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With the demise of “Headbanger’s Ball” and the continuing wussification of American radio, metal rock has been shunted to the side of the great musical spotlight. Not that it needed much pushing; metal had long been the Rodney Dangerfield of rock, either ignored or openly scorned by critics. Hip-O Select proudly dons its spandex and breaks out the mousse to issue our first foray into the heshers’ world.
Y&T was first known as Yesterday & Today (yes, it was taken from the Beatles album title), but when they signed to A&M, they must have recognized the power of initials separated by an ampersand, and they changed their name to Y&T, replete with a cool logo. Like a fair number of bands in rock history, they never quite seemed to be able to capture their on-stage luster in the studio, and while they were able to build a significant fan base, it was largely on the strength of their touring.
In 1985, they finally got to take a whack at a live record, and they got it mostly right. For some inexplicable reason, side two of the original album starts off with a studio track. It’s a pretty great tune, though. “Summertime Girls” might have been influenced in some small, tiny, nearly infinitesimal way by Van Halen’s “Jump,” and it seemed to get a good reaction on the tour, so perhaps a studio version was readied for a radio release before the live album came out. Who knows? In any event, we’ve got both versions on this release of Open Fire. There’s also a previously-unreleased version of “Black Tiger.”
Should you have the urge to crank your stereo up to eleven, you might want to pop in this fondly-remembered gem from 1985.
Did You Know? In 1986, Y&T drummer Leonard Haze was named the World’s Fastest Foot in Circus Magazine.