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Yngwie Malmsteen, "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget"

30 years ago, when we returned to school, I was heading to homeroom, when I passed some fellow sophs, who had their homeroom in a biology classroom. Jacob, who played clarinet in the orchestra and (marching) band, excitedly flagged me down, "Lummy, you gotta hear this!"

He then thrust the cassette of Yngwie Malmsteen's Trilogy, into my chest. Sigh, well, with the album cover depicting Malmsteen using his flame-throwing Strat to battle a 3-headed hydra, I guess this'd only appeal to Dungeons & Dragons geeks in the high school orchestra, who felt stifled.

Instead of the usual blues-based rock, Trilogy was neoclassical metal. Perhaps the only other classically-trained guitarists we were familiar with were Eddie Van Halen, and the late Randy Rhoads.

We grooved to "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget." Jacob marveled at Malmsteen's technique and super-fast but controlled playing: "How does he do that?"

2 or 3 girls in that homeroom just rolled their eyes at me, Jacob, and the other geeky guys.

But think about it. In early 1987, we had (a) Aerosmith and Run DMC doing rap/rock; (b) Brooklyn's Beastie Boys doing white rap; (c) Salt-N-Pepa doing female rap; (d) Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Poison giving hair metal a comeback; (e) Slayer turning punk into thrash; and (f) Yngwie Malmsteen bringing guitar shredding to the fore. These are strong reasons why one branch of my audiophile circle argues that 1987 was music's best or most influential.

With clean copies, and an honest system, you can play "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget," and it will sound as fresh as it did, 30 years ago. Except now, those girls (well, they're now in their mid-40s) don't roll their eyes. Since they now like this song, they'll be excited that you chucked the SA junk, and started playing something good.

-Lummy The Loch Monster

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Topic - Yngwie Malmsteen, "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget" - Luminator 20:24:52 01/19/17 (1)


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