Wednesday, October 8, 2008
"Rock You" was the blue chip single from hair metal band Helix's most memorable album, Walking the Razor's Edge (1984). There was a running theme in their album titles, if you can pick it up. They included "Breaking Loose", "Wild in the Streets", "No Rest for the Wicked", and "Back for Another Taste."
Apparently they mellowed out a little in 1985 for "Long Way to Heaven."
The original (uncensored) video for their flagship hit can be seen below.
It was kind of the hair band version of the Beastie Boys.
Beastie Boys: "You gotta fight for your right to party!"
Helix: "Oh yeah? Tell you what we're gonna do... Rock You!"
But the video was maybe Conan the Barbarian meets Mad Max meets... my friend Ryan's bachelor party.
It wasn't the most amazing display of vocal range. Pavarotti wasn't looking over his shoulder in 1984. But it was hard rock. It was 80's rock. It was the insert from Slippery When Wet where Bon Jovi was washing their car with ten girls in tight white t-shirts. Minus the t-shirts. Helix style baby...
The band's official site can be seen HERE.