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Artist: Every Mother's Nightmare

Title: Wake Up Screaming

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Every Mother's Nightmare Wake Up Screaming Album Cover


Category: Glam

Year: 1993

Label: Arista

Catalog Number: 07822-18639-2


Rick Ruhl lead vocals
Steve Malone guitars, vocals
Jim Phipps drums, vocals
Mark McMurtry bass, vocals


1.  House of Pain  
2.  Closet Down the Hall  
3.  I Hate Myself  
4.  Already Gone  
5.  Tobacco Road  
6.  Slip and Fall  
7.  Good Die Young  
8.  Break Down  
9.  If I Had My Way  
10.  Bang to the Bone  
11.  I Needed You  
12.  Cryin' Shame  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Mike G Date: June 26, 2001 at 13:37
Great album!! Much better effort than their debut!! Aside from the horrible production, this album boasts driving hard rock that does not quit!!!!!!!

From: metal_man73 Date: October 31, 2001 at 18:43
"I Hate Myself" "Already Gone" "I Needed You" and "If I Had My Way" are my favorite songs on this album. I like this album better then the last one.Great cd!!!

From: TIM Date: April 24, 2002 at 5:50
Another great album by EMN!

From: Tony Date: May 7, 2002 at 21:06
Play this one back to back with the first one and you'd swear it wasn't even the same band man!!! They're much lighter this time out and this record reeks of record company execs having too much say in this project. Not bad and when the songs are good they're really good but they set the bar so high with the first one this just sounds so small and "wimpy" in comparison. The ballads are killer though.

From: Sarracenia Date: May 19, 2002 at 7:07
First of all, this is perhaps one of the most horribly produced albums I have ever heard. It sounds like it was recorded in a tin shed. Was there even a bass recorded for this album? That's too bad, because there are some really good songs here. If they could only re-record it...

From: Cotton C. Lover Date: June 8, 2002 at 2:04
I definitely liked this one more than the first. Much more solid song writing. Not as generic as the s/t.

From: David Date: June 28, 2002 at 3:54
Execellent release, one of the best 80's sounding cd's ever. A must have!

From: Gar Date: August 10, 2002 at 3:19
First CD was OK. This one's much better. There's more variety in the songs, and Rick Ruhl's singing has improved.

From: Drag-in-Bones Date: September 15, 2002 at 23:16
This band fits in somewhere with getting a tattoo, shaving your head and eating Doritos and orange soda for breakfast--they're all garanteed to make your mother wish you were never born, And of course, we all know that anything our mother hates must be pretty damn cool!!! So it fallows that Every Mother's Nightmare and their Richter-Scale sonic onslaught will garner a lot of middle-aged enemies and a lot of young allies!!!

From: Drag-in-Bones Date: September 15, 2002 at 23:29
Every Mother's Nightmare fuses a Southern twang with thrash drumming, swamp-rock menace, a vocalist who sounds like Bret Michaels gargling with razor blades in a over all frenzy teetering on the brink of sanity!!! Man "O" Man!, These guy's are the shit!!! Girls grab your most private toys, throw this one on, crank it up to ten, enjoy all the good "Viberations" ---and sweet dreams!!! I'll see ya all there. (Drag-in-Bones)

From: Brian Date: December 13, 2002 at 22:15
Just picked up this cd used for 1.50.Love the first four songs but after that it drops off abit.Production is weak but decent songs make up for it.

From: Rocker76 Date: December 17, 2002 at 18:43
"Already Gone" kicks ass! One of the best songs from an 80s/90s hard rock band.

From: David Date: March 28, 2003 at 3:05
I was completely disappointed in this album. Maybe it needed to grow on me a little longer. It lacked many of the hooks the first CD had. The first few songs are good and then they really slide off into ho-hum songs.

From: kim hp Date: April 16, 2003 at 17:20
kinda boring album... but worth the $1 i spend on it.

From: Dean Date: January 26, 2004 at 13:37
This one gets my vote for "most often seen in a used cd store" and i never understood why. There are some really good songs on this disc. This band tends to shine on the mellow tunes the best. "Already Gone" and "I Hate Myself" are esp. cool.

From: Gar Date: January 26, 2004 at 20:57
Actually, Bulletboys - "Freakshow" gets my vote. You can't turn around without running into that cd.

From: Dean Date: January 26, 2004 at 21:41
Another couple are Poison-native tongue and motley crue-s.t.

From: ksymrtn Date: January 29, 2004 at 18:43
After this CD was released you will notice EMN was dropped from Arista, that is because they were about to be replaced with another very successful local band from Knoxville,TN, because they just didn't have what Arista was looking for in a top producing band anymore. Growing up with Rick Ruhl, I can tell you he is and always will be a big SHIT... After much voice training he, as a vocalist, still leaves alot to be desired...I just don't like their style, if you could call it THAT...

From: David Date: November 4, 2004 at 3:50
This is one of best late 80's, early 90's cd's out there!! If you don't have this in your collection your hard rock collection is not complete. Unfortunaly this style of music will never be made again.

From: Geoff Date: March 1, 2005 at 5:37
Absolutely awesome songs, but a clear drop in sound quality, production & heaviness. A real shame because with the tight, heavy sound of the debut unleashed on these songs this'd be one of the best discs out there. 'House of Pain' is a huge hard rock opener- monster track and a highlight, 'I Hate Myself' is one of my fave ballads ever, 'Already Gone' is still today one of my favourite commercial/melodic hard rock tracks, regardless of the poor Johnny lyrics. Killer lesson in melodic hard rock!

