Think of this as the CD companion to Hollywood Rocks!...the book. Apparently, there was a hard cover book written about the days of Hollywood Glam Rock a few years ago and it sold out. The only way to get it is in soft cover form and through an online service. Every band from the earliest incarnation of GNR aka HOLLYWOOD ROSE to JETBOY was written up in there. Well, the cool folks at Deadline has decided to pump out a four CD set of tracks from the popular to the most obscure and beyond. 90 percent of the music is very raw and in demo format and that's ok because there are some tracks that worked better that way. What I am covering here is just a 17 song sampler.
For some reason, DOKKEN's "It's Not Love" sounded better this way that the slick version. There was more attitude and less Glam if you ask me. W.A.S.P. and QUIET RIOT'S songs sound basically the same as the finished product. Wow! You get to hear a really rough track from RATT during "In Your Direction." Stephen Pearcy sounds really young, but the voice was undeniable and has remained the same ever since. The one band that surprised me was WARRANT with "Last Action Hero." I have always hated this band, but this song was lean and mean sounding with a rougher guitar sound and more aggressive vocals. This was way more listenable than the end results. Another band I could never stand GREAT WHITE surprised me with "Down On Your Knees." This was another cock rock band like many others on here, but this was a really killer song. It, just like WARRANT's was louder, harder and meaner. The guitar solo on here also had some major muscle behind it.
I never knew of Paul Shortino's first band ROUGH CUTT until later in life after hearing him going solo and on QUIET RIOT'S later disaster release. This was groovy and catchy as hell with killer hooks, but I am still not a fan of this underground over rated singer. As the Hollywood and Vine scene grew bigger and bigger and dominated the cable airwaves via MTV, we start to see the beginning of the end toward the late 80's ala 1988 with artists like L.A. GUNS, FASTER PUSSYCAT and. BANG TANGO. Even though they were around since the beginning, they just got signed to major label deals and these albums caught on fire quickly. It would be in the early 90's when the scene would die out completely and everyone who listened/listen to this music knows why.
While some bands resurrected their careers to the present, others would just fade into the sunset and get real day jobs in the end and it's sad because many of these bands had real talent. You will not get a more comprehensive collection from the 80's than this.not even on a late night T.V. advertisement hosted by Roger Daltry. You get it all from what would become popular hits to demos and 7" and everything else that was never released. Want to relive the sleazy days again when hairspray, slutty women dressed like whores and shitloads of make up ruled the scene, then this is it for you my friends. (Online December 16, 2005)