Forgotten Boy (Archives)

Burning the Midnight Oil

In 1988, an album of protest songs focusing on the rights of Aboriginies in Australia somehow found an audience in America. Reports of pigs flying must have overwhelmed the military. With a push from alternative-rock radio, Diesel And Dust by …

Dead Boys reanimated

It’s Halloween, 1986, and The Ritz in New York City is set to explode. Joey Ramone walks out onstage and introduces the reunited Dead Boys, who plundered the city like bloodthirsty Vikings in the mid- to late”70s. Playing to all …

Def Leppard's 'Lounge' act

Still one of the most potent guitar duos in metal, Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Viv Campbell unleash an aggressive riff offensive on the band’s new album, Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, that’s more hungry and attacking than any they’ve …

Heart of a lion

America, meet Lion’s Share. Lion’s Share, meet America. Good, now that you’ve been introduced, it’s high time you all met in person. Headquartered in its home country of Sweden, Lion’s Share — not to be confused with White Lion — …

The Clash's Revolution

Explaining the difference between The Sex Pistols and The Clash, Don Letts put it this way: “The Sex Pistols made you want to smash your head against the wall. The Clash gave you reason to.” Meaning, of course, that The …

Everclear goes under cover

“We can live beside the ocean/leave the fire behind/swim out past the breakers/watch the world die.” For some reason, that line from Everclear’s first real hit, “Santa Monica,” a “shake your fist at the world” diatribe set to revved-up, roots-flavored …

OMD comes alive

Making it stateside was such a high priority for Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark that the arty synth-pop group from England was willing to play just about anywhere, and just about any time of day or night, to build an …

Closing time

Having spent my teenage years in the wilds of western Wisconsin in the ’80s, I’m particularly partial to the Twin Cities music scene. And what a scene it was back then with The Replacements, Husker Du and others blazing a …

Looking into the future

Not exactly the best-kept secret in metal, Judas Priest has a big summer planned, what with the impending release of Nostradamus and extensive touring afoot. In talking with lead singer Rob Halford on Friday, there is still no release date …