Written By Braddon S. Williams
Dokken: Under Lock And Key
Under Lock And Key (1985), was my introduction to Dokken, and more specifically, to George Lynch’s guitar playing. I believe it was the video for In My Dreams that initially caught me eyes and ears.
Lynch had this massive rhythm sound and an absolutely face melting, yet still melodic lead attack. I also was impressed by Dokken’s use of vocal harmonies.
Don Dokken’s lead vocals were pretty lightweight and breathy for a “heavy metal” singer, but the background vocals really blended well with his voice and beefed up the entire sound. Other songs that I liked a lot from Under Lock And Key included It’s Not Love, Lightnin’ Strikes Again (where Don Dokken actually screamed like he had a pair), Unchain The Night, Jaded Heart, and The Hunter.
Dokken was great at the hair metal game and I saw them open for Aerosmith a couple of years later and they played a tight and entertaining set. To be honest, they are only on my list because of George Lynch, though. He was the real deal…a guitar hero with big hair and bigger talent.