Once Bitten, Twice Shire

For all that are interested, my next Geeks of Doom article can be read here.ย It should hold the interest of anyone who was interested in the 80’s hair metal scene which was a pretty fun time in L.A. Shire is my brother in law’s band and this is a picture of him with Guns N’ Roses Izzy Stradlin before he was famous.

alan-santalesa-and-izzy-stradlin

72 thoughts on “Once Bitten, Twice Shire

  1. Great feature. An interesting piece of rock history and how music builds on other genres. Takes me back to when my brother wore his blue suede creepers and listened to the Dead Kennedys and The Ramones.

  2. OK, I am back! What a background story, Marissa! Although I don’t think I know Shire what you write shows a really famous band and the connection to Guns ‘N Roses is interesting.

  3. I loved the article, Marissa! I couldn’t get enough of the hair metal bands back in the day. I like the then and now backstory. Most of those bands used the same poses, too awesome.

  4. I really liked how you pull this all together. Rockers and musicians connecting through the universal “voice” of loving music! Marissa, you are a natural story teller! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nice article, Marissa! I hope you are having fun writing about what you love ๐Ÿ™‚
    I never heard of Shire, only super famous bands were listened in Argentina at the time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m actually surprised to hear that because I think The Ramones were very big in Argentina, even before they were very famous. Also, whenever we promote our family band, we always get a big response in South America.

      • The Ramones were HUGE!
        And now it’s easy because of the Internet. But in the 80’s (until about 84), there was a dictatorship so nothing was shown.
        Later only what some music program (not music channels yet!) decided it what it was good. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Later MTV but I’d say that was in the 90’s.
        Now I have no idea how it is, I left in 97 ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hmmmm, that’s all pretty interesting. Yes, Dee Dee Ramone ended up marrying an Argentinian girl named Barbara. I used to hang out with them when they lived in The Chelsea Hotel. He could get pretty nasty and I hear he started beating her at some point. Luckily she got the last laugh by inheriting so much of the rights to The Ramones stuff!
        Anyway, it just seems like punk and underground would have been big there…you know, kind of like when people say “I’m big in Japan” they could say “I’m big in Argentina!”

      • That’s a sad story!
        Ramones were huge, specially in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
        I had a boyfriend at that time so I was a bit disconnected of everything.
        I can only tell you that the “Big Bands” had many, many fans. (They probably still have.
        I think that The Rolling Stones have more fans in Argentina than any other country in the world). You probably can find some interview about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love 80s bands, Marissa. I had a lot of fun in that time frame. I understand those spandex pants were rather pricey (I have inside information on this, lol). I think music article writing is a great niche for you, glad you are enjoying it.

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