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Glam Rocks: Roxx Gang Florida Rich

Posted in 80s rock music, Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Glitter Rock, Guns N Roses, Heavy Metal Music, L.A.Guns, Mott the Hoople, Music, New York Dolls, Sleaze Rock Music with tags , , , , , , on September 15, 2018 by glamrock4ever

     Hello, fantabulous, freaking awesome, and zero cool (as in ‘super-cool’) Glam Rock and Glam Metal fans, here is another fearsome, formidable and mind-blowing post for you. This one is on Tampa Bay, Florida glam rock artists Roxx Gang.  As yours truly aka GlamRock4Ever was perusing and prowling the internet, I came across this item, and almost fell off my damn chair: Roxx Gang has a net worth of $2.5 million! Wow, that’s majestic for a band that last recorded an album in 2001 ( titled Bodacious Ta Tas). FNA records put out two re-issues of Roxx Gang’s music:  Boxx of Roxx (2011) and Last Laugh: Lost Roxx Gang Demos (2014). Of course, that $2.5 mil is a paltry sum compared to artists still out there, entertaining the masses: Guns N Roses guitarist Slash reportedly made $45 million last year, and the net worth of rock legend Paul McCartney is now at $1.2 billion. (See the website www.celebritynetworth.com)

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     Roxx Gang were an American Glam Metal band formed in 1982 by Kevin Steele and guitarist Eric Carrell in Saint Petersburg, Florida. After numerous gigs with a prodigious following in the Tampa Bay area, the band scored a record deal with Virgin Records in 1988 with two singles: “No Easy Way Out,” and “Scratch My Back.” After the unfortunate death of Eric, the band’s line-up was Kevin Steele (vocals), Jeff Taylor Blanchard (guitar), Wade Hayes (guitar), Roby Strine (bass), and David Blackshire (drums).  The record Things You’ve Never Done Before sold over a quarter million copies.

     Two events happened that lead to Roxx Gang never truly hitting the big time, which makes their global worth that much more remarkable. The first was the inauspicious death of Eric Carrell in 1986 under -according to band members ,‘mysterious circumstances.’ Eric died in a drowning death off a fishing pier. Was he pushed? Was he intoxicated and fell in? GlamRock4Ever searched death records in all the Tampa Bay newspapers and could not find anything about it. The second event was the ill-timed entry of Roxx Gang onto the Glam Rock scene. As Kevin Steele explained it, the record executives that had signed the original members to CBS/Epic records departed all at once. Steele said, “That’s when grunge hit, and all of a sudden it was like murder for us, and we eventually got this independent deal and released it, but that’s how long it took us.”  (You can find this interview on ‘The Pure Rock Shop’ http://www.tprs.com/interviews.) So Roxx Gang got their record deal in the late 80s just as Glam Rock glory days were ending, replaced by Kurt Cobain’s grunge movement as what was ‘hot’ at the time.

     Steele also commented to The Pure Rock Shop about Glam Rockers in the 80s saying this, “In the eighties, all the metal bands used to say to me ‘oh, Roxx Gang is all image’ right. That’s another thing ‘Glam Rockers, they’re all show and no go.’ Well first of all, bull shit, I’ve always had good musicians in my band.  And second of all, I feel so sorry for anybody who can’t appreciate the image side of rock n roll-that’s half of it! That’s the way it’s been, why do you think Elvis was so huge? If he had looked like Buddy Holly, he wouldn’t have been.”

     Here is the Discography for Roxx Gang:  Things You’ve Never Done Before (1988), The Voodoo You Love (1995), Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em (1997), Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue (1998), Drinkin’ TNT and Smoking Dynamite (2000), Bodacious Ta Tas (2001). “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em earned stellar reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and got Roxx Gang a spot on the Top Ten Heavy Metal Albums of the Year in Tower Records’ Pulse.”  (Hard Rock Heaven 5.13.14 http://www.hrheaven.wordpress.com)

“FNA records has released a regular version, autographed version, and super fan pack version with a t-shirt featuring the Roxx Gang skull and cross bones logo.” See http://www.fnarecords.net.

    So how did front man Kevin Steele get the job he so desired and when did it start? He told Suits and the Platform Boots this:  “When I was about 8 years old, I saw an episode of ‘The Monkees’, where Davy Jones was being chased all over the Eiffel Tower by a group of rabid, screaming girls who tore off his shirt when they caught him. I knew right then that that was what I wanted to do.” And why choose vocalist instead of guitarist? “I always wanted to be up front,” Steele said. “I started writing songs before I ever had a band. Plus singers have no gear to carry, and let’s face it, they get the best-looking girls.” As for the Roxx Gang’s musical influences, Steele gave this answer:  T. Rex, New York Dolls, Mott the Hoople, Iggy and the Stooges, and surprisingly, Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas.

 

 

Glam Rock Inventor and Innovator: the Androgynous, Eclectic World of David Bowie part 2

Posted in Chic, David Bowie, Glam Rock, Glitter Rock, Mick Jagger, Mott the Hoople, Music, Queen, Ziggy Stardust on January 17, 2016 by glamrock4ever

David Bowie‘s music recordings (albums, CDs, MP3 downloads and streaming songs) have taken over the current Top 40 mainstream music charts in the aftermath of the singer’s untimely death on January 10th, 2016. According to BBC News Music Reporter Mark Savage, Bowie’s recordings now make up 25% of today’s Top 40 chart. (BBC News  Bowie: Every tour and studio album, January 15, 2016)

These are the essential statistics by the quintessential Glam Rock Music artist extraordinaire:                 140 million albums (sold over 51 years since 1967)

 111 singles

 51 music videos

 25 studio albums, including Blackstar, released in 2016*

*BBC News

Bowie’s luxuriant artistic career as songwriter, singer, musician,record producer, actor and painter continued with a series of colossal hits in the 1980s: “Ashes to Ashes” from the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980), “Under Pressure” a collaboration with Glam Rock music artists Queen in 1981, and “Let’s Dance” in 1983.

The decade of the Eighties saw Bowie and his first wife Angela divorce. It was also the decade of the music trend called “New Romanticism”, originating in Berlin, Germany.Bowie appeared in the Broadway play The Elephant Man in 1980, as well as role of supporting actor in the film Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence. (http://www.musicianguide.com) The artist was also given the lead role in BBC Television Bertolt Brecht‘s play Baal.

The commercial success of “Let’s Dance” and its legendary co-production by Nile Rodgers of Chic was followed by lesser hits “Modern Love”, “China Girl”, “Blue Jean”, and “Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger. The albums of this period were as follows: Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), Never Let Me Down (1987). David also had roles in ten films during this rich artistic time period.

The decade of the 1990s has been considered the artist’s “Electronic Period” (see Wikipedia) with heavy use of electronic instruments and re-uniting with Eno as well as working again with Nile Rodgers. NIN  (Nine Inch Nails)co-produced the hit single by Bowie “I’m Afraid of Americans”.  Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996; in 1997, the singer celebrated his 50th birthday at Madison Square Garden with Lou Reed, Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters), Robert Smith of The Cure, and others. 

David Bowie’s record albums /CDs of the 1990s were: Black Tie, White Noise (1993), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Outside (1995), Earthling (1997), and Hours (1999).

Regarding his sexuality, Bowie declared himself gay in a 1972 issue of Melody Maker. In 1976, he told Playboy “Its true. I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well.” Then in 1983, he gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he disavowed all that stating the initial statements were “the biggest mistake I ever made; I was always a closet heterosexual.”

David Bowie’s influence and music contribute to be felt around the globe, by the outpouring of fan support everywhere and tributes by those of prominence in the music, art,fashion, and film worlds. Bowie’s record company gave the definitive statement years ago by saying “There is old wave, there is new wave, and then there is Bowie.” Couldn’t agree more. David was way ahead of his time.

View “Heroes” by David Bowie—one of our enduring heroes forever.

Mott The Hoople “Young Dudes” Glam Rock

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Ian Hunter, Metal Rock, Mick Ronson, Mott the Hoople, Rock Music with tags , , , , on November 13, 2011 by glamrock4ever

The advertisement to the 2010 documentary on the band, entitled “The Ballad of Mott the Hoople” (see http://www.music-news.com for details) leads off with this statement, “The ballad begins with four lads from Herefordshire [England] who, in the 1960s, fell under the spell of musicians like Little Richard. So impressed were they that they set off for the big city of London to indulge in their newly found passion.” Essentially, Mott the Hoople were an English rock band who came to prominence in the Glam Rock era of the early 1970s, primarily after they were discovered by David Bowie, who gave them the song “All the Young Dudes”, which became their vehicle to fame. According to Wikipedia, Mott the Hoople began as two separate “beat” bands in the 1960s, which featured Pete Overend Watts on bass guitar, Verden Allen on organ/piano, Mick Ