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Today’s edition of The More You Know continues on from Tuesday’s topic of things new bands need to know.  Let’s get to it.

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This week’s The More You Know focuses on three things new bands need to focus on to kick start their career.

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Last week, both columns of The More You Know featured the New Wave of Scandinavian Hair Metal bands. To even things out, this week’s columns will be dedicated to the Rock ‘n’ Roll underbelly of the region. With that out of the way, let’s get started.

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To continue on the New Wave of Scandinavian Hair Metal post from Tuesday, I’m presenting three more bands that are continuing what Hanoi Rocks inspired. The interesting thing about today’s bands is they seem to be heavily inspired by a single band more than any genre or scene. Read on and find out about Aquanet’s future.

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Most people outside of Scandinavia probably aren’t aware there is a glam metal revival going on. Yes, from the lands of black metal and melodic death metal we are seeing a resurgence in bands that name-check Michael Monroe and Hanoi Rocks in interviews, but in reality are directly inspired by Skid Row, Poison and the rest of the Sunset Strip glam bands.  Here are three bands to know.

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In today’s The More You Know we take a look at three hair metal band’s from the Sunset Strip that, for one reason or another, had a lasting effect on how people look at the guitar.

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In this week’s edition of The More You Know we take a look at three of the second wave Goth bands.

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Sorry for not posting this column last week.  I worked on one, but wasn’t pleased with it so I decided to hold that until a later date.  Today’s column covers three rock bands that lost in the shift from metal to grunge.

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Goth is a genre that is oft overlooked as a musical genre.  Those folks that ignore the genre typically viewed it as a style over substance type of ignorance.  The genre has it’s stars like The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission UK, Bauhaus, Fields of the Nephilim, and more, but there is more to the genre than those handful of acts.  Read on to find a few.

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This week’s The More You Know was spawned by watching a TV show and to being able to place one of the actors.  I started searching IMDB and quickly realized where I knew him from.  That film is on the list, as are four others, of movie soundtracks you should know.

First, I should mention that soundtracks, until the mid-90s were rarely what they are today.  You may have one actual song that plays over the end credits or a crucial point in a film, but the rest of the “songs” were recorded on a very low-budget with a no name artist and typically sounded cheesy.  It wasn’t until the 90′s, with soundtracks like The Crow and The Bodyguard, that soundtracks became a marketing and sales tool.  With that, on to the list:

Dudes (1987):  This movie starrs Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lee Ving from Fear.  In the film, Cryer, Roebuck and Flea play NYC punk rockers that decide they need to move to LA.  They head out on the highway where they run into Ving, who plays the villain, in Utah, where things go haywire.  The film is fun, but cheesy, yet it’s the soundtrack that makes the film worthwhile.  Being directed by Penelope Spheris (of Decline of Civilization 1, 2, and 3, as well as Wayne’s World) may explain how punk and metal bands sit so well together.  Especially since the film was made in 1987.  Highlighted by an alternate mix of Mountain Song by Jane’s Addiction – one year before the song was released on Nothing’s Shocking – the soundtrack sprouts from there.  Urban Struggle by the Vandals sits next to Bathroom Wall by Faster Pussycat.  Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo next to W.A.S.P.’s Show No Mercy.  Round that out with Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw by Keel and you have the makings of a solid soundtrack.  This being the 80s, the set does have some filler tracks by the aforementioned no name bad, but those ware easily enough skipped.

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