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Post by Black Rider on Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:26 pm

Went and listened to some of it and laughed at one of the chorus lines being, we're young and wild, we're young and free.
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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:21 am

I had this one on cassette back in the day.  The guitarist is Mark St. John who had a brief stint with KISS.

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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:24 am

Anyone remember these guys?  I had their first album.

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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:32 am

Last one for today, I promise!  I present Tyketto!  I had heard the name but this is the first song I remember ever hearing from them.

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Post by Temple of Blood on Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:38 am

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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:02 am

Spread Eagle was listed on the previous page, ToB!
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Post by Black Rider on Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:52 am

Bang Tango was another band trying to add a new wrinkle to that sound but got shoved aside. 
Tyketto reminds me of Rage of Angels for some reason.
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Post by Staybrite on Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:19 am

How about the one album supergroup Contraband.



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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:54 am

They were awesome!  I wish they'd pulled off at least another album.
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Post by Black Rider on Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:00 pm

And the Mcauley/Schenker albums.
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Post by Erasmus on Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:34 pm

More recent but Jani Lane's band is a forgotten gem.



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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:44 pm

alldatndensum wrote:Anyone remember these guys?  I had their first album.

Yeah I remember these guys! I actually confused them a couple of years ago with Tango Down. Bought a couple of tracks from iTunes of the new stuff and thought it was bang Tango LOL!
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Post by Staybrite on Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:00 pm

Black Rider wrote:And the Mcauley/Schenker albums.

Those were some of my favorite Schenker albums.  Hard to find now at a decent price.
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Post by Noods on Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:10 am

Aussie band Candy Harlots

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Post by Black Rider on Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:41 pm

Candy Harlots were trying to break into the GnR crowd I bet. Never heard of them, thanks.
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Post by MikeInFla on Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:00 pm

Was curious about Mark St. John. What a sad story, he died in 2007. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_St._John#Decline_and_death
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Post by WildWorld on Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:58 pm

Icon were pretty good:



Here's some later stuff they did with a different singer:


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Post by Black Rider on Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:27 pm

Icon was very good and with better marketing probably would've broke big.
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Post by Staybrite on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:16 am

Icon was fantastic!  Only discovered them in the last 10 years.
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Post by alldatndensum on Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:05 pm

That first song of Icon reminds me of Keel for some reason.  The second one has a hint of a David Coverdale sound to the vocals. It also sounds like it was stripped from a cassette.
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Post by Staybrite on Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:00 pm

Rail was another local band that had some regional popularity.  They actually won the MTV Basement Tapes competition back in 1983.  More straight ahead hard rock then real glam/hair metal.



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Post by Black Rider on Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:36 pm

Used to hear Rail on Portland rock radio would play NW bands and I always expected them to break bigger then they did.
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Post by Staybrite on Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:51 pm

Black Rider wrote:Used to hear Rail on Portland rock radio would play NW bands and I always expected them to break bigger then they did.

Me too.  There were actually quite a few good metal/hard rock bands between Seattle and Portland back in the 80's.  Seems like only Queensryche (and possibly Metal Church) had any real success.
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Post by Black Rider on Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:06 pm

Black N Blue came out of Portland but moved to S. Cal to make it big.
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Post by Staybrite on Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:42 pm

Black Rider wrote:Black N Blue came out of Portland but moved to S. Cal to make it big.

Seems like several bands/artists did that.  Duff McKagan relocated from Seattle to L.A. to join his famous band.
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Post by Erasmus on Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:46 am

Pleasure Bombs. One album released in 1991 "Days of Heaven". This CD is in my collection and I have no idea why.

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Post by Erasmus on Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:52 am

Another early 90's hair band flying the retro flag.

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Post by Black Rider on Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:05 am

With some push Burning Tree could've been bigger, kind of a Black Crowes sound.
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Post by MikeInFla on Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:21 am

I have that Burning Tree CD. Good stuff. Marc Ford went on the play with the Black Crowes. Incidentally Marc is now a Christian and I believe has released some Christian music.

Here is another band I found, Zeno. Have never heard of them. The vocalist kind of reminds me of Mark Slaughter.

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Post by MikeInFla on Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:38 am

Unrelated to the topic but here is Marc Ford. What a cool cat!



