Monday, November 23, 2015

Open Fire - Open Fire EP [1990]

Country: USA
Year: 1990
Line-up: Erich Wida (vocals), Chris Yamamoto (guitars), Jack Acevedo (bass), Birdie (Drums)

Track Listing:
1. Top of the Heap
2. Feel the Power
3. Love Comes Tumblin' Down
4. Lying to Yourself

Fletchanator's comment: Following on from the cassette rip I posted of Wild Child, here is another release that as far as I know is only available on tape. Open Fire were a four-piece from Hawaii, a land that is hardly synonymous with heavy metal. They later released a full-length album, No Uncle of Mine, on CD in 1995. But none of the songs on this self-released EP were included on that, so this is likely the only place you can hear these tracks. Bassists Jack Acevedo has uploaded some Open Fire songs onto youtube, but today the band are pretty much a footnote in history. Singer Wide apparently joined a metal covers band called Slug after Open Fire split up.
Soundwise, I can hear similarities with Motley Crue, LA Guns and bands of that ilk but they also incorporate a heavier, faster sound that adds elements of traditional heavy metal bands like Metal Church and Accept.


Wild Child - Wild Child [1989]

Country: USA
Year: 1989
Line-up: Brian Kight (vocals, guitars), Rich Wolfe (bass), Bryan Watson (guitars), Craig Kight (drums)

Track Listing:
1. Street Queen Lady
2. Cry Wolf
3. Thunder and Rain
4. Watching Thru Mirrors
5. Goin Down
6. Gypsy Caravan
7. Winds of Change
8. Gotham City

Fletchanator's comment: Now this is a really rare little gem. It's ripped from a cassette tape and as far as I can tell it has never received a CD or vinyl release. Information on this band is extremely scarce, but Wild Child appeared to be based in Ohio. This is probably their only release. Singer/guitarist Brian Kight is still making music today - he has a Youtube channel which features videos by a recent band called Ripcord, as well as old Wild Child live clips and clips from a pre-Wild Child band called Ripfist.
As for this album, it's a great slice of late 80s hard rock which reminds me in places of Babylon AD or Dokken and at other times has the funky edge of Bulletboys. The guitar work in particular makes this rise above most "undiscovered" bands of the era.

UPDATE: New links

Just a quick note to say that I have updated the links on 18 posts so far and more will be up soon. I'm making my way back from the most recent posts and you can tell which ones have new links by the (NEW LINK NOV 2015) on the download link.

Rock on!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The return of House of Hairspray!

Well, it's been 6 years since I posted on this blog, but it still seems to be popular - people continue to comment on posts and to send me emails about it.

So, I've decided I'm going to start posting here again. Look out for new reviews/downloads in the near future, aimed mainly towards the obscure and under-appreciated side of glam metal.

And, I'll also be updating the links that are already on here. They're all on Rapidshare, which doesn't even exist anymore, so each one will need to be uploaded to a new server. There's 140-odd posts at this stage, so that's going to be a lot of work, but I'll be doing it gradually. I will post whenever I do an update to let you know what albums are now working (also on the post itself you'll find "updated link" mentioned).

Rock on!

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.