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Metal Mike Saunders

Metal Mike Saunders

Graduated from Hall High (Little Rock), 1969. Graduated from University of Texas/Austin, 1973. Served twenty-two full-time years in the accounting profession until cashing out in early 1999 ( = semi-retired, same profession, but now a gruelling schedule that ends weekly at 5pm on Wednesdays to permit proper time for #1: studying production techniques of modern teenpop recordings and #2: managing those excessive fixed-income retirement funds). Wears a one-of-a-kind Kiss Army/Christina/AC/DC backpack to punk shows. Plays/played in a punk rock band (1978 - 2000+), cussed a lot doing it. The year before (1977), played drums for Richard Meltzer (‘I'm In Love With Your Mom’). Thinks Daphne & Celeste ultimately hold more secrets vital to the future of mankind than Bob Dylan. Still a big, mean 5' 6", 132 lbs. Can and will do Eurobeat dance steps to the A*Teens and all other spiritual descendents of Betty, Veronica 'n' Jughead.

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America: Homecoming (Warner Bros.)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, December 1972

IMAGINE IF YOU WILL, a kid that does a soul-wrenching ( I mean this literally) job of imitating Neil Young. The whiny little creep down ...

Badfinger: No Dice

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, December 1970

With their new album No Dice, Badfinger has to their credit one of the best records of the year. This album is literally a quantum ...

Badfinger: No Dice

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Creem, March 1971

IF YOU PRIDE yourself on being a member of the generation that battles hypocrisy, shuns prejudices and easy labels, and fights to the death to ...

Badfinger: Straight Up

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, January 1972

STRAIGHT UP is a big disappointment coming after Badfinger's previous superb album, No Dice. I remember reading a quote by drummer Mike Gibbons saying that ...

Lester Bangs: Exile in Detroit City: A Imaginary Conversation with Lester Bangs

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Brain Damage, June 1974

SO WE FINALLY decided it was time to come to terms with Lester Bangs... ...

Big Star: At Overton Square, Memphis

Live Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, July 1973

THIS REVIEW is primarily about Alex Chilton, formerly of the Box Tops and presently with Big Star. The occasions are few and far between that ...

Black Oak Arkansas: Keep The Faith

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, May 1972

LESTER BANGS tells the Black Oak Arkansas story in his own words: ...

Black Sabbath: A Dorito and 7-Up Picnic with Black Sabbath

Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, Circular, September 1972

Being a slightly unreal and slightly real account of a meeting between the foreboding Four and their Number One Fan, rock critic Mike Saunders, on ...

Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath Volume 4

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, November 1972

IT'S EARLY 1965. Suppose, just for once, that folk-rock never happens. Instead the English Invasion proceeds to its logical conclusions and rather than marking the ...

Black Sabbath: Master Of Reality

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rag, The, September 1971

GRAND FUNK HAS been the most important band in the land for the last year, which you’re probably aware of anyway. Grand Funk in concert ...

Blue Ash: No More, No Less

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, June 1973

I WISH, I wish, I wish. There's this song, 'I Remember A Time', on Blue Ash's debut album. Not that the whole album isn't magnificent, ...

Blue Ash: Can Blue Ash Sing The Whites?

Report by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, January 1974

YOU REMEMBER Blue Ash. They put out an album last year that all the critics loved. It was sort of Beatle-Byrdsish, yet quite original in ...

Blue Cheer: More Pumice than Lava

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, Flash, Fall 1973

NOTE: Until its unfortunate demise and Mark Shipper’s degeneration into an acid-wrecked vegetable, Flash Magazine was an important clearing house of ideas. Information on rare ...

Blue Oyster Cult at Hollywood Palladium

Live Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, November 1973

FEW GROUPS in recent memory have had as successful a California debut performance as Blue Oyster Cult's here this September. Third-billed to Joe Walsh and ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Tyranny and Mutation

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, April 1973

YOU MIGHT remember my brief mention of Blue Oyster Cult's new album in the heavy metal piece. That was after only one listen, however, and ...

Brinsley Schwarz' Amazing Twelve Inches

Profile and Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, November 1972

THE REAL ISSUE HERE is originality. How much does it matter? There are a lot of theories about the true nature of rock and roll, ...

B*Witched: Punkest Band Around

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Village Voice, The, April 1999

ALL RIGHT! You can turn in my Top Ten List thing already: my favorite music of the whole darn year is B*Witched's 'C'est la Vie' ...

Christopher Milk, Foghat: Foghat/Christopher Milk: Whisky A-Go-Go, Sunset Strip, LA

Live Review by Metal Mike Saunders, unpublished, August 1972

I WALKED IN late, so for all purposes Foghat were the opening group. People take their album seriously because Dave Edmunds was involved with it, ...