He currently plays with The Magpie Salute which is basically The Black Crowes with a new singer. The guy stays busy. He was in a Pink Floyd cover band called Blue Floyd that played blues versions of Floyd songs and he plays at his church. There are tons of videos on YouTube of him playing worship songs when you have time search for some.
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Post by alldatndensum on Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:41 am

Of course, we all learned of them when they did a couple of Christian projects, but during the 80's, I had never heard of this band:

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Post by Black Rider on Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:51 am

That's cool about Marc Ford.

I never heard of Mad Max until they did their christian albums either but they have a lot of stuff out.
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Post by WildWorld on Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:23 pm

Anyone ever hear of Mitch Malloy? Interesting note, he was just announced as the new lead singer for Great White


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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:40 am

Yes, I love Anything At All! I remember when it was new and I was working at a radio station and we had it in heavy rotation. Mitch was even in Van Halen for a day! ALmost picked him instead of Gary Cherone.

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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:31 am

Yes, I love Anything At All! I remember when it was new and I was working at a radio station and we had it in heavy rotation. Mitch was even in Van Halen for a day! ALmost picked him instead of Gary Cherone.

Cherone wasn't really bad as a singer for VH.  It was the songs and the fact that Eddie did all the music.  That album didn't shine because no one got to really express themselves.  Even Eddie's guitarwork seemed phoned in.  Regardless of which camp you are in, VH either needs Roth or Haggar.  Malloy sounds a bit like Sammy, but this song is just bland showing that Van Halen were almost out of ideas.
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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:21 am

While doing a little digging, I found out that Blue Tears were from Jackson, TN.  Two of their members, Gregg Fulkerson and Michael Spears, helped with the Michael Sweet debut solo album  Small world, huh?
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Post by Black Rider on Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Music is such a fickle thing. Some of these bands are better then the Motley Crues fo the world but were too late or not marketed well.
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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:34 pm

While all of these have been secular bands, here is one from the Christian realm that I bet a lot of folks have never heard of.  I wish this would get a proper reissue from Retroactive or Roxx.  I have the bootlegs from Retrospect.

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Post by Staybrite on Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:52 pm

I remember this video getting quite a bit of rotation on MTV...but didn't hear them much on the radio.

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Post by alldatndensum on Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:50 am

Ya'll are gonna cost me a small fortune trying to track down some of this stuff.
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Post by Staybrite on Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:25 pm

alldatndensum wrote:Ya'll are gonna cost me a small fortune trying to track down some of this stuff.

lol!
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Post by Black Rider on Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:43 pm

Hey, that Dubiel is pretty good. Never even heard of them. 

I've tried to track down some of these and they're expensive and some aren't available for download.
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Post by Staybrite on Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:52 pm

Black Rider wrote:
I've tried to track down some of these and they're expensive and some aren't available for download.

I've noticed that too. Serious bummer.
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Post by WildWorld on Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:06 pm

I dont think this band ever released their music in the US, but it's catchy as heck:


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Post by alldatndensum on Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:12 am

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I've tried to track down some of these and they're expensive and some aren't available for download.

I've noticed that too. Serious bummer.



Definitely don't try to find the DuBiel.  They were cassette releases and were never legally on CD.  When Retrospect carried all the Strike First, TimeWarp and several other "label names", I found these.  I bought them.  The sound isn't perfect as the CD sounds like it was made from a well worn cassette and no one did any audio cleaning.  I may try to do a little cleaning/remastering just for my own listening pleasure.
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Post by WildWorld on Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:27 pm

Black Rider wrote:Hey, that Dubiel is pretty good. Never even heard of them. 

I've tried to track down some of these and they're expensive and some aren't available for download.
It's weird, back in the mid-90s/early 2000s these albums were common as dirt and easy to find in cut-out bins, now your best bet is to go to a thrift store or used cd store and even then there's no guarantee you'll find them (especially if it's a store that overprices out-of-print stuff). At least Rock Candy records is rereleasing SOME of them.

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Post by MikeInFla on Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:21 am

I did send a message to someone who claims to know the singer and drummer of DuBiel (singer and drummer are married) and they want to bring some of the music back. I told them to get in touch with Roxx.
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Post by Black Rider on Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:56 am

That Zinatra song has a hook, something modern music is so often missing. Did all those guys go to the Carlton school of dancing. 
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Post by WildWorld on Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:26 pm

Hurricane may not have been that obscure, but they still count:


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