Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Back in the waning days of hair metal, the unfairly maligned Mr. Big had a #1 radio/MTV hit with the beans-and-weenies campfire love song To Be With You, and getting swept up in the commensurate "power ballad" publicity crapola. They had lesser success with a couple of similar type girlie songs, while the music industry, in its infinite wisdom, completely ignored the fact that they were a bona-fide rock band -- easily equivalent with the then-resurgent Aerosmith -- with world-class musicians.
Paul Gilbert has since put his quirky good humor to good use, re-doing TBWY with his touring band in a variety of heavy-rock stylings. This one here uses Van Halen's Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love as a template. Awesome.