Sunday, April 01, 2012

LIKE A TRAMP'S ALARM CLOCK

Say You Missed Me.
Say It Like You Mean It.
Howdy folks!
It's nice to be back again, after such an extended period of blogging inaction.
I've got a mega-super-duper bumper post up my sleeve for you to thank you all for your loyalty and patience whilst i've been "away".
For the benefit of those of you who may have missed a few items from the last full post before the internet went to shit, i've included a couple of select re-uploads too.
Enough of the waffle, let's get to the Rawk.
The history of Oakland Hard Rockers DRUNK HORSE is a long and complex one, so please bear with me whilst i try to separate fact from legend.
As well as having one of the finest band names ever, the Horse are one of the tightest combos ever to crank tube amps and shake lank locks.
Imagine if you will, a collision between '70's ZZ TOP, classic THIN LIZZY and something along the lines of SIR LORD BALTIMORE, then add a little FRANK ZAPPA and leave to simmer.
Low slung riffing, disconcerting time changes, unexpected key switches, and the finest in tongue in cheek lyrics.
You'll be in Heavy Rawk heaven when you take a ride on this Horse.
Formed in 1998, the band released their classic self-titled debut album on Frank Kozik's legendary Man's Ruin Records the following year.
2001 saw the release of their second full-length, the ambitious and cod-conceptual, "Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions".
Later that year a 7" called "Bambi/Dirty Mind" was released by Wantage Records, which comprised a pair of PRINCE cover versions (!).
2002 brought a further 7", "Unearthed Gems Volume 2", on Unknown Controller Records.
The two songs featured on this hunk o' plastic were apparently also covers, but i suspect that they were actually Horse originals, a further example of the band's odd sense of humour.
Following the death of the Man's Ruin label, Drunk Horse found themselves a new home at Tee Pee Records, for whom they recorded the more streamlined "Adult Situations" album in 2003.
That same year they contributed a killer version of "Kings & Queens", to the Small Stone Records Compilation album, "Right In The Nuts: A Tribute to Aerosmith".
2004 began with another 7" release, this time it was a split with THE FEATHER on Delboy Records, with DH contributing the exclusive "Independent Type".
A further album for Tee Pee, 2005's "In Tongues", saw the band getting a lot of positive press, touring Europe and impressing the hell out of all comers with their appearance at SXSW.
It looked like the stars were aligning and the time was ripe for Drunk Horse to step up on to bigger stages.
Then it all went curiously quiet.
I've no idea as to what order things happened in next, but over the next few years, members of the band began moonlighting in other acts.
Singer/Guitarist Eli Eckert, Guitarist Joel Robinow and Bassist Cyrus Comiskey all passed through the ranks of the neo-Psychedelic HOWLIN' RAIN, but not necessarily at the same time or in that order.
But Drunk Horse continued to play live during this time, until Comiskey joined up with the more Metallic SAVIOURS full-time.
Robinow & Eckert then both briefly passed through the ranks of COLOSSAL YES, before resurrecting the Horse for more live work.
The band has continued to play local shows, with the most recent batch of gigs being as recently as last year, but no further recordings have surfaced as yet.
It looks as though the band may have become a part-time endeavour, with Robinow also playing with the likes of EAST BAY GREASE, TOTAL B.S., ROOTS OF ORCHIS, ESTRADASPHERE & JOEL ROBINOW'S EXPLOSION.
I continue to hope for new material from the band, but fear the chances of this happening are growing slimmer.
For those who already know how great this band are/were, here's a real treat, a very rare live bootleg album entitled "Live - Dennis Hopper's Walkman".
For those of you as yet untouched by the might of Horse-power, this should provide you with an excellent primer and motivator to seek out more of their material.
Recorded mainly at Knoxville, Tennessee's Pilot Light Club in 2006, it captures Drunk Horse at the height of their powers in their natural setting, sweating out the rawk like gods before a small but fanatical crowd.
There are also a couple of bonus tracks from San Fran's Great American Music Hall in 2004 and that same city's El Rio Club from 2011.
A further bonus track (a cover of GOBLIN's "Profundo Rosso" theme), is also included in the rar, but if you're burning this collection to CD, leave this song off, coz it won't all fit on a standard CD-r.
The album takes in tracks from each of the band's four studio albums as well as a couple of rare cover versions of songs by NEIL YOUNG and MAGMA.
The world needs more bands of the quality of the inebriated equine, if you like what you hear here, go buy one of their albums.
Let's tempt the Horse out of the stable and get it back out on the road!
If anyone out there knows any more about the strange case of Drunk Horse, please share the knowledge!

