Helix is a Canadian rock band that is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of its formation. The band has been through numerous lineup changes and survived the death of a guitar player, when their van rolled over while on tour in 1992. The band was a staple of MTV in its heyday.
Here, with the official video for their biggest hit, from the 1984 album Walkin’ The Razor’s Edge, is Helix with the official, uncensored video for “Rock You.”
When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early â€™80s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two-hour radio show that came from WOXY, the radio station of Miami University of Ohio, just across the state line in Oxford, Ohio. It was called Massive Metal for the Masses and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer, and countless others. This Monday weekly column is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it Massive Metal Monday. Every week, I will pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metal heads.