The Dave Clark Five

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, Flash, 1972

A-WOP-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom! ...

Alice Cooper: School's Out

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, August 1972

IF YOU DON'T THINK Alice Cooper are the Rolling Stones of 1972, think again. In innumerable aspects – from the foremost importance of image to ...

Cream: Live Cream Volume II

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, April 1972

IN THEIR GLORY DAYS of 1967-8, Cream singlehandedly spawned the whole genre of aloof heavy rock egomania, not to mention a whole school of insufferably ...

Mogan David and His Winos: Savage Young Winos

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, November 1972

HATED. DESPISED. SCORNED. That's Mogan David & His Winos. Columbia Records won't touch them, and The Duke (of American Rock Critics) won't let them near ...

Deep Purple: Breakfast of Champions: Deep Purple's Machine Head

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Circular, May 1972

IF YOU'RE OVER 20, you needn’t read on. Unless, of course, you want to hear why Deep Purple are a good group – just like ...

Deep Purple: Machine Head

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, May 1972

I was pretty pleased with the new Deep Purple album when it first came in the mail, since it was a good heavy metal album ...

Deep Purple, UFO: Deep Purple vs. UFO

Essay by Metal Mike Saunders, New Haven Rock Press, 1972

TIME AGAIN for one of those legendary matchups, a method which has in the past answered such immortal questions as: Could Eric Clapton shut down ...

13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson: Psychedelic Punks Refuse to Die: The Revenge of the 13th Floor Elevators

Profile by Metal Mike Saunders, unpublished, 1972

2009 note: The odd thing about this (unpublished) fall 1972 thing sent to Phonograph Record Monthly (unassigned) is that co-editor Greg Shaw would – ...

Fanny: Charity Ball (Reprise)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Creem, November 1971

SEEING FANNY live after hearing Charity Ball leaves two possibilities: either the group doesn't know the first thing about recording or Richard Perry is a ...

Fanny: Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

Profile and Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, August 1972

Cryptic Tales Of America’s Fanny ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Teenage Head (Kama Sutra)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rag, The, April 1971

A FRIEND OF mine came over about three weeks back to play me this killer new album he said he’d gotten. So, sure, I said ...

The Frut: Spoiled Rotten (Westbound 2008)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Shakin' Street Gazette, 1972

SPOILED ROTTEN is the title and that's what they are. Motor City rock is dead, and the only great group left (The Stooges) recently bit ...

Good Charlotte: American Candyass, or: Why Good Charlotte Must Die

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Rock's Backpages, September 2003

ARE YOU PEOPLE not understanding? Doesn't anyone learn anything from the lessons of the past? The tail end of poof metal's monstrous commercial ...

Grand Funk Railroad

Profile by Metal Mike Saunders, bio, Capitol Records, 1973

"The live concerts, that’s what we enjoy most of all. You see the group, you see a performance, and that’s where we’re at." (Mark Farner) ...

Grand Funk Railroad: E Pluribus Funk

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, January 1972

HAD GRAND FUNK listened more to the Standells and less to Cream, they might have turned out to be a really great group. The background ...

Grand Funk Railroad: The Case for Grand Funk Railroad

Profile and Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, Fusion, December 1972

I HEARD Grand Funk’s first album for the first time in November, 1969. I was a freshman in college and a friend down the hall ...

Grassroots: A Lotta Mileage

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, June 1973

I REALLY LIKE THE Grassroots. They've had a lengthy string of good singles over the years, the current bogus Grassroots kicking their career off with ...

Green Day Rising

Review and Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, January 1994

Popcore Ascending? Or Is That Just The First Phase Of 'The Greatest Band In America'? ...

Green Day: Three Chords, Five Years, And A Bookmobile

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Starline, February 1995

IT'S NOVEMBER 1990, and Green Day are playing their first-ever Hollywood gig, thrown into the middle of a nine-band bill at the Coconut Teazer. ...

Green Day: If Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Is Green Day Today’s Beatles?

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, May 1992

IF YOU BUY one album this coming year buy this one: Green Day’s Kerplunk! ...

Grin: All Out

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, March 1973

IF YOU'RE A Nils Lofgren fan, the first thing you'll notice here is that the whole setup is wrong. The album flops open from the ...

Humble Pie: Smokin' (A&M)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, May 1972

HUMBLE PIE have persevered. Their first record company (Immediate) went out of business, vile-tempered record reviewers slandered their early albums from here to Zanzibar, and ...

Humble Pie: Town and Country; As Safe As Yesterday Is; Humble Pie

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, November 1970

HUMBLE PIE'S debut album was released only in England. It was called Town and Country and was, for the most part, quiet and basically acoustic ...