DRUNK HORSE - Live : Dennis Hopper's Walkman (2006) USA

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STRAPPS were a London based Hard Rock act founded in 1975 by former EPISODE SIX, QUATERMASS, SAMMY and PEACE drummer Mick Underwood and Australian singer/guitarist Rod Stagg.
Stagg had previously tried to make his way as a solo artist, releasing a lone single, "I'll Never Be A Star (But I Might)", on the Dawn label in 1974.
After adding Bassist Joe Read and Keyboard player Noel Scott, the band was complete, and were signed to the Harvest Records label.
Their self-titled 1976 debut album was produced by ex-Episode Six & DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover, and appeared in a striking fetish inspired sleeve.
The band then found themselves on tour as special guests on Deep Purple's ill starred "Come Taste The Band" tour, Purple's last hurrah until their 1980's reformation.
The "Strapps" album went on to find some success with very good sales in the American South, and was a genuine hit in Japan despite failing to even chart in the UK.
Chris Kimsey was brought aboard as producer for the band's second album, 1977's "Secret Damage", which again sold very well in Japan.
Strapps then found themselves on tour again, this time as guests to Underwood's former Episode Six bandmate in the IAN GILLAN BAND on the "Clear Air Turbulence" tour.
A single from the album, the glam inflected "Child In The City", was a minor UK hit single, after the band performed the song live on the "Supersonic" TV show.
1978 proved to be a problematic year for the band, with their 3rd album, entitled "Sharp Conversation", only issued in the U.S. and a few European territories.
In Japan, where Strapps' stock was still high, the album was released under the title "Prisoner Of Your Love".
A fourth album "Ball Of Fire", was recorded early in 1979 but was only issued in Japan, under the modified ROSS STAGG & STRAPPS name.
Thereafter, finding themselves without a record deal, and deep in debt, Strapps went their separate ways, with Underwood accepting an invitation to join GILLAN.
Underwood remained with Gillan for the duration of that band's lifespan, and also appeared on a few of IAN GILLAN's later solo albums.
He then worked as a session drummer, before forming QUATERMASS II in 1997, recording an album with them entitled "Long Road".
Underwood is now a member of RAW GLORY, to date they have issued one album, 2007's "City Life".
Ross Stagg eventually returned to Australia, where he now works as a music and entertainment lecturer at NSW TAFE (New South Wales Technical and Further Education Commission).
In 2008 Angel Air Records released a vintage Stapps live performance on CD, "Live At The Rainbow 1977".

STRAPPS - Prisoner Of Your Love [aka "Sharp Conversation"] (1978) UK



IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC is a Hard Rock band formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 2009 by Nicke Anderson, former front man of THE HELLACOPTERS.
After the break-up of The Hellacopters in 2008, Andersson had begun work on what was intended to be his first solo album, recording all the vocals and instruments for eight songs by himself, before changing his mind and deciding that it would be better to form a band.
To this end, Andersson recruited THE DATSUNS bassist/vocalist Dolf De Borst, Guitarist/Vocalist Tobias Egge and drummer Thomas Eriksson.
De Borst, Egge & Eriksson had previously worked with Andersson in COLD ETHYL, a covers band he formed shortly after the break-up of The Hellacopters.
During the recording of the band's self titled debut album Andersson also enlisted help from several old friends, including BACKYARD BABIES guitarist Dregen, ex-Hellacopter Anders "Boba Fett" Lindström and THUNDER EXPRESS/DEATH BREATH guitarist Robert Pehrsson.
A non-album limited edition 7" single, "That's Where It's At", preceded the release of the band's self-titled debut album in 2010.
Another single, this time culled from the album, "Resign", followed the album's release.
Towards the end of the year ISE issued a further 7", a split affair with tour-mates THE BLOODLIGHTS.
2011 saw the release of two further 7" singles, "Wail Baby Wail" & "You Don't Want To Know", and an exclusive one song CD single, "Rock Science", which was only available with the game of the same name.
A six-song studio mini album, confusingly titled "In Concert", also saw the light of day in 2011.
A new single, "Sheltered In The Sand", was released in January of this year, before the band's second full length album, "Pop War", arrived in February.
Here you'll find all of the band's non-album tracks, twelve in all, culled from the 7"'s, the split, and the cd single, alongside three songs recorded for Swedish TV, two live, one unplugged.
Now go and get a ticket to see Imperial State Electric live, or buy the new album, or at least get a tee-shirt.
They're very much deserving of your adoration and support, cop an earful here and you'll see what i mean.

IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC - Non-Album Tracks (2010-2012) Sweden



Irishman Bernie Tormé is a hugely talented guitarist renowned for some particularly wild axework and theatrics.
Such showmanship brought him close to 'guitar hero' status whilst in GILLAN in the late '70's & early '80's.
After a spell in Dublin Hard Rock band URGE, Tormé relocated to London from Ireland, forming SCRAPYARD in 1976.
A Hard Rock trio of Tormé, bassist Bernie Hagley, and drummer Roger Hunt, Scrapyard gigged solidly throughout the London area.
Hagley was to depart and the band were swiftly brought back up to strength with the addition of former ZZEBRA bassist John McCoy.
However, this union lasted only a matter of months with Tormé striking out on his own as THE BERNIE TORMÉ BAND.
McCoy meanwhile soldiered on with Paul Samson on guitar as Scrapyard became McCOY.
The Bernie Torme Band managed to release two singles and contributed tracks to the Punk compilation album "Live At The Vortex".
The Bernie Torme Band, still a trio, then put in some British supports to Gillan, the headline act now featuring McCoy on bass.
An album was recorded for Jet Records but remains unreleased.
Disillusioned, Tormé took up his old colleague John McCoy's offer to hook up with Gillan.
After leaving Gillan in 1981, Tormé joined ATOMIC ROOSTER, appearing on their "Headline News", album and undertaking two tours of Germany and Italy.
Whilst trying to assemble another solo band, Tormé was asked to fill in for Randy Rhoads in OZZY OSBOURNE's band following the American guitarist's tragic death.
Torme's stint on Ozzy's American tour lasted but two weeks, with the pressure being too much for the Irishman.
Returning to London with Osbourne's blessing, Tormé, set back to work on his own band ELECTRIC GYPSIES.
The "Turn Out The Lights" album, released under the "Bernie Torme" name, featured future SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler, bassist Phil Spalding and Bernie's ex-Gillan partner Colin Towns on keyboards.
For live work Electric Gypsies consisted of Tormé handling both vocals and guitar, Everton Williams on bass and drummer Frank Noon, the latter being on temporary loan from STAMPEDE.
In 1982 Tormé appeared on ex-Gillan keyboard player Colin Towns' solo LP 'Making Faces', which only saw a Japanese release.
The "Live", album, (released during 1984), featured original IRON MAIDEN member Ron "Rebel" Matthews on drums.
A later British tour saw the addition of bassist Chris Heilmann, later to turn up in US act SHARK ISLAND, and ex-FRAMED drummer Ian Whitewood with vocalist Kef.
In 1984 former GIRL vocalist Phil Lewis joined the band on a temporary basis following vocalist Kef's sudden departure before joining on a full time basis.
Two albums (using the TORMÉ handle rather than Electric Gypsies) and successive British touring kept the band in the press, but momentum seemed to be waning.
Lewis then relocated to Los Angeles to join American act L.A. GUNS.
Tormé formed the shortlived RUSSIAN HIPPIES in 1988 with Bennet, vocalist Gary Owens and ex-BOMBSHELLS bassist Marc Russell.
However, progress was minimal so Tormé and Russell travelled to America at the request of former TWISTED SISTER vocalist DEE SNIDER to join the vocalist's DESPERADOS outfit.
The DESPERADO project of Tormé, Snider, Russell and ex-IRON MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr initially scored a huge deal with Atlantic Records.
However, after more than two years the band had switched to Elektra and, having laid down an album, discovered the label had no intention of releasing it.
The DESPERADO album was finally released posthumously on an independent label at a much later date.
Although Snider offered Tormé a position in a new act he was putting together, WIDOWMAKER, the Irishman opted to return to London.
Upon his return Tormé put in a guest guitar appearance on guitarist RENE BERG's "The Leather, The Loneliness & Your Dark Eyes", album in 1991.
Another project band was titled MUTANT with Blacken and Magpie of MOURNBLADE.
The year 1994 saw another solo album release, "Demolition Ball".
Early 1997 found the guitarist involved in Mick Underwood's reformation of the cult act QUATERMASS.
Although Tormé wrote material for the album, "Long Road", he was to opt out before recording of the album.
The guitarist's own solo album of that year, "Wild Irish", recorded with Pearce and Jones, came out limited to merely 500 numbered copies.
Maintaining this renewed momentum a further studio album was issued in 1999, one track including lead vocal from Dee Snider.
Torme returned to the band format for the 'all star' SILVER project.
The band also witnessed a welcome return to action by former MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP vocalist Gary Barden.
Joining Torme and Barden would be H-BLOCKX drummer Marco Minnemann and MAD MAX, CASANOVA and DEMON DRIVE bassist Michael Voss.
Keyboards were in the hands of as true veteran, Don Airey of RAINBOW, OZZY OSBOURNE and DEEP PURPLE fame.
in 2007 Torme formed GMT with his former Gillan colleague bassist John McCoy with drums handled by Robin Guy of RACHEL STAMP and the BRUCE DICKINSON band.

