Monday, June 22, 2009


My sincere apologies for the delay in bringing you tonight's post, i've been having some "issues" with my internet provider of late, and when those came to a head last week it took a while to get it sorted out to my satisfaction. Still, not to worry, everything's hunky dory now, and i've got a out tray filled with vintage rawk and metal to set yer pulses racin'.
I'll get on with it shall i?
For starters, ROSIE were a Hard Rock band formed by ex THE GODZ guitarist Mark Chatfield in Columbus, Ohio in early 1980. The band debuted with a self titled four song 12" EP in early 1981 and contributed a further track, "Sorry (I Forgot Your Name)", to a radio station sampler album entitled "Q-FM 96 Hometown Album Project Volume 3". With bassist Jay Chesbro being replaced by Ed Means, a full length studio album entitled "Precious Metal", was recorded and issued by Doubletree Records in late 1981. In 1985 guitarist Robert West was succeeded by new member Tom Courteney. The band's second and final album, 1988's "Rosie Live!", was recorded at The Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio on November 25th and 26th 1988. Chatfield would later crop up in BOB SEGER's SILVER BULLET band, with reformed line ups of THE GODZ and with Ohio band LUVHEAD.

ROSIE - Precious Metal (1981) USA

Paul Frehley is better known nowadays by the nom-de-plume he adopted when he became a founder member of venerable Rock institution KISS, that of ACE FREHLEY. A dazzling and individual guitarist, he blazed a pyrotechnic trail through the 1970's as the band became one of the most successful and exciting bands on the planet. A firm fans favourite, "The Space Ace" was seen as the bands reckless rock'n'roll heart by the Kiss Army. Having released his first solo album on the same day in 1978 as his fellow band mates in Kiss, the guitarist scored a sizable coup over his comrades when the accompanying single, 'New York Groove', rose to number 13 on the US Billboard chart. The 'Ace Frehley' album peaked at number 26 in the USA. The idea for solo records had arisen after Frehley had expressed a desire to leave the band to pursue a solo career. In an attempt to save the band from disintegrating there and then manager Bill Aucoin suggested that all four members of Kiss record solo albums. Frehley chose to work with producer Eddie Kramer for a record that would ultimately spawn the biggest hit of the four albums and go on to sell over a million copies. Ace Frehley's departure from KISS in early 1983 led to the formation of FREHLEY'S COMET. In 1987, the quartet released their self titled debut album, which reached gold status. The 1988 mini album 'Live + One' comprised four live tracks with the addition of one studio song 'Words Are Not Enough'. 1988 was a busy year for the band, prior to the release of second album 'Second Sighting', a live video was recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon and Frehley's Comet spent mid 1988 touring America as guests of IRON MAIDEN. For 1989's 'Trouble Walking'' album Frehley dropped the Frehley's Comet title and the album was issued as an Ace Frehley album. All then went quiet on the Frehley front for the next few years. A 1995 tour, dubbed the 'Bad Boys' tour, found Frehley co-headlining shows with former Kiss colleague PETER CRISS. Frehley had previously guested on Peter's 'Criss' album. A 1995 solo EP was recorded but never released as Frehley finally rejoined his erstwhile colleagues in Kiss to reform the classic line up for a record breaking 1996 world tour. With the full blown Kiss in make up reunion of 1996 Megaforce Worldwide issued the Ace Frehley '12 Picks' album, a compilation that featured a batch of previously unreleased live tracks from London's Hammersmith Odeon. As 2001 closed it would become apparent that Frehley was no longer part of the ever extended KISS reunion as former BLACK N' BLUE member Tommy Thayer complete with 'Ace' make up, took over the role. Frehley did however unite with former "unaccredited" KISS member, drummer ANTON FIG, guesting on his 2002 solo album 'Figments'. The guitarist then scored a role as the character 'Johnny' in the 2005 movie 'Remedy', as well as guesting on GO-GO'S bassist KATHY VALENTINE's solo album 'Light Years'. A new solo album was worked up during 2008 and recorded in Westchester County, New York. Throughout the year Ace took a new band out on the road, initially through the USA, then touring the festival circuit in Europe, including spots at Sweden Rock and Donington. The album, now titled "Anomaly" is due for release in Autumn 2009. Here's hoping he carries on in the style of the tracks on this here unreleased five song 1995 EP, as Ace is playing like he did in days of yore. The song writing is tight, succinct, catchy and memorable, and his singing voice is as wonderfully laconic as it's ever been. He's the Ace. He comes from outer space.

ACE FREHLEY - The Unreleased EP (1995) USA

To Europe next, Solothurn based Swiss band KILLER underwent so many line-up changes throughout their career that the last album features no original personnel from the debut effort. Formed in 1979, they debuted in 1981 with two singles followed by the 'LadyKiller' album on the Bellaphon label, but the band ran into controversy due to the graphic nature of the original album cover artwork depicting a bloodsoaked, semi-naked model sprawled across a bed. Subsequent pressings were issued in an altogether different sleeve. 1982's 'Thriller' album found the group sounding more like AC/DC than even compatriots KROKUS could manage. As irony would have it, KILLER would become something of a breeding ground for future KROKUS members as both guitarist Manny Maurer and drummer Dani Crivelli (who had joined KILLER for 1984's 'Stronger Than Ever' release) would both see service with KROKUS, Crivelli joining up in 1987. Maurer also had a hand in HEADHUNTER (as did bassist Beat Kofnehl) during 1985 and Swiss Metal project AIN'T DEAD YET. KILLER replaced guitarist Crown Kocher for 'Stronger Than Ever', bringing in Jan Van Crow in in his place. KILLER's line-up for the ensuing 'Young Blood' album comprised of Van Crow, vocalist Mark B. Lay, bassist Martin Morelli and drummer Ronny Woolf. KILLER also utilised the services of keyboard player Roland Wapf for the 'Young Blood' album.

