Many, many moons ago when I was a young fan of hair bands. I saw a video on MTV for a song called “Tainted Angel”. I instantly fell in love with the song and began haunting the record store to buy the album. The ‘Tainted Angel’ album was one that I could play straight through and enjoy almost every song. Keep in mind, I was young, not a musician and I tended then, as I do now, to decide whether I liked a song by “feel”. Whether it was a catchy groove or a specific lyric those things stuck in my mind. My favorites were: “Tainted Angel”, “Love Ain’t Enough”, and “Aim for the Heart”. But I could, and did listen to all the tracks repeatedly.
These 4 friends from Georgia. tackled the Sunset Strip in the late 80s. Their first studio album, the aforementioned ‘Tainted Angel’ was released in 1991. Essentially, SouthGang hit the music scene right when the tides were turning toward grunge. Although they had some success on MTV this great band just never really got the attention they should have. Their second studio album ‘Group Therapy’ was released in 1992 and for fans of the group it was a great sophomore effort. With tracks like “Fire in Your Body”, “Culture Clash City”, and “My Best Friend’s Girl” the guys had really produced some great songs. But the era of hair bands was done and the album slid under the radar for most music fans.
SouthGang broke up without releasing another album. However the band members did not completely disappear from the music scene. Butch Walker, Jayce Fincher and “Slug” formed Floyd’s Funk Revival which evolved into Marvelous 3 with Walker taking over vocals. While the music was definitely different from SouthGang I did become a Marvelous 3 fan. The Hey! Album was played start to finish over and over again.
In the 2000s the guys went through even more changes. Butch Walker has been working with artists that run the gamut from Pink to Taylor Swift as a songwriter, producer, and collaborator while continuing to have a successful solo career. His tongue in cheek rendition of "She Likes Hair Bands" makes brief mention about his time in a hair band.
“She likes hair bands,On satellite radio But I was in one So it’s a little too close to home.”
Nevertheless this is a catchy tune and it is definitely a “hair band” kind of song.
Jesse Harte has returned to Georgia. He formed the group Bloody Red Hearts with Tommy Redd, Jeff Caldwell and Jeff Hines. The group released an EP in 2012.
According to Wikipedia Jayce Fincher is also in Georgia and working in the church and Mitch “Slug” McLee is still drumming in Georgia as well.
There have been rumors of a reunion a few times over the years, But sadly, it seems as if the guys just aren’t going to get together for that,
As one of our Vintage Spotlight Featured Artists for this week, SouthGang 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 groups that we lovingly call a hair band You can hear SouthGang on The Manamal Streaming Radio!