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November 28, 2012 at 8:20 am Quote #20722

ron
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Best 2012 Songs
by Ultimate Classic Rock Staff

2012 has turned out to be the year in which everything old is new again. From the triumphant returns of Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen, to new material from classic rockers as diverse as Aerosmith and Rush, it’s as if we’ve been transported back the glory days of classic rock. But it hasn’t been just a bunch of bands looking backward — a surprising number of classic rockers put out viable, forward-thinking new songs this year, making our list of the Best 2012 Songs a series of difficult choices.

10
‘Fanatic’
Heart

Heart came out rocking with the title song of their newest album. Over a backdrop of compressed, almost grungy guitar chords, Ann Wilson demonstrates that she’s still one of the most scorching vocalists — male or female — in classic rock. What’s great about ‘Fanatic’ is it finds the Wilson sisters moving forward sonically, but looking backward to their earlier, hard-rocking era for inspiration. ‘These Dreams,’ it ain’t.

9
‘Analog Man’
Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh’s first solo studio album in two decades had to have just the right title track, and the legendary performer pulled it off with ‘Analog Man’ by marrying a big guitar riff with a very clean Jeff Lynne production. Walsh’s voice sounds great, and the track is a perfect amalgam of his signature slide guitar stylings and the sense of humor that we’ve come to expect from him, as evidenced by this sly couplet: “When something goes wrong, I don’t have a clue / Some 10-year-old smartass has to tell me what to do.”

8
‘I Gotsta Get Paid’
ZZ Top

You have to give kudos to ZZ Top for stepping outside their usual box for the first single from their first studio album in nearly a decade. ‘I Gotsta Get Paid’ is based in part on a rap song titled ’25 Lighters,’ a local hit in Houston in the late ’90s. The song’s gritty lyric perfectly complements the Texas rockers’ no-nonsense arrangement, proving that they can take any track and make it their own. Don’t worry — by the time the boys in the band are done with it, this one comes off as pure ZZ Top.

7
‘Different Devil’
Chickenfoot

Rightfully unafraid of the shadow cast by their back-on-the-scene former bandmates in Van Halen (see below,) Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony and their Chickenfoot bandmates put aside the riff-rock for a minute and chose this surprisingly nuanced song as their first single of 2012. The song clearly struck a chord with our readers, who chose ‘Different Devil’ by a wide margin in a head to head battle against VH’s ‘Tattoo.’

6
‘Legendary Child’
Aerosmith

‘Legendary Child’ was a pretty bold choice for a first single from Aerosmith’s first album in a decade. A big step away from the schlock ballads the group have favored at radio for years, the song juxtaposes a fairly heavy guitar riff with an almost Beatle-esque chorus, creating a feel that is classic and new all at once. Steven Tyler is practically rapping in the verses, calling to mind the type of rhythmic, in-your-face singing that made ‘Walk This Way’ so special.

5
‘Long Way Down’
Kiss

Kiss seem to have finally figured out how to balance new material with the band’s core influences. ‘Long Way Down’ is a top-notch example of Kiss using a glossy modern production to convey a song that could have been lifted directly from one of the group’s classic ’70s outings, exploiting the different textures of Stanley and Simmons’ voices in a way that’s retro cool. And if Kiss haven’t exactly re-invented the wheel with ‘Long Way Down,’ well, at least they’ve added a really sweet set of new hubcaps.

4
‘The Wreckers’
Rush

Rush pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the year by releasing a conceptual album that is sonically reminiscent of some of their best past work. ‘The Wreckers’ is part of that work, but strong enough to stand on its own, and musically the band have dialed back their approach to the three-piece format that served so well in their classic era, before every track became buried under layers of synths. There are orchestrations here, but the focus is on the core of drums, bass and guitars, and Rush are still one of the most lyrically intelligent rock groups in the world.

3
‘We Take Care of Our Own’
Bruce Springsteen

If any E Street fans out there needed a big rousing anthem to cheer them up after last year’s loss of beloved saxophonist Clarence Clemons, Springsteen certainly delivered with this working class manifesto. This retro-sounding number from his album ‘Wrecking Ball’ features pianos and bells straight out of his ’70s bag of tricks, as he vows that a spirit of community will see us through both personal and worldwide tough times. Springsteen shows once again that he has his finger on the pulse of his audience with this angry comment on economic inequality.

2
‘Doom and Gloom’
The Rolling Stones

This not-quite-political take on current events finds Mick Jagger and company in fighting shape, with a perfectly sloppy guitar riff over a classic Stones drum groove. Jagger is singing, if anything, better than he has in years, belting out a scathing vocal performance. Lead guitar lines weave in and out of the track, but the centerpiece is undoubtedly Jagger, who handily destroys singers half his age.

1
‘Outta Space’
Van Halen

The first single from Van Halen’s comeback album, ‘Tattoo,’ may not have been the best re-introduction for longtime fans, but there’s plenty of classic material on the rest of the record. It’s an album chock-full of old-time Van Halen goodness that was exactly what the doctor ordered, but the spectacular drum and guitar interplay on ‘Outta Space’ may just be the coolest thing on there. It’s nice to see Van Halen not only back to work, but rocking with a vengeance.


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November 30, 2012 at 2:49 am Quote #20757

stayfrosty
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I dig Halen,Heart and the Stones tunes but the rest….
Surprised they picked Outta Space.Glad they did though…it cooks! Would make a great opener.


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November 30, 2012 at 3:59 am Quote #20760

PT5150
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‘Outta Space’
One of my favourite riffs from the ADKOT.Love the song.


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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November 30, 2012 at 5:01 am Quote #20762

Decatone
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Sigh… “Let’s get Rockin” amazing to think after all the riffs Ed’s done one from around 1977 get’s to No.1 in 2012 8-O Should of put it on VH1 instead of YRGM, oops, hornets nest :wink:


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November 30, 2012 at 5:36 am Quote #20764

unchainedheart
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Kiss ”Long Way Down” has a killer groove!!!


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December 1, 2012 at 1:17 am Quote #20803

stayfrosty
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Decatone:
Sigh… “Let’s get Rockin” amazing to think after all the riffs Ed’s done one from around 1977 get’s to No.1 in 20128-OShould of put it on VH1 instead of YRGM, oops, hornets nest :wink:

I totally agree,it shoulda been on the first record.But,I’m glad it wasn’t cuz I like the Outta Space lyrics better.


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December 1, 2012 at 3:50 am Quote #20804

PT5150
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Would love to see this song in the 2013 Setlist.


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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December 2, 2012 at 1:29 am Quote #20822

Mink
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Me too! Maybe it will replace Tattoo :mrgreen:



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January 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm Quote #22001

VAiN
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PT5150:
Would love to see this song in the 2013 Setlist.

Agreed.. I hope they add at least 3-5 from ADKOT.


Resident dickhead. I will hurt your delicate feelings.


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January 13, 2013 at 6:31 am Quote #22007

wjamflan
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VAiN: Agreed.. I hope they add at least 3-5 from ADKOT.

Me too. And I hope one of them is As Is….


“This hamburger don’t need no helper.” – DLR 5/17/15


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January 15, 2013 at 4:35 am Quote #22050

Mac22
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I don’t know about where you guys are but here in Winnipeg the crown went for beers every time a song was played from the new album so i just don’t see them adding more new stuff to the setlist.


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January 15, 2013 at 9:55 am Quote #22051

sickman
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Not the case at the shows I attended here in the US. I do think they should drop Chinatown from the set and replace it with another new one. Dave just can’t pull that one off.


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January 15, 2013 at 10:29 am Quote #22052

voodoo
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Mac22:
I don’t know about where you guys are but here in Winnipeg the crown went for beers every time asong was played from the new album so i just don’t see them adding more new stuff to the setlist.

Nope, not at any of the four shows I saw across the US. The bathroom break is always the drum solo. ;)


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January 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm Quote #22057

guitard
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voodoo: Nope, not at any of the four shows I saw across the US. The bathroom break is always the drum solo. ;)


Seems like there were also several folks who decided to take a piss break when Dave was doing his lead-in rap to Ice Cream Man.


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January 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm Quote #22058

kaloway
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guitard: Seems like there were also several folks who decided to take a piss break when Dave was doing his lead-in rap to Ice Cream Man.

we;; everyone has a good 20 minutes of him rambling on…


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