B-Sides: This Power Ballad Is a Shocker
Ah, the soundtrack to Wes Craven’s Shocker - truly the B-Sides gift that keeps on giving. It wouldn’t be the most metal 80’s horror movie soundtrack without a hard rockin’ hair band power ballad. Every rose has its thorn; just like every sword had its stone; or something like that.
I can’t say I’m too familiar with the band Bonfire. All these long-haired hard rock bands from the mid-to-late 1980’s blend together after a while. “Sword and Stone” was originally recorded by Kiss for their Crazy Nights album but didn’t make the final cut and now can only be heard as an unreleased demo. The song then got passed on to Bonfire, and having heard both versions, I’d say the Bonfire version is vastly superior.
This power ballad covers Shocker’s romantic aspect. You remember how Peter Berg’s girlfriend gets murdered by Horace Pinker; she comes back as a ghost that lives inside his memories and they somehow live happily ever afterlife, or something like that. Damn, Shocker is one seriously goofy movie. If only My Soul to Take had a bitchin’ soundtrack like this.
“I am the sword and you are the stone.”
But wouldn’t that mean I am waiting for someone more deserving to pull me away from you where I am trapped and useless? I think they might have gotten their metaphors screwed up on this one. Regardless, it’s a good, sadly overlooked song that will probably be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Here’s Bonfire’s original music video for “Sword and Stone”, something I didn’t even know existed, probably because I didn’t watch enough of “MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball” growing up.
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