About This Show
This show celebrates hard rock and metal – and revolves around a movement known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, or NWOBHM. This movement sprung up in the streets of London and throughout the UK, in the late 1970s, as an answer to an already fading punk rock movement, and an emerging new wave movement. There was a desire to return to the roots of hard rock and with a bent to a heavier genre than before heard. This movement was the birth for a number of commercially successful bands you may know today, such as Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard…but more importantly, the movement was filled with countless bands that formed with pennies, played the local scene, and managed to self finance a single 7 inch single, on vinyl, then disappeared. Much is unknown about these rare and defunct bands, but what they left behind is a treasure trove of rarely heard heavy rock that defined the sweat and intensity of the genre. We are here together to explore this era, and most importantly, rock out! Much of the music remains hard to find, and I’m quite a collector of the rare vinyl these bands managed to get out.
Much of the research for this effort comes courtesy of Malc Macmillan, who published the NWOBHM Encyclopedia. Here, he details what is known and unknown about these long forgotten bands. And now, it’s time to bring them to life. So give it a listen, and let me know what you think! Drop me a line any time, by emailing me. Follow me on Twitter at or visit my web site, for the latest and greatest. Look forward to hearing from you. Now let’s rock!
I was born in the mid-70s in Philadelphia. I grew up listening to basically pop music, or whatever everyone else was listening to. I remember one day, as a young buck, one of my neighbors bringing out Quiet Riot’s “Metal Health”, and I was immediately intrigued by it! It was new and heavy, and man, I thought it was awesome. Ever since then, I’ve had an eclectic taste in music, but I’ve never wavered for long from my first love of rock and especially classic metal.
Although I dabbled, it wasn’t until high school that I really started developing a passion for the music. All my friends were listening to thrash, such as DRI, Anthrax, Metal Church, Metallica, etc., and I was loving it. I started spending much of my hard-earned cash from part-time jobs just getting my hands on cassettes, and playing them until you couldn’t read the writing on the cassette. You know how it goes. Started watching the Head-banger’s Ball religiously (when Ricky Rachtman had the hair!), and discovered many new bands that way.
In college, my love for hard rock really took off, and I started going to some real big name concerts, as well as taking in some of the local metal scene in the college town. My roommate had a radio show, and as a broadcasting major, I knew wanted to be a part of this! After finishing college, I have been all over the world, and have enjoyed the experience.
In about 2002, I really started taking a strong interest in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). It combined the raw power of metal, with a hard rock sensibility. I quickly became a pretty serious collector, and have budgeted a good percentage of each paycheck to scooping up LPs and cassettes from the genre.
I’ve had radio shows on both FM & AM radio, and Internet radio, in the past. I broadcasted on the not defunct KJVR 96.1, “The Rock”, at Johnston Atoll, one of the most remote islands in the world. I was a two-time guest on WBAI 99.5 FM, in New York, on “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Radio”. It was great to bring metal to the masses, especially in a market as large as NYC. I’m most proud of hosting both a prior version of the Molten Metal Machine, and then The Old School Metal Show on hardrockin80s.com. I am thrilled and consider myself lucky to be part of such a great group of fellow music lovers, so let’s get rockin’!