Jan & Dean: Legendary Masters Series

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, March 1972

JAN AND DEAN were real clowns. I saw 'em on the TAMI Show back in 1965 and they were the only downer part in the ...

Jet (Australia): Drunks from Down Under take over the garage: Jet's Get Born

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Village Voice, The, April 2004

WELL! MY MY MY. Let's take a head count of the biggest names in the way overhyped "garage band" revival: the Hives, the Strokes, the ...

Kenny & The Kasuals, The Litter, The Sonics: The Sonics, Kenny & The Kasuals, The Litter reissues

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Fusion, July 1972

The Sonics: Here Are The Sonics (Etiquette 024); Kenny & The Kasuals: Live at the Studio Club (Mark 5000); The Litter: Distortions (Warwick 671) ...

The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, February 1972

CAN YOU TELL the Kinks apart in the picture on the cover of their new album? No, of course. Except for Ray, they all look ...

The Kinks: The Kink Kronikles

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, May 1972

IN THE VERY first paragraph of his liner notes to The Kink Kronikles, John Mendelssohn emphasizes the Kinks' position as an underdog band. Perhaps even ...

Kiss: Love Gun: Kiss, Love it or Leave it!

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Creem, Fall 1977

REMEMBER THE old 'Grand Funk Understand' riff? Well, maybe so, and maybe not — it was a long time ago back in the year of ...

Led Zeppelin: Houses Of The Holy

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, May 1973

MERCY ME, it's time to bring out the Sominex again. If it weren't for Slade and the Stooges, God knows what sort of utter decay ...

Manfred Mann: Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, March 1972

SO MANFRED MANN are back doing rock and roll, and Paul Jones (the original Manfred's lead singer and premier star) has come out with an ...

Ian Matthews: Tigers Will Survive

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, February 1972

ONCE UPON A time Ian Matthews was a member of Fairport Convention. Fairport Convention then decided they wanted to head in the direction of traditional ...

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: A Hard Road (London)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, December 1968

This record has some great blues for blues freaks, whether you happen to prefer blues played by whites, blacks, or homosexual Chinese emigrants to the ...

MC5: High Time (Atlantic)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, 1971

‘SISTER ANNE,’ ‘Over And Over,’ and ‘Gotta Keep Movin’’ on the new MC5 album are without doubt among the best hard rock performances of the ...

McGuinness Flint: Happy Birthday, Ruthy Baby

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, October 1971

ON THEIR SECOND album, McGuinness Flint have sunk into a mire of vapid eclecticism rather than develop a unified style. Meaning this: rather than be ...

Mother Earth, Tracy Nelson: Tracy Nelson/Mother Earth: Tracy Nelson/Mother Earth

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, June 1972

MUZAK ROCK is a difficult art. Because the line between soulfulness and boredom is often a thin one, few artists can pull it off. Van ...

New York Dolls: Letter from Panorama City: The New York Dolls

Profile by Metal Mike Saunders, Heavy Metal Digest, Winter 1974

I LIKE the Dolls. A lot. But there’s one thing I don’t understand: out of all the rave reviews on the Dolls, not one has ...

Yoko Ono: Approximately Infinite Universe

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, April 1973

YEAH, WELL, believe it or not: this is a totally rock 'n' roll album. It's also so far and away the best Beatles-related effort to ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy and the Stooges: At the Whisky a Go Go, Hollywood

Live Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, October 1973

The Stooges have made the Comeback of the Year, no doubt about it, and their energized stay at the Whisky sealed it. The night before ...

Procol Harum: Broken Barricades

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, June 1971

TO FANS OF the group, Procol Harum's history has been like this: an excellent first album, Procol Harum, a shaky and very uneven second album, ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Quicksilver Messenger service: Comin' Thru

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, June 1972

DINO VALENTI had a pretty good niche in history carved out for a while: he wrote (or at least claimed to have written) 'Hey Joe', ...

The Raspberries

Profile by Metal Mike Saunders, Biography for Capitol Records, 1974

YOU KNOW the group's story by now: how the Raspberries came out of nowhere in Summer 1972 to score with their million selling single, 'Go ...

The Raspberries: Fresh

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, July 1972

IT STARTS OFF with that unforgettable drum fill from 'Loco-Motion', now over a decade old, and then right into the opening chords from 'One Fine ...

The Raspberries: Fresh

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Creem, February 1973

IT STARTS off with that unforgettable drum fill from ‘Loco-Motion’, now over a decade old, and then right into the opening chords from ‘One Fine ...

