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FOZZY – Fozzy

Fozzy – Fozzy (2000, Megaforce Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Stand up and Shout” … (3:39)
2. “Eat the Rich” … (4:05)
3. “Stay Hungry” … (2:56)
4. “The Prisoner” … (6:18)
5. “Live Wire” … (3:17)
6. “End of Days” … (3:54)
7. “Over the Mountain” … (4:31)
8. “Blackout” … (3:39)
9. “Feel the Burn” … (4:23)
10. “Riding on the Wind” … (3:10)

Chris Jericho – Vocals
Rich Ward – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ryan Mallam – Guitar
Dan Dryden – Bass
Frank Fontsere – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Butch Walker – Guitar, Vocals on “Over the Mountain”
Andy Sneap – Vocals on “Blackout”

Produced by: John Briglevich & Fozzy

Before Fozzy turned themselves into a somewhat serious hard rock & metal band with 2005’s All That Remains, they played the Spinal Tap joke card and did mostly covers on their first two albums.

The concept behind wrestler Chris Jericho and the band Stuck Mojo getting together was that they were a 80s hair band who had been stuck in Japan for the last 15 years and had written all these great songs that were “stolen” by other bands and these are the original versions. Pretty interesting and humorous idea and I remember the band and Jericho getting a lot of press from the Metal Sludge website at the time with the site playing along that this was all legit.

It actually took me a few years to pick this one up, for some reason, despite being a huge Jericho fan and huge fan of 80s rock. Jericho does a surprisingly good job using an “80s metal voice” and hitting the notes on these songs, though he sounds a bit strained trying to measure up to Rob Halford on “Riding on the Wind” (but who wouldn’t, outside of Ripper Owens, that is).

It’s a really fun album and Jericho’s “The new Number TWO!” overacting at the beginning of Iron Maiden’s “The Prisoner” cracks me up.

It’s not all covers though, the band managed to put up 2 original songs: “End of Days” and “Feel the Burn”, both of which have a more modern sound and wouldn’t be out of place on All That Remains. Of the two, “End of Days” is my favorite.

Highlights: “Eat the Rich”, “Live Wire”, “End of Days”, “Over the Mountain”, “Blackout”

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