BERNIE TORMÉ BAND - Weekend EP (1979) UK



and, as a wee bonus for those who missed it...

BERNIE TORMÉ BAND - I'm Not Ready 7" (1978) UK



VALLEY OF THE ADVERSARY were a four piece American Traditional Heavy Metal band, formed as a side project in Lexington, Kentucky in 2006.
The band was initially the brainchild of BLADE OF THE RIPPER vocalist, Adam Neal (aka "The Rock'n'Roll Outlaw"), and his mysterious bass playing partner-in-crime, known only as "Mystery".
Later Neal draughted in his Blade Of The Ripper bandmate, former STARKILLER guitarist Christian Tonegawa, who in turn brought in his BUFFALO BILL bandmate, drummer Kent O'Bryan, to complete the line-up.
The band recorded a self titled three song demo in 2007, but then went on indefinite hiatus shortly thereafter.
By this time Blade Of The Ripper was effectively over too, as Neal had decided to resurrect his best known act, THE HOOKERS, after a five year break.
Since then The Hookers have toured the U.S.A. relentlessly, released several 7" singles, a split EP, and earlier this year, following a European Tour, issued a brand new studio album called "Horror Rises From The Tombs".
Tonegawa and O'Bryan returned to their regular gig playing with Buffalo Bill, with Tonegawa also finding time to guest with LORDS and to play with MOTHER BRAIN too.
Valley Of The Adversary bassist, "Mystery", later re-emerged in a project entitled DIRTY BITCH.

VALLEY OF THE ADVERSARY - Valley Of The Adversary Demo (2007) USA

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I'll let DeathRiderDoom from Metal Archives describe this next one, because his review tells it like it is.

"THRUSTER boosted into action in ’83, and formed part of the Ohio scene that included ATTAXE and AXTION amongst others.
Their legacy was a full length in ’86 and this separately released debut single released in ’85.
Their sound is pretty radical pounding Heavy Metal some what similar to Attaxe.
This debut single bursts on to the scene with some pretty big riffs retaining a good deal of IRON MAIDEN-ish NWOBHM to the sound.
Both tracks on this one are solid – with rip-roaring, Iron Maiden-ish riffs and great leads leading the way.
"Excellerator", is a high-octane, fast number which sounds somewhat like a roaring JUDAS PRIEST track from the same time.
Very cool stuff.
Dell McFarland’s vocals have a cool throaty growl to them, and the sound has a nice, triumphant, all-conquering vibe to it, which retains a lot of that classic Middle-American sound to it, akin to other Ohio/Illinois area bands.
"Back in Time", also has traces of ealy ‘80s Judas Priest in it – check the radical intro guitars, and the vocals of the first verse by McFarland.
Big squealing solos and smooth screamed chorus vocals are the climax of this memorable cut.
Very cool debut single here that will appeal to fans of Judas Priest, Attaxe, GLACIER, LIZZY BORDEN, ARMED FORCES and the like.
An awesome style that is slightly Judas Priestish US metal, akin to MALICE or PHANTOM, though as an early single is not quite as refined.
Very rockin' Heavy Metal that is pretty hard to not like.
Fans of the old rare stff would be advised to check it out."

