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The Hawk’s Blood Drive is Tomorrow

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Hawk Rockers, it’s time to rock and roll up your sleeve. Our annual DJ’s United For Life Blood Drive is coming up tomorrow at United Blood Services on 1444 Grand Avenue.  Sam Talkington will be there from 3 pm – 5 pm, but you can stop by anytime.  To help pump you up, here’s our unofficial list of the “bloodiest” songs in rock history.

1.  AC/DC – If You Want Blood (You Got It).  The title track of their 1978 live album featured the gruesome image of Angus Young being impaled by his signature Gibson Les Paul.  The studio version of this track appeared one year later on Highway to Hell.

2.  U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday.  This 1983 anthem was inspired by the infamous 1972 “Bloody Sunday” attack in Northern Ireland, during which 26 unarmed protesters were shot by the British Army.  It helped propel the band to mainstream success in the United States and remains a staple at U2 concerts to this day.

3.  Foreigner – Hot Blooded. The second release from the seminal 1978 album “Double Vision”, it would later peak at #3 on the Billboard Singles Chart.  It has since been used in several movies and television shows, including “The Simpsons”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “The Office”, “Osmosis Jones” and “Adventureland”.  It was also parodied by Weird Al Yankovic and was later sampled by rapper Tone Loc in the song “Funky Cold Medina”.

4.  Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.  Tony Iommi wrote the opening riff for this song while rehearsing in the dungeon of a medieval English castle.  Rumor has it, members of Led Zeppelin visited the studio during the recording of the song and John Bonham reportedly offered to play drums during the sessions while Bill Ward was struggling with addiction issues.  It would eventually become the band’s fifth consecutive platinum selling album.

5.  Supertramp – Bloody Well Right.  Originally released as a b-side for the song “Dreamer”, fans and radio DJ’s flipped this 1974 single over and it went on to become the band’s breakthrough hit in the United States.

 

 

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