Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Starz In Rars

Some great hard rawkin' tuneage for you all tonight from the criminally overlooked Starz and the band they later became, Hellcats. All good rare kick ass stuff, good for your ears and your soul too i'm sure.
Big thanks to Srom, a friend of the blog who very kindly upped these Starz & Hellcats rarities for your listening & dancing pleasure. Srom, you're a legend, much kudos to you, on behalf of our visitors i salute you!
Okay, let's get this show on the road then, first up, it's "Requiem", an odds & sods collection from 1992, which was released after an abotive 1990 reunion failed to produce a full length album. You get 5 tracks from the 1990 sessions, some live stuff from 1978, some '70's non-lp b-sides and much more besides. As with everything Starz did, this is excellent, grab it now.

STARZ - Requiem (1992) USA

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More rare treats from Starz now, this is their "Piss Party" Mini LP from 1985, worth having just to hear the bizarre reggae version of "Pull The Plug" and the ludicrous title track. An enjoyable oddity. Tor-Erik posted a 128kbps rip of this a while back, this is a higher bitrate with no glitches.

STARZ - Piss Party (1985) USA

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After Starz folded initially in 1980, Ranno and Smith put together the excellent (and very Starz-like), Hellcats, and released this Mini LP, "Hellcats I", a great little record which disappeared without a trace as their label went tits up 3 weeks after it's release. Fate is a cruel mistress indeeed.

HELLCATS - Hellcats I (1982) USA

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Eventually, Hellcats went their seperate ways, but by the mid-'80's Richie Ranno had assembled a totally new line up and recorded a full length album, the imaginatively titled "Hellcats" or "Hellcats 2" in its CD incarnation. Clear?
Musically, it's still very Starz-esque, but has some more modern sounding reference points too. It certainly shows Ranno's twin strengths (songwriting & geetar pickin'), at the height of their powers. Again, it beggars belief that musicians of this quality can languish in perpetual semi-obscurity whilst so much pap gets praised to the high heavens & flies off the shelves. There truly is no justice.

HELLCATS - Hellcats aka Hellcats II (1987) USA

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Srom, i can't thank you enough for these. You RULE!!!
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Here's a post of my own to finish with for tonight, it's "One Foot In History " by Texas rock gods (& goddess), Nitzinger. Their first album seemed to go down well recently, this one is every bit as good, and includes the awesome "Texas Blues/Jelly Roll" as one of the bonus tracks. The playing on this song is staggering, give it a listen and tell me your jaws don't drop. A great rock band who could play any style they wanted at the drop of a hat, and sound like they invented it. Enjoy it, for they sure don't make 'em like this no more!

NITZINGER - One Foot In History (1972) USA

Next time out. i'll be serving y'all up some great rare NWOBHM, some raw punk & who knows what else besides. Til then, keep on keepin' on.


Anonymous fatrod said...

Thanks a lot for the Starz, brings back great memories!!!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:30:00 PM  
Anonymous the KIDD said...


Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:55:00 PM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...


Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:24:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

It's true there's no justice when it comes to bands that find sucess and those who don't sometimes, but a lot of the time I am thankful because if they got played on the radio all the time, they'd be lumped in with Zeppelin and Boston in the burnout bin.

Never can get enough of the mighty John Nitzinger. Just got ahold of the 3rd LP Live Better Electrically. Not up to the first 2 but definetly worthy of a bend of the ear or two.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Oh and the reason I first logged in here......duh!!

Wasn't there a female metal band from the UK called Hellcats that had at least one LP out around '85 or so? I seem to remember seeing it at the record store I used to work at back in those hazy days filed in the metal section and being afraid to take a 10 dollar chance on it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Damn Good, Damn Good!!!!!!!!!!!!
Absolute best set of post at one time ever. With what else is here at this blog AMAZING.
Greatly Appreciated what you do here time traveller.
Was a Starz fan the day the 1st was released in Canada. A friend owned a record store called me to check them out same with Nitzinger. Within a week several of us had the Starz logo stiched on our jean jackets.
Thanks Man Cool is right.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 11:48:00 PM  
Blogger stevegrantleeuk said...

Thanks for the Starz stuff-great band!

Thursday, February 22, 2007 3:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Starz said...

Sorry to spoil the party! Although I'm sure you mean well, you need to pull the downloads. I've been asked by the band to request that you do this immediately.

Thank you,

Thursday, February 22, 2007 5:27:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...


Saturday, February 24, 2007 3:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Sergey said...

Greetings! One question: Why all links on Sendspace have the name "Requiem" 105 Mb? Help to understand

Monday, March 05, 2007 5:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great blog.this is my first time here(hear). great lps brings back memories of youth. good job.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 1:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re-up, please, HELLCATS - Hellcats aka Hellcats II (1987)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:46:00 AM  

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