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Body Count featuring Ice-T, 2014

With the exciting and unexpected news that a new Body Count album called Manslaughter would be dropping (June 10, 2014, Sumerian Records), once again I find myself in a retro type of mood. For the new generation of rock and metal fans, the band Body Count—led by gangsta-rapper-turned-actor Ice-T—is all but unknown. Ice-T, you say? The same Ice-T that plays a detective on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? The same Ice-T who’s been a star of reality television? Yes, that Ice-T. As unexpected as this may sound as I write about it today, just think about how surprising or even shocking this was more than 20 years ago as I attempt to recount my memory of Body Count’s 1992 self-titled debut album and the chain of events that followed. (more…)

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

1. White Zombie – “Thunder Kiss ’65”

It seems crazy to think of hearing Rob Zombie or White Zombie for the first time—hasn’t he always existed? For a large number of metalheads and I, Headbanger’s Ball is where we first saw “Thunderkiss ’65” ( La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, 1992). It was a strange combination of Metallica, horror, hard rock and punk. It was basically what Zombie has become known for—out of this world. Even the video was original, a stripped-down rock-out with a dreadlocked Zombie and band performing with women dancing around, monsters and props out in the desert—a precursor of what came over the next two decades with White and Rob Zombie. The videos came in furiously to the “Ball” and MTV after this, and like I said in the intro, Zombie was even a regular set-designer. Between Headbanger’s Ball and its No. 1 fans, Beavis and Butthead, White Zombie was the poster-metal band for MTV during this period, making this debut video No. 1 on my list.

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

When the above intro played, for all of us diehard metalheads, this was it—this was the time, “our” time, and the only time of each week we could check out our favorite bands, hope to see our favorite videos and hear the latest metal. This was MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, which originally aired from from midnight to 3 a.m. Saturday nights from April 18, 1987, to Jan. 28, 1995. After the initial years when MTV VJ Adam Curry and the lot of late ’80s hair metal bands were phased out, Headbanger’s Ball, under the guidance of host Riki Rachtman, introduced fans to bands that went on to have major breakthroughs in the metal scene, many of which are still active today. See the list and videos inside. (more…)