Psycho Cafe. Bang Tango. Guns is the self-titled debut studio album by American hard rock band L. The album is the only L. Guns release to feature drummer Nickey "Beat" Alexander, who was replaced by Steve Riley before it was released. Material for the debut L. Guns release was drawn from the band's formative years. Songwriting credits were listed for all five band members, as well as former lead vocalist Paul Black. The album also includes cover versions of two songs by members' former projects.
Early demo recordings of several songs were included on Hollywood Raw: The Original Sessions, while the reunited classic lineup of the band re-recorded a number of tracks for Greatest Hits and Black Beauties. Guns was a minor domestic commercial success. The album spent 33 weeks on the Billboard albums chart, peaking at number 50 in April Faster Pussycat. The track "Mr. The tracks "Too Tight" and "Charge Me Up" were recorded during these sessions, but did not make it onto the final album.
But Stick It to Ya , released in January of , grabbed hold of the final moments and wrung every last multiplatinum drop from them. The album spawned three hit singles, including the crunchy "Up All Night" and the acoustic "Fly to the Angels," both of which pitted Mark Slaughter's Robert Plant-esque wail against a straightforward — and, in contrast to the VVI, less shred-crazed — hard-rock attack.
By the time they followed it up two years later with The Wild Life , hair metal — and Slaughter's — glory days were over. Having already established themselves as carriers of the Van Halen torch with their self-titled debut, the BulletBoys decided to get a little weirder on their follow-up. Louis Post-Dispatch in Tracks like the saucy "Do Me Raw" and the yowling "Good Girl" revealed that raunch remained a key part of their arsenal, but they had artier things on their dirty minds.
Christopher" and J. Lenoir's pestering "Talk to Your Daughter" as singles. Both became minor hits thanks to frontman Marq Torien's oozy charisma. Like much of their Headbangers Ball brethren, this bloozy Texas quintet had sex on the brain — the sleaze-romp "Teas'n Pleas'n" had a spoken-word breakdown where lead singer Jason McMaster hastily apologized to a husband who found him in flagrante with his squeeze, and the similarly contracted "Sport'n a Woody" is, well, kind of self-explanatory.
But where McMaster and his bandmates transcend their sex-and-drugs-and-riffs peers was on the Alice Cooper homage "Scared," a freaked-out look at life at the bottom of a bottle that feels like an exploding locomotive. Its unsteadiness mirrors its subject matter so effectively that it stands up as one of the era's finest singles.
Portlanders who naturally found their way south to L. They definitely got the gorgeous locks and pouts down, and they cover "Action" by Seventies glamsters the Sweet, but their debut album is cranked-up, bruising stuff. Having established themselves as one of hard rock's snarlier outfits on their self-titled debut, L.
Guns expanded their palette on album Number Two. Guns a thrill ride. Guns its highest-charting single, the sweetly mournful Mansfield eulogy "The Ballad of Jayne," but "Never Enough," a slice of blue-balls blues that burned up the Dial MTV phone lines, felt like the hit, its frustrated power-pop punch given extra heat by Phil Lewis's flinty yowl. Based on just the album cover and title alone, Open Up and Say… Ahh! The latter tune, from the opening acoustic strums, to the lighter-waving chorus, to singer Bret Michaels' shirtless sigh as he rolls out of bed at the beginning of the music video, is a master-class in Eighties metal power balladry, and has since been tackled by everyone from Miley Cyrus to Tom Cruise.
And the female protagonist responsible for breaking Michaels' heart? A stripper, of course. That was the thorn. It's both positive and aggressive. Having recently exited or been shown the door, depending of who you ask , Van Halen, the singer was not only eager to establish himself as a solo artist, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to thumb his nose at his old band.
To this end he enlisted "the Power Twins," former Alcatrazz and Frank Zappa guitar wizard Steve Vai one of few players with the chops to leave Eddie Van Halen eating dust at the starting blocks and Buffalo-bred bass master Billy Sheehan along with former big-band drummer Gregg Bissonette. Together, they produced ten tracks of relentlessly exuberant hard rock. Finland's missing link between the New York Dolls and Guns N' Roses lacked the vocal and instrumental oomph of either — but then so does Buckcherry and they never made a record this entertaining.
Also, unlike Hanoi's Michael Monroe, W. Axl Rose never stole their haircut. The rest of the band all wanted to look like Johnny Thunders, and their punk roots show everywhere: "Kill City Kills" is an Iggy-with-James Williamson reference, "Nothing New" sounds exactly like the Buzzcocks with Steve Tyler yelps, "Problem Child" is pure speed rock and "Taxi Driver"'s wolf-howling garageabilly Travis Bickle tribute could be easily mistaken for Sweden's Nomads. Feather soft, partial to ballads and led by a poster hunk from a foreign land, White Lion was the Drake of the glam metal era.
Said no less authority than Zakk Wylde , "Vito Bratta is the only guitarist I've heard who sounds cool doing taps. Although Dokken's Back for the Attack charted higher — thanks to a hit song in the third Freddy Krueger movie — Under Lock and Key remains their quintessential release. It's a streak of confused love songs including the tough-guy-gone-soft rocker "In My Dreams," the rejection manifesto "It's Not Love" and the literal "will I ever find love.
However, these tough guys were as fragile in real life as the characters Dokken wrote about in his songs: At the peak of their career, billed over Metallica on the Monsters of Rock tour, they broke up in Almost every song on their debut concerns getting wasted and in fact, Wasted in America is what they named their also astounding follow-up ; their world is one big bad-trip party that mama told you not to come to, and you feel sorry for the "gang-bang slave girl" and "little slutsy tipsy" and "rock queen 13 buxom blonde" who didn't stay away.
But their sound twists itself like no other hair metal — all the way to the surf-thrash Beach Boys "Hell, Ca. They'd get even more serious later, on their grunged-up next couple albums almost nobody heard, but the real meal ticket here is the small-town murder mystery "Uncle Tom's Cabin," less Harriet Beecher Stowe than their answer to Charlie Daniels' "The Legend of Wooley Swamp. The debut album from Cinderella is masterful in both its economy and mood-setting abilities.
Tom Keifer's yowl had Brian Johnson's bite and Janis Joplin's yearning, while the muscular take on bluesy hard rock put forth by his bandmates helped the punchy "Somebody Save Me" and the pummeling title track stand out in an increasingly crowded landscape.
As for the title, even the saucy "Shake Me" has an afterhours edge, although the embittered, runny-mascara-stained "Nobody's Fool" might be the best early example of how hair metal's indulgence of its latent goth tendencies could result in the sublime. Initially lumped in with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal as denim-clad teens even though they'd later insist they'd been weaned on Seventies glam rock, Def Lep were still young and sprightly enough to manage pop-metal's Stateside breakthrough with their third album, one of the year's biggest selling in any genre.
They got even bigger on 's Hysteria , but here they're still more a working band than Mutt Lange's studio concoction. One suspects, though, that Mutt encouraged all the sunburst-harmony choruses — not to mention the incidental sound effects like wind, helicopters and strange industrial loops.
Twisted Sister always looked less like mascara-ed, gender-bending hair farmers than they did some steroidal version of New York Dolls.
It was all so confusing that Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center fingered the band in its list of the Filthy 15 songs at the time for ostensibly inspiring teenage violence , leading frontman Dee Snider to testify before the U. Senate in protest of "Parental Advisory" stickers. Coyote theme," Snider said in Metal Health was perfect cocktail of Eighties metal benchmarks: a song about headbanging "Metal Health" , a catchy anthem embracing "the noise" a cover of original glam rockers Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize" and an ode to driving recklessly "Slick Black Cadillac.
It's no surprise it was the first-ever heavy metal record to reach Number One. The band had existed from to , issuing two records only in Japan, before breaking up when Ozzy Osbourne called guitarist Randy Rhoads up to the majors. After Rhoads' tragic death, singer Kevin DuBrow got the band back together to record a tribute to their fallen comrade, Metal Health's Elton John-on-steroids power ballad "Thunderbird" — and only then they realized they could make another go of it.
They'd score another hit record with 's Condition Critical thanks to another Slade cover, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" but their quality control slipped as the decade wore on. Warrant's first taste of wall-to-wall radio fame came with the wistful ballad "Heaven," which reached Number Two on the Hot , its notoriety derived from the libidos of its members — particularly that of frontman Jani Lane, whose sweet singing voice was belied by his salty bon mots.
Guns as they were reforming with their classic line-up. There was some talk of the band reforming yet again with former L. Guns members Chris Van Dahl on bass and Johnny Crypt on guitar with Dave Moreno on drums, but in Jizzy was hired as lead singer for Ratt , which would end that prospect and occupy him for the next six years.
Love returning for a brief stint on guitars but with the rest of the band as The original lineup reunited for the first time in ten years, on February 24, at Club Vodka in Hollywood, California to perform their classic debut record Black out in the Red Room in its entirety. The show sold out, with an audience of 1, Additional support was from Gypsy Pistoleros .
The tour was very well received by the UK fans. A tour was announced in December The EP was subsequently changed to display Pearl's name instead. Pearl announced he will be touring U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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