From: Geoff Date: March 1, 2005 at 5:37
'Slip and Fall' is perfect commercial/glam hard rock and very catchy, 'Good Die Young' is an awesome balls to the wall hard rocker, 'Break Down' is another clear highlight and absolute commercial gem- might have given them a name back in '89, 'If I Had My Way' is better than Plunkett's version and another stand-out, beautiful track, and 'I Needed You' is the best of 3 outstanding ballads and my fave track. Just stunning. 'Cryin' Shame' is a great hard rocker. To be honest, almost a perfect disc.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 2, 2005 at 7:18
Indeed, I wake up screaming if someone (you all know who !) dare to call this an almost perfect disc. The same one that slaggs of Damn Yankees and Dakota ! Oh boy !!!

From: Geoff Date: March 2, 2005 at 23:32
Have you actually heard this CD, AOR Freaky? I don't care what your pre-conceptions are about this band, but can you honestly say there are better and more melodic songs on the particular Dakota disc I spoke of, or the ordinary Damn Yankees CDs? 10 of these 12 tracks are awesome, and IMO there are only 3 stand-outs from Damn Yankees and none from 'My lucky' by Dakota. This is excellent commercial / melodic hard rock... and hey, they're American!!! You should love 'em!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 3, 2005 at 4:15
Of course, Geoff ! I even own it ! I bought all this stuff (see also D'Molls etc.) when I was younger and it's a real mistake ! This is bad, I have no other words for it ! And it's not because they're american I always have to love 'em. Dalton is better than this !

From: Geoff Date: March 3, 2005 at 5:58
I hate myself for being pulled into asking this, and I understand it's all a matter of opinion, but I cannot understand why you think this is so bad and Damn Yankees is good? This has a shit production, but the songs are in a whole different league to Damn Yankees. Damn Yankees might have a better vocaist and production, but surely even you cannot say that they have better songs than 'I needed you', 'Already gone', 'I hate myself', 'Break down', 'If I had my way' and 'House of pain'??? Sorry all

From: z4roxx Date: March 3, 2005 at 8:34
Sorry mate but how can you compare Dalton to Every Mother's Nightmare?They are completely different and not comparable,IMO.Then I can say you that I like this band but Atrophy are 10,000 times better(and it's the truth for me)but they play hard rock and Atrophy speed/thrash and a comparison is not possible.We can compare bands that plays same style as Bad 4 Good,J-Train,Beau Nasty etc...We can talk about this things I suppose....Just what I think.

From: Geoff Date: March 16, 2005 at 1:46
I just had this stroking my ears at large volumes, and you know what? I realised something. AOR Freaky was right... LOL LOL hardy har! But seriously, did anyone else ever notice that 'Slip and fall' and 'If I had my way' are produced by a Keith Elson and the rest is produced by a Jim Gaines? Means little? Well it did to me too, but listen for the difference, especially the very obvious beefier drum sound. It's still not perfect, but I suspect that if Keith had produced the whole disc it mi

From: Geoff Date: March 16, 2005 at 1:47
... it might have turned out fine, in terms of sound. Songs are good enough as they are But my main dismay with the production on this disc is the pissy drum sound, but it's fine on the 2 aforementioned tracks. Interesting... well at least to me.

From: aMetalhead1966 Date: January 24, 2006 at 13:45
This is just as good as the first,though it's a deeper listen. Lots of people didn't like this one...I love it!!!Damn these guys can move the air...10/10....

From: juan carlos Date: February 16, 2007 at 13:36
Muy buen Hardrock con sus toques melódicos y glam también. Grandes coros, voz de regular a aceptable, producción regular. La 1,2,3,4,7,9 y la 11. Lo mejor del disco los coros y los solos y la mayoría de los riffs, se lo han currado bien como se dice. 8/10

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 21, 2010 at 9:07
One of those albums that every used CD shop in America had a copy of. Given that copies of this are more widespread Paris Hilton's legs when a videocamera appears, people must have despised it like a mother despises the tattooed, leather-clad biker dude she finds cornholing her teenage daughter under the bleachers at the Junior High football game. Sure, the production is a little nightmarish compared to the stellar sound of the debut, but it's certainly tolerable and is offset by some quality hard rock tunes. Crank this sucker way the hell up and the hooks are sharp enough to wake the dead and get them banging their rotting heads to the rhythm. Sonic quality aside, this is a serious step up in songwriting compared to their first release, a potent combination of lift-your-lighters ballads and smokin' hot rockers. Roll the windows down, turn the stereo up, and scream your lungs raw until crimson flecks of tissue spatter the inside of the car windshield.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 18, 2010 at 14:08
Just got this one, and on first listen, as many have mentioned, it's the production that hits you like running ears-first into a barbwire fence. Tin shed? Hell no, it sounds more like it was recorded in a cave, one of the most echoey-sounding discs I've ever heard. Vocals are all but buried. And I do notice a bit of an up-and-down quality in the sound of the individual songs, as if they were from different sessions (which of course they were). SHould've been corrected in the final mix. Anyway, I guess I'll have to give it a more thorough listen to really find the highlights. Anybody remember what the single was from this? I dimly remember something from this getting a small amount of airplay in early '93, but can't remember which song.

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