To reach a six-fold platinum certification was 2000's The Greatest Hits. Follow up, The Hush was also successful, debuting at number one on the UK album charts and being certified triple platinum. Texas would go on to release a further two studio albums, Careful What You Wish For in 2003, and Red Book in 2005, both of which were certified gold in the UK. After the release of Red Book and a tour to support the album's release, Texas entered a self imposed hiatus. Lead singer, Sharleen Spiteri launched a successful solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Melody in 2008.
Since their formation in 1986, in 2003 it was confirmed that Texas had sold 20 million copies of their five studio albums released since 1986 until the release of their fifth album, Careful What You Wish For in 2003.
Texas's first release was a 1989 EP titled Everyday Now which failed to chart. Later in 1989 Texas hit the UK Singles Charts with their debut single, "I Don't Want a Lover". The song became one of the biggest songs of 1989, charting at No. 8 on the UK Singles Charts. The song charted at No. 77 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts as well as high positions in various countries worldwide. Despite this global recognition, Texas spent much of the late 80's performing as a support band for acts such as Foregone Conclusion and Silly Wizard. The success of "I Don't Want A Lover" did, however, encourage Texas to release their debut album, Southside, which charted at No. 3 on the UK Album Charts. The album received a number of reviews from critics and became one of the biggest selling albums in 1989. With the success of both "I Don't Want a Lover" and Southside, the band released a second single in April 1989, "Thrill Has Gone". The song failed to follow up the international success of "I Don't Want a Lover", only charting at No. 60 on the UK Singles Charts. Unlike the band's first single the song didn't receive as much airplay but the reviews continued to be positive. Although "Thrill has Gone" didn't do so well worldwide, the band still continued to push ahead with the third confirmed release single, titled "Everyday Now". The song was released on 5 August 1989. "Everyday Now" was more successful on the UK Singles Charts, charting at No. 44 but still failed to make the UK Top 40 like "Thrill Has Gone". "Everyday Now" also managed to chart at No. 25 on the French Singles Charts and received a lot more airplay than "Thrill Has Gone". Although "Everyday Now" continued to fail to reach the UK Top 40, hopes were high for Texas and fans and hoped that the next single, "Prayer for You", would turn things around for the band. However, the song became the band's third single to miss the UK Top 40. "Prayer for You" fared worse than both "Everyday Now" and "Thrill Has Gone", only managing No. 73 on the UK Singles Charts. "Thrill Has Gone" is Texas's second-worse UK Chart position after the 1991 single "In My Heart", which charted at #74. After this, Texas bagan work on their second studio album.
In early 1991, to help promote the band's upcoming second album, Texas released a promotional EP titled Extracts from Mothers Heaven. The release comprised four tracks which are included on the parent album. In 1991, Texas hoped that they would return to the UK Top 40 with their first single from Mothers Heaven. "Why Believe in You" was released in 1991 and failed to chart the UK Top 40 but managed No. 66 on the UK Charts. The song didn't receive as much airplay in the UK or any EU countries, as the band had received in 1989 with the singles from Southside. Even though the band had not been in the UK Top 40 since the release of "I Don't Want a Lover" in 1989, the band still went ahead with their second album, which ultimately provided as the band's lowest UK album chart position to date, only charting at #32. However, reviews were mostly positive. The album charted at No. 11 in France, No. 15 in Spain and No. 35 in Sweden. Even though the releases of both Mothers Heaven and "Why Believe in You" were not great commercial successes for the band, they continued to release more singles from Mothers Heaven. The next release, "In My Heart", became Texas's lowest and worst-charting UK chart peak to date, managing No. 74 on the UK Singles Charts and receiving little radio airplay. In 1992, just as Texas were getting the feeling that it was time to drop music after their last five singles had failed to make the UK Top 40, the band's third single from Mothers Heaven was released in 1992. "Alone with You" charted at No. 32 on the UK Singles Charts, making their UK Top 40 comeback since 1989. The song went on to receive significantly more airplay than its two predecessors.
1993 Texas returned with confidence after charting the UK Top 40 since 1989 with the single "So Called Friend", released in September 1993. The song received a strong amount of radio airplay and received fair reviews. The song charted at No. 30 on the UK Singles Charts meaning the song managed to continue on the UK Top 40 success that "Alone With You" had done. With the UK Top 40 success continuing; Texas released their third album titled Ricks Road, the album charted at No. 18 on the UK Album Charts succeeding to do better than their second album Mothers Heaven. A Third single from the album just made the UK Top 40 at #39; "You Owe It All to Me" was released in October 1993. The music video for the track "You Owe It All to Me" was directed by Dani Jacobs. It was filmed in Arizona and features Sharleen Spiteri and Ally McErlaine filmed in the style of a road movie with the pair encountering another version of themselves along the way. In February 1994; Texas released "So In Love With You", the third single from Ricks Road. The song charted at No. 28 on the UK Singles Charts doing better than the previous two singles released from the album.
Following an endorsement by then Radio 1 presenter Chris Evans on his Channel 4 show TFI Friday in 1997, Texas came back to the music scene with the international hit "Say What You Want". The song was released internationally on 6 January 1997. The song became the bands highest peaking single to date on the UK Singles Charts debuting at No. 7 before peaking at No. 3 in its second week of release. The song stayed around for a total of 10 weeks in the United Kingdom; dropping to No. 6 in its third week and No. 8 in its fourth week. Its fifth week seen the song fall out of the UK Top 10 charts at No. 13 and in its sixth week falling to #18. Its seventh week it dropped to No. 28 and its eight dropped to No. 38, and in its ninth week dropped to #37. In its tenth and final week the song fell to No. 48 and failed to make an eleventh week on the UK Charts. In February, Texas released their fourth, multi-platinum selling album. White on Blonde, it went on to become the bands most successful album to date. The album charted at No. 1 on the UK Album Charts and returned to the top spot in the United Kingdom three times (including its debut peak at number one). The album managed 91 weeks on the UK Album Charts. After the success of "Say What You Want", Texas released the track "Halo" on 6 April 1997. "Halo" became one of the bands biggest charting UK Singles (the bands third UK Top 10 single at that point) charting at No. 10 on the UK Singles Charts. Like "Say What You Want", "Halo" received strong airplay on UK radio stations and received fairly positive reviews from music critics. The song stayed on the UK Singles Charts for a total of 7 weeks. Texas went on to release a third single from the album; "Black Eyed Boy" was released on 28 July 1997 and became the bands fourth UK Top 10 single at the time of its release. The song charted at No. 5 on the UK Singles Charts and No. 29 on the French Singles Charts, as well as charting at No. 68 in Germany and No. 23 on the Irish Singles Charts. In the United Kingdom, the song received strong radio play. The song managed 6 weeks on the UK Singles Charts. The albums fourth single; "Put Your Arms Around Me" was released on 23 November 1997. The single became the bands fifth United Kingdom Top 10 single at the time when it was released in November 1997 and also made White on Blonde one of a few albums to spawn 5 UK Top 10 Singles. The song managed a strong 8 weeks on the UK Singles Charts. In 1998, Texas's song "Put Your Arms Around Me" was the lone vocal track for the Andy Tennant film, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, starring Drew Barrymore. Following on the success of "Say What You want", Texas released a remixed version of the song featuring rapper Method Man from the Wu Tang Clan as a double A sided single with "Insane" which became the final single to be lifted from the album. It managed to peak at number 4 in the UK charts back in March 1998.
In 1999, Texas released their first single from their new fifth studio album. "In Our Lifetime" was released in April 1999 and became the band's second highest charting single in the United Kingdom, debuting at No. 4 on the UK Singles Charts. The song also was included on the Notting Hill soundtrack. With the success of "In Our Lifetime", Texas continued to go ahead with the release of their fifth studio album; The Hush was released in May 1999, and like its predecessor White On Blonde, charted at No. 1 on the UK Album Charts in its first week of release. The Hush received fair reviews with 'All Music Guide' stating the album was "Blessed with a stylish production and sharp commercial songs". In the album's second week it dropped two places to No. 3 but in its third week rose back to #2. The album managed 43 weeks on the UK Album Charts. With the continued Texas success, the band followed up the success of their album with a second single. "Summer Son" was released on 16 August 1999. "Summer Son" charted in the UK Top 10 at No. 5, making Summer Son the band's seventh UK Top 10 single at that point. Summer Son received a lot of fair radio airplay in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe and received a fair amount of positive reviews. The song serves as one of Texas's biggest and best known songs to date. One more single was releases from The Hush, "When We Are Together". The song was released on 15 November 1999 and missed the UK Top 10, but became the band's 13th UK Top 40 single (including their UK Top 10 Singles). The song charted at No. 12 on the UK Singles Charts behind Garbage's 1999 James Bond movie theme "The World Is Not Enough". The Hush has become one of the band's biggest selling albums worldwide.
In 2000; Texas released their debut greatest hits album; The Greatest Hits on 23 October 2000. The albums lead single "In Demand" was released 2 October 2000. The song reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Charts and also reached high positions in various European countries such as No. 80 in Germany, No. 10 in Spain, No. 20 on the Irish Singles Charts and No. 49 in Switzerland. When The Greatest Hits was released; it went straight to No. 1 in the United Kingdom like the previous to studio albums White on Blonde and The Hush. The album also charted at No. 24 on the Belgium Album Top 100, No. 48 on the Spanish Albums Top 100 charts, No. 60 on the Irish Album Charts and No. 72 in Switzerland. The Greatest Hits saw the release of a second single titled "Inner Smile". The song was released at the end of 2000 and the beginning of 2001 in certain countries. Inner Smile reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Charts, becoming the bands ninth UK Top 10 single at the time of the singles release. The video for Inner Smile featured a homage to Elvis Presley (and specifically his '68 Comeback Special shows) with lead singer Sharleen Spiteri dressed as Elvis in his famous black leather suit and using prosthetics to resemble Elvis. It begins with Sharleen/Elvis turning on a TV (probably to see "the show", i.e. the video clip), then she/he begins to sing. It had some black and white stills showing her in distinct situations (in one of them, Sharleen/Elvis proudly holds a belt with the word "SHAR" instead of "ELVIS", formed with diamonds). In some scenes, she switches from her Elvis costume to another black leather outfit (without prosthetics). The video clip was shot in London in November 2000 with a live audience and with the band members playing different roles as musicians and/or audience members (with Spiteri portraying various groupies). In one of the scenes, Sharleen (as Elvis) sings along with Sharleen. It is often assumed this scene represents Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
In September 2002, Spiteri gave birth to her daughter Mysty Kyd, although this did not prevent her from working on another album. On 6 October 2003; Texas released their first single from their upcoming sixth album titled "Carnival Girl" which featured rapping vocals by Canadian artist Kardinal Offishall. The song reached No. 9 on the UK Singles Charts, No. 15 on the Denmark Singles Charts, No. 41 in Switzerland, No. 43 on the Irish Singles Charts, No. 57 on the French Singles Charts Top 100 and No. 94 on the German Top 100. On 30 October 2003, Texas released their long awaited sixth studio album Careful What You Wish For. The album did not make No. 1 in the United Kingdom like the past three albums (two studio and 1 greatest hits) but however made No. 5 on the UK Album Charts and only managed Gold status awarded by the BPI for sales of over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom. A Second and final single was released from the album titled "I'll See It Through" was released on 8 December 2003. The single became the bands lowest charting single in the UK since "In My Heart" in 1991. The song only managed No. 40 on the UK Singles Charts and only remained in the UK Top 100 for another two weeks. However the song seems to have had a revival and, as of 7 August 2010, is the band's most viewed track on youtube.
The band returned in mid-2005 with the single "Getaway", which entered the UK Singles Charts at No. 6 becoming the bands tenth UK Top 10 single. The song also charted at No. 6 on the Denmark Singles Top 40, No. 18 in Norway, No. 34 on the Irish Singles Charts, No. 41 in Sweden, No. 43 in Belgium No. 45 in Switzerland, No. 59 in France and 59 in Germany, "Can't Resist" was released as the second single on 31 October 2005. The song failed to make the UK Top 10, reaching No. 13 in the UK and becoming the bands nineteenth UK Top 40 single. The song received a fair amount of radio play in the UK. The bands seventh studio album; Red Book followed on 7 November 2005. The album reached No. 16 in the UK albums chart. Red Book became the bands third album to miss the UK Top 10 after Mothers Heaven in 1991 and Ricks Road in 1993. The album also charted at high positions in many European countries. The bands third single and final single from the album was released on 9 January 2006; "Sleep". The song became the bands eleventh UK Top 10 single peaking at No. 6 on the UK Singles Charts as well as making No. 37 on the Irish Singles Charts. The song featured vocals from Paul Buchannan from the Scottish band The Blue Nile and the video featured comedian Peter Kay. On 21 February 2006 a promo only single "What About Us" was released.
On 24 September 2007 the band released The BBC Sessions, including radio sessions spanning from 1989 to 2005, with extensive liner notes and interviews with Sharleen Spiteri. Cover songs include Elmore James's "It Hurts Me Too", The Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling", and Ashford & Simpson's "You're All I Need to Get By."
In 2008, lead singer Sharleen Spiteri embarked on a solo career. Her debut album Melody was released in July 2008 and debuted at No. 3 in the UK. Worldwide the album sold over 300,000 copies. She released her debut solo single "All The Times I Cried" which made the UK Top 40 at #26. She also released the singles "Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore" and "It Was You". "Don't Keep Me Waiting" was released as a promo single in Switzerland. On New Year's Eve 2009, she performed two cover songs on The Graham Norton Show: "Take My Breath Away" and "Xanadu". Sharleen's second solo studio album The Movie Songbook was released on 1 March 2010 worldwide
On 8 September 2009 Ally McErlaine was hospitalized after he collapsed with a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 40. By February, 2010 he was well down the road to recovery, as reported by bandmate Sharleen Spiteri in The Sunday Mail: "Ally is the most stubborn person I have ever come across, and I think his sheer pigheadedness is the reason he's still here! When he asked what was happening with Texas, I said it was up to him. He told me he wanted to get back into the studio."
After McErlaine survived his collapse, of which 80% of the people who have suffered it have died, Texas reunited for the first time since 2005. Texas embarked on a tour in Summer 2011 and lead singer Spiteri appeared on Popstar to Operastar on 12 June 2011 singing a version of the band's hit "Say What You Want". Prior to this, Texas had played at the Den Fynskye Landsby Festival in Denmark. At the festival, they debuted a new track "The Conversation" which marked the first time the track has been played outside their native Glasgow.
Ms. Spiteri was also invited to make a series of cameo appearances, all of which involved film scores: she sang Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" for a Saturday Night Fever tribute concert and duetted with Italian singer Mauro Gioia on the "Love Theme from The Godfather". Spiteri said "That led to this album," she tells me. "But I don't see it as a covers album – I didn't want it to sound like karaoke." The new Texas album was planned for release in November 2011 but has since been pushed back to 2012; that, says Spiteri, who began writing songs while a hairdresser in Glasgow, might not be a bad thing. "I'm painfully protective about Texas and singing in that band has come to define me. But it's good to have a break and to have a life outside the band. We'll be back when the time is right."
Axelle Red is geboren in de Belgische provincie Limburg. Haar vader, Roland Demal, was advocaat en Schepen van Sport in Hasselt voor de Vlaamse liberale partij Open-VLD.
Geëngageerd artieste, militante humaniste, afgestudeerd als juriste aan de VUB in 1993, in dat jaar komt ook het eerst album ‘Sans Plus Attendre’ uit dat onmiddellijk de doorbraak betekent in Frankrijk, Zwitserland, Canada en België. (alleen in België al meer dan 200.000 stuks verkocht)
Indrukwekkend is haar soulplaat ‘A Tâtons’ die ze in 1996 in Memphis opnam met legendarische muzikanten van het Stax label onder wie Steve Cropper en Isaac Hayes. Axelle krijgt er een IFPI platinum award voor (meer dan 1 miljoen stuks verkocht) en een jaar later staat ze voor het eerst in de Parijse Olympia.
Sinds 1997 komt Axelle als ambassadrice van United Nations Childrens Fund (Unicef) op voor de rechten van kinderen en vrouwen in oorlogsgebieden en ontwikkelingslanden. Hetzelfde jaar zet ze zich in voor de Ottawa-conventie tegen landmijnen en komt ze in Haïti in contact met kinderen die zonder proces in erbarmelijke omstandigheden waren opgesloten in gevangenissen.
In 1998 trouwt Axelle, zingt met Youssou N'Dour voor een paar miljard televisiekijkers de officiële hymne ‘La Cour des Grands’ op de openingsceremonie van de wereldbeker voetbal in de Stade de France in Parijs, 7 maand zwanger van haar eerste dochtertje Janelle laat ze zich voor haar aan Soul en Rhythm & Blues gewijde show ‘The Soul of Axelle Red’ (2 memorabele concerten in het Antwerpse Sportpaleis en het Parijse Palais des Congrès) omringen door haar helden Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore, Eddy Floyd, Percy Sledge en Ann Peebles. Axelle is een van de mensen die haar schouders zet onder het grote benefietconcert van Amnesty International in Parijs maar mag er van de dokter, 7 maanden zwanger, zelf niet meer optreden. Datzelfde jaar brengt ze ook haar Spaanse album ‘Con Solo Pensarlo’ uit.
In 1999 krijgt Axelle in Frankrijk de belangrijkste onderscheiding in de muziek, de Victoire de la Musique voor vrouwelijke artieste van het jaar en verschijnt haar derde studioalbum, het volledig zelf geschreven en geproduceerde ‘Toujours Moi’ dat haar succes bevestigt met meer dan 800.000 verkochte albums. Ze trekt opnieuw naar Azië waar ze als student al veel reisde. In Laos, één van de armste Aziatische landen, in Thailand en Cambodja ontmoet ze vrouwen en kinderen die gebukt gaan onder geweld, discriminatie , prostitutie en armoede. Axelles woorden van toen zinderen nog na. ‘Was ik of mijn dochter hier geboren dan zouden we vandaag niet meer in leven zijn’.
Na meer dan 400 concerten wordt in 2000 tijdens verschillende etappes van een Franse tournee een eerste liveplaat ‘Alive’ met dvd opgenomen.
In 2002 komt het vierde studioalbum ‘Face A/Face B’ uit. De titel verwijst naar de vinylplaten ‘fast and slow’ uit de jaren 60 (een snelle kant voor dans en de andere voor slows) – een co-productie met Al Stone (o.a. producer van Jamiroquai, Björk,…) de thema’s van Axelle zijn zeer geëngageerd : extremisme, antiglobalisme, antipersoonsmijnen, kindsoldaten, drugs. Het gevolg van de vele ontmoetingen : Axelle keert terug naar Cambodja in het kader van de campagne tegen antipersoonsmijnen, belandt in de Mexicaanse staat Chiapas midden in een betoging van de Zapatista’s voor de rechten van de oorspronkelijke bevolking en bezoekt in Vietnam een project van Handicap International.
In 2003 wordt haar tweede dochter Gloria geboren en verschijnt een cd-box met 3 cd’s waarop talrijke onuitgegeven nummers zoals duetten met Charles Aznavour, Francis Cabrel, Stephan Eicher, Sylvie Vartan, Arno en Tom Barman. Het duet met Renaud ‘Manhattan-Kaboul’ wordt het meest gedraaide nummer in Frankrijk, er worden meer dan 800.000 singles van verkocht en Axelle en Renaud krijgen een NRJ music award op de Midem in Cannes.
Nadat ze in juni 2004 in Congo op de vlucht moest voor de onlusten voert Axelle in juli van dat jaar in Niger met Unicef campagne tegen vrouwenbesnijdenissen en kindhuwelijken. ‘French Soul’, een eerste ‘Best Of’ verschijnt met twee onuitgegeven songs ‘I Have A Dream-J’ai Fait Un Rêve’, een eerbetoon aan Martin Luther King. Axelle regisseert de twee video’s. Zwanger van een derde dochter Billie eindigt ze het jaar met een blitzbezoek aan Sri Lanka met Unicef hulpgoederen voor de door de tsunami getroffen bevolking.
In 2005 trekt Axelle naar het noorden van Senegal voor de campagne ‘Make noise till Hong Kong’ van de Franse Oxfam/Agir Ici. Ze pleit er voor eerlijke handelsprijzen. In mei neemt ze in Genève samen met Peter Gabriel en Youssou N’Dour deel aan het concert naar aanleiding van de 60e verjaardag van de Verenigde Naties en bedankt Kofi Annan Axelle voor haar humanitaire inzet bij de verschillende NGO’s. Ze is samen met Bob Geldof woordvoerster voor ‘Live 8 in France’ en treedt op 2 juli 2005 aan het kasteel van Versailles op voor 200.000 mensen tijdens het benefietconcert. Op de Europese top vraagt Axelle officieel aan Barroso, voorzitter van de Europese Commissie, het budget te verhogen voor de ontwikkeling van de Derdewereldlanden.
In 2006 verschijnt ‘Jardin Secret’, het vijfde studioalbum van Axelle en het is een verhaal van hoop, optimisme en positief denken. Een vlucht in een persoonlijke utopische wereld als reactie op de zwartgalligheid in de wereld. De opnames gebeuren in de legendarische Royal studios van Willie Mitchell in Memphis (waar Al Green en Ann Peebles al hun platen opnamen) In september 2006 ontvangt Axelle van de Franse minister van cultuur Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres de hoogste artistieke onderscheiding en wordt ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’. Ze neemt deel aan de 0110 concerten tegen onverdraagzaamheid en racisme in Antwerpen en Brussel.
In 2007 bezoekt Axelle het straatarme Sierra Leone, vijf jaar na de verschrikkelijke burgeroorlog, voor de Unicef-campagne ‘Together, saving 4 million babies’. Sierra Leone heeft de grootste kindersterfte ter wereld. Genitale verminking van meisjes en geweld tegen vrouwen zijn er nog steeds schering en inslag. In maart 2007 is Axelle spreker op het FIFDH in Genève (Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits de l’Homme) samen met de Cambodjaanse regisseur Rithy Panh op een debat over prostitutie. In december 2007 overhandigt Koning Albert II haar het ereteken van ‘Commandeur in de Kroonorde’ voor haar sociaal engagement.
In mei 2008 kent de Universiteit van Hasselt Axelle de eretitel toe van ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’ omwille van sociaal engagement als artieste en mensenrechtenactiviste. Naar aanleiding van de internationale vrouwendag is Axelle gastspreker op de Raad van Europa tijdens een debat over ‘domestic violence’. Ze schrijft haar eerste Engelstalige album ‘Sisters & Empathy’ en neemt het op met haar vaste muzikanten Michael Toles en Lester Snell uit Memphis en Jeff Anderson en Damon Duewhite uit New York maar deze keer ook met de hulp van Mauro Pawlowski, Tom Barman, Jeffrey Burton en Steven Debruyn.
In het voorjaar 2013 kreeg de zangeres een tentoonstelling over haar voorliefde voor (Belgische) mode in het Modemuseum Hasselt waar zij op vraag van directeur Kenneth Ramaekers een persoonlijk verhaal brengt over het belang van mode in haar leven. De tentoonstelling onder de naam Axelle Red - Fashion Victim heeft ook aandacht voor fotografie en (video)kunst. Haar uitgebreide collectie Belgische mode dankt zij aan haar bestellingen voor haar garderobe. Zij geeft ook mee dat elke look die ze neerzet een eigen creatie inhoudt terwijl zij vaak stukken van ontwerpers voorziet van een eigen touch in combinatie met vintage. De expo pakt dan ook uit met een rits bekende namen uit de modewereld zoals Veronique Leroy, Elvis Pompilio, Maison Martin Margiela, Olivier Theyskens, Helmut Lang, A.F. Vandevorst, Ann Demeulemeester, Christian Wijnant, Veronique Branquinho, Bruno Pieters, Haider Ackermann, Tim Van Steenbergen en accessoires van Margiela en Elvis Pompilio.
Axelle Red is sinds enkele jaren getrouwd met Filip Vanes en samen hebben ze drie dochters: Janelle (21 januari 1999), Gloria (24 juni 2003) en Billie (15 april 2005). Filip Vanes was de manager van o.a. de bekende popformatie "Hooverphonic" en DAAN.http://www.axelle-red.com/nl
Ozark Henry is in de eerste plaats het project van Piet Goddaer. Deze muzikant uit Kortrijk (geboren in 1970), zoon van gelauwerd klassiek componist Norbert Goddaer, begint als rapper bij het gezelschap "Word".
Dat kwam ondanks vele optredens nooit aan een platencontract en hield op te bestaan.
Thuis in zijn woonkamer werd er door Goddaer en vriend Tanghe echter ook lustig geknutseld op computer en synthesizer.
Enkele van deze experimenten arriveerden in de brievenbus van platenfirma Method (Double T), die de groep een contract aanbood.
Het debuut werd "I‘m seeking something that has already found me", in 1996 (opgenomen in z’n living).
De originaliteit van de muziek mag blijken uit de veelheid aan vergelijkingen die in de pers genoemd werden : Tricky, Scott Walker, Bowie, John Zorn, Frank Zappa, Moby, en Gavin Friday.
In de zomer van ‘97 werd er materiaal opgenomen voor een tweede cd. Deze zou echter nooit het levenslicht zien (enkel "Summer Junkie" belandde op de tweede cd).
De reden? De eerste plaat werd eind ‘97 in Frankrijk uitgebracht door Sony en scoorde daar verbazend goed.
De tweede cd werd dan uiteindelijk "This last warm solitude", uitgebracht in oktober 1998.
Wat opvalt is dat de songstructuren sterk zijn versimpeld, dat Piet Goddaer nu veel meer zingt dan rapt en dat er nogal wat weemoed in de teksten en muziek is geslopen.
De persreacties op deze meer toegankelijke plaat waren dan ook zeer veelbelovend: De Morgen : "In muzikaal opzicht heeft deze kleurrijke puzzel van triphop, eighties wave, experimentele pop en minimal music alles om, ook ver buiten onze landsgrenzen, een diepe indruk te maken."http://www.ozarkhenry.be/
Beady Eye was formed by the other three core members of the 1999-2009 incarnation of Oasis, namely singer Liam Gallagher, guitarist Gem Archer, and bassist Andy Bell, who switched back to guitar in Beady Eye, together with live drummer Chris Sharrock, who became a full time member of the new group. Jeff Wootton and Matt Jones will perform live bass and keyboard duties.
The band began writing and recording new material in November 2009, and offered a preview of their upcoming album with the release of "Bring the Light", on 15 November 2010 as a free download. It charted at number sixty-one on the UK Singles Chart, topping the Indie and Rock charts.
A second promotional single, "Four Letter Word", was released on 26 December 2010 and was made available to listen to on that date on NME.com, with the band also featuring on the front page of that magazine's Christmas 2010 edition. "The Roller" was announced as the band's first commercial single and got its first airplay on Xfm Radio on 7 January 2011.
The band's first album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, recorded in London at RAK studios in autumn 2010 and produced by Steve Lillywhite, was released on 28 February 2011. The band will undertake a short promotional tour of the UK and Europe in March 2011, and will also be playing the Isle of Wight Festival in June 2011, where they will be special guests to the headline act Kasabian, and T in the Park. They will also play European festivals, such as Bilbao Live Festival and one of the biggest festivals in the world: Rock Werchter. On 26 February 2011, the band played a 5 song set in Leicester University's O2 arena.
The Fratellis are an indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland comprised of vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli (John Lawler), bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (Barry Wallace) and drummer and Mince Fratelli (Gordon McRory). After the band's second studio album was released they went on an indefinite hiatus. In 2012, it was announced that the band had reunited.