The Raspberries: Raspberries

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, July 1972

RASPBERRIES opens with the finest burst of lightweight English rock I've heard all year, a raunchy 16-bar guitar intro, and followed by a verse that ...

The Raspberries: Side 3

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, October 1973

SINCE THEIR last time out, the Raspberries must have heard Blue Ash, or some vaguely threatening noises from the other side of Ohio, because a ...

The Raspberries: The Story of the Raspberries

Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, October 1972

"I couldn’t say what I wanted to say till she whispered 'I Love You', so please, baby, go all the way..." ...

Charlie Rich: The Many Sides Of Charlie Rich and The Best Years

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, March 1970

IN THESE DAYS of ten new bands each week, there is even another 'new' discovery: Charlie Rich albums for 33c each in a mono record ...

Charlie Rich: A Guide

Guide by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, October 1973

If you think you know what frustration is like, try this on for size: imagine you were a singer who had come up with Sun ...

Sir Lord Baltimore: Kingdom Come (Mercury)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Creem, May 1971

ALL YOU TRUE blue Heavy fans, take heart. This album is a crusher. Sure enough, Sir Lord Baltimore is none other than a new heavy ...

Slade: Slade Alive!

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, October 1972

SLADE HAVE BEEN responsible for some excellent singles, but as for this album, forget it. ...

The Sonics: Have Love, Will Travel: In Praise of the Sonics

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, Gulcher, July 1975

IT ALL STARTS with Richard Berry. He never received a Nobel Prize for writing 'Louie Louie', but to this day it beats me why – ...

Britney Spears: Dear Diary: Britney Spears

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Village Voice, The, June 2000

NOVEMBER 3, 1998, was the release date of the '... Baby One More Time' CD single and 12-inch (w/ 'Autumn Goodbye' on the B side). ...

Spring: Spring

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, July 1972

SPRING CONSISTS of Marilyn Wilson and Diane Rovell, formerly known as The Honeys (along with original member Ginger Rovell) back in the mid-Sixties. ...

String Driven Thing: String Driven Thing (Buddah)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, February 1973

THIS HAS GOT TO be one of the strangest albums I've heard all year. String Driven Thing (some name, huh?) are a Fairport Convention-ish British ...

Pete Townshend: Peter Townshend Who Came First (Decca/Track)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, 1972

HERE WE HAVE the debut album of Peter Baba. Believe it or not, in his youth Baba fronted an incorrigible reds-popping teenage quartet responsible for ...

The Trashmen: Carrying That Weight With The Trashmen

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, unpublished, 1972

2003 intro: This was an unpublished piece, wherein I strung together actual Dave Marsh phrases from his Bob Dylan polemics (in CREEM) under the name ...

Uriah Heep: Demons and Wizards

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, November 1972

IT'S A STRANGE TIME. Formerly exciting rock groups have gone musically soft, if not well on the road to outright senility, making the moniker of ...

Uriah Heep: The Magician’s Birthday (Mercury)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Creem, March 1973

A DUD. There was some controversy over whether Uriah Heep’s last album, Demons and Wizards, wasn’t a bit of a tone-down itself, a retreat from ...

Warrant: Up To Date With The Down Boys

Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, September 1992

AS GOOD A place as any to start here might be with a letter I wrote to an unnamed Pacific Northwest fanzine editor on January ...

Jesse Colin Young, The Youngbloods: Youngbloods: Good And Dusty; Jesse Colin Young: Together

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, April 1972

THERE'S REALLY no way around it. The Youngbloods' career divides quite clearly into three distinct periods: (1) The Youngbloods with Jerry Corbitt (2) Elephant Mountain ...

The Youngbloods: Two Trips

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, May 1970

In early 1965, Jesse Colin Young recorded an excellent solo album on Mercury (now out-of-print) called Young Blood. Truckin' along in relative obscurity in the ...

The Zombies: Everything you wanted to know!

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, Fusion, November 1972

HALF A YEAR AGO I would have started this piece by saying that the Zombies, like so many other defunct mid-Sixties groups, have suffered dreadfully ...

List of genre pieces

A Brief Survey Of The State Of Metal Music Today

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, April 1973

When you get right down to it, the story of heavy metal rock has been the tale of Led Zeppelin. As indicated by its name, ...

Guitar Gods Of Planet Earth

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Revolution, 1989

AFTER 20 YEARS, it's just occurred to me: This rock 'n' roll stuff has lots of guitars. I call up Chuck Eddy and he says, ...

The Rock & Roll Press

Overview by Metal Mike Saunders, Rag, The, January 1972

MOST PEOPLE LISTEN to rock and roll. Yet others read about it, and some actually have the lunacy to write about it! Where there’s money ...

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