I loved Friday nights in my very early teens. Around the time that I was 12/13, my parents decided I was old enough to stay up as late as I wanted on those Fridays, and for me, that meant only two things.
Wrestling and rock ‘n’ roll
To this day, I don’t remember what wrestling show I watched on those Friday nights, but I know it was something. What I do recall quite clearly however, is where I got my rock ‘n’ roll fix.
Tommy Vance’s Friday Night Rock Show on VH1.
At that age, I had no idea about any of this.
To me, Tommy Vance was just some old guy who would appear on my television around midnight on a Friday night and introduce me to a number of songs that would ultimately go on to change my life.
This one was the first.
Steamroller rollin’ through my head…
Watching Tommy Vance’s Friday Night Rock Show on VH1 was the first time I saw the video for Coal Chamber’s Loco, and when I say it changed everything for me, I really do mean it.
This video was like nothing I’d ever seen before in my life.
It was like some bat-shit crazy horror movie, all set to this loud-as-hell, angry-as-shit music that I fell in love with almost instantly.
This was the kind of music that I’d been searching for since I’d heard that balls-out riff of Queen’s The Hitman a good many years earlier, except it wasn’t.
It was better than that. It was louder, it was harder, more aggressive and infinitely more awesome than anything I could have imagined.
But it was more than just the sound. It was the presentation, the look, the way I felt when I heard this song.
It made me feel powerful. Listening to it gave me a level of confidence which, as a shy and mostly nervouus child, I badly needed. It gave me a glimpse of something I wanted to be a part of.
Lead singer Dez Fafara looked like the actual devil, bassist Rayna Foss looked like the kind of girl I wanted for a girlfriend, and the whole presentation just screamed “Hey Chris! This is for you!”
This was the start of something.
No, scratch that. This was the start of everything.
Coal Chamber’s Loco video was my introduction into the world of full on, F-U metal that I continue to embrace even today. It was an introduction to a lifestyle and an aesthetic that I continue to cherish two decades after it was released.
In other words, this song was the introduction to the rest of my life.
Loco by Coal Chamber is the eighth song in my list of 52 songs that changed my life. Other entries in this list are below: