At the same time punk and glam rock was being churned up on either side of the pond – metal carried momentum into the mainstream. Considering Black Sabbath’s debut was released 1970 – and Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl arrived in 1977. UFO’s “Lights Out” also reared it’s head in 1977. – Michael Schenker was a king of the arena rock riff. Often cited as a major influence on the intellectual metal set – his guitar work paved the way for modern thrash, and speed metal. HappyParts spent the day in Martinez, California. So anyone with a Northern California culture-compass will know why UFO came to mind. Contra Costa County – for the most part – is the county that stopped in time: somewhere between 1976-1984. I would not have it any other way. Dig it.