Aside from the single, the band's only other release was a 1986 album, "M.I.A.", which was only released on cassette at the time.
Later it was reissued as a CDR by the band, before finally being issued on vinyl by Fils Du Metal in 2009 with new artwork, in a limited edition of 500 numbered and signed copies.
Of the 500 copies, 405 were pressed on black heavy vinyl, with 95 on grey heavy vinyl with an original copy of the "Back In Time/Excellorater" 7" enclosed.
After Thruster's demise in the late '80's, Guitarist Clark Connley and Drummer Jimmy Brink formed a new act called NAKED TRUTH.
Naked Truth released a seven song, self-titled "EP" in 1990, and followed that the next year with a three song demo.
Finally in 1994, a full length Naked Truth album, "Stand Where I Stand" was released, but the band folded shortly thereafter.
Connley then joined Cincinatti covers band SWIMSUIT MODELS, and still plays with them to this day.
His fellow ex-Thruster guitarist Russ Willoughby, has released two solo albums, "Riveted" and "Behind The Velvet Rope".
Thruster have reformed their entire "Back In Time/M.I.A." line up, and have been playing reunion shows in the Ohio area since 2005.
They are currently working on material for a new studio album to be titled "Forever".

THRUSTER - Back In Time/Excellorater 7" (1985) USA



Singer STEVIE LANGE (aka Stevie Vann, Stevie Vann-Lange) was born Stevie Van Kerken in Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
In the mid-'70's Vann had a group, BONES, before she married producer Robert "Mutt" Lange.
In the late 1970's Vann met Chris Thompson whilst performing backing vocals on a MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND album.
Thompson approached Vann to form a band, which eventually became NIGHT.
Night were moderately successful, releasing 2 albums and appearing in the tongue-in-cheek Vincent Price horror movie "The Monster Club".
She is now best known as a vocal coach, lending her services to the likes of DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliot & ATOMIC KITTEN.
She still tours with other artists, and has sung live with BRYAN ADAMS, ELTON JOHN, JOE COCKER & BRIAN MAY.
Stevie also sang backing vocals on the version of Def Leppard's "When Love And Hate Collide" on their "Vault" compilation.
Additionally, she has sung studio backup for MANFRED MANN, THE SWEET, TREVOR RABIN, UFO & RICK WAKEMAN.
In 1995, she recorded a self-titled solo album, which produced by her ex-husband, "Mutt" Lange, who also sang background vocals.
Now i know what you're thinking, that's all well & good, but why have you brought her to our attention?
Well, because, for rockers of a certain vintage, Stevie was the mysterious voice behind the naked cartoon chick in the Limara body spray commercial in the early '80's.
You remember the one?
Cartoon animals (and plants), crowded round to watch a girl bathing under a waterfall, whilst a female singer instructed us to "Remember My Name", over a raunchy Hard Rock choon.
It was my favourite advert in 1980, and i often wondered where i could find the song, and who that singer was.
It turns out it was Stevie Lange, and the song in the ad, "Remember My Name", was rushed out as a single in 1981 to capitalise on the adverts success.
Except, somehow, the record sank without a trace.
And, after the ad stopped airing, so did Limara body spray.
Then one day, a few years ago, i saw the image on this picture sleeve on a long gone blog, and the memory of "that song", came flooding back.
One quick download later, and i was transported back to the early '80's, and found the song had stood the test of time rather nicely.
It's a catchy Hard Rocker, not unlike something STEVIE NICKS might have done at the time, but with more balls to it, and Mrs Lange's raspy delivery fits it perfectly.
So here it is, for those of you with long memories, with thanks to the original uploader.
I'd give the flip a miss if i was you, it's sappy lightweight fluffy nonsense.

STEVIE LANGE - Remember My Name 7" (1981) Rhodesia



And now those re-uploads i was talking about, for the benefit of you Johnny come latelys.

