A BLIND MANS BUFFET
Lots of quality rock'n'roll coming your way from the wrong side of the tracks.
Up first, by request, here's the lone album by Winchester, Boston quartet Reddy Teddy. Although frequently described as "Being to Boston what the NEW YORK DOLLS were to New York", Reddy Teddy in reality, were a much more polished and commercial proposition than the Dolls. To these ears there's more of a kinship to NILOOB favourites STARZ, with that combination of tough guitar riffs and bubblegum choruses all sold with a nudge and a wink by their excellent frontman John Morse. Great inventive guitar parts abound too, courtesy of the late Matthew MacKenzie who went on to record with Tom Verlaine of TELEVISION. So then, one classic album, then silence. Criminal.
REDDY TEDDY - Reddy Teddy (1976) USA
Up next, another one off classic album, this time hewn from a harder rock, this is the "Only Time Will Tell" album from 1986, by Californian Metallers Villain. This five piece had a little pedigree with both vocalist Carl Albert and bassist Tommy Sisco both having had served time with RUFFIANS & VICIOUS RUMORS. This release is certainly a step up from the RUFFIANS EP in terms of songwriting and production, but stylistically mines similar territory albeit with a heavier edge. With the astonishing vocal prowess of Albert well to the fore, i'm reminded of a less pompous Queensryche in places, which should be all the recommendation you need!
VILLAIN - Only Time Will Tell (1986) USA
Carrying on the Rogue Male series of posts, here's their "Belfast" EP from that selfsame year of 1986, an excellent slab of 12" black vinyl brought to us by the excellent folks at Music For Nations Records. The title track was chosen to showcase the then impending release of 2nd (and final) album, "Animal Man", and it's status as the albums highlight has not diminished in the 21 years since the records release. This EP was also the only place you could get the track "Rough Tough (Pretty Too)", which was also good reason to seek it out. The final song on here is "Take No Shit", a great anthem, and a sentiment which has become a personal credo. That chorus was tailor made to make you feel ten feet tall and bullet-proof.
ROGUE MALE - Belfast EP (1986) UK
Another EP up next, this time from the band originally known as KILLER. Discovering Swiss & German bands with the same name they scrapped the moniker and reappeared with this EP as Genghis Khan. You probably know them better by the name they adopted shortly after this release, namely, TOKYO BLADE. Yup, the 4 song, "Double Dealin'" EP from 1983 is TOKYO BLADE in all but name, and as such sounds very much like the early output of that underrated but prolific act. Great twin guitar work is the hallmark of much of the material here, the mix is nice and raw, so it should have the dandruff flying and clenched fists pointed skywards. Enjoy.
GENGHIS KHAN - Double Dealin' EP (1983) UK
Another rare NWOBHM treat for you now, by request once more, here is the privately pressed "Bad Girls" 7" by Tok-io Rose from 1984. I haven't even heard this one myself yet, it literally arrived on a disc from a friend in the mail this morning, so i quickly upped it as i remembered it had been recently requested. So sorry, i can't describe this one yet or even provide any info on the band. Over to you folks!
TOK-IO ROSE - Bad Girls 7" (1984) UK
Two rare 7" slices of 1980's US Metal to finish with this evening, both verry nice indeed.
Up first, the 1984 "Metal To The Pedal" 7" by New Haven, Connecticut five piece Myth. The band is best remembered these days as being the proving ground for future QUEENSRYCHE members, guitarist Kelly Gray and live keyboard player, Randy Gane. The QUEENSRYCHE connection makes sense, this does sound very like that band circa "Queen Of The Ryche", i believe Geoff Tate was also this bands original vocalist too! Apparently, having completed most of a full length album called "Arabia", the band split up in late '85 during the mixing process.
Good solid catchy traditional Metal, go get!
MYTH - Metal To The Pedal 7" (1984) USA
To conclude tonight's festivities, another obscure one off. This is the terrific "Iron Curtain" 7" from 1982 by Czar on the MCE Records label. Apparently, a highly priced and highly prized collectors piece in US Metal collecting circles, the A-Side of this one leaves me a little cold, it's a little too "by numbers" for me. Flip it over however, and B-Side "Black Sunday" will tear you a new one, perhaps if they'd switched the labels on the record over, we'd all be proud owners of Czar retrospective box sets, DVDs and tattoos by now, but that wasn't the way the script was written. A damn shame, "Black Sunday" slays! That's how people talked then y'know.
CZAR - Iron Curtain 7" (1982) USA
That's all for tonight, keep them comments coming and i'll be back with more for y'all soon.