitar slot in Ozzy's band, and that the whole "thrash" scene might have started six years sooner than it did?  Or would it have failed and Men Without Hats goes on to dominate with half-a-dozen platinum albums?  Without hair metal ballads, Would the Seattle scene, its natural progression, ever have happened?  Could saving Randy also directly lead to Kurt Cobain being saved as well?  Curious as to how it plays out in your heads.  Leave comments if you've got an idea.

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