2020 Hard Rock + Metal Album Release Calendar
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
record label / distro that caters toward fans of sick and vile underground metal!
In addition to releasing our own HPGD titles
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions is proud to present the 2019 Full Year In Review: 42 Track FREE Bandcamp Sampler!
Over 2 hours of music from the following artists:
BERKOWITZ | BLOOD OF THE WOLF | CHAINED TO THE DEAD | COFFINS | CRAWLER | CROPSY MANIAC | DESCENDENCY | DOLORE | DRAGHKAR
ELBOW DEEP | FORMLESS MASTER | HELL BENT | HIVE | IN THE FIRE | INVIDIOSUS | LORD GORE | LPP | M.S.D | NIGHT HAG | NO/MÁS | OSHIEGO | RIBSPREADER
ROTTENNESS | SECOND TO NONE | SEKKUSU | SKUZ | SMASH POTATER | SONS OF FAMINE | TREASONIST | UNENDLICH | VAULT DWELLER | VESICATION | VHS
VIOLENT OPPOSITION | VIOLENT PARTY | WALKING CORPSE | Y-INCISION
Philadelphia record label Horror Pain Gore Death Productions is rich with a diverse roster of bands from the metal underground. A one-man operation run by Mike Juliano,
HPGD “is a record label / distro that caters toward fans of sick and vile underground metal”
Horror Pain Gore Death record label began back in 2005 when Mike Juliano graduated from Film school at Temple University. Mike began looking for work as a video editor and decided to
start editing music videos using clips from horror movies edited to various metal songs. Mike first had this concept and did some rough versions back in middle school but now had an Avid editor and really brought the concept to life. After the first 17 music videos were created Mike released Horror Pain Gore Death: The Essential Music Video Collection Part 1. Over the next year and a half he released three more DVDs for a total of 68 videos and during this time recieved some press from websites like Blabbermouth.net and began to trade with various labels and distros like Hells Headbagers, Relapse Records, etc. Mike acquired lots of CDs and vinyl from these labels and decided in early 2008 to start a label / distro. Mike wanted to release the EP from his band Mental Funeral and was approached by friends in the bands Ex Dementia and Lethal Aggression about doing releases. Everything just took off from there and before long Mike had a very large distro going with over 2000 items in stock, and was releasing his own releases around once a month.
The main reason for starting Horror Pain Gore Death was to expose bands that Mike Juliano loved to the underground and help those bands grow. Always a fan of local music and with the initial idea behind HPGD, to expose Philly area bands to the world, work with up-and-coming bands from around the globe and also reissue classic releases that Mike personally loved to the masses HPGD became a sought after label/distro. Very quickly Mike Juliano was approached by bands from all over who were interested in working with HPGD, and things pretty much snowballed from there. Mike, still tries to work with Philly-area bands as often as possible but now has an international roster that is very diverse.
Published by The Manamal | December 20Th 2019
Independent Record Label
Contaminating the Masses Since 1990!
About The Label
The label was started by Matthew F. Jacobson in August, 1990 in his parents' basement in Aurora, Colorado. The first two releases on the label were 7-inch singles by the bands
Velcro Overdose and Face of Decline, closely followed by three death metal bands that would become among the biggest on the label, Deceased, Suffocation, and Incantation. After this, Jacobson became acquainted with William Yurkiewicz Jr., who became his partner in the record label. Yurkiewicz had founded his own record label, which was soon to release albums from
the bands General Surgery, Disrupt, Destroy, Misery, and Yurkiewicz's own band Exit-13. The two joined forces to create Relapse Records, aiming to release high-quality, professionally packaged extreme music.
In 1991, the label moved their headquarters to Millersville, Pennsylvania. In 1992, the label expanded its range with the creation of its subsidiary label called Release Entertainment, which specializes in experimental, ambient, industrial, and noise titles. With continued growth came a mail-order/wholesale operation that soon became the largest underground distribution center for all things metal in the United States. The mail-order service carried a wide array of extreme music recordings and merchandise, as well as publications from around the world.
Throughout the years Relapse has continued to grow and sign on more influential artists from a broader range of genres and in 1996, Relapse unveiled the Resound Music Resource Guide.