The trio began playing local gigs in and around Glasgow in 2005 and shortly thereafter the band received airplay on local radio stations in Glasgow, which brought the band a record deal from Fallout Records. The trio released “The Fratellis EP” in 2006. The first single to get the band noticed was “Henrietta,” which peaked at #19 on the U.K. Singles chart. The band followed-up the success of the single with their debut album, “Costello Music” in 2006. The album peaked at #2 on the U.K. Albums chart, where it remained for three weeks. The success of the album earned The Fratellis a BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 2007.
2006 saw The Fratellis support Kasabian on their U.K. tour before they embarked on a U.K. festival tour themselves, performing at Glastonbury, NME's Rock 'n' Riot tour, OXEGEN 2007, and T in the Park. The band's second offering, “Here We Stand,” arrived in 2008 and marked some significant attention in the U.S for the band, with sold-out shows in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles. 2009 saw the band hit the road again and tour Australia and Japan. Once the tour was over, The Fratellis decided to take a break from the band and focus solo projects.
Jon formed a band with singer/songwriter Lou Hickey called Codeine Velvet Club, and released an album in 2009, followed by a tour in 2009/2010. He then left that band to pursue a solo career. Jon's debut solo album, “Psycho Jukebox,” came out in 2010, followed by a tour of Scotland and the U.K.
Barry joined the Birmingham band The Twang in 2011, with Mince joining the heavy metal band, Throne o' Diablo, only to quit and join Jon's solo band. http://www.thefratellis.com/
Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie formed Primal Scream in the mid-'80s while playing around in Jim's bedroom. Originally there were only the two of them, but a band began to form out of this collaboration. The Scream were the second band to join Creation Records after The Jesus And Mary Chain.
The band signed to Creation Records in 1983, and recorded a single called "The Orchard", which wasn't released until 1985. In the meantime, Gillespie became friends with the blokes in The Jesus And Mary Chain. He filled in on drums for them, and actually appeared twice on stage in one night...once with Primal Scream (the opening act), and once with the JAMC (the headliners). He toured with the JAMC, and was asked to join the band full-time as the drummer, but declined as he wanted to persue Primal Scream's future. Lucky for us.
In 1986, Primal Scream released a single called "Crystal Crescent", which was backed with a b-side named "Velocity Girl". This song appeared on C86 (an NME compilation tape) and was the first real exposure that the band received.
The band's debut, Sonic Flower Groove, was released in the UK in 1987 to poor reviews. This was a mish mash of indie-influenced jangly guitars mixed with rock roots. Dismayed by the album, Beattie left the band to persue other interests. The rest of the band (Gillespie, Innes, and Robert Young aka Throb) continued on, and went into the studio to record the follow-up.
The self-titled follow-up was released in 1989 to more disappointing reviews. This album demonstrated the harder rock and roll influences that the band had, ranging from the Rolling Stones to The Stooges and the MC5.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's in England, the underground dance music scene began to take off. Bands such as The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays were dominating this underground scene and crossing over to the mainstream with their mix of rock and dance. Fascinated by this, the Scream asked a DJ friend, Andrew Weatherall, to remix a track from their last album called "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever have". Weatherall turned this song completely inside-out. He turned it into a dance masterpiece, with Peter Fonda's dialogue added from The Wild Angels movie. The new track was called "Loaded", and was welcomed with open arms by the underground community.
"Come Together" was the first single from their upcoming album, and was praised in much the same way as "Loaded" was. Their third album, called Screamadelica, was released in September of 1991, and included collaborations with many producers, including Weatherall, and The Orb. The result was a brilliant psychedelic dance-rock masterpiece which was greeted well by the mainstream record-buying audience as well as the critics. The album won Primal Scream the Mercury Music Prize in 1992, and they were well on their way to becoming one of the biggest bands in the UK.
Everybody was waiting for an equally brilliant follow-up album, and in 1994, Primal Scream released Give Out But Don't Give Up. For some reason, the band returned to Rolling Stones-styled rock and roll, and the critics and fans were extremely disappointed. It wasn't a bad album, but just wasn't what everyone was expecting. Relatively poor sales and reviews made anticipation for the next Primal Scream album less than thrilling.
A hit movie, Trainspotting, was released in 1996, and The Scream contributed the title track to the soundtrack. The track was again a return to dance-rock, with darker overtones to it than that of Screamadelica. In 1997, their new album, called Vanishing Point, was released to excellent reviews. A dark, brooding mess of psychedelic dub dance-rock, it signalled that the band were back in top form. Coming aboard and joining the band during this period was ex-Stone Roses bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield, who co-wrote "Kowalski" with the band, and added a brilliant new dimension on bass.
XTRMNTR followed in January of 2000, and was yet another example of the greatness of Primal Scream. With Mani now co-writing all of the songs, the bass groove is more evident, and the band have returned with an angry political album. Kevin Shields, the mastermind behind Creation labelmates My Bloody Valentine played throughout the album, and has now joined the band full-time. Now that 2000 is almost over, XTRMNTR is still being hailed as album of the year in many circles.http://www.theprimalscream.com/
Twenty years and twenty million albums into a career that began as a low-rent lark in Athens, Georgia, the B-52's remain the most unlikely pop superstars ever. The first band to glorify pop culture with an almost Warholian sense of purpose, the B-52s purveyed their absurd B-movie style and off-kilter sound celebrating the weirdness lurking just beneath the surface of Americana not exactly a recipe for chart success but way ahead of its time, nonetheless. One listen through the new greatest hits disc Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation, however, and any mystery concerning their longevity and ongoing appeal is solved. From "Rock Lobster," "Planet Claire" and "Private Idaho" to "Channel Z," "Good Stuff" and the two new songs, "Hallucinating Pluto" and the single, "Debbie," the B-52's unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time the music begins.
The B-52's early days are well documented. Formed on an October night in 1976 following drinks at a Chinese restaurant, the band played their first gig at a friend's house on Valentine's Day 1977. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated 'bouffant hairdos, the newly-christened B-52's
(Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson) began weekend road trips to and from New York City for pick-up gigs at CBGB's and a handful of other rundown venues. Before long, their thrift store aesthetic, beehive hairdos, toy instruments and genre-defying songs were the talk of the post-punk underground.
A record deal soon followed and their self-titled debut disc, produced by Chris Blackwell, sold more than 500,000 copies on the strength of their first singles, the garage rock party classics "Rock Lobster,""Planet Claire" and "52 Girls." With virtually no radio support, the B-52's began to attract fans far beyond the punk clubs of the Lower East Side galvanizing the pop world with their 'stream-of-consciousness' approach to songwriting and outrageous performance. The B-52's had clearly tapped into a growing audience for new music that was much larger than anyone could have anticipated. "We always appealed to people outside the mainstream, says Kate Pierson, "and I think more people feel they're outside the mainstream these days."
An unexpected commercial and critical success, the band inadvertently formed the core of the burgeoning early '80's New Wave 'movement' and, along with such contemporaries as Blondie and Talking Heads, continued the pop music revolution that punk began. With the release of their second studio effort, Wild Planet (1980), the B-52's, co-producing with Rhett Davies, proved that their success was no fluke, scoring hits with "Private Idaho," "Party Out Of Bounds" and "Strobelight." In just two albums, the B-52's had created a lexicon of songs, styles, phrases and images which would set the standard for the development of the 'alternative music scene' for the next decade.
The success of Mesopotamia, produced by David Byrne (1982), and Whammy LP (1983) thrust the B-52's into the pole position in the New Wave derby, with the band graduating to arena tours and becoming MTV regulars as well as alternative radio staples. At the time of their greatest achievement, however, they were to suffer their greatest tragedy the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson from AIDS. "He really had a vision," said sister Cindy Wilson. "He was one of the strongest elements of the B-52's from the beginning."
Wilson's passing in 1985 came just after the sessions for Bouncing Off The Satellites (1986). The album, dedicated to Wilson, had taken nearly three years to complete and was worth the wait, serving up the favorites "She Brakes For Rainbows" and "Summer Of Love." Too heartbroken to promote the album as aggressively as they had in the past, the B-52's questioned their future in music.
Even as the period of mourning grew into a three-year hiatus, Strickland, now on guitar, gradually resumed writing music for a new album. Working together on vocal melodies, lyrics and arrangements for the new tracks, Keith, Kate, Fred and Cindy emerged from their hiatus with the Don Was/Nile Rodgers co-produced Cosmic Thing (1989), the B-52's greatest commercial achievement and an album that propelled them from cult act to international superstars. "When we started writing for the new album," explains Fred, "we realized that a lot of the songs seemed to hark back to our roots, the time spent in Athens. It was a way to reassert who we were and why we got together in the first-place." The look back was actually a great leap forward for the B-52's.
The album soared to #3 on the Billboard Album chart, sold four million copies and yielded their first-ever Hot 100 hits
"Love Shack," "Roam" and "Deadbeat Club." Thought to have gone the way of their late, great New Wave contemporaries, the B-52's would, ironically, chart their greatest pop smashes in the '90's and advance their reputation as the greatest party band on the planet to a whole new generation. The band played to sold-out audiences worldwide as part of a tour that would last more than 18 months.
Exhausted from constant touring including a 1990 Earth Day gig before nearly 750,000 people in New York City's Central Park and promotion to ensure their hard-won success, the band took stock and, soon thereafter, Cindy Wilson amicably departed. "I'd been a B-52 for a long time, and it just felt like time for a change," said Cindy. Before long, Wilson had successfully completed her first solo project a baby girl. Meanwhile, Kate collaborated with other artists, including Athens compatriots R.E.M., for whom she guest-starred on "Shiny Happy People" and CBGB's friend Iggy Pop, dueting with the ex-Stooge on the lovelorn "Candy."
Now a trio, Fred, Keith and Kate re-enlisted the tag team of Was and Rodgers to produce the energetic Good Stuff (1992), the B-52's last studio album to date. Including the title cut and interactive concert favorite "Is That You Mo-Dean?," Good Stuff is more than just a great pop record it is also the group's most overtly political album. Activists and fund-raisers for environmental, AIDS and animal rights causes for many years, the B-52's had rarely expressed themselves so openly in their music. "We're out there to entertain people," said Fred, "but it's great to get people thinking and dancing at the same time."
In typically surprising B-52's fashion, the band followed-up the socially-conscious Good Stuff with a completely apolitical cover of the Flintstones theme song, recorded for the soundtrack to the big-budget film revival of the '60's Hanna Barbera cartoon. Apart from Schneider's Steve Albini-produced solo effort Just ...Fred (1996), the "Meet The Flintstones" single would be the last that B-52's fans would hear from them until now.
Reuniting with Cindy, the B-52's wrote and recorded two new tracks that fit perfectly into Time Capsule's stellar collection of hits. "Debbie," the first single to be released from the collection, is best described as a metaphorical tribute to band friend and supporter Debbie Harry as well as the whole CBGB's scene of the late '70s. Featuring gorgeous harmonies from Kate & Cindy, as well as Strickland's punchy guitar riffs, the track retains the essence of the B-52's classic musical signatures without sounding retro. Likewise, "Hallucinating Pluto" is the latest installment in the band's patented interstellar fantasies sung-narrated by Fred Schneider in his inimitable vocal style.
It has been said that the B-52's are as quintessentially American as the Beach Boys. In subtitling this collection 'Songs For A Future Generation,' the B-52's are finally taking much-deserved credit for a body of work that is as unique, beloved and timeless in its own way. Once visionary stripminers of American pop culture, they are now very much a reference point in our cultural consciousness for future generations. The B-52's influence cuts a wide path through much of so-called 'modern rock' from the low-fi efforts of nouveau garage bands to the retro-hip of ultra-lounge to the very ascendancy of dance music itself. "Maybe people are at last beginning to pick up on what we're doing and what we've been doing all along," muses Strickland. "The underlying message of the B-52's is, its okay to be different." http://www.theb52s.com/
Daan is een Belgische band. Het is een soloproject van de Belgische singer-songwriter en muzikant Daniël (Daan) Stuyven (24 september 1969). Wanneer de band live speelt, dan bestaat deze tegenwoordig uit:
Daan Stuyven (gitaar)
Geoffry Burton (gitaar)
Otti Van Der Werf (basgitaar)
Isolde Lasoen (drums)
Jeroen Swinnen (synthesizer)
Jo Hermans (trompet)
Stuyven werd geboren in een gezin waar de moeder kostwinner was. Ze had een eigen winkel. Toen Stuyven 15 was scheidden zijn ouders. Hij werd gemotiveerd om muzikant te worden door Jan Matthys. Als kind leerde hij gitaar, piano en drums spelen. Omdat hij echter niet vermoedde dat hij als rockartiest een carrière kon uitbouwen volgde hij eerst een grafische opleiding.
Eind jaren tachtig belandt Daan Stuyven met de groep Citizen Kane in de Humo's Rock Rally-finale. Met Running Cow proeft hij daarna even van het succes dankzij de radiohit Gasoline On Fire. Pers en publiek hebben het niet begrepen op het album Modern Times van zijn volgende groep Volt en het nieuwe muziekproject blijft zonder gevolg. Hij blijft intussen aan de slag als grafisch vormgever in de muziekindustrie en ontwerpt cd-hoezen voor tal van groepen.
Stuyven laat de muziekwereld nooit helemaal los. Begin 1997 ontmoet hij ex-dEUS-gitarist Rudy Trouvé met wie hij de experimentele-rockband Dead Man Ray opricht. De groep debuteert op het muziekfestival De Nachten in Antwerpen en zal de volgende jaren de Belgische cultscene beheersen.
Stuyvens creatieve honger en zijn zwak voor popmuziek leidt tot de eerste solo-cd Profools, die in 1999 onder de naam "DAAN" wordt uitgebracht. Het is een neerslag van eigen songs die hij tussen 1993 en 1999 opgenomen heeft. De invloed van Dead Man Ray is nog duidelijk voelbaar, al staan er enkele elektronische stukken in de tracklist.
De tweede cd, Bridge Burner (2002), betekent de grote doorbraak voor zijn soloproject. Dit is enerzijds te danken aan het feit dat Stuyven kiest om meer in de richting te gaan van elektronisch getinte dansmuziek. Anderzijds besluit Dead Man Ray rond deze periode om een tijdelijke rustpauze in te lassen. Daardoor kan Stuyven zich meer op dit project concentreren. Het dansnummer Swedish Designer Drugs groeit intussen uit tot een clubklassieker en de frontman verzamelt stilaan een liveband rond zich, bestaande uit topmuzikanten als Isolde Lasoen (drums, vibrafoon en achtergrondzang), operazanger Gregory Frateur, Jeroen Swinnen (synthesizer en achtergrondzang), Steven Janssens (gitaar), Otti Van Der Werf (basgitaar), en Jo Hermans (trompet en achtergrondzang).
In 2004 komt Victory uit. Stuyven gaat verder de weg op die hij met Bridge Burner insloeg maar verlegt zijn artistieke grenzen door te experimenteren met rock en dance. Ook deze cd blijkt een schot in de roos: Stuyven haalt goud en wint bovendien de ZAMU Award voor beste album van 2004. De titelsong Victory en het instrumentale dansnummer Housewife halen eveneens goud en bezorgen hem live een sterke reputatie. Hij speelt op talloze festivals, onder andere Rock Werchter 2004 waar hij een jaar later op het hoofdpodium betreedt.
In het najaar van 2005 verschijnt Cinema, een compilatie-cd met filmmuziek die Stuyven maakte voor de bioscoop- en televisiefilms Verboden te zuchten, Meisje, Un honnête commercant en Suspect.
Camera, zijn eerste dvd, verschijnt in het voorjaar van 2006 en omvat het AB-concert van december 2005, een RTBF-documentaire en enkele videoclips.
In november 2006 verschijnt het vierde album, getiteld The Player (PIAS), dat binnen een jaar goud behaalt. De gelijknamige single wordt louter op basis van het aantal betaalde downloads een hit in de Ultratop 50. In de twee single Promis Q verkent Stuyven verder de grenzen van de artistieke correctheid en slaat een brug tussen dance en Duitse schlager.
Op de ZAMU Awards van februari 2007 is Stuyven de enige artiest die met vijf nominaties en twee prijzen aan de haal gaat. Zijn hit The Player wordt bekroond als beste videoclip (DOP Carl Rottiers); het publiek selecteert het nummer als de beste song van 2006.
Stuyven brengt er onverwachts de evergreen De lichtjes van de Schelde in duet met de componist Bobbejaan Schoepen, die er zelf een Lifetime Achievement ZAMU Award in de wacht sleept. In maart 2007 brengt Stuyven het lied tot in de finale van het VRT-programma Zo is er maar één, dat op zoek gaat naar het mooiste Nederlandstalige lied. Het wordt ook het vaste bisnummer tijdens een tournee in 2007, de grootste tot dan toe.
In de zomer van 2008 volgt er een extra tournee door België. In het spoor daarvan vinden een aantal concerten plaats waarin Stuyvens vergeten werk uit de periode van Volt, Dead Man Ray, Supermarx en Running Cow een eigen en hedendaagse vorm geeft.
Op 25 april 2009 verschijnt het vijfde album, Manhay. Synthesizers spelen op dit album een minder prominente rol dan op eerder werk van Stuyven. Gitaar, piano en zang voeren de boventoon. Bij de verschijning van deze nieuwe plaat hoort ook een clubtournee doorheen Vlaanderen. Het album staat dat jaar sinds hij uitkwam onafgebroken in Humo's top 20 van Belgische albums.
Music Industry Awards
Op 8 januari 2010 waren Stuyven en de groep Absynthe Minded de grote winnaars van de MIA's 2009, met ieder vier prijzen. Stuyven won de belangrijke MIA voor beste mannelijke soloartiest en bemachtigde verder de prijzen voor beste auteur/componist, beste videoclip met Exes en beste grafisch ontwerp met Manhay. Voor de MIA's 2010 was Stuyven opnieuw bij de winnaars. Op 7 januari 2011 behaalde hij de belangrijke MIA voor beste mannelijke soloartiest, net als het jaar ervoor.
Dit album werd uitgebracht op 26 november 2010. Het bevat voornamelijk herwerkte versies van oudere nummers van DAAN en twee nieuwe nummers (Protocol en I'm What You Need). Alle nummers worden uitgevoerd door Daan (zang, piano, gitaar), Isolde Lasoen (drum, zang) en cellist Jean-François Assy (cello, backing vocals). Bij het album hoort ook een theatertour, weliswaar zonder de volledige liveband, maar met Stuyven, Lasoen en Assy.
Concert en Le Franc Belge
In 2011 kwam het album Concert uit. In april 2013 volgt het album Le Franc Belge.
In mei 2008 werd Stuyven gastzanger op de plaat Bobbejaan (PIAS), waarvan hij ook het ontwerp verzorgde. Bobbejaan Schoepen liet de zang over aan Stuyven voor een van zijn onuitgegeven nummers Flower of Shanghai (tekst door zoon Tom Schoepen). Het lied werd die zomer onverwacht een radiohit.
Stuyven bracht ook op 2 oktober 2009 een drietal nummers op een eenmalig huldeconcert voor Bobbejaan Schoepen, waaronder het amoureuze lied Mooi is het leven met jou, een duet met de Belgische mezzosopraan Elise Caluwaerts (gewoonlijk in de uitvoering van Schoepen en zijn vrouw Josée, een voormalig operazangeres).
In november 2009 zond de televisiezender Canvas in de reeks Belpop een documentaire uit over Stuyvens carrière. Daarin werd uitgebreid ingegaan op de voorgeschiedenis van alle muzikale projecten waarbij hij tot dan toe betrokken was geweest.http://www.daan.be/
Formed in Hertford in 1968, Deep Purple were originally called Roundabout. The original line-up featured Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
The band's debut album, 'Shades of Deep Purple' released in July 1968, didn't catch the attention of the UK, but in American they landed a top five hit with 'Hush'. The albums 'The Book of Taliesyn' (1968) and 'Deep Purple' (1969) followed but, as the band's ambitions were growing, their American label folded. Evans and Simper left the band and Ian Gillan and Roger Glover took their places, marking the first of many line-up changes.
'In Rock' (1970) heralded the beginning of the group's commercially successful period, as it spawned the hit singles 'Speed King', 'Into The Fire' and 'Child In Time'. They then released 'Black Night', which became a top ten hit in the UK. After the success of 'In Rock' and 'Fireball' (1971) the band decided on a European location to record their next album.
They chose The Casino in Montreux in Switzerland, only to see it burn down the night before recording was to begin. Out of the ashes of the Casino, however, was to come their most memorable song and their most successful album ever. With smoke literally wafting over the water of Lake Geneva, the band took up residence in the Grand Hotel and, in the swiftly converted corridors and cupboards of the deserted Hotel, recorded the album that was to become their tour de force. The multi-platinum 'Machine Head' reached the top spot in the UK and the US Top Five in 1972.
It also produced their most iconic track 'Smoke On The Water' (1971), as well as concert classics 'Lazy', 'Highway Star' and 'Space Truckin'. This album was followed by four North American tours and a Japan tour in 1972, with the latter leading to the double-vinyl live release 'Made In Japan.
In 1973, they released 'Who Do You Think You Are', from which 'Woman in Tokyo' came. It also made them the best-selling artists in the US that year. Internal tensions and exhaustion became more apparent, leading to another line-up change.
Gillian and Glover later left the band, while David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were recruited for 1974's 'Burn'. A tour followed with dates played at Madison Square Gardens [[[del s]]] in New York and the famous California Jam Festival alongside other rock giants such as Black Sabbath and Eagles. A world tour followed.
After finishing 1974's 'Stormbringer', which spawned the radio hits 'Gypsy', 'Lady Double Dealer' and 'Soldier of Fortune'. However, Blackmore was unhappy with this record and its funky soul elements. He left the band to form Rainbow in 1975.
Deep Purple broke-up in 1976 and it wasn't until 1984 that the classic line-up of Blackmore, Gillan, Lord, Glover and Paice reunited for the platinum selling 'Perfect Strangers' album. A reunion tour followed in 1985, with it out-grossing every tour that year including Bruce Springsteen.
In 1987, they released 'The House of Blue Light', which was once again followed by a sell-out tour. After this they released the live album 'Nobody's Perfect' in 1988.
Throughout the 90s, the band continued in one form or another, despite Blackmore leaving for good in 1993, and the release of several archival releases and box-set collections have helped keep their fan base happy. They also released new material in the form of the 1996 album 'Purpendicular' and 1998 release 'Abandon'.
The next few years were spent touring. One of the band's last original members of the band, Lord, retired in 2002 under friendly circumstances to pursue solo projects. The following year, Deep Purple released 'Bananas', which was followed by their next studio album 'Rapture of the Deep' in 2005. It is thought that the band are working on a follow-up.
This may be put on hold for now as the band's co-founder Lord died at the age of 71 on 16 July 2012 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Alice Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of a minister. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona, at a young age and still lives in the state today. At 17 he formed a rock band called the Earwigs, who changed their name to The Spiders and then The Nazz, before finally settling on Alice Cooper. The line-up included himself, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton and Neil Smith. Rumors (which the band did not necessarily make efforts to deny) to the contrary, the name was not chosen from a Ouija board reading nor was it named after a woman once burned at the stake for witchcraft -- it was picked because the random name had a twisted sense of originality and misleading innocence, complementing the band's bizarre and macabre stage theatrics and lyric themes.
The band got their first big break playing at the Whiskey-a-GoGo in L.A. one night in 1969 when Frank Zappa discovered them and signed them to his record label. After two albums-and relocating to Detroit -- they were signed by Warner Bros., hooked up with famous producer Robert Ezrin and came out with their third album, the break-through "Love It to Death" in 1971. Several albums followed, including "Killer", the highly successful "School's Out" and "Billion Dollar Babies", and "Muscle of Love". The band made an appearance in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) and their own theatrically released documentary Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper (1974). Alice himself also starred in an episode of "The Snoop Sisters: The Female Instinct (#1.0)" (1972).
The original Alice Cooper band broke up in 1975, with the lead singer getting his name legally changed to Alice Cooper -- and performing under the name ever since -- while some of the other members formed a band called the Billion Dollar Babies. That same year saw the release of a Greatest Hits album, while Alice as a solo artist completed the "Welcome to My Nightmare" album and his incredibly theatrical tour. It was on this tour that he met his future wife Sheryl Cooper, who had been hired as a dancer.
Along with the album and tour came a TV special, Alice Cooper: The Nightmare (1975) (TV), and both included dialog from horror movie legend Vincent Price. Alice made a number of other TV and movie appearances in the second half of the decade, including "The Muppet Show" (1976), Mae West's final film Sextette (1978), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) and several appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962).
However, by the late 1970s Alice's problems with alcohol became life-threatening, and he was checked into a clinic for rehabilitation. He told of his experiences on the semi-fictional album "From The Inside" (there was also a comic book of the same title), and explored different sounds in the early '80s with four albums ("Flush The Fashion", "Special Forces", "Zipper Catches Skin", "DaDa"). After having a severe "falling off the wagon" to the point of almost dying, he sobered up once more -- this time for good -- and returned with the albums "Constrictor", "Raise Your Fist and Yell" and the 1989 album "Trash", which featured the hit song "Poison". The '80s also saw Alice starring in the horror flicks Leviatán (1984) (also known as "Monster Dog") and Prince of Darkness (1987), as well as having mostly new songs for the soundtracks to Roadie (1980), Class of 1984 (1982), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) and Shocker (1989).
It was the 1990s, however, that brought Alice's most memorable movie appearance: playing himself in Wayne's World (1992). The phrase uttered by characters Wayne and Garth in his presence, "We're not worthy!", became one of the most popular movie catch-phrases of the decade. Alice also played the father of Freddy Krueger in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), and himself on "That '70s Show" (1998) and "Something Wilder" (1994). The decade also saw the release of his "Hey Stoopid" and "The Last Temptation". Alice toured occasionally but took a break from releasing albums until 2000, when he released "Brutal Planet". He followed this up with "Dragon Town", "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" and the "Dirty Diamonds", and continues to tour regularly, performing shows with the bizarrely dark and horror-themed theatrics that he's best known for.
The first decade of the 21st century saw a sustained period of activity from Alice Cooper. In the decade that he turned sixty, he toured extensively and released (after a significant break) a steady stream of studio albums to favorable critical acclaim. During this period Cooper was also recognized and awarded in various ways: he received a Rock Immortal award at the 2007 Scream Awards; was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003; he received (in May 2004) an honorary doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University; was given (in May 2006) the key to the city of Alice, North Dakota; he scooped the living legend award at the 2006 Classic Rock Roll of Honour event; he won the 2007 Mojo music magazine Hero Award; and fans twice tried to induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The lengthy break between studio albums ended in 2000 with Brutal Planet, which was a return to horror-lined heavy metal, with a vicious injection of industrial rock, and with subject matter thematically inspired by the brutality of the modern world, set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, and also inspired by a number of news stories that had recently appeared on the CNN news channel. The album was produced by Bob Marlett, with longtime Cooper production collaborator Bob Ezrin returning as Executive Producer. The accompanying world tour, which included Cooper's first concert in Russia, was a resounding success, introducing Alice Cooper to a new audience and producing the live home video, Brutally Live, in 2001. During one memorable episode in Brutally Live, Britney Spears (being played by Alice Cooper's real life daughter, Calico), and representing "everything that my audience hates — the softening of rock and roll... the sweetness of it" is executed by Cooper.
Brutal Planet was succeeded by the sonically similar and widely acclaimed sequel Dragontown, which saw Bob Ezrin back at the helm as producer. The album has been described as leading the listener down "a nightmarish path into the mind of rock's original conceptual storyteller" and by Cooper himself as being "the worst town on Brutal Planet". Like The Last Temptation, both Brutal Planet and Dragontown are albums which explore Cooper's personal faith perspective (born again Christianity). It is often cited in the music media that Dragontown forms the third chapter in a trilogy begun with The Last Temptation; however, Cooper has himself indicated that this in fact is not the case.
Cooper again adopted a leaner, cleaner sound for his critically acclaimed 2003 release The Eyes Of Alice Cooper. Recognizing that many contemporary bands were having great success with his former sounds and styles, Cooper worked with a somewhat younger group of road and studio musicians who were very familiar with his oeuvre of old. However, instead of rehashing the old sounds, they updated them, often with surprisingly effective results. The resulting Bare Bones tour adopted a less-orchestrated performance style that had fewer theatrical flourishes and a greater emphasis on musicality. The success of this tour helped support the growing recognition that the classic Cooper songs were exceptionally clever, tuneful and unique.
Cooper's radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, began airing on January 26, 2004 in several US cities. The program showcases classic rock, Cooper's personal stories about his life as a rock icon, and interviews with prominent rock artists. The show is broadcast on nearly 100 stations in the US and Canada, and has also been broadcast all over the world. In 2005, Alice Cooper was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.
A continuation of the songwriting approach adopted on The Eyes of Alice Cooper was again adopted by Cooper for his 24th studio album, Dirty Diamonds, released in 2005. Dirty Diamonds became Cooper's highest charting album since 1994's The Last Temptation. The Dirty Diamonds tour launched in America in August 2005 after several European concerts, including a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 12. Cooper and his band, including Kiss drummer Eric Singer, were filmed for a DVD released as Alice Cooper: Live at Montreux 2005. One critic, in a review of the Montreux release, commented that Cooper was to be applauded for "still mining pretty much the same territory of teenage angst and rebellion" as he had done more than thirty years previously.
In December 2006 the original Alice Cooper band reunited to perform six classic Alice Cooper songs at Cooper's annual charity event in Phoenix, entitled "Christmas Pudding".
On July 1, 2007, Cooper performed a duet with Marilyn Manson at the B'Estival event in Bucharest, Romania. The performance represented a reconciliation between the two artists; Cooper had previously taken issue with Manson over his overtly anti-Christian onstage antics, which included tearing up Bibles, and he had sarcastically made reference to the originality of Manson's choosing a female name and dressing in women's clothing. Cooper and Manson have been the subject of an academic paper on the significance of adolescent antiheroes.
In January 2008 he was one of the guest singers on the new Avantasia album The Scarecrow, singing the 7th track, The Toy Master. In July 2008, after lengthy delays, Cooper released Along Came a Spider, his 25th studio album. It was Cooper's highest charting album since 1991's Hey Stoopid, reaching #53 in the US and #31 in the UK. The album, visiting similar territory explored in 1987's Raise Your Fist and Yell, deals with the nefarious antics of a deranged serial killer named "Spider" who is on a quest to use the limbs of his victims to create a human spider. The album generally received positive reviews from music critics, though Rolling Stone magazine opined that the music on the record sorely missed Bob Ezrin's production values. The resulting Theatre of Death tour of the album (during which Cooper is executed on four separate occasions) was described in a long November 2009 article about Cooper in The Times as "epic" and featuring "enough fake blood to remake Saving Private Ryan".
On January 22, 2010, it was announced that Alice would be touring with Rob Zombie on the "Gruesome Twosome" tour.
On March 29, 2010, Cooper revealed during his weekly radio show on Planet Rock that his next record is to be titled The Night Shift. Cooper stated he has 10 demos ready.
On May 26, 2010, Cooper made an appearance during the beginning of the season finale of the reality-show, American Idol, in which he sang "School's Out".
On June 20, 2010, Cooper joined Slash on stage in Paris to perform the song "School's Out".
Alice Cooper performing live at Wacken Open Air in 2010
On June 15, 2010 to coincide with the release of the "Alice Cooper Track Pack" for Guitar Hero, a free download of the newly-recorded "Elected" was made available on Alice Cooper's official website. He scored alongside his daughter and band member Dick Wagner the score for the Indie horror flick Silas Gore.
During 2010 Cooper began working on a new album, dubbed Welcome 2 My Nightmare, a sequel to the original Welcome to My Nightmare. In a Radio Metal interview, he said that "we'll put some of the original people on it and add some new people. I'm very happy with working with Bob (Ezrin) again."
During a press conference in France Cooper said about Welcome to My Nightmare II: "this album is more bloody and more accomplished than the first. It sounds like the early years." By October 2010, Alice and Bob Ezrin had come up with 13 songs, including the ballads "I Am Made of You" and "Something to Remember Me By." In addition, Cooper cut three new songs with original band members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce.
On December 15, 2010, it was announced Cooper and his former band would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The official Rock and roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place March 14, 2011, where Cooper was inducted by fellow horror-rocker Rob Zombie. He showed up for the event wearing a (presumably fake) blood-splattered shirt and had a live giant albino boa snake wrapped around his neck. Cooper told Rolling Stone magazine that he was "elated" by the news and that the nomination had been made for the original band, as "We all did go to the same high school together, and we were all on the track team, and it was pretty cool that guys that knew each other before the band ended up going that far".
On March 10, 2011 Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Alice Cooper, Jennifer Warnes, and others performed at a benefit concert in Tucson, Arizona benefiting ‘The Fund For Civility, Respect, and Understanding’, a foundation that raise awareness about and provides medical prevention and treatment services to people with mental disorders. The concert also benefited the injured and the families of victims of the January 8, 2011 shootings in Tucson, AZ. On March 19, 2011, Alice appeared on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
Monster Magnet is an American hard rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), John McBain (guitar), Tom Diello (drums), and Tim Cronin (vocals and bass). The band first went under the name "Dog of Mystery" and later "Airport 75" before finally settling on "Monster Magnet," taken from the name of a 1960s toy made by Wham-O, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child.
In 1989, Monster Magnet released two demo cassettes: Forget About Life, I'm High on Dope and I'm Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?. The band's first "official" release was self-titled EP from Glitterhouse Records of Germany. The EP contained the songs "Snake Dance" and "Nod Scene", (both of which would appear again on Spine of God), and "Tractor", (which would be rerecorded for Powertrip).
In 1991 the band signed with Caroline Records and released their first full-length album, the cult classic Spine of God, in 1992. The album is hailed as one the classics of stoner rock, alongside Kyuss's Blues for the Red Sun and Sleep's Sleep's Holy Mountain. The album contained the single "Medicine" (which would be recorded ten years later on God Says No), and the band's first music video was made, followed with a tour with rising grunge band Soundgarden. The tour helped the band get a contract with major record label A&M Records.
Their final release with Caroline Records was a bizarre four-song EP titled Tab which included, among two other marathon-length songs, a 32-minute track called "Tab...". McBain quit the band soon after. He was replaced by Atomic Bitchwax guitarist Ed Mundell who holds the position to this day.
The year 1993 saw the release of the album Superjudge. While the album was released on a major record label (A&M Records), it did not sell very well, because of the rise of grunge rock, which made their hard rock style unpopular. Singles and videos were made for the songs "Twin Earth" and "Face Down", but it did little to help promote the album.
Dopes to Infinity (1995), the follow-up record, was more accessible, and had a hit single in "Negasonic Teenage Warhead", which benefitted from a music video showing Dave Wyndorf travelling through Outer Space that received rotation on MTV. Still, the record was not the success the band had hoped for, partly because other innovative tracks, like "Dead Christmas" and the title track, received little or no airplay.
After the Dopes to Infinity tour, Wyndorf moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in order to begin working on Powertrip (1998), a breakthrough hit that earned the band a gold certification. Powertrip saw the band departing from its usual lo-fi, stoner metal fare, and enter into an era with a more hard rock-type sound. Guitarist Phil Cavaino joined the band in 1998. "Space Lord", the first single, was a major radio hit and the band went on tour with bands like Aerosmith, Metallica, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. The songs "Powertrip", "Temple of Your Dreams", and "See You In Hell" also were successful on rock radio. The album charted at #97 on the Billboard 200.
After a two-year tour supporting Powertrip, the band released God Says No (2000), charting at #153 on the Billboard, but it was unsuccessful compared to their last release. Standout tracks include "Melt", "Heads Explode", and "Silver Future". After the release, Joe Calandra and Jon Kleiman departed the band because of internal conflicts with Wyndorf, and were replaced by Jim Baglino and Bob Pantella respectively. The band also left A&M Records.
Monster Magnet wrote and performed "Live For The Moment", which has been the official theme song of Matt Hardy since 2002 and appeared on the compilation WWF Forceable Entry.
In 2003, Monster Magnet released Greatest Hits, a double CD greatest hits album featuring their best songs, some rarities, and music videos from their time with A&M. They then signed to the European label SPV, and in early 2004 released Monolithic Baby! throughout Europe. The U.S. release followed in May on SPV America. The band had a minor hit with the song "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)".
In March 2005 Phil Cavaino departed after seven years service in a split described as amicable by Wyndorf. A followup to Monolithic Baby! was expected in March 2006 to coincide with their European Tour, along with rereleases of Spine of God and Tab, both featuring new artwork and liner notes; however the tour and album release did not go ahead.
On , 2006, Dave Wyndorf overdosed on prescription drugs. His management released the following statement:
Monster Magnet 2009 Tour Poster
The battle with one?s inner demons is the most personal fight any of us can undertake. The fight is at times a lonely, confusing journey. On the evening of February 27, Dave Wyndorf suffered a set back in his own fight and was hospitalized for a drug overdose. His full recovery is expected. We ask that all those he has encountered over the years or simply affected by his music to take a moment to think good thoughts of and for him. With the grace of God and those who love him we are all confident that Dave will rebound from this set back and continue to play and make great rock and roll.
In 2007, it was announced that Monster Magnet would release a new album, 4-Way Diablo, which had been put back for a year because of Wyndorf's overdose. It was released later that year. Later in 2007, another greatest hits collection, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Monster Magnet, was released. "Powertrip" was used as the official theme song for the WWE pay-per-view, No Way Out 2007.
Shortly before 4-Way Diablo was released, the official website was finally updated.
Before their 2008 European tour, Phil Caivano returned to the band to resume duties on guitar alongside the band.
Monster Magnet's style and material are heavily influenced by 1970s space rock bands such as Hawkwind and Captain Beyond. In addition to arranging covers such as Hawkwind's "Brainstorm" (Doremi Fasol Latido, 1972), Wyndorf sometimes incorporates elements of space rock staples into his own songs. For instance, the Dopes to Infinity title track borrows some of its lyrics from "Lord of Light" (ibid.), and Superjudge's "Twin Earth" is a reinterpretation of Captain Beyond's "Mesmerization Eclipse" (Captain Beyond, 1972). Wyndorf also is a fan on 60's comic books, particularly Jack Kirby. He mentions Kirby in the song "Melt" from God Says No. He also mentions MODOK (on "Baby G?tterd?merung" from Powertrip) and Ego the Living Planet (on "Ego, The Living Planet" from Dopes to Infinity), both of which are Marvel Comics creations. "All Shook Out" from God Says No has a reference to "Children of the Atom" which is a reference to X-Men, also from Marvel Comics.
Monster Magnet's live shows occasionally feature Stacia-esque nude dancers, a fact which has landed them in trouble with the law in some American cities.
"Crop Circle" from Powertrip for the movie Urban Legend.
"Dopes to Infinity" from Dopes to Infinity was featured on the soundtrack to the film The Girl Next Door.
"Heads Explode" from God Says No was featured on the soundtrack to the film Dracula 2000. Part of the music video for the song is displayed in the movie as well.
"Look To Your Orb For The Warning" from Dopes to Infinity was featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 film The Matrix.
"Master of Light" from Monolithic Baby! was featured in the movie Torque in a scene in which Monster Magnet are shown performing the song.
An early otherwise unreleased version of "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" from Dopes to Infinity, was featured on the soundtrack of the 1994 movie S.F.W..
"Powertrip" from Powertrip has been featured in numerous soundtracks including:
PlayStation 3's 2007 release Motor Storm
Crusty Demons Freestyle Motocross series
"Dinosaur Vacume" from Superjudge was featured in the Electronic Arts video game Road Rash.
"See You In Hell" from Powertrip appears in Bride of Chucky.
"Silver Future" from God Says No was featured in Heavy Metal 2000.
"Space Lord" from Powertrip was featured in the film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
"Kick Out The Jams", a cover version of the MC5 song, was featured on the soundtrack to Varsity Blues.
"Melt" from God Says No has been featured in the Crusty Demons Freestyle Motocross series.
"Lord 13" from "25.......Tab" was featured during the end credits of the 1999 film Beowulf.
"Radiation Day" and "Slut Machine" were featured in the mountain bike film New World Disorder V - Disorderly Conduct.
"Space Lord" was featured on the American Chopper video game.
Members' Other Projects
Since the mid 1990s, Tim Cronin and Jon Kleiman have fronted The Ribeye Bros., a garage combo steeped in the ways and means of filterless cigarettes, self-loathing, and Roky Erickson.
In 2003, Bob Pantella mixes and plays bass on The Glasspack Bridgeburner lp. Ed Mundell also plays lead guitar on The Glasspack Bridgeburner track "Peepshow." The album was released on Small Stone Records in May 2004.
In 2007 Bob Pantella joins The Atomic Bitchwax. Also in 2007, Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino formed RIOTGOD, along with Garrett Sweeny (of Psycho Daisy), and Mark Sunshine.
Fired from Hawkwind after a drugs bust going into Canada, Lemmy Kilmister returned to London. Determined to start his own band to avoid being fired again, he decided it would be called 'Bastard,' but management overuled and 'Motorhead,' a song Lemmy had written as a B-side for Hawkwind, was born. With drummer, Lucas Fox and Pink Fairies guitarist, Larry Wallis, and Lemmy on bass and vocals, Motorhead began gigging and recorded their first album, which their record company refused to release at the time, (it later emerged in 1980 as 'On Parole').
Lucas didn't have the required 'attack' for the drumming required, so a Leeds punk, named Phil Taylor, whom Lemmy had come to know, was invited to a rehearsal. Lemmy and Larry were impressed, and erased Lucas' drumming on the album and replaced it with Phil's.Larry needed a rhythm guitarist to 'bolster the sound' whilst he was taking solos. Phil had met Eddie Clarke on a day-job, so Eddie went to a rehearsal with Lemmy and Phil to find they worked well together as a trio. Larry was late getting there, but when he did so, after playing one song, and considering Motorhead's bad press to date at the time, realised the Pink Fairies would be his best option; and left the band.With no record label and Tony Secunda, their manager now, trying to find them a record deal, Lemmy, Phil and Eddie just kept gigging and refining their sound. In the December, they recorded 'White Line Fever' and 'Leaving Here' as a proposed single for Stiff Records.
Stiff released the two songs across two albums instead of giving Motorhead a break with the single. Disheartened, they decided to quit, but asked Chiswick Records boss, Ted Carroll, to record their final gig. Ted couldn't afford to, but instead gave them 2 days in the studio to record a single, but well-rehearsed as they were, they recorded their complete live set in the time, so Carroll agreed for extra time to make the sessions into a single and album release. The band toured as guests to Hawkwind, then, to co-incide with the Chiswick release of the 'Motorhead' / 'City Kids' single and the 'Motorhead' album, toured again with The Count Bishops, but 4 gigs in, Phil Taylor broke his wrist so their dates were cancelled. With the album to promote, the band continued gigging as soon as Phil's bones had repaired themselves.
Secunda recorded the band Live in the February, and from the tapes the 'What's Words Worth?' album was released 5 years later. But Secunda had fallen out with and lost the band the opportunity of a second album with Chiswick, so again, they had no record company behind them. They also dumped Secunda, so had no management, either, so Motorhead, as such, were in limbo. Lemmy asked Hawkwind manager, Doug Smith, if he would manage them? Reluctant beforehand, he agreed, and won them a 'one single deal' with Bronze Records. 'Louie, Louie' / 'Tear Ya Down' was released, Chiswick re-issued the 'Motorhead' album, and Motorhead headlined a full UK tour. Pleased with 'Louie's' chart placing, Bronze gave the band studio time to record another album.
The resulting 'Overkill' album and single was everything the fans needed and more, and Motorhead took it out on another UK tour with female rockers, Girlschool, as support. Bronze ask for another album, and other than their appearance at The Reading Festival, Motorhead deliver the 'Bomber' album and single in the Autumn, and another UK tour follows, with the breath-taking 'Bomber' lighting rig hanging over the band and going through its manoeuvres during the song of the same name.
Motorhead start the New Year with tours through Europe, with 3 albums behind them now, there was no stopping them. A massive Live attraction, tracks are recorded and 4 released as 'The Golden Years EP' and the lead track, 'Leaving Here' rockets it into the Charts. To celebrate the Silver Disc status for the 'Bomber' album, the band headline The Over The Top Heavy Metal Brain Damage Party at Bingley Hall, in Staffordshire in the Summer; then go into the studio again to record the 'Ace Of Spades' album, then take it on tour throughout the UK in the Autumn.
Motorhead tour Europe with Girlschool, then play and record 3 gigs in Leeds and Newcastle for a Live album. Whilst on tour in America with Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Oz, Motorhead are told their live album, titled 'No Sleep 'til Hammersmith,' has gone straight to #1 position! They release 'Motorhead' as a live single, then return to the UK to headline The Heavy Metal Holocaust at Port Vale Football Stadium. Motorhead end the year touring Europe and Scandinavia, strengthening their hard-core fan base with the sizzling live album, which until that point had been every fan's wildest dream!
Following a Live album would never be easy, and 'Iron Fist' suffered due to lack of rehearsals, time, but mostly the lack of an independant producer. However, the album and single charted fairly well, and after a Spring UK tour, the band recorded a single with Wendy O Williams and The Plasmatics, started an American tour, then guitarist, Eddie Clarke, left the band. Thin Lizzy axeman, Brian Robertson stepped in to complete the tour. The band made debut UK performances at Wrexham and Hackney stadiums in the Summer, and completed European tour to end off the year.
The 'new' line-up record another album, and 'Another Perfect Day' is taken on tour in May in the UK. The album, and the 'I Got Mine' and 'Shine' singles Chart fairly well. A massive American tour followed, then Europe in the Autumn, but fans were disappointed at Robertson's refusal to play the 'Motorhead Classics' live, and after the November date in Berlin, he is fired.
Lemmy and Phil advertise for a new guitarist, and end up with two! Phil Campbell and Wurzel complete the new 4-man Motorhead line-up. They record 'Ace Of Spades' for the prestigeous 'The Young Ones' UK comedy show, then Phil Taylor quits to join Robertson in forming a new band. Phil Campbell suggests ex-Saxon drummer, Peter Gill, who rehearses and is found to be more than suitable. Bronze Records see the disruptions as suicidal for the band, and start getting a 'Best Of' compilation together. Lemmy intervenes and insists the new line-up record some new tracks for the release. They do so, and 'Killed By Death' is released as a single, and becomes yet another mighty anthem for the band and their fans. The new line-up debut at Hammersmith Odeon, the compilation, titled 'No Remorse' makes the Charts, but the band are not happy with the way Bronze Records are treating them, and look to get out of their deal. Court action follows, Bronze use an injunction to stop Motorhead from recording, so the band tour Australia and just about everywhere else rather than sit back and wait.
Motorhead win the battle with Bronze and manager Doug Smith starts his own record label, GWR. The band have their 10th Anniversary Birthday Party at Hammersmith Odeon in June, and the 'Motorhead' encore sees everyone who has ever played in the band, other than Larry Wallis, who believed filming had been completed the day before, onstage for the song. Motorhead tour Europe and spend the Autumn touring America with Wendy O Williams.
Motorhead record the 'Orgasmatron' album, tour Europe, Scandinavia, and make a large number of radio appearances following the release of the album. In the Autumn they tour the UK, then the States for 2 months with Megadeath, and Germany to end the year. The 'Orgasmatron' track quickly becomes a live classic with Lemmy reciting the ominous words picked out by a lone, green spotlight.
Motorhead tour Europe with Onslaught, then America with Savage Grace, record their second album for GWR with 'Rock 'n' Roll,' then tour the UK with Sword to promote it. Lemmy stars in the 'Eat The Rich' movie, and Motorhead provide the majority of the soundtrack. European and Scandinavian dates follow with King Diamond, and the 'Stuff The Turkey - Eat The Rich' Xmas show sells out at Brixton Academy.
A 2 month tour of America with Alice Cooper kicks off the year, then Europe with Girlschool and Destruction. Motorhead record a new Live album in Finland, released and titled 'No Sleep At All,' they tour America with Overkill and Slayer, then play Xmas shows in the UK and Germany.
A full UK tour for the 'No Sleep At All' album follows in February, then 5 dates in Brazil and the 'Bastards Over Europe' tour. Another German tour follows, along with a month at The Music Farm in Sussex writing new songs. 'The Silent Night' tour of the UK sees out the year.
Relationships with Doug Smith and GWR Records result in another Court Case. Motorhead play short UK and European tours before Lemmy and Phil Taylor migrate to America. Once the Court action is over, Motorhead use The Music Farm songs and new Manager, Phil Carson. to gain a record deal with Sony / Epic. After more European dates, the band record the '1916' album in Los Angeles.
The '1916' album is Nominated for a Grammy. Motorhead play a bigger UK tour with The Almighty, then European dates with The Cycle Sluts From Hell. Japanese and Australian dates preceed The Operation Rock 'n' Roll Tour' with Alice Cooper and Judas Priest. The year ends with dates as 'The Christmas Metal Meeting' with Sepultura.
Motorhead record the 'March Or Die' album and tour America with Ozzy Osbourne and Ugly Kid Joe. Dates with Guns 'n' Roses and Metallica, and more in Argentina and Brazil with Alice In Chains follow. Scandinavian and European gigs, then 'The Bomber's & Eagle's Tour' with Saxon back up the album, which has received mixed reactions.
Along with other band's on the label, Motorhead are dumped after the 'March Or Die' album. They relocate in LA to start recording new songs whilst looking for another label. More dates in Argentina and a full European tour follow, then more recording. 'The Christmas Metal Meeting 1993' tour closes another year.
Motorhead play a huge American tour with Black Sabbath from February through to May. Dates in Argentina and Japan follow, then a European tour, Summer Festival dates and the release of the 'Bastards' album to wide praise and acclaim, and then 'Christmas Metal Meeting' dates in Germany keep the band busy.
The 'Sacrifice' album is recorded and released, with SPV / Steamhammer as Motorhead's new record company. Guitarist, Wurzel, elects to leave the band and they continue as a three-piece. They play the 'Motorious '95' European tour with Grip Inc; and 3 UK dates. Another American tour with Black Sabbath, then an extensive European tour with Skew Siskin preceeds 4 more UK dates in November. South American shows, including Chile and Argentina follow, then in December, Metallica play The Whisky in LA as 'The Lemmy's' to celebrate Lemmy's 50th Birthday.
Motorhead play an extensive American tour with Speedball and Belladonna. In March, rehearsals for another album begin, but are interrupted by the band's Summer Festival appearances across Europe. The 'Overnight Sensation' album is released, and extensive American and European tours follow with Dio.
The 'Overnight Sensation' album is released, he title poking sarcastic fun at the band's longevity. They play The Astoria in London in January, then tour relentlessly through Europe and Scandinavia and end off with 4 dates in Japan. The ill-fated Motorhead / WASP tour rampages through America before Summer Festival appearances in Germany and Hungary. More UK dates follow to promote the album in October, and 5 dates in Russia end the year.
Motorhead tour Europe for the 'Snakebite Love' album, with the Hamburg Docks show being recorded for a future live album. In July they're on The OzzFest through America and in August begin their Summer Festival dates. In October, they tour the UK and follow with an extensive dates through Europe.
The Hamburg show is released in its entirety as the double-live album 'Everything Louder Than Everyone Else' and the band play a US tour through until June. The Summer Festivals follow through Europe, including one in Slovenia. The band begin recording another studio album in Germany, then in October, tour America with Nashville Pussy. In November, Motorhead tour Scandinavia with 'The Monster's of the Millennium' tour, then end the year with 2 shows at London's Astoria.
After completing their album recording in LA, the band shoot their 'God Save The Queen' video in London to accompany the single release. 7 dates in South America follow, then 'We Are Motorhead' is released in May, followed by another 2 month tour through America. A dozen Summer Festival dates through Europe, including 2 in the UK, 4 in Japan and Motorhead's 25th Anniversary Show at Brixton Academy, follow. The band then move on to tour Europe and Scandinavia, with 4 dates in Russia, then one each in Poland and Hungary.
Motorhead play 'The Game,' Triple H's introduction theme, Live at Wrestlemania at The Astrodome; the performance is televised worldwide. They tour the UK in May, then play another 12 Summer Festivals followed by an American tour with Mudhoney. Motorhead receive Gold Discs for 'The Game' and appear on The Drew Carey Show.
Motorhead tour America with Morbid Angel. The 'Hammered' album is released followed by 17 Summer Festival dates and more shows to strengthen their South American fan base. Both UK and European tours follow with Anthrax.
American tours with The Dwarves and Anthrax, then 7 Summer Festival dates prior to an American tour with Dio and Iron Maiden. The 'Hammered' album tour of the UK with The Wildhearts follows, then through Europe with Skew Siskin.
A prestigeous show at London's Royal Opera House in February is a one-off whilst the band are in the studios recording what will become the 'Inferno' album. Motorhead play a handful of South American dates, but some 20 Summer Festivals in the midst of which the 'Inferno' album is released. The UK tour follows with Sepultura and carries on through Europe.
Motorhead win a Grammy for 'Best Metal Performance' for their cover of Metallica's 'Whiplash' track. They tour America with Corrosion of Conformity and North America with Priestess. No less than 20 Festival dates span the Summer, including Motorhead's 30th Anniversary Show on June 16th at Hammersmith Apollo in London. A Scandinavian tour with Mondo Generator and UK dates with Girlschool follow, plus 6 in Australia with Motley Crue.
Four dates with Meldrum in America at The House of Blues venues kick's off the year as a new album is being recorded. Released in August amongst Festival dates, 'Kiss Of Death' is critically acclaimed as the band play Hyde Park in London as special guests to The Foo Fighters. Motorhead tour the UK with Crucified Barbara, then Europe with Meldrum.
'Kiss Of Death' tours in South America and Europe follow, along with the Summer Festival dates. The 30th Anniversary London Show is released as a double album titled 'Better Dead Than Motorhead.' 2 dates in Japan and an Australian tour with Rose Tattoo follow, then more dates in Europe end the year.
Recording a new album before Motorhead's now legendary Summer Festival dates across Europe, including Download in the UK. They play the 'Metal Masters' tour through America as their new album, titled 'Motorizer,' leaves the acclaimed 'Inferno' and 'Kiss Of Death' albums in the dust, then rips up the Charts Worldwide as Motorhead headline an American tour before Autumn dates in the UK and Europe.
Continuing to bring 'Motorizer' to the world with more sold-out global touring, including a headlining performance at the Wacken Festival, core-filming also began on the Lemmy documentary project (dir: Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski), which saw the last frames captured in Moscow during Dec 2009. Also, Motorhead enjoyed a 10-page feature story in Rolling Stone magazine during October, marking the first-time they had been afforded such space in the internationally iconic magazine.
With Spring and Summer seeing road-work in all the usual places, Motorhead sat down to make their latest album 'The World Is Yours' once again with Cameron Webb at the production/mixing and engineering helm in LA. Phil Campbell embarked upon a difficult personal journey when his father fell gravely ill, and he returned to Wales, UK where he recorded the guitar for the album. The resultant album showcases some of the band's best work in years, with richer, thicker guitar tones augmenting the classic Motorsound supremely well. The album will be released during December in Europe via their own Motorhead records label with UDR Records the partners. It will also enjoy a unique type of release in Europe during December, when Classic Rock magazine will publish a special magazine about the band with 'The World Is Yours' cover-mounted ahead of it's full-release, thus heralding a new era in providing the fans with access to new Motormaterial. Currently on another European tour, Motorhead will then return to the US for a full calendar of live activities and much more in 2011.
Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
In 2001 the band was ready to record more material, and this time they turned to Tommy Tägtgren who were to play a part in the creation of the Sabaton sound, and together they recorded the second half of the bands demo compilation "Fist For Fight" that was released by Underground Symphony later that year.
When 2002 arrived the band returned to Abyss studios and Tommy Tägtgren to record the debut album "Metalizer" that was to be released later that year, but didn't end up in the record stores until 5 years later.
In 2004, after countless hours of rehearsals and dozens of shows the band got tired of waiting for the release of "Metalizer" that never came and decided to take matters into their own hands.
Primo Victoria - The Battle Begins
Without the support of a record label Sabaton returned to Abyss studios and Tommy Tägtgren and recorded the album "Primo Victoria" which loosely translated means: The first victory, or: The beginning of the victory.
A fitting name, considering it represents a new beginning for the band and also marks the start of the typical war themed Sabaton lyrics.
The band signed up with the label Black Lodge later that year and in 2005 "Primo Victoria" was released
In early 2005, just before the album was released, Daniel Myhr was recruited into the band to relieve Joakim of his keyboard duties and the band was now complete.
This year saw the first Sabaton show outside of Sweden and there were many more just around the corner.
In January 2006 the band headed back into the studio for 3 weeks of intensive recording sessions with Tommy Tägtgren and recorded the album "Attero Dominatus" just before heading out on Sabaton's first major European tour as supporting act for Edguy and Dragonforce.
Attero Dominatus - The Battle Rages On
Halfway into 2006 "Attero Dominatus" was released and the band headed out on it's first European headline tour, and even though it wasn't very long, it was so successful that another one was added right after the first leaving only enough time for the band to jump back to Sweden and do 3 shows with Eurovision winners Lordi before getting back on the road again.
The Attero Dominatus tour continued in Sweden, and when 2007 arrived it was followed up with another major European tour. This time Sabaton supported Therion and Grave Digger and the tour reached into territories where Sabaton had never performed before.
Metalizer - Cease-fire
As the band had been touring with Therion and Grave Digger negotiations between Black Lodge and Underground Symphony had been successfully completed and Sabaton's debut album "Metalizer" which does not feature lyrics about war was ready for release, 5 years after it was recorded.
This time Sabaton went on a big European headlining tour called "Metalizing Europe" which didn't go unnoticed and it was followed up by many major festival appearances throughout Europe.
The Art of War - Back in the Trenches
During late 2007 Sabaton performed little, only doing a few shows to stay in shape and 3 appearances on Helloween's European tour to focus on the creation of the next album, "The Art of War".
The album was based on the over 2500 years old writings of Sun Tzu, conveniently named The Art of War and the songs on the album follow the same formula and deal with the same subjects as the corresponding chapters of the text.
In January 2008 the band returned to Abyss studios, once again working with Tommy Tägtgren for the recording sessions but involved his brother Peter for the mixing process.
When the single "Cliffs of Gallipoli" was released it hit the Swedish singles chart hard and reached #1 instantly and some time later later sold gold in Sweden.
The album "The Art of War" was also a great success for the band and it received great reviews from all around the globe, it charted on #5 in Sweden and it was also honoured with a Swedish Grammy nomination.
All the hard work, quality and joy Sabaton had put into the music and the touring was finally being recognized and the band made TV appearances in several countries as well as going on the road with their biggest tour so far.
Between May 2008 and December 2009 Sabaton had: managed to perform over 160 shows in more than 20 countries, received honourable citizenships/titles from the Polish government, toured with Hammerfall and Dragonforce, and been honoured with the opportunity to play a headline show in front of 10.000 fans on the battlefield near Wizna where the battle they sing about in the song 40:1 took place exactly 70 years earlier.
Coat of Arms - Full Frontal Assault
Even though the band had been touring extensively, the creative process never ceased and the band were almost ready for the recording of their next album "Coat of Arms" in the end of 2009.
During the latter part of 2009 the band had reached out to their fans and asked them to send in ideas for battles to sing about and the fans responded with thousands of mails, and while preparing for the new album, (in the middle of a tour of course) the band took the next big step and joined the Nuclear Blast family.
The studio facilities where Sabaton recorded their first self titled demo: Moon Music Studio were abandoned at that time and the the guys in the band decided to built their own studio in the same location, thus coming back to where they started out 10 years earlier.
The final composing and the lyrics were made in December of 2009 and in January 2010 the band headed back to Abyss Studios to track the drums, this time with Peter Tägtgren behind the recording console and then returned to their own studio that by now, in typical Sabaton-esque manner was called "The Eagle's Nest" after a joke made by the bands lightning engineer to record the rest of the album.
In early February 2010 Fredrik Nordström, assisted by Andrew Hayball mixed the album together with Sabaton in Boomtown studios, and when the mastering at Masters of Audio was complete, the final master of "Coat of Arms" was sent to Nuclear Blast.
At this moment, with most of the major European festivals booked, a huge tour announced, and a new label, Sabaton stand ready to once again storm into the fire.
"One thing I could say about Fear Factory is that you can put on a Fear Factory song and know it's Fear Factory. Nowadays, so many bands are copying each other but we've always remained true to our sound." - Dino Cazares
On their third album, Obsolete, Fear Factory continue to explore the battle of man versus machine; organic versus digital. Frontman/lyricist Burton C. Bell explains: "The concept of this record is that man is obsolete. The idea is still man versus machine - man versus the system machine... man versus the government machine. Demanufacture told a story, Remanufacture was another chapter in the story and Obsolete is another part of the Fear Factory concept. We're up to the point in the story where man is obsolete. Man has created these machines to make his life easier but in the long run it made him obsolete. The machines he created are now destroying him. Man is not the primary citizen on Earth."
Obsolete is ten songs produced by Rhys Fulber, formerly of Front Line Assembly, currently of Delerium, Intermix, and Will. Rhys, who produced the band's 1992 remix EP Fear Is The Mind Killer, also played keyboards on Obsolete (John Bechdel of Prong/Killing Joke/Revolting Cocks/Murder Inc. pedigree will serve as the touring keyboardist). Check out the intense cover art provided by longtime Fear Factory associate Dave McKean.
For 1998, Fear Factory's development as a band is most evident. Guitarist Dino Cazares has never sounded better; his riffs mean and lean. Belgian-born bassist Christian Olde Wolbers is far more predominant in the mixes than in the past, while drummer Raymond Herrera has developed into a phenomenal player, a literal man-machine.
Bell's development and confidence as a singer-boosted by his participation in Geezer Butler's G/Z/R project-is obvious on Obsolete, particularly in his searing vocal performance with the eleven-piece Vancouver Chamber Ensemble, which contributed violins, cellos and violas to the songs "Resurrection" and "Timelessness." Fear Factory's state-of-the-art mindfuck is also evident on the song "Edge Crusher," with cuts and scratches courtesy of San Diego mixmaster DJ Zodak. Obsolete material is also featured in the video game "Messiah" by Shiny Entertainment, which is slated for an October release.
Dino offers the following assessment of Fear Factory: "Fear Factory decided to stick to what we do best and that's play very aggressive music--and then add keyboard and vocal elements. We're dabbling in Hip Hop--Burt's actually rhyming on the record. The beautiful melodies that Burt sings are more apparent on this record and the brutality is definitely more apparent. There's more keyboards on this album than any album we've ever done, but it's definitely not a Techno record. It's along the lines of what we're good at, and that's being heavy and experimental. If we're going to change, we're going to change to something more extreme. We never take a step backwards."
"I have a feeling people are expecting a Techno record and that's where they're wrong," Burt concludes. "We made the mistake of making the Remanunfacture EP album-length; people thought it was a full record. Obsolete has the groove Soul Of A New Machine had, that we lost on Demanufacture. We've not changed, but matured. The songs are written properly and the arrangements are much better. We've found our niche on this record. We've brought it back into Fear Factory so it's ripping riffs and killer grooves. Our fans know to expect something big."
Whitfield Crane and Klaus Eichstadt grew up in Palo Alto, California, a middle-to-upper-class white suburbia where, according to Klaus, everybody complains about a little bit of noise. Klaus and Whit (short for Whitfield) met when Whit’s father mulched the Eichstadt-cat with the lawn mower. Klaus, whose father is a German and whose mother is from Argentina, and Whit became close friends in junior high school. Whit lived with his mother, and because that wasn’t a good thing, he and a friend called James moved to Santa Barbara after high school.
He ended up in a band and recorded a demo, that sounded great. Klaus had also recorded a demo and wanted Whit to sing on it. But Whit only wanted to do that if Klaus came to Santa Barbara and be in Whit’s band. Klaus was pretty set in Palo Alto, where he had a girlfriend and lived with his parents. He delivered Domino’s pizza and worked with his dad, shipping and receiving video-equipment and making simple repairs. But eventually, in February 1990, he moved to Whit’s Victorian house in Isla Vista, a college town near Santa Barbara. The house had view on the ocean, and Whit and Klaus lived there with a bunch of friends. Klaus started playing piano when he was 10, and his dad bought him his first guitar. Later he shined college and spent all his money on equipment. Whit and Klaus both started guitar lessons at the same time, but Whit only made it a few weeks because he was very lazy and couldn’t stand not being as good as Eddy van Halen yet.
Whit decided to be a singer because that was easier.
At the time when Klaus joined Whit, the band was called Overdrive, and the other members were Eric Phillips on guitar, Phil Hildengaertner on bass, and Mark Davis on drums. Mark had replaced John Spaulding who had gone crazy. Soon afterwards, they kicked out Eric Phillips, who had written most of the Overdrive songs, and the band started to go into different direction with Klaus and Whit writing most of the material. At about this time guitarist Roger Lahr joined the band. He was the only member of UKJ who actually went to college.
Bassist Cordell Crockett replaced Phil on April 1st, 1991. Cordell was a roadie for Love/Hate and had sold computer printer ribbons on the phone, worked on cars, tinting windows, installing car stereos and alarms. Cordell’s father was a drummer and his mother plays piano. Cordell himself used to play trombone in high school. He started when he was 10, in fourth grade music class, but picked up the bass two years later, when he was 12. The boyfriend of Cordell’s sister had him playing in clubs, jazz, disco and weddings. He kept playing trombone for a while but eventually the bass took over.
Drummer Mark Davis got his first drum kit from his mom when he was 10. He practiced all day with his friends in his room. After high-school in Santa Barbara, Mark worked as a grocery store clerk wearing a short haired wig for more than a year, after his boss got on his case about being a musician. Remarkable thing by the way, was that every member of UKJ was the youngest in their family.
Soon after Roger had joined the band, they changed their name to Ugly Kid Joe, a parody of LA glam band Pretty Boy Floyd. Both bands were like night and day, there were no similarities whatsoever. UKJ was supposed to do a gig with them in Santa Barbara, but Pretty Boy Floyd cancelled the show. They had it printed that they were going to be Ugly Kid Joe just for that gig, just because they felt that they represented the opposite of Pretty Boy Floyd. And although the gig got cancelled, they decided to keep the name: Ugly Kid Joe.
The band had gone through various managers, including Steve Sahlein, Will Carlin and finally, Dennis Rider. Billy Morgan was UKJ’s tour manager for their entire career.
As Ugly As They Wanna Be
UKJ’s main selling-point was their demo, which was produced by Eric Valentine, a high-school friend of Klaus and Whit. He was the drummer for T-Ride, who later opened for UKJ together with the Electric Love Hogs during the European tour in autumn ’92. Ugly Kid Joe got signed within ten gigs, when they had never even played outside of Santa Barbara. It was Bob Score who signed the band to Stardog Records. They called their first EP As Ugly As They Wanna Be, released in the US in October 1991, and in Europe in May 1992. The title is a takeoff of 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be.
The EP contains five and a half songs, and Whit and Klaus were the main song writers. Opening song Madman is about a psycho killer on the loose with some acid in Disneyland. Whiplash Liquor is a party song detailing the drinking habits of middle-class white teenagers, a subject the band is well acquainted with. Too Bad is about manic depression, on a positive vibe though, and more in particular about old Overdrive drummer John, who was suffering from mental illness. Everything About You is about Whit’s and Klaus’ childhood friend Farrel T Smith, who never wanted to go skiing beacuse it’s too cold, and who never wanted to go to the beach because he’d get sand in his shoes. That’s how Klaus came up with the first line of the song "I hate the rain and sunny weather". Farrel was always into bratty jokes and he’d always say how much he hated things. His attitude was however more tongue-in-cheek than viciousness, as shown by the lyrics "I ain’t wearing no frown". The song later ended up in the movie "
Wayne’s World" and became a huge world-wide hit. Sweet Leaf is a short version of the original Black Sabbath song.
The band was just screwing around at practice and all of a sudden Klaus fell upon the riff from Sweet Leaf, and while the whole band knew what he was doing, Klaus didn’t know. So he played it to that point and asked what they should do up to that. They didn’t want to learn the rest of the song because Klaus didn’t have a tape, so they just learned the song up to there. The band didn’t even know if they played it right, they just decided to make it a segment to Funky Fresh Country Club, a story about the Santa Barbara County Jail. The last song is the 26-second-only instrumental Heavy Metal.
Madman and Sweet Leaf/Funky Fresh Country Club were released as promotional only singles (which means that they were not available in stores), and Everything About was the commercial single. The promotional video, recorded in one day at the beach in front of 6503 Del Playa #6 – the house were they were living – and featuring blow-up dolls, was picked up by MTV, and the single went platinum and ended up on #4 in the Billboard Charts. The band also recorded a promo video for Madman.
The artwork on the album, a cartoony Ugly Kid Joe, was done by Moish Brenman, a high-school friend of Whit.
To support the EP, UKJ went on tour with Scatterbrain and called it "The butt-pickin’, zip poppin’, booger flingin’ across America Tour." Later, in October 1992 when UKJ was on tour in Europe with Electric Love Hogs, they were voted Best New Band by the readers of Metal Edge magazine. During that tour, Whit urinated in an elevator on some record company reps in Paris, France.
