Top Tens for 2021: Frank Meyer of The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs et al

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TOP TEN ALBUMS

 Cheap Trick – "In Another World" 
The masters of hard rock power-pop return with another banger. What year is this? How is it possible these guys are still so good? 

The Wildhearts – "21st Century Love Songs"
Ginger
is one of my favorite songwriters and this Wildhearts album is a ferocious reminder that he is still at the peak of his powers.

The Darkness – "Motorheart"
My favorite Darkness album since their debut, this one has swagger, hooks, and lots of blistering guitar riffs!

City Kids/Suicide Notes – "Rats!"
I have to confess that I sang some backing vocals on this, but this split-album by two of my favorite UK bands is filled with fun covers by Alice Cooper and Faster Pussycat plus barnburner new originals and rarely leaves my playlist.

Alice Cooper – "Detroit Stories"
A mix of Detroit covers by Bob Seger, MC5 and his Motor City peers, plus rip-roarin’ sleazy originals, this is by far the best Alice has sounded in a decade (but to be fair, he always sounds pretty great).

B-Movie Rats – "Simmer Down: Live at The Bluebird"
This Bandcamp exclusive is a lost live album is by one of Los Angeles’ best unsung hard rock punk bands from the ‘90s and reminds me why I saw them live sooooo many times back in the day.

Steve Whiteman – "You’re Welcome"   
The first solo album by the KIX frontman is exactly what you’d like/hope it is: fun-filled glammy hard rock about girls, sex, cars, love, partying, and girls. The guy still sings his ass off too.

Nashville Pussy – "Eaten Alive" 
This superb-sounding live album reminds me why I have been a fan of this band for nearly 25 years…because they are untouchably AWESOME!!!!

Jason Ringenberg – "Rhinestoned"
I’ve always loved Jason and the Scorchers and the latest solo endeavor by the frontman himself is as solid as they come, a rollercoaster of country wester rock ‘n’ roll.

Deniz Tek - "Take It To The Vertical"
This reissue of the Radio Birdman guitarist’s debut solo album was an unexpected treat mainly because I never knew of its existence in the first place. And man-oh-man is this album GREAT!!! It’s like Birdman but bluesier, and the production is crystal clear.

Los Angeles-based Frank Meyer sings and plays guitar in The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Sweet Justice, Spaghetti & Frank, and James Williamson.

 

Tags: cheap trick, radio birdman, alice cooper, deniz tek, the darkness, wildhearts, nashville pussy, frank meyer, jason rhingenberg

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