Resound gave fans direct access to the label's roster through interviews and reviews, as well as being part mail-order catalog. In 1998, Relapse opened a promotions office in Berlin, as well as establishing a German Distribution deal. In 2003, Relapse held a music festival - the Relapse Contamination Festival took place on January 18 and 19 at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and featured various Relapse artists. In 2000, the label relocated to Upper Darby, outside of Philadelphia and began plans to include a physical record store. In June 2001,
the label opened their first record store off of South Street in Philadelphia.
In 2010, Relapse announced that they had done a deal with intellectual property lawyer Eric Greif and Perseverance Holdings Ltd. to take over Chuck Schuldiner's catalog and the
Death and Control Denied names internationally. Death's 1995 sixth studio album, Symbolic was excluded from the deal as the rights for said record remain with Roadrunner Records.
On August 5, 2011, Relapse announced a pay what you want partnership with Moshpit Tragedy Records, which will see one mp3 album from the Relapse catalog issued weekly through MoshpitTragedy.com.
Relapse Records specializes in various types of heavy metal. Recently, with the increasing popularity of extreme metal, Relapse Records has ostensibly become more mainstream, with
bands on their roster frequently appearing on the front cover of the magazine Kerrang! and video plays on TV music channels, along with some albums charting on the Billboard 200.
The word has also been spread by the sponsorship of such festivals as the Milwaukee Metalfest. It would be hard however to label the company as dealing in one specific style or another, as
there are artists of such a wide variety on their roster, ranging from stoner rock and hardcore bands through to grindcore and death metal all the way to retro thrash metal and doom.
Although much of the music released on Relapse is from bands in various punk and metal subgenres, the label has also released records from several artists in other genres, including math rock (Don Caballero), shoegazing (Nothing, Cloakroom), post-punk (Publicist UK), space rock (Zombi), stand-up comedy (Brian Posehn) and synthwave (Survive).
The officially licensed reissues the label has also released also adds many other genres into their style.
Relapse Records Current Artists
Published by The Manamal | December 20Th 2019
(April 23, 1963-January 8, 1991)
Stephen Maynard Clark was a founding member and lead guitarist for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard. He was also a key songwriter on 2 of the band’s biggest albums, “Pyromania” (1983) and “Hysteria” (1987).
Steve, along with co-guitarist, Phil Collen were known as the “terror twins” and alcohol played a huge part in their antics on/off stage. Collen quit drinking in the late 80’s, but Clark was soon spiraling out of control and he was becoming unpredictable and the band was worried.
At the time of his death, Clark was on a 6 month leave of absence from the band in hopes he could regain control of his life. On January 8, 1991, the band had been notified that Clark had been found dead on his couch. The autopsy revealed that “he had compression of the brain stem causing respiratory failure” caused by alcohol mixed with prescription drugs. He was only 30 years old.
The situation with Warrant is different because of the death of frontman Jani Lane. However in my mind the “new” Warrant is “the guys who used to be Warrant”. Simply because I equate the band name with Jani. I get that the name is established and has a fan base but to hear someone else singing Jani’s songs, or new songs under the name Warrant just doesn’t interest me.
The same goes for Skid Row. there is positively no other frontman like Sebastian Bach. The other members of the band are amazing as well, and I loved when all of them were together. But to me Skid Row without Sebastian on the mic is just plain wrong. Then again Sebastian solo is also just wrong to me. I’m not the only one who feels this way as has been evidenced by all the fans begging for Skid Row to reunite. Again, while the new frontman, (and there have been a few), isn’t a bad singer he’s just not Sebastian and that lineup shouldn’t be called Skid Row.
Many of the nu-gen bands have had to deal with lineup changes just when they are getting noticed. This makes it difficult for fans to form an attachment to a specific lineup which in turn makes it difficult for the bands to achieve the success they deserve. Crashdiet and Santa Cruz are just a few that come to mind.
So, what’s in a name? For some fans the name is everything because that name is associated with the lineup and the artists that we have spent money on, have read about and followed on social media. Most of the time I have no interest in a bands that have split and created two separate groups or replace members left and right while keeping the same name.
According to the KISS Facebook page :
“After 45 years of rocking the world it all comes down to this. Our final tour ever.
The KISS End Of The Road World Tour presale begins tomorrow at 10am local. For dates, ticket & VIP info visit kissonline.com“
Jan. 31 — Vancouver, BC, Canada — Rogers Arena
Feb. 01 — Portland, OR — Rose Garden Moda Center
Feb. 02 — Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Dome
Feb. 04 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
Feb. 07 — San Diego, CA — Viejas Arena
Feb. 08 — Fresno, CA — Save Mart Center
Feb. 09 — Sacramento, CA — Golden 1 Center
Feb. 12 — Anaheim, CA — Honda Center
Feb. 13 — Glendale, AZ — Gila River Arena
Feb. 15 — Las Vegas, NV — T-Mobile Arena
Feb. 16 — Los Angeles, CA — The Forum
Feb. 19 — Corpus ChrisW, TX — American Bank Center
Feb. 20 — Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center
Feb. 22 — New Orleans, LA — Smoothie King Center
Feb. 23 — Memphis, TN — FedEx Forum
Feb. 26 — Oklahoma City, OK — Chesapeake
Feb. 27 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
Mar. 01 — Milwaukee, WI — Fiserv Forum
Mar. 02 — Chicago, IL — United Center
Mar. 04 — Minneapolis, MN — Target Center
Mar. 06 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford Premier Center
Mar. 07 — Omaha, NE — CenturyLink Center
Mar. 09 — Grand Rapids, MI — Van Andel Arena
Mar. 10 — Moline, IL — Mark of the Quad CiWes
Mar. 12 — Louisville, KY — KFC Yum! Center
Mar. 13 — Detroit, MI — Lible Caesars Arena
Mar. 16 — Columbus, OH — Nationwide Arena
Mar. 17 — Cleveland, OH — Quicken Loans Arena
Mar. 19 — Montreal, QC, Canada — Bell Centre
Mar. 20 — Toronto, ON, Canada — Air Canada Centre
Mar. 22 — Uniondale, NY — Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Mar. 23 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 26 — Boston, MA TD — Garden
Mar. 27 — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
Mar. 29 — Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center
Mar. 30 — Pittsburgh, PA — PPG Paints Arena
Apr. 02 — Quebec City, QC, Canada — Videotron Centre
Apr. 03 — Ottawa, ON, Canada — Canadian Tire Centre
Apr. 06 — Raleigh, NC — PNC Arena
Apr. 07 — Atlanta, GA — Philips Arena
Apr. 09 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena
Apr. 11 — Tampa, FL -- Amalie Arena
Apr. 12 — Jacksonville, FL -- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Apr. 13 — Birmingham, AL — BJCC
May 27 — Leipziger Messe — Leipzig, Germany
May 29 — Stadthalle — Vienna, Austria
May 31 — Konigsplatz — Munich, Germany
Jun. 02 — Georg Meiches Stadium — Essen, Germany
Jun. 04 — Waldbuhne — Berlin, Germany
Jun. 05 — Expo-Plaza — Hannover, Germany
Jun. 07 — Sweden Rock Festival — Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 11 — Ice Arena — St. Petersburg, Russia
Jun. 13 — Dinamon Stadium — Moscow, Russia
Jun. 16 — Nsa Stadium — Kiev, Ukraine
Jun. 18 — Tauron Arena — Krakow, Poland
Jun. 25 — Ziggo Dome — Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jun. 27 — Tons Of Rock — Oslo, Norway
Jun. 28 — Trondheim Rocks — Trondheim, Norway
Jul. 02 — Ippodromo Snai San Siro — Milan, Italy
Jul. 04 — Hallenstadion — Zurich, Switzerland
Jul. 06 — Rennbahn — Iffezheim, Germany
Jul. 09 — Birmingham Arena — Birmingham, England
Jul. 11 — O2 Arena — London, England
Jul. 12 — Manchester Arena — Manchester, England
Jul. 14 — Newcastle Arena — Newcastle, England
Jul. 16 — Sse Hydro — Glasgow, Scotland
Earlier this morning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released the nominations for induction this year. Of the 15 artists included, several have been nominated before.
While not new to recognition and appreciation the band Def Leppard has received their first nomination for the R&R Hall of Fame. Find out March 29, 2019 whether they are chosen to be inducted!
Other artists nominated include:
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus & Chaka Kahn and the Zombies Y, at Barclays Center.
Over the past few weeks social media has seen some comments and photos that seemed to be hinting at new music from at least a few members of Motley Crue. Fans were shown Nikki and Tommy together in the studio a few weeks ago. Yesterday, Vince Neil confirmed the suspicions and announced that the full and original lineup of the Crue is recording new songs together!!! He also addressed the "contract" that many people were concerned about saying that they signed a contract not to tour, no one ever said they were breaking up or would no longer make music. Hallelujah!!!!!!!
Before he was Great White's frontman, Terry Ilous was a founding member of XYZ. Since his abrupt replacemnt in Great White by Mitch Malloy many have wondered what his future plans are. Terry released a video making it clear to fans that he's not fading away into rock's history pages. Check it out!!!
We're so excited to be able to bring you a short interview with Jason Crosson, frontman for the hard rockin' Australian band Crosson! Thank you so much Jason for making the time for us!!!
*If someone asks you to describe your sound, what would you say?
The best way to describe CROSSON’s sound is ‘Catchy Theatrical Glam Rock’ with loud guitars, big harmonies and huge Choruses!!
*How does the music “down under” differ from music in other
Back in the day Australian Rock had its unique sound that came from that era ie AC/DC , The Angles, Rose Tattoo etc. This came from an era a working class guys sweating it out on the pubs. With CROSSON, it’s a mixture of the bands I grew up with such as KISS, Motley Crue, Ozzy , Stryper, Scorpions etc. but given a new millennium twist.
*Who are some of your musical heroes?
I’ve been a KISS fan since I was very young, so I guess they would be my biggest influence. However bands like Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Ozzy, Scorpions, Dokken, Stryper, WASP, Bon Jovi, ACDC, Ratt, etc. all played a big part!
*Do any of you come from a musical family?
I actually played the piano accordion from ages 6 – 16 where I was bashing out ABBA mixed with German polkas….. (Did I really need reminding of that !!! ) My brother then introduced me to the electric guitar and my father was devastated when I traded the piano accordion for a 6 stringed axe and distortion pedal!!
*Now, you only have one ballad on this album, “Unconditional Love” and you duet with Finnish pop singer, Jessica Wolff. How did that come about?
The song was originally tracked and mixed with just me on the lead vocal. However, afterwards I thought having it as a duet would be great. My friend Steve Ravic (who also directed the video) had suggested Jessica and shortly afterwards she signed with our label in Germany , Metalapolis Records. This way we kept it all in the family so to speak.
*Classic Rock Magazine describes you as a mixture of Motley Crue, KISS, The Darkness & Steel Panther. Another description by The Metal Factory compares you to Alice Cooper, KISS, Sweet & T Rex! How does that make you feel stacking up to those rock legends?
I just laugh!! You can’t take this stuff too seriously. Its great for press releases and makes people pay attention so it definitely helps our cause. You’ve to bleed it for all you can.. right ?? J
*How do you feel you’ve grown from your first album to “Invincible”?
The writing and demoing for Invincible was a different ball game compared to what we have done in the past. My writing partner was unavailable so basically I had to learn Protocols and do most the writing, producing and arrangements myself. I guess it was a challenge but it proved that I could do it if I dedicated the time and committed to the project.
After the demoing was complete, then we used pretty much the same team in the studio and the magic came together.
*You have worked with legendary producer, Duane Baron who has worked with such greats as Ozzy, Motley Crue & Alice Cooper as well as having Dave Donnelly mastering the album who has worked with Aerosmith, KISS and Whitesnake! That must have been incredible working with them. Can you walk us thru that?
Duane and Dave worked on our last album ‘Spreading the Rock and Roll Disease’ and did such an amazing job that it was a no-brainer to engage their services again. Duane is married to an Aussie, so he has a soft spot for us folks from Down Under, and really looks after us. How did we end up working with them? I contacted them and asked them if they would like to work with us and they said yes!!!
*This is one of my favorite questions to ask. What song off of this record, do you feel captures the essence of this band?
Wow!!! If I had to put my finger on one track, I’d say ‘Never Give Up’. I’ve been working on CROSSON for many years and getting rejections left right and center. Invincible has spent last 10 weeks the top 30 of the Official German Metal and Rock charts. This was due to having great people around me (musicians, engineers, label, publicists etc) but it also a lot to do about being persistent and not giving up.
Another track would be Rock Warriors. The line goes “ We don’t give a damn what the critics say, we’re all Rock Warriors”. In other words, it doesn’t bother us if you don’t like the big red an black hair, the platform boots, the makeup etc. We are part of this great genre and will continue to do what we do!!
*I’ve read that your shows are pretty amazing. You do multiple wardrobe changes and utilize a lot of fun stuff like smoke, sirens and choreography. When I think “theatrical”, my mind goes straight to Alice Cooper & Lizzy Borden. Did either of them inspire what you do on stage?
Alice and KiSS are big influences. I heard Paul Stanley say that when they started KISS they wanted to put together the band they wanted to see. I basically took these words of wisdom and put together the band I wanted to see. Lots of energy great songs and of course, sexy girls on stage!! ( I think I may have stolen the girls idea from Motley Crue.. sorry guys J !!!!)
*Does it feel as exciting now, getting onstage and performing, as it did back with the first album?
Any opportunity I can get to ’shake my booty’ is exciting !! People are still in awe about what we do, which is great.
*Have you had many challenges as a band? If so, what have they been and how did you conquer them?
You are always going to have challenges and obstacles along the way. You just need to work through them. Most of the internal challenges stopped when I decided to hire my musicians and dancers instead of trying to have them as part of a band. This made life so much easier and everyone now turns up and does their job instead of bickering and wanting to change things.
*Any upcoming shows coming up that you can shed a light on?
We are working on a new show which should see the light of day very soon.
*What kind of music do you listen to these days?
I’m always listening to albums from the newer bands of the genre such as W.E.T, Grand Design, Crazy Lixx, Vega, Shakra, Kissin Dynamite, Lipz, Crystal Ball etc. who are doing an amazing job keeping the spirit of rock and metal alive. Its also great to hear new albums from old school artists such as the new Stryper which is awesome.
*Who would you like to collaborate with?
Off the top of my head it would be Desmond Child (writer and producer), Paul Stanley, Michael Sweet (Stryper) and Erik Martennson (W.E.T, Eclipse , Ammunition etc.)
*What advice would you give to others wanting to start a band?
Write songs until they are perfect. If they don’t make the cut, dump them. Practice until you are proficient at your instrument. Don’t skimp on your music production, image or videos. Save your money or get investors so that you can produce a great quality album and video. Also try and get a name behind your product i.e. a well-known engineer producer etc. People will pay attention and take you seriously. Also put together a great image that stands out from the rest
Once your product is ready, shop it until you drop!!! Alternatively engage a good publicist to get your product out there. But most of all Never Give Up!!!!!
*What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding a music career?
“If you build it, they will come!!”
The first album featuring both Lewis and Guns in 15 years, 'The Missing Peace' was released on Frontiers SRL in October of 2017. Notably, the lineup that includes classic members Guns and Lewis, does not include Steve Riley. At this time, despite both Guns and Riley owning the name, there is only ONE L.A. Guns at this time. There have still been some lineup changes but the main men are where they belong.
The Missing Peace brings back the sleazy sound that we love, the first single "Speed" is highly reminiscent of tracks on the self titled debut album from 1988.
We’ve spent the week delving into all things L.A. Guns and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I have discovered tracks I had never heard and found out a lot more about one of my favorite bands, which is still kickin’ ass today!
We hope you’ve enjoyed it as well!
Find Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here
Two L.A. Guns? Sadly there was a split in the band when Tracii Guns left to work with Brides of Destruction and then formed a completely separate band under the L.A. Guns moniker. This makes sense since he was the one who created L.A. Guns and it does bear his name. The other version of L.A. Guns was “owned” by Steve Riley somehow and there was a great deal of acrimony between the two camps.
Each of the bands kept recording and touring until Tracii disbanded his group in 2012. Phil’s version of L.A. Guns made a cover record titled “Rips the Covers Off” (excellent cover of Moonage Daydream) and produced “Tales from the Strip” and “Hollywood Forever” during this time.
As one of the early Sunset Strip sleaze bands L.A. Guns has worked hard over the years to remain relevant. Whether fans were hearing about their many lineup changes, the feuding or the new albums being released, all throughout the late nineties and early 2000s L.A. Guns were still making headlines in the music world. When many of our favorite hair bands have long since given up the fight it has been rewarding to be an L.A. Guns fan throughout all the years.
There’s not a whole lot more to say about the 2 L.A. Guns bands other than both of them had an astounding amount of members come and go. Come back tomorrow to find out all about the one and only L.A. Guns of today!
Find Part 1 Here
Yesterday we looked at the formation and early years of L.A. Guns. After releasing three studio albums and touring the Guns were a well known band. At this time the first member of the “classic” lineup was fired from the band. Drummer Steve Riley left the Guns after their European tour with Skid Row to support Hollywood Vampires. (Little piece of trivia from the Part 1 post)
After parting ways with Riley the other band members were relatively quiet for the next few years. Grunge was king at the time and many hair bands faded into obscurity. In 1995 the guys got back on track to make their fourth studio album Vicious Circle with Michael Gersema on drums.The album did not do well and the tour to support it included replacing Gersema with the previous drummer Steve Riley.
While our featured Vintage Spotlight artists L.A. Guns are still going strong and making news today we’re going to take a little trip back to the beginning. All the way back in 1983, when I was just an innocent 10 year old, a band was being formed that would rock my soul in just a few short years.
When it comes to lineup changes L.A. Guns probably holds the record, even their beginning was an eclectic mess. If I get any of this history wrong I apologize, it is somewhat difficult to untangle.
If you liked BULLETBOYS, you’d probably like Sweet F.A. as well. The band was formed in Indiana and got off to a wonderful and promising start. They played their first gig in November 1988 and were signed to a major label just 11 months later.
The debut album "Stick to your Guns" was a great album and featured excellent singles like "Prince of the City" and "Rhythm of Action". Despite the potential of the album it didn’t do well on the charts and MCA dropped the band in late 1990. At this time the band also dropped bassist Jim Quick (Quiggins).
The band disappeared from the music scene shortly after "Temptation" was released. In 2005 Metal Sludge did a 20 Questions interview with Tricky Lane. Other than that interview and a copycat glam band in the U.K. using the name Sweet F.A. they seemed to have simply vanished. There were rumors in 2007 that Sweet F.A. were reuniting and preparing for a new tour. One of our affiliate shows The Hair Metal Mansion with Andrew the Axeman featured an interview with singer Steven DeLong in 2009, at that time it seems as if Sweet F.A. was indeed touring again.
While we can’t provide a lot of information about what the guys from Sweet F.A. are up to today we can play their music for you as part of our Vintage Spotlight series on The Manamal Streaming Radio. Enjoy!
Warlord is a band that was established in 1980 in L.A. the band was comprised of 4 members, lead singer, Nicholas Leptos, guitar, William Tsamis, Mark Zonder, drums & Philip Bynoe, bass.
In a six year period in the 80’s, these guys managed to get their tracks on the albums, Metal Massacre II & Metal Massacre III. Along with being featured on both of those albums, they had dropped 2 of their own, “Deliver Us” in 1983 & “The Cannons of Destruction Has Begun”. The first album was a progressive, 70’s metal sound while the 2nd album was a more mature sound and much more creative.
This band had many problems trying to keep a steady line-up and music critics feel that was what caused them to fall. They did try a reunion, however, they never captured the appeal or power that they once had in the 80’s.
This Asian cutie is the woman behind the band Jane’s Addiction’s lead singer, Perry Farrell. They met in 1997 after Perry hired her as a dancer. He claims to have fallen in love with her right on the spot and the feeling were mutual for Etty.
In 2002, they married. They went on to have 2 children, both boys, Hezron Wolfgang & Izzadore Bravo.
