Jim Schwartz’s Love Affair With Hard Rock

October 9, 2009 on 11:41 am | In Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Given the unique, against the grain, at least for a NFL head coach, personality of Lions Head Jim Schwartz, with his economics degree and pronounced love for 80′s heavy metal/hard rock , the Detroit media seems quite enamored with the fact that he is the headbanging, head coach.

Jim Schwartz’s top five heavy-metal albums:
1. Queensryche, “Operation: Mindcrime” (“Just a masterpiece. I’ve probably listened to it a thousand times, maybe more.”)
2. Judas Priest, “British Steel”
3. AC/DC, “Back in Black”
4. Metallica, “Master of Puppets”
5. Motley Crue, “Dr. Feelgood”

Schwartz elaborates further,

“It really started in Nashville. Nashville is not just a country music town,” Schwartz said. “There are a lot of recording studios. A lot of people come to town there. Knowing people in record companies and people in bands and stuff like that, it sort of started there and has carried over here. It’s one of the perks of the job.”

Schwartz’s Detroit office is littered with signed guitars and music memorabilia he’s acquired over the years.

His love affair with heavy metal started his freshman and sophomore years at Mount Saint Joseph High, an all-male Catholic school outside of Baltimore.

“My parents were into 50′s music and stuff like that,” Schwartz said. “My family is not very musical. We didn’t grow up around a lot of music, it was just something that developed in high school.”

I too am of the age group of people who would be inclined to love heavy metal. One of the first recordings that I owned was Quiet Riot’s “Metal Health”.

For anyone who cares, here are my top 5 80′s “metal” albums, in no particular order:

1. Iron Maiden “Peace of Mind”
2. Metallica ‘Kill “em All” (begrudgingly)
3. Twisted Sister “Stay Hungry”
4. Motorhead “Ace of Spades”
5. Guns N Roses “Appetite for Destruction”

For Michiganders, who have struggled and enjoy stories of resilience and the ability to overcome, with blind perseverance against all odds, the recent DVD release, Anvil: The Story of Anvil is a must see. Anvil are a band who has been together 30 years, and thanks largely due to their documentary, are beginning to receive some rare and hard-earned acclaim. Truly, without irony, you will be moved by their improbable story.

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