Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 5/11/14

New feature here at The Crash Pad, Sunday Triple Play.  Without much explanation needed, I'm sure, I'll be tossing out three song clips each Sunday, and it's a guarantee I'll be mixing up genres.  That's just how I roll.

For the first go-round, I'm hitting you with some funk, some punk and some Goth.  Funk Factory recently came to me upon recommendation from Image Comics artist Mathew Reynolds.  If you hear more than a couple familiar slices here that remind you of the Beastie Boys, it's no coincidence.  Quite a few samples were lifted from this track, "Rien Ne Va Plus."

After that, we bear witness to a young Henry Rollins and Black Flag in their hilarious rip on apathetic couch potatoes, "T.V. Party."  Those are followed by a personal all-time favorite, S.S.Q. (as in onetime eighties diva, Stacey Q) and the uncomfortably sensuous "Tonight (We'll Make Love 'Til We Die)" from the classic horror romp, Return of the Living Dead.

Hope you dig... 

Funk Factory:  ""Rien Ne Va Plus"

Black Flag:  "T.V. Party"

S.S.Q.:  "Tonight (We'll Make Love 'Til We Die)"


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