Play It Loud
Label: Union Square
Rousing and racing like Motörhead or chugging like Southern rock via AC/DC, these NWOBHM standard-bearers' 1981 set is endearingly obsessed with transportation and the headbang community. Chuck Berry-nodding opener "Princess of the Night" praises a mail-carrying locomotive; both "Midnight Rider" and "20,000 Feet" concern air travel. "Denim and Leather" and U.K. Top 20 "And the Bands Played On" reminisce about music papers, record stores and metal festivals way back in 1979 and '80. And in "Play It Loud," a beach lifeguard gets his butt kicked 'cause he doesn't dig Deep Purple.