Friday, November 13, 2009

Update - broken links cleaned up

Just a quick note, since I see that people are still downloading from this blog, despite the fact I haven't uploaded anything in ages...

I've had a clean up - I deleted 36 posts that contained links that have died (for whatever reason), so all of the links should be working now.

If you still find any non-working links, email me and let me know.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Adrenalin Kick - Bad Reputation [1991]

Country: UK
Year: 1991
Line-up: Mick Pritchard (vocals), Dave Cooke (guitar), Adre Kania (guitar), Darren Richardson (bass), Mac (drums)

1. DeHumanize
2. She's Got Me Runnin'
3. Get Up
4. Turn Me On
5. Rough Stuff
6. Beware the Stranger
7. Million Miles
8. All I Want
9. Cold, Tired and Hungry
10. Bad Reputation

Fletchanator's comment: This album is pretty damn hard to find - I've seen it sell on ebay for $50. English rockers Adrenalin Kick put out just this one hard rock album (they sold out and released an industrial metal album in 97), which reminds me in parts of a heavier Warrant (especially the vocalist and the over-used gang vocals). Nothing spectacular and the production is subpar but again it's worth a listen.

Alyze - Playin' with Desire [1992]

Country: USA
Year: 1992
Line-up: John Olivo (vocals), Matt Olivo (guitar), Okie Okoneski (bass), Ed Tabit (drums)

1. Love Crime
2. Please Don't Go
3. Playin' With Desire
4. Dreamin' of You
5. She Makes Me Feel
6. Two Wrongs
7. Rose Colored Glasses
8. Poison Dress
9. Heavy Duty

Fletchanator's comment: Apparently the 1988 independent debut from these Michigan rockers was traditional heavy metal, but by the time they released their record label debut, Playin' with Desire in 1992, their sound was definitely hair metal/hard rock. There's really nothing to make Alyze stand out from the pack, but they're worth a listen.

Sweet F.A. - Stick to your Guns [1990]

Country: USA
Year: 1990
Line-up: Steven David Delong (vocals), Jon Lightning (guitar), James Thunder (guitar), Jim Quick (bass), Tricky Lane (drums)

1. Prince of the City
2. Nothin' for Nothin'
3. Rhythm of Action
4. Do a Little Drivin'
5. Daily Grind
6. Stick to your Guns
7. Whiskey River
8. I Love Women
9. Breakin' the Law
10. Heart of Gold
11. Devil's Road
12. Southern Comfort

Requested by: Sean L

Fletchanator's comment: Silly names aside (guitarists named Thunder and Lightning? Really?), Sweet F.A. put out one helluva debut album in 1990. These boys from Indiana played southern-styled hard rock, sounding similar to Tesla and Bulletboys. The single Rhythm of Action got some radio play. Sweet F.A. put out a follow-up album in 1991, before fading into obscurity. I heard they reunited for a few shows in 2007, but I'm not sure if they're still together.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Wow, it's been four months since I posted? Sorry about that.

Since it's Christmas I'm in a giving mood. I can't guarantee how often I'll be updating House of Hairspray in the future, but today I've uploaded three new albums and I'm setting to work on filling some of the many requests I've received over the past few months.

Needless to say, even if I'm not updating regularly, the links (more than 150 albums and counting!) will stay active, so enjoy!

House of Hairspray blogger

Contraband - Contraband [1991]

Country: USA
Year: 1991
Line-up: Richard Black (vocals), Tracii Guns (guitar), Michael Schenker (guitar), Share Pedersen (bass), Bobby Blotzer (drums)

1. All the Way from Memphis
2. Kiss by Kiss
3. Intimate Outrage
4. Bad for Each Other
5. Loud Guitars, Fast Cars and Wild, Wild Livin'
6. Good Rockin' Tonight
7. If This is Love
8. Stand
9. Tonight You're Mine
10. Hang On to Yourself

Requested by: Rex Rogers

Fletchanator's comment: Contraband were a bona fide hair metal supergroup, featuring members of Shark Island (Black), Ratt (Blotzer), Vixen (Pedersen), LA Guns (Guns) and MSG (Schenker). They put out just the one album, which followed an unplugged session featuring Ratt and Vixen, with Schenker as guest guitarist. Unfortunately the combined effort doesn't really live up to any of the bands the members came from, but that's not to say it's bad or anything. The kind of straight forward rock that resulted makes you think these guys just got together and jammed. There's a definite old fashioned rock 'n roll sound to it.

Bangalore Choir - On Target [1992]

Country: USA
Year: 1992
Line-up: David Reece (vocals), Curt Mitchell (guitar), John Kirk (guitar), Ian Mayo (bass), Jackie Ramos (drums)

1. Angel in Black
2. Loaded Gun
3. If the Good Die Young
4. Doin the Dance
5. Hold On to You
6. All or Nothin'
7. Slippin' Away
8. She Can't Stop
9. Freight Train Rollin'
10. Just One Night

Fletchanator's comment: Bangalore Choir only ever put out one album, but unlike a lot of one-and-out bands, these guys weren't young strugglers who got one shot and didn't make it. In fact, Bangalore Choir was something of a minor league supergroup. Awesome singer David Reece had previously fronted Dare Force, guitarists Kirk and Mitchell were ex-Razormaid, and the rhythm section was ex-Hericane Alice (incidently, you'll find Dare Force, Razormaid and Hericane Alice all on this blog). Together they combined for one brilliant melodic hard rock album which is very remiscent of Whitesnake's hair metal era stuff (mostly due to Reece sounding quite similar to David Coverdale). It's a shame Bangalore Choir didn't continue for long. Reece went on to form Sircle of Silence, while Ramos and Mayo hooked up with Doug Aldrich (ex-Lion, now playing with Dio and Whitesnake) in Bad Moon Rising and then Burning Rain.