Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Ah, Spring finally seems to be in the air, the nights are getting lighter and the birds are singing in the trees.
Drown the chirpy little bastards out with some of these rockin' goodies outta tonight's grab bag from those days of yore and the hell with the neighbours.
Firstly, here's the 1980 debut from UK Hard Rockers Wild Horses, absolutely no relation to the shit American hair band from later in the decade, lemmy fill you in:
Formed by veteran ex-RAINBOW, STREET NOISE and HARLOT bassist Jimmy Bain and ex-THIN LIZZY guitarist Brian Robertson. An early line up of WILD HORSES included former WINGS and SMALL FACES guitarist Jimmy McCullouch in the ranks and SMALL FACES drummer Kenny Jones. McCullouch would soon be supplanted by guitarist / keyboard player Neil Carter (previously earning a wage with GILBERT O'SULLIVAN) and as Jones joined THE WHO erstwhile LONE STAR drummer Dixie Lee stepped into the vacant slot. Lee's tenure was brief too though and PAT TRAVERS band drummer Clive Edwards eventually filled the gap.
Lee would join Canadian band STARCHILD. The Rock public eagerly awaited the first WILD HORSES album as Robertson and Bain both had colourful pasts and were often in the media as a result of their well documented wild ways. The first album was produced by South African guitarist TREVOR RABIN prior to his joining the reformed YES. Carter soon quit however to join UFO (later enjoying a stint with GARY MOORE).
These Horses were thoroughbreds, believe me.

WILD HORSES - Wild Horses (1980) UK


Next, we're off to the States for the debut album by Pandemonium, "Heavy Metal Soldiers". Pandemonium were an Alaskan Heavy Metal band featuring the Resch brothers, singer Chris, bassist Eric and guitarist David. Created in Fairbanks during 1978, they started out as a covers outfit honing their craft with a catalogue of songs by BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, THIN LIZZY and BUDGIE. The band relocated to Los Angeles and first appeared in the early 80's with a retro-Doom influenced demo tape that even bordered on New Wave to some ears. PANDEMONIUM swiftly rose to headline status at regular haunts such as the Troubadour, the Whiskey and the Roxy. They made their first vinyl appearance on the debut volume of Metal Blade's 'Metal Massacre' series, sharing vinyl with METALLICA, RATT, BITCH and STEELER, before gaining an album deal with the company, releasing this album in 1983.

PANDEMONIUM - Heavy Metal Soldiers (1983) USA


Next tonight, we are proud to bring you the "For Europe Only" Mini LP by NWOBHM quintet Warrior. The band was formed by guitarists Dave Dawson & Eddie Watson in Newcastle in 1981.
They debuted in 1982 on the Neat Records label, with a well received three song EP entitled "Dead When It Comes To Love". This was followed in 1983 with a ten song self released cassette only live album named "Live In A Dive". Later in the year after some personnel changes, the band self released the five song "For Europe Only" Mini LP on their own Warrior Records label. Not to be confused with several other bands of the same name, including at least three from the UK from roughly the same period in time.

WARRIOR - For Europe Only Mini LP (1983) UK


Perennial were Canadian Hard Rockers who released this lone EP, "You're The Ones", in 1983.
Unusually, despite being a self financed effort, they released the EP on both vinyl & cassette.
Well regarded nowadays by Hard Rock scholars, at the time they slipped through the cracks, splitting in '85. Good melodic but rawkin' tuneage with great playing and interesting arrangements, fat chance of tracking down an original nowadays, even on cassette.

PERENNIAL - You're The Ones EP (1983) Canada


This next one is the "Too Different" EP by Persian Risk who were a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band who originated from Cardiff, Wales in 1979. The brainchild of guitarist Phil Campbell, he recruited vocalist Jon Deverill, second guitarist Dave Bell, bass-player Nick Hughes and drummer Razz.After two years with little success, in 1981 Deverill was headhunted by the TYGERS OF PAN TANG and was replaced by Carl Sentence. With little improvement in fortune, the band soldiered on for a further two years. In 1983 Razz was sacked, replaced by LONE STAR & WILD HORSES drummer Dixie Lee, and Graham Bath took over second guitar. The band also finally made it to vinyl by contributing a track to "Heavy Metal Heroes vol.2". The following year Campbell successfully auditioned for MöTöRHEAD, this also led to a 1984 support slot on their tour for Persian Risk, which was when this EP was released.

PERSIAN RISK - Too Different EP (1984) UK


The Joker was one of those great one-shot NWOBHM bands. A biker-friendly power trio, their lone single "Back On The Road" was released in 1984 on the tiny Lost Moment label. And a crackling little biker anthem it is too. Although thoroughly obscure and barely remembered nowadays by most, it has been suggested that guitarist Mark White may be the same guy who played bass in fellow NWOBHM act ELIXIR, answers on a postcard please...

THE JOKER - Back On The Road 7" (1984) UK


Finally tonight, a bit of an oddity, it's not often we get to hear our heroes paying tribute to their heroes. Certainly not when our heroes are as huge as erstwhile IRON MAIDEN frontman BRUCE DICKINSON. But here he is doing his best IAN GILLAN impression on a storming version of DEEP PURPLE's "Space Truckin'", recorded with London riff rockers PIG IRON for Bruce's BBC Radio 6 Rock Show in 2007. What hair he has left is well & truly let down here, nice to hear him having so much fun, and Pig Iron themselves utterly nail the music too. If you're unfamiliar with the band, they released a mini LP "The Law & The Road Are One" a few years back, and their debut album "The Paths Of Glory Lead But To The Grave" came out last year. They're much recommended to anyone who enjoys rootsy balls out Riffy Heavy Rockin' with a soulful bluesy edge. That's all of you i reckon, go get high on the hog!!!

BRUCE DICKINSON & PIG IRON - Space Truckin' (2007) UK


Hope you enjoy tonight variety, stay tuned for more soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice post Kit. Listened to the Pandemonium today. Good stuff and very NWOBHM sounding. I found the history lesson on the Mild Horses interesting. I've always loved the band, but had no idea there were so many line-ups. After seeing Neil Carter with Gary Moore's band in the 80's I always wondered why he wasn't the vocalist for W.H. as he sings miles better than Bain or Robertson. As always many thanks for the goodies.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 4:29:00 PM  
Anonymous deh said...

re-up blondie live 99

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 9:07:00 PM  
Anonymous lonewolf said...

Big thanks, Kit for those Wild Horses.

Friday, April 25, 2008 3:46:00 PM  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

Thanks for the Wild Horses. I knew about them, but never got the chance to hear until now and it was worth the wait. Also, a big thanks for the Persian Risk. I have Rise Up and I'm looking forward to this EP.

Saturday, April 26, 2008 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

As a thanks, here is Detroit's own Heresy with their Driven demo from 1989. A killer Hardcore affair. \m/


Saturday, April 26, 2008 3:42:00 PM  
Blogger Monty said...

Do you happen have that Pandemonium demo you mentioned in the blurb with their album?



Saturday, June 14, 2008 6:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, this is David from Pandemonium. All 3 of our albums are being released on cd by the end of the year and will contain bonus tracks from the demo that got us signed.Check out our my space page at www.myspace.com/pandemoniumak.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 4:01:00 PM  

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