America’s Least Wanted
Guitaris Roger Lahr left the band early 1992 due to musical differences. Dave Fortman from Sugartooth (formerly She Died) replaced him in April 1992. While As Ugly As They Wanna Be was recorded in 6 days, the band had 2 months to record their first full-length album America’s Least Wanted. The deadline for the album was the Ozzy Osbourne tour. The band was invited to be support-act on his "No More Tours" tour, which was supposed to be Ozzy’s last tour ever. UKJ wanted to have the album finished before the tour with their all-time hero started. The band had 4 days of pre-production at Mates rehearsal studios. When they entered the studio to start the recordings for the album, they hadn’t even enough songs to record a full album. They had 10 days to write a few more. Therefore, they never had a chance to demo songs like Busy Bee, So Damn Cool or Mr. Recordman. The first time they recorded them was immediately for the record. At the end of the 2 months, they needed 10 days more to finish the album, while t
he tour with Ozzy had already started! Whit had to fly back to LA several times during the first days of the tour.
The cover of the album pictures the band’s mascot (a cartoony Ugly Kid Joe) posing as the Statue Of Liberty, holding a porno magazine in place of the hallowed Declaration. Several large record chains thought that would be too much for America’s conservatives minds, so the album was released with an alternative cover too: it pictures the cartoony UKJ bound, gagged and chained with the offending finger hacked off. Like on the EP, the artwork is done by Moish Brenman.
The album contains 13 songs, 2 of which were also on the EP. Everything About You, obviously, because record company Mercury wanted it, and Madman because Whit wasn’t satisfied with the first version of the song, as it appears on the EP. Whit had to do all the vocals for As Ugly As They Wanna Be in one day. Madman was the last song he sang, and his voiced was trashed. The version on America’s Least Wanted is a complete new vocal track. First song on the album is Neighbor, a funny song about a sloppy dude who moves into a nice suburban area. Whit often joked that he was that neighbor.
Goddamn Devil, written by Klaus, is about Satan. Come Tomorrow is how you always end up right where you started. The story behind Panhandlin’ Prince is that Whit went to New York somewhere in 1988 to visit Mary, a girl he knew. Whit talked to a lot of panhandlers and was surprised how much money they were actually making. They are happy and living their lives, and they’re proud of it. Busy Bee, written by Dave and later featured on the rollerblade movie Airborne, is about how people don’t take the time to really live. (Everything About You and Busy Bee are the only UKJ-songs that are featured in movies. The producers of the movie Dumb & Dumber wanted a song from UKJ as well, but when the band gave them one, they didn’t like it due to content.
However, UKJ were not willing to change it). Don’t Go is a song about Whit’s girlfriend of 1988. Whit wrote So Damn Cool about the people who suddenly liked the band now that they were famous. Same Side is written by Cordell. The Harry Chapin cover Cats In The Cradle was thrown on the album at the last minute. The song is the first song Whit has ever heard in his life. Back in 1993, when the song made it big in the charts all over the world, Whit hadn’t seen his dad in several years. The original writers of Cats In The Cradle were very satisfied with UKJ’s version. Howard Fields, the drummer on the original song, sent a letter to UKJ saying that the song sounded great and that Harry would be smiling if he was still alive. However, it was never supposed to be released as a single, until radio stations got all these requests for it. Mr. Recordman reflects Klaus’ thoughts about getting signed, making records and the music industry. That’s why they let him sing the song. Dave plays lead guitar on it.
A number of guest musicians appear on the album as well. Jennifer Baily from Halfway Home did some background vocals, and the spoken intro on Everything About You is from Pat from Saturday Night Live. A friend of UKJ was in a band in Santa Barbara, and Pat was his cousin. Dean from Infectious Grooves plays wah-wah on Same Side, and Rob Halford from Judas Priest sings background vocals on Goddamn Devil. Producer Mark Dodson had earlier produced the Judas Priest albums Defenders Of The Faith and Sin After Sin, and is friends with Rob. Rob came to say hello in the studio and liked Goddamn Devil. The band asked if he’d wanna sing on it, and so he did. The mumbling words at the end of the album ("You guys are gonna be great...") are from producer Mark Dodson. The band recorded him in his sleep.
UKJ recorded videos for Neighbor, Cats In The Cradle, Busy Bee and So Damn Cool. The video for Neighbor was shot in a suburb of Denver. The video for Cats In The Cradle was shot early 1993, and the video for Busy Bee was recorded in the streets of New York on April 5th, 1993. The band donated the royalties of Panhandlin’ Prince (b-side of Cats In The Cradle) to the Fred Jordan Mission in LA, a shelter for homeless women and children.
To support America’s Least Wanted, UKJ toured with Ozzy Osboune and later on with Def Leppard. In Corpus Christi, TX, during a club tour, Cordell fractured his right ankle on a shaky stage ladder. He had cyberglas cast and at first he sat on a stool to play, but got more mobile once he got a flexible "robocast". On stage, Cordell didn’t use crutches.
Menace To Sobriety
Early 1994, drummer Mark Davis left the band to get married. The band played the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil with sit-in drummer Bob Fernandez from the Electric Love Hogs, and recorded NIB for the Black Sabbath tribute Nativity In Black. The band first wanted to do Faries Wear Boots, but this song had already been taken by another band (it didn’t end up on the album however). NIB was also recorded with Bobby Fernandez. Also, Whit recorded the song Born To Raise Hell with Motorhead and Ice-T for the Airhaeds movie. Bobby Fernandez however didn’t become UKJ’s new drummer. The band auditioned tons of drummers, but wasn’t satisfied with any of them. At a point where Whit was getting kind of frustrated, he went to Colorado to go snowboarding with a friend called Jimmy, who owned a snowboard show in Beaver Creek. At night, they visited a Souls At Zero show in a club and Whit was immediately impressed with the band’s drummer Shannon Larkin.
Whit went on stage to jam on AC/DC's Sin City and immediately knew that Shannon had to be the man. Whit invited him to do audition in Santa Barbara, and the next thing they knew, Shannon Larkin was UKJ’s new drummer. Now, the band could finally start jamming and writing songs for their new, second full-length album, Menace To Sobriety. In the meantime, on April 5, Cordell got married to Karen in Las Vegas. (Note: They are divorced by now, and Cordell has a new girlfriend named Carin!)
Before the band started the recordings for the album, they did a week-and-a-half tour in the US, to test some of the material. The audience had to pay a ticket for only $3 and bring two cans of food. At the end of the tour, UKJ raised 15,000 cans of food. Later, for the Excuse To Go Snowboarding Tour with Dog Eat Dog and Goldfinger (UKJ knew John Feldman, the singer of Goldfinger from the Electric Love Hogs), the ticket price was $5 and all proceeds went to AIDS research.
Menace To Sobriety was recorded at a ranch called Palace Del Rio. Built in 1922 and set on 36 wooded acres in rural Santa Ynez, north of Santa Barbara. The house was once owned by Dean Martin and Jimmy Stewart, and is now run by the Rosedale family, who rent it out to musicians. Every member had his own room in the house, and there were tennis courts, tennis balls, a pool table, dogs walking around and huge parties in the weekend. The band claimed that half of the budget for the album was for beer and alcohol. Whit was especially happy with the fact that they made the studio a stage-environment for him: huge stacks of PA-speakers at the left and right, and a monitor in front of him, just like on-stage.
After recording the drums, the band took a week off when Garth Richardson’s wife had a baby. Garth, who had earlier worked with Rage Against The Machine and L7, produced the album. The reason why UKJ chose him as producer, is the cool drum sound that he had on his previous work. GGGarth stutters when he gets excited or frustrated, and therefore added the three g's to his name.
The recordings in the house ended on December 23rd, 1994. However, Whit still had to do some vocals in LA, while he was the one who had insisted not to do his vocals in LA. The album was finished on February 19th, but wasn’t available in stores until June 6th. In the meantime, Whit and Shannon jammed with Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) on his solo-album. Whit sang back-up on one song, Shannon played drums on four songs.
None of the songs on the album are left-overs from America’s Least Wanted, they are all new material. The first track of the album is Intro, which is one of the many crazy recordings of guitarist Dave Fortman. He recorded it at home on his eight track with a drum computer. During the recordings of the album, Whit listened to it in his bed, and decided that this was going to be the prelude to the next album. Dave taught Klaus the riff and they started playing.
God, the second song on the album, started as a mouth-riff from Whit. Whit wrote the verse, Klaus wrote the chorus and Dave came up with the intro, middle and solo. Most of the lyrics are also written by Whit. The first version of God was a little too slow and the whole last part of it was different. The band listened back to it about two weeks into making the record and decided that the song wasn’t good enough. Fortunately, they had kept the drums set up, so they could easily redo it. Tomorrow’s World was an old song from Klaus. The riff was originally written when the band was rehearsing for the Brazil shows in 1994. Dave was playing drums and Klaus and Cordell were playing riffs. The lyrics are from Whit, Shannon and Klaus, who were all thinking of different things when they wrote the song. Clover is another mouth-riff from Whit. They jammed on it at rehearsal over and over and tried different parts. They played it till they had a chorus and added riffs.
All in all it took while because they had to put the pieces together. C.U.S.T., the fifth song on the album, is short for Can’t You See Them? Dave wrote the music and Whit and Klaus the lyrics. Lyrically, the band called it a flashback to Whiplash Liquor from the EP. Milkman's Son, the first single of the album, is written by Dave Fortman, about missing his girlfriend. Literally, the titular expression refers to a child whose differentness causes speculation that the milkman fathered him. Suckerpath was conceived in an Australian hotel room. Cordell started playing a bass-riff, recorded it on his four track and gave the tape to Klaus, who added some guitar over it. Whit and the rest of the band filled the holes. They made the song in different rooms! The lyrics were mainly Whit, but also Klaus. Dave wrote Cloudy Skies and Jesus Rode A Harley too.
Jesus Rode A Harley deals with heaven. Heaven is supposed to be all pearly and white but in Dave’s vision it’s all red light district and bars. 10/10 is another mouth-riff from Whit. Dave used to play it in an old band, but much faster. 10/10, short for "ten out of ten (die)", means that in the end, nothing really matters. We’re all gonna die, so don’t stress on every little thing. V.I.P. started with a riff from Klaus, and because Whit has no idea what to sing over it, Shannon came up with the lyrics, about the bad people in the music business. People who say they love your band and turn around and drop you. Oompa started with a bass line from Cordell, and a mouth riff from Whit. The song is a total joke, the band played it at every rehearsal. When they did the recordings for the album, every member got one shot because they didn’t want it to sound too uptight. Candle Song is another song written by Dave. Slower Than Nowhere only appeared on the European and Japanese pressing of the CD.
As on the previous albums, Jennifer Baily did some background vocals, and at the beginning of Suckerpath the band used a Nicholas Cage-sample from the 1986-movie Peggy Sue Got Married. Because of the connection with Shannon, Whit was very excited that Brad from Souls At Zero did backup vocals on the album. Whit called it "full circle". The band recorded videos for Milkman’s Son, Tomorrow’s World (directed by Josh Taft) and Cloudy Skies.
Cordell came up with the title Menace To Sobriety. The cover of the album is a picture of a post-card that Klaus’ dad sent him during the recordings of the album. He said it reminded him of Klaus when he was a kid! At the inside of the text book there is a cleaning bill that the lady who rented the band the house had sent them. She kept very good track of any destruction the band made during the recording of the album. At the back of the album there is a picture of a very drunk Farrel T Smith, taken right after the soccer world cup match USA-Brazil in 1994.
In order to support the album, UKJ did the Snowboard tour, the European club tour, and the big stadium tour with Bon Jovi and Van Halen. Many times, the band skipped their hit Everything About You from the setlist, because they wanted to make sure they were standing tall on the new material. At the Wembley stadium in London, UKJ played the Sabbath cover NIB with Ozzy’s son Jack on vocals together with Whit. On the US tour in August and September, the tip of Cordell’s right index finger was caught off by the bus door.
After the US and Canadian tour in 1995, record company Mercury dropped the band. That is, UKJ’s contract had ended and it was not prolonged. The band didn’t want to stay at Mercury anyway, because the company wasn’t a family anymore. Everybody who had worked at Mercury when UKJ got signed, had left or was fired, and there had always been small problems with censorship, videos, etc. The band started writing and recording songs for their new album in Klaus’ studio, that was built in his own garage. The band started their own label Evolution Records, and when half of the new album had already been recorded, they signed the distribution deal with Castle Records. It took the band 3 months to get the songs on tape. They did all the production themselves, because they felt that the recording techniques were just a matter of trying and getting it right. Therefore, Motel California only cost $60,000 to record, while Menace cost $600,000!
Motel California, Klaus came up with the title, contains 12 and a half song. Most of the lyrics are written by Whit, but everybody contributed to the songs. Sandwich came out of a group-jam in less than 20 minutes. Dialogue was completely written by Shannon, Undertow is the first song that Whit ever wrote on guitar, and Little Red Man features background vocals from Lemmy from Motorhead. The band knew Lemmy from previous tours, and when he walked into the studio, he grabbed a microphone and yelled ‘little red man!’ Would You Like To Be There is written by Dave Fortman. The song was originally called Alien Song because the third verse is about outer space. Rage Against The Answering Machine, a heavy metal song with the band’s answering machine as vocals, was originally called Message Saved.
Sandwich was the only commercial CD-single and video, although a video for Bicycle Wheels had been recorded in Amsterdam, but has never been released.
After the European tour in December 1996, the band came home to Santa Barbara and started demoing songs for the new album. Their manager Dennis Rider said that they had offers from a couple of record companies. Klaus felt however that something was wrong and had a long conversation with Whit, who was in India at the time. Klaus also asked the others guys, and their reaction didn't surprise him. Everybody wanted to do something else or go into another direction. Finally they agreed to disband UKJ. It was a very amicable split-up.