Mid '70s Los Angeles Hard Rock quartet THE BOYZ were managed by the notorious maverick figure of Kim Fowley.
A three song demo was recorded in 1975 with producer Paul Ratajack.
The tape brought the band to the attention of KISS bassist Gene Simmons who auditioned the band with a view to managing them, but in the end passed on The Boyz.
The group were constant fixtures on the L.A. club circuit, being supported by both VAN HALEN and QUIET RIOT and conversely supporting THE RUNAWAYS amongst others.
With no record deal for The Boyz forthcoming, guitarist George Lynch, bass player Monte Zufelt and drummer Mick Brown left to form XCITER in 1977.
Ex-The Boyz singer MICHAEL WHITE later went on to form LA ROX with future W.A.S.P. man Randy Piper, THE WHITE with guitarist Lanny Cordola, then fronted LONDON for a stint, before going solo for a 1987 album.
After recruiting talented singer Gregg "Greeg" Sanford, XCiter recorded a four song demo tape at Orion Studios with producer Phil Bateman.
The material showed a talented band who sounded like a cross between early JUDAS PRIEST and VAN HALEN if you can imagine such a thing.
The demo led the band onto the Sunset Strip venue merry-go-round, with XCiter regular performers at clubs such as The Starwood, The Whiskey-A-Go-Go and The Troubador.
Singer Sanford departed in early 1979, and was replaced by a female vocalist, the extraordinarily named Lisa Furspanker.
The new material written with Furspanker saw XCiter move in a slightly more commercial direction than before, but Lynch's incendiary guitarwork kept things sounding tough.
Lynch's fretboard skills then brought him to the attention of the newly solo OZZY OSBOURNE.
Auditioning for Ozzy's band, Lynch lost out ultimately to former Quiet Riot axe man Randy Rhoads.
Xciter then recorded a further four song demo with producer Tony Eubanks, recorded this time at Phallanx Studios.
In late '79, Furspanker was shown the door and replaced by the returning Sanford.
However, fate interveined in 1980, when Don Dokken extended an invitation to Lynch and Brown to join DOKKEN who had just secured a record deal thanks to a demo which they had both guested on.
Both felt they'd given XCiter their best shot, and so split the band in order to join forces with Dokken.
Xciter didn't officially release any material during their lifetime, but in 2006 Wounded Bird Records combined the band's demos to issue a self-titled album.
It's a fascinating snap-shot of that period of time before Brown and Lynch hit the big time with Dokken, and includes a 1977 take on "Paris Is Burning", which Dokken later recorded.

XCITER - XCiter (1977-1979) USA


Formed in Manchester in 1981, Hard Rock/NWOBHM band SAM THUNDER were a five piece band formed by Guitarists Steve Ferguson and Nick Bennett and Bass player Rob Naylor.
After numerous personnel changes the band stabilised their line up in early 1982 with the arrival of ex-ARAGORN drummer Chris Dadson and recorded a 3 song demo tape.
The tape brought them positive reviews in the music press and helped create a strong buzz about the band.
Kerrang! magazine were enthusiastic, describing Sam Thunder in their "Armed & Ready" section as purveyors of "Hard-edged class Rock’n'Roll."
After time spent gigging, more personnel changes saw Will Glover arrive on Vocals and Andy Chemney on Drums.
Chemney replaced Chris Dadson, who left to join CHATEAUX, appearing on their "Fire Power" and "Highly Strung" albums.
The French based Bullet Records (home of GEDDES AXE, LE GRIFFE & TRAITOR'S GATE), approached the band in 1983 to record an EP for the label.
The three song EP, "Don't Take Forever", was released in early 1984, and sold well enough for Bullet to opt to fund a full album.
Before recording on the LP began Mike Hepplestone was added to the band as Keyboard player.
The resulting album, the ten song "Manoeuvres", was released later that same year, in the picture disc format only.
The addition of prominent keyboards give many of the songs a Pomp/Prog/AOR flavour, but the underlying Hard Rock feel remains the same under all the window dressing.
Unfortunately, Bullet Records went belly up soon after, and unable to secure a new deal, Sam Thunder followed suit in 1985.

SAM THUNDER - Manoeuvres (1984) UK



After Seattle Hard Rock/Heavy Metal cult legends TKO broke up in 1987, Vocalist Brad Sinsel recorded an album's worth of demos in Hawaii as "Native Tongues", with producer Rick Keefer.
Dissatisfied with the more commercial direction of "Native Tongues", Sinsel then teamed up with his former MOJO HAND & TKO band mate, Q5 guitarist Rick Pierce.
This liason resulted in the formation of a short-lived new band which was eventually christened SUICIDE SQUAD.
Rounding out the band's line up were bassist Rick Bradley and former FASTBACKS drummer Pilchard Stuverud.
The bands demos led to a deal with the European Music For Nations record label who had previously released albums by TKO and Q5.
Suicide Squad's lone release turned out to be the 4 song 1988 "Live It While You Can" EP.
After the record's release Sinsel relocated to Los Angeles, joining a band featuring Suicide Squad drummer Pilchard Stuverud, which became WAR BABIES.
War Babies signed a deal with Columbia Records, recording a lone self-titled album which finally emerged in 1992.
War Babies lost their deal in 1993, and split up soon afterwards.
Sinsel now fronts AMERICAN STANDARD.
Post-Suicide Squad, Rick Pierce formed NIGHTSHADE with fellow ex Q5 member, vocalist Jonathan K.
An album, "Dead Of Night" surfaced in 1991 through Music For Nations, before personnel problems forced the band to take a long hiatus.
With a new rhythm section on board, a second Nightshade album, "Men Of Iron", was released through Hellion Records in 2001.
Suicide Squad's drummer, Pilchard Stuverud, went on to a short stint with FIFTH ANGEL, before joining LUV Co., which featured former War Babies and MOTHER LOVE BONE members.
He later teamed up with PEARL JAM bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Robbi Robb of TRIBE AFTER TRIBE in the experimental project THREE FISH.
To date Three Fish have released two albums, a self titled 1996 debut and 1999's "The Quiet Table", as well as a single, "Laced".

SUICIDE SQUAD - Live It While You Can EP (1988) USA



And that, brothers & sisters, is that.
Hope you find that tonight's sonic smorgasbord of vintage voltage was worth the wait.
As per usual, i'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the stuff i've posted tonight.
Make sure you use that "comments" button to share your grumbles, praises, thoughts, suggestions, requests and remembrances, or even just to say "howdy".
Whilst i remember, i know many of you who visit this blog are also members over at The Corroseum forum, and are probably missing your Corro-fix since the site went down a few weeks back.
The website has now returned, and with it came the following encouraging message from DaN about the future of the forum:
I've hired a guy who's working on repairing the forum database.
This will cause some downtime during the next week or 2.
Watch this space for more updates on the matter...
/aDmiNistructor

Hopefully this bodes well for a speedy return for the Corro-forum.
I'll be back with more of the same but different, in about three weeks time.
Until then, take care out there.
Y'hear?

20 Comments:

Anonymous johnfromhell said...

Thanks Bro I thought we might have lost another great blog!!!!! Great to have you back!!!!!

Sunday, April 01, 2012 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BFK, thank you for Bernie Tormé. More NWOBHM would be very much appreciated. Greetings from Holland.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous simonthecat said...

Great to see you hanging in there - no matter what I download, I always enjoy reading through the entire post

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 8:59:00 PM  
Blogger Lord Bones said...

Hi Bigfootkit!

Damn that is a big post! And welcome back my friend! Hope all is well with ya.

I have no comment yet on the individual albums. But look like a nice bunch altogether.

A lil side note my blog is down.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 9:03:00 PM  
Blogger Grk! said...

Wooaaaaaagh! Bodyfor-orm! Thanks for the Stevie Lange.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 9:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you wish to re-live that original Stevie lange Limara advert in all it's faded "glory", it's here:

http://youtu.be/KmEptdqQYqM

Saturday, April 07, 2012 2:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, i posted the wrong link.
Here's the correct one for the stevie Lange Limara advert:

http://youtu.be/IL7GOVoA2_o

Saturday, April 07, 2012 2:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kit - great to have you back! Take care, Blofeld.

Sunday, April 08, 2012 6:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kit - great to have you back! Take care, Blofeld.

Sunday, April 08, 2012 6:58:00 AM  
Anonymous porosimetal said...

BFK,yes we miss you and i'm glad, amongst others,that you're back!This pack of goodies,is great indeed and my following comments concern the ones i downloaded only(the others have already dl them before!)STEVIE LANGE was a nice surprise to me!What a strong voice,charismatic,foxy lady!!Mostly i like the a-side,funky, groovy hard rock,style that early TRAPEZE and DAVID COVERDALE delivered a bit!As for STRAPPS,i love'em!!This album spreads a street-bar atmosphere,combining soul,funky and blues influences with hard rock!Their style here is like a cross between KISS,early ALICE COOPER,even ALEX HARVEY BAND a bit and HEAVY METAL KIDS!!Simply great!VALLEY OF THE ADVERSARY coming out like a cross between C.O.CONFORMITY(90's era)and DANZIG!!Pretty interesting!!DRUNK HORSE is a killer band,here they deliver a hard rock trip in the raw!I wish the vocals could be more upfront in the final outcome,but i can live with this rare and precious post too,he,he!!IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC is awesome rock 'n' roll-metal mix,with nice hooks and catchy melodies!!Early D.A.D. comes to mind!Really enjoyed the rockabilly sounding ACCEPT cover!!I'll search their other offers,since it's an apocalypse to me!!As for the genial TORME,great hard rock with a sleazy street attitude and flashy HENDRIXian leads!!The stuff that made him famous!!I feel the need to thank you ,man,for all these rare gems,for your time ripping and researching all these and for the precious accompanying infos and scans!!To say you rule it's the least i can do!!LOADS OF RESPECT!!Be blessed!! porosimetal

