ROCKWiRED SOUND BiTE: THE LONELY ONES - FLASH/THE HERO
As if QUEEN doesn't get enough tribute these days since the release of their biopic a couple of years ago. Sure, that sounds cranky but can you blame me given the devastation unleashed on us by COVID-19?
For the better part of 20 years BOBAFLEX was the hard rock band that should've had everyone believing that rock n roll was still alive. You couldn't even accuse these West Virginians of falling under that dreaded (by me) nu metal category. Any self respecting rock fan should've been rallying behind these guys instead of hating on GRETA VAN FLEET but with the departure of co-founder and co-vocalist/guitarist SHAUN McCOY, BOBAFLEX are now THE LONELY ONES and have done their level best to push their singles ETERNAL SADNESS and THE LONELY ONE in a time when people are advised not to gather in crowds. All of this may sound dour but from here it looks like THE LONELY ONES have it all under control. The music videos for their first two singles are in step with everything that the band under its former moniker had issued in the past in terms of sound, sentiment and overall feel. Despite the loss of a member and name change, the band still knows how to make the kind of impact that has set them apart from many of their lesser active rock brethren. Don't even get us started on how DISTURBED's cover of SOUNDS OF SILENCE was a bigger hit than BOBAFLEX's.
CHECK OUT THE MUSiC VIDEO FOR FLASH/THE HERO!!!
With just two singles behind them, it makes perfect sense for THE LONELY ONES to take on the stomping QUEEN anthem FLASH/THE HERO - the larger than life, hell hath no fury rock n roll epic that practically served as the centerpiece to the 1980 MICHAEL HODGES film FLASH GORDON. In recent years that glorious bombastic sci-fi yarn and its equally bombastic theme song have been tarnished for me due to their connection to that fucking MARK WAHLBERG film with the teddy bear. Nothing is sacred these days! However, THE LONELY ONES have reclaimed the curious pounding QUEEN war-whoop and all of my pleasant memories of SAM J. JONES flying blind on a rocket cycle and have managed to serve up the kindof rah rah rah our world needs right now while we are in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. I just pray that DISTURBED doesn't move on this one and turn it into an AXE BODY SPRAY smelling dirge.
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