Y & T struck Eighties Heavy Metal Gold with Black Tiger
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator
Y & T’s Black Tiger got lost in the deluge of amazing heavy metal albums that were also released in also came out in 1982 such as Twisted Sister Under the Blade, Judas Priest Screaming for Vengance and Iron Maidens Number of the Beast just to name a few.
Just to give you a better idea of the fierce competition that Y & T faced, here is my unofficial list of the very best heavy metal albums released in 1982.
- Scorpions: Blackout
- Iron Maiden: Number of The Beast
- Van Halen: Diver Down
- Rush: Signals
- Led Zeppelin: Coda
- Robert Plant: Pictures at Eleven
- Twisted Sister: Under The Blade
- Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance
- KISS: Creatures of The Night
- Rainbow: Straight Between The Eyes
Track by track musings on this melodic eighties heavy metal masterpiece.
Track 1: From The Moon.
The opening track sounds like a failed attempt to imitate what Van Halen did with “Eruption”. While this is a good instrumental guitar track, it is not “Eruption”.
Track 2: Open Fire
Y & T lead singer Dave Meniketti does his best imitation of Sammy Hagar on this track while the rhythm section of Leonard Haze on drums and the late Phil Kennemore on bass does their best imitation of Deep Purple.
Track 3: Don’t Wanna Lose
The vocal harmonies of Dave Meniketti and Phil Kennemore are as smooth as glass on this rockin’ template for the eighties heavy metal ballad. Just a damn good song that should be in everybody’s eighties heavy metal playlist.
Track 4: Hell or High Water
This swinging track is about a some dude telling his old lady to back the hell off. He is trying to make her understand that she will never change him.
Track 5: Forever
This song is about a guy being crazy about a girl and promising her everything. Soaring vocals performance by Dave Meniketti.
Track 6: Black Tiger
A song about a cocaine whore named Black Tiger. She is searching for a victim so don’t turn your back or it might be you.
Track 7: Barroom Boogie
Dave is on the prowl for sex and when he finds his prey, she shoots him down. Later “King Kong’s Double” beats Dave’s ass and the next morning he wakes up in bed with some ugly chick he doesn’t know. Oh well, time to chew off your arm and crawl out the window Dave. We have all been there once or twice.
Track 8: My Way or the Highway
In the pantheon of legendary red neck sayings, “My way or the highway” is right up there with “put out or get out”. This track contains a David Lee Roth style vocal rant with atypical funky guitars. This could have been the inspiration for “Finish What Ya Started” by Van Halen
Track 9: Winds of Change
This song begins with an cosmic sounding acoustic guitar accompanied by a beautiful vocal performance by Dave Meniketti. This song is the blueprint for all of the other eighties heavy metal power ballads to follow.
In conclusion, if you are a fan of hard rockin’ yet melodic eighties heavy metal you won’t be disappointed with this selection. Here is a great video of Y & T from 2015 with the original drummer Leonard Haze joining the band on stage.