Sunday, April 08, 2012 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Good luck with the new round of blogging! DRUNK HORSE are indeed fun- you got me into them years ago with the awesomeness of 'Priest maker'. THRUSTER are fantastic; that's one of the best US metal singles I've ever heard, and the 'MIA' album blows the single away!

Monday, April 09, 2012 4:38:00 PM  
Blogger Carl said...

Good to see you back. Thanks for the Bernie Torme stuff , look forward to his Reading Festival set !!!

Carl

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to reply and comment on the latest post.
I'm guessing the new host is relatively problem-free for you all as no-one has mentioned it here, so that's good news, if my assumption is correct.
Carl, i'm afraid the Reading Festival set by Bernie Torme was one that Weaselkin1 had uploaded to Megaupload before it went kaput.
I don't have a back-up copy, so unless Weaselkin re-ups it, it's a goner unfortunately.
Are you still out there Wease?
Porosimetal, thanks as always for taking the time to enthusiastically sum up the contents of the new post. I always enjoy reading your opinions.
Lord Bones, sorry to hear your blog is down.
Are you liable to resurrect it, or are you giving up on it?
I hope not of course, but i'd also understand if you decided it was too much hassle for very little reward.
Let us know mate.
Grk!, i hadn't realised that Stevie Lange was the voice of the "Bodyform" ads too, until your post caused me to do a little digging.
Turns out she was also the throat behind the "Trio" biscuit ads in the '80's. The one where the incredibly loud little girl would sing "Trio" to the tune to that "daylight come an' me wanna go home", calypso style song.
It's certainly been a varied career she's had, to say the least.
Oh and thanks to the anon who shared the youtube vid of the original "Limara" ad.
I hadn't seen that in about 30 years!
Bugger, i'm getting old.
See you back here for more rare Rawk in a week or two.
All the best,
Bigfootkit

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:30:00 PM  
Blogger Lord Bones said...

Hi BFK

Well closing my blog was not much of getting a reward, ok I saw many downloads without a lil thanks, but at present there is way to much going on in my life. A full time job that is a total shit, I am in retail and with the economics today the higher ups are hounding us with a steroid form of micro management. Plus I am back in college to get a BA in IT.

But I will be back!!!!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012 2:00:00 AM  
Blogger Rob Rob said...

hey hey good to see you back again !!
cheers for the tuneage...
RobRob

Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Weaselkin said...

Hi Bigfootkit
Always been a little bit out there. Good to see you back up and running, and hope your back is now up and running too. That Bernie Torme Reading set is one of the few things I have re-uploaded since megaupload went tits up. So if you want to leave an address so I can get the code to you and I'll get a list of stuff together for the blog. Get in touch at peterstubbs44@yahoo.com
Oh and did you get that Scorched Earth In Concert set a few weeks back? I did in all it's glory.

I just want to thank every one for your kind and positive comments on the stuff I've collected over the years, keep it coming, it gives a strange warm, fuzzy glow inside. Carl, I'm sure the Torme thing will be up soon, until then here's a code for something you asked about ages ago that may or may not go on the blog.
http://www.mediafire.com/?rwou1u204zk8ndq
It's Magnum at Reading 1980.
Enjoy.
The Weasel has landed

Sunday, April 22, 2012 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger Carl said...

Hey Weasel HUGE thanks for the Magnum Reading set and look forward to the Bernie Reading set. Sorry it's taken so long to reply. Kep that BBC stuff coming mate , best quality stuff on the web , CHEERS.

Carl.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 7:16:00 PM  
Blogger yana said...

ello...
can i know what is the password for game that u uplord

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello here franck from france
is it possible to reupload the strapps ball of fire and the too smooth links please
they are on megaupload which doesn t work anymore thanks in advance very friendly franck

Thursday, August 02, 2012 3:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello it would be nice to reupload the following ones :
strapps ball of fire
too smooth
hunt
jody street
thanks in advance to answer
if it is possible it would be great
franck from france

Thursday, September 13, 2012 2:41:00 PM  

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