KILLER - Thriller (1982) Switzerland

HAMMER was a Cleveland, UK, based NWOBHM band comprised of a quintet of erstwhile HOLLAND members, vocalist The Dog (real name Marty Wilkinson), guitarists Kenny Nicholson, (also a former BLACK ROSE member), and Bob Henman with a rhythm section of bass player Graeme Hutchinson and drummer Marty Day. The latter had pre HOLLAND been involved with AXIS. The HAMMER album 'Contract With Hell' was intended as a second HOLLAND record, (following their "Early Warning" debut album), but legal moves from a Canadian band also called HOLLAND forced a name switch and gave the band an opportunity to considerably beef up their sound in the process. The musicianship shines like gold – tight, professional, and technical without becoming overbearing as guitar team Henman and Nicholson weave emotively powerful solos throughout the songs and seem even more self-assured than on the Holland disc. Sadly this was to be the band's sole release with the group splintering as soon as the album was released by Ebony Records in early '85. With the break up of HAMMER, Kenny Nicholson founded FAST KUTZ, releasing his third album by his third band for the Ebony label in 1985 in the shape of "Burnin'".

HAMMER - Contract With Hell (1985) UK

Last, but by no means least, Newcastle upon Tyne Heavy Metal band FIST were signed to Neat Records mere weeks after their formation under the original handle of AXE in 1980 and subsequently found themselves on major label MCA Records following an inter-label deal. In addition to a crop of singles, FIST also contributed a track to the Neat Records compilation 'Lead Weight' and the band supported UFO on their British January 1981 tour. In 1982 Keith Satchfield and John Wylie left as FIST re-signed to Neat Records after their flirtation with MCA, during which time they had released debut album, "Turn The Hell On". Vocalist Glenn Coates, who had previously been a member of HOLLOW GROUND, was added with ex-THRUST man Jon "Pop" Appleby and second guitarist John Paul Roach of MYTHRA also joining. The band's new line up recorded the second album, "Back With A Vengeance", which was issued in 1982. Further changes ensued when Coates was sacked in favour of a slimmed down four piece line-up with "Pop" singing in 1983. Dave Irwin subsequently deputized for Mantas on VENOM's 1985 American tour when the guitarist fell ill. After a lengthy hiatus FIST regrouped during 2002.
Joining original members Harry Hill and Keith Satchfield would be guitarist Martin Metcalfe and DEATHWISH bass player Big Al. FIST got back to touring across the UK and issued a four track EP comprising remixed versions of 'The Vamp', 'Axeman', 'Terminus' and naturally 'Name Rank And Serial Number'. A new album, entitled 'Storm', emerged on Demolition Records in 2004, featuring a host of new songs alongside a few rerecorded Fist classics. The line up for the album included stalwarts Keith Satchfield and Harry "Hiroshima" Hill alongside new members Martin Metcalfe and Brian Rickman, both of whom formerly played with fellow NWOBHM band HOLLOW GROUND.

FIST - Storm (2005) UK

Well, that's tonight's selection, hope y'all enjoy it.
As always, my sincere thanks for your thoughts, remembrances, suggestions, input and comments, it's much appreciated. Please keep 'em coming folks, it's the fuel which motivates this blogger to keep on "delivering the goods". Live long and prosper people!


Anonymous schalken said...

I don't have anything to offer you except my gratitude. Yours is one of the best blogs out there -- keep on "delivering the goods" as best you can!

Monday, June 22, 2009 9:54:00 PM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Very kind of you to say so Shalken. Thank you, i appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Sadness said...

Great posts..I only took the Hammer as i`d once owned it ..many thanks Bigfootkit

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:36:00 AM  
Anonymous s204599 said...

Thanks for the Fist release...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:12:00 PM  
Blogger Strad said...

thanks for the Rosie...Chatfield rules !!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers Kit,

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the Rosie more than I thought I would, great version of "Under The Table".
Hammer didn't do anything for me.
Loved the Fist album, nice comeback.
Thanks Kit.

Sunday, June 28, 2009 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger jim kosmicki said...

I remember seeing the Fist album cover somewhere, but didn't know anything about the band. Thanks for the share so I can hear what I was curious about...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 2:58:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

Hello Kit !

The Ace Frehley is a find, never knew of it.

Fist-- not bad, could do without the long tracks, but still nice.

Hammer---late era nwobhm delicious.

Killer-- heh heh, I like it!!
As Hellanbach is to Van Halen, Killer is to AC/DC.

thanks as always,

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 5:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Deckard said...

Thanks very much for keeping a lot of obscure NWOBHM music alive.

Thursday, July 02, 2009 3:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thsnks for Ace Frehley,Ruben,from Argentina!!

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Blogger Keith Partridge said...

Great blog,and thank you very much for the ACE FREHLEY unreleased EP.
have collected anything I find on the net the past 2 years.

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Blogger jeroenskibeat said...

Long time no see Bigfoot, I think the last time was at Hardblog, a pitty that blog don't work anymore. Glad yourv still posting the hardrock jewels. Nice to see Ethe the Frog passing by still got the album on vinyl. Thanx for the Good Rats one of my all time favorie bands.

Groeten uit Holland ( I lost my Avatar; the asian girl singing along with her Ipod in a short shirt (you remember)

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