Etty tried juggling a musician husband and 2 young children when she became the lead singer of the band Satellite Party. They had released one studio album in 2007, unfortunately they disbanded the following year proving too difficult for the wife and mother to keep balance at home.
Mrs. Farrell still occasionally dances for various artists, but you can tell that her family IS and always WILL be her priority in life.
As a pretty boy, hair band, cock rock, fan Tuff is very near the top of my list of favorites. Now, this isn’t to say that I dismiss the talent and focus only on the looks. I do not consider "hair band" to be an insult it’s simply the genre of music that rocks my world and that’s the easiest way to describe it. While the guys in Tuff sure were pretty they also had talent to back up that appearance. Having recently started The Manamal Streaming Radio with our team I’ve been able to learn a lot more about all of the bands we loved back in the day and find out where they are now.
Tuff has often claimed that they are the biggest unsigned band in the world. And in fact their ventures with record labels mostly resulted in disaster. Their first ep “Knock Yourself Out” released in 1986 featured Jim Gillette of Nitro fame as the frontman. Gillette would soon be replaced by Stevie Rachelle and thus begin the true journey of Tuff on the Sunset Strip.
As the music world faded from sex, drugs and rock’n’roll into the dark gray depression of grunge music Tuff kind of got lost in the shuffle. Their 1991 official full length release “What Comes Around Goes Around” on the Atlantic Records label featured the most well known lineup for the band;. Stevie Rachelle, George DeSaint, Todd Chase and Michael Raimondo. “What Comes Around Goes Around” contained tracks that tugged at heartstrings with the typical hair band power ballads, and it also had the sleazy glam sound that people were missing at the time. However despite popular MTV videos this album didn’t get the attention it deserved, the release had come just a bit too late for the hair band genre. Grunge was taking over the music scene.
Over the years Tuff has done independent releases and tried a few different record labels but mainly remained “underground”. Those who loved and followed the band were in for some surprises through the years. The band released “The History of Tuff” in 2001. This compilation album included remixes of several fan favorites from over the years as well as the parody song “American Hair Band”. The original song, “American Bad Ass” by Kid Rock was turned into a song about the great hair bands and the introduction of grunge . This is absolutely a feel good hair band anthem and it recognized so many of the bands that made the hair band era so wonderful.
A piece on Louder Sound details the rise and fall of Tuff including the side projects of frontman Stevie Rachelle.
“In 1998, Stevie Rachelle created Metal Sludge, one of the early web’s most active rock sites and the meeting/beating place for anyone on either side of the “hair metal” debacle. During it’s heyday it was a must-read bloodsport spectacle, full of the snarkiest interviews imaginable, groupie reports, and salacious news items detailing the inevitable downfall of your favourite/least favourite bandana-abusers. Rachelle’s involvement wasn’t known – or at the very least advertised – and Tuff took as many knocks as their contemporaries, maybe even more. If you can’t beat ‘em, pretend to be one of ‘em and let the shitstorm ensue. Rachelle probably deserves some kind of award for that one, man.”
Metal Sludge is still going strong today, as are Stevie Rachelle and Tuff. You can see Tuff live, in 2018 at various events including the High Vol. Music SummerBash!
If you are interested in the real history of Tuff be sure to check out Rachelle’s Tuff Diaries on Metal Sludge and read in his own words how a young boy from Wisconsin stormed the Sunset Strip and began his journey of rock’n roll decadence!
As one of our Vintage Spotlight Featured Artists for this week, Tuff is a band that many may have missed out on, and we want to make sure you are introduced to one of the least appreciated, very talented and unique bands that missed the hair band heyday but still managed to rock both then and now!!! You can hear the ballads and the rockers as well as the “American Hair Band” anthem on The Manamal Streaming Radio!
Mitch Malloy is an amazing singer, producer, engineer & songwriter. He has replaced the singer of Great White, Terry Ilous, who has left the band to pursue his other projects.
Malloy has been a solo, recording artist since 1992 and has also been songwriting and producing for many clients such as, Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins and many more for his Malloy Master Tracks studio.
Mitch stated that he respected the 2 previous singers, Jack Russell & Terry Ilous, but he plans on performing Great White’s music his own way. He was quoted as saying:
“I have to respect this music honorably. I respect what came before me and have to remind fans where they were when they first heard these songs. I also have to be myself at the same time.”
When he first heard his voice singing Great White’s music, he “knew something special was going on.”
We wish him all the best of luck and can’t wait to see where the band goes from here!
Great White and Mitch Malloy are two of our Vintage Spotlight featured artists this week. You will hear a lot of their music from the past all week and weekend!
Mef Manning (bass)
Gina Stile (guitar)
Laura Left (guitar)
Gina Kenny (drums)
The Poison Dollys were formed in Long Island, NY in 1981. The 4 ladies who were in the original line-up only put out one album in 1984, self-titled “Poison Dollys”. All of the tracks on this album are pretty good. I’m not sure why they weren’t more successful, maybe because it was because men ruled that heavy metal scene in the 80’s.
They moved the band from NY to L.A. in hopes of finding fame and fortune, in 1988. They continued on until 1994. After several line-up changes, the band called it quits. When Gina Stile left the band, she went on to form the band ‘Envy’ with her sister then onto Vixen for one of their resurrections. She also played in a ‘Heart’ cover band called ‘Ban Animals’.
These guys hail from jolly ol’ England. Band members are Danny Bowes (lead singer), Mike Morley (backing vocals/guitar), Gary James (drums), Ben Matthews (guitar/keyboard) and Mark Luckhurst (bass).
Their debut album called “Backstreet Symphony” came out in 1990 and reached #21 on the UK album charts and #114 on the USA Billboard 100. In 1992, they released their 2nd album, “Laughing on Judgement Day” which reached #2 on UKAC. Both of these albums were certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry.
Thru the years, there have been several hiatuses and coming and going of members, but they still managed to put out some great albums. They have 11 albums under their belt and they STILL sound pretty good!
(August 4, 1959-June 6, 2002
Born Robbinson Lantz Crosby better known as Robbin Crosby from the 80’s hair metal band, Ratt, was born in La Jolla, California. In his high school years, he played baseball up until he found guitar playing, then devoted all his time to learning how to play it.
Bands he was involved with prior to Ratt were, ‘Mac Meda’, ‘Phenomenon’ & ‘Aircraft’. He was one of the originals members of Ratt and co-wrote many of their songs such as “Round and Round”, “Wanted Man” and “Lay it Down”. Their album ‘Out of the Cellar’ went triple platinum which featured the song ‘Round and Round’.
Crosby eventually left Ratt. Shortly thereafter, he began producing the band Lillian Axe and lent his guitar skills to other artists such as Jon Bon Jovi’s multi platinum, solo album, “Blaze of Glory” which was the soundtrack for the movie Young Guns.
In 2001, he publically announced to the world that he had AIDS and had been HIV + since 1994. It is said that Crosby’s usage of heroin throughout his career was the reason for the HIV diagnosis all stemming from the usage dirty needles.
On June 6, 2002, Robbin was found deceased in Los Angeles from reported overdose of heroin and complications from AIDS. In a 1991 interview given to VH1 which didn't air until 2006, Crosby was quoted as saying:
“When I die, nobody cry at my funeral, in fact, let’s all have a party. I’ve lived the life of ten men. I lived my dreams and more.”
At the time of his passing, he was 42 yrs old.
(September 18, 1951-June 5, 2002)
Douglas Glenn Colvin, aka Dee Dee Ramone is known as the bassist and occasional lead singer of the punk rock band, The Ramones. He was the bassist and songwriter from 1974-1989. After leaving the band, he pursued a career in hip hop music under the name Dee Dee King. That was a very short lived adventure so he then returned to his punk rock roots and put forth 3 solo albums presenting brand-new songs which he toured the world promoting, along with several of the Ramone’s songs as well. He continued writing for The Ramones until 1996, when the band retired.
Dee Dee suffered with a drug addiction for the majority of his life. He was especially fond of heroin. In the early 1990’s, he seemed to have gotten himself clean but after awhile, he started using again. Ramone was found on the evening of June 5, 2002 by his wife, Barbara. Autopsy revealed the official cause of death was a heroin overdose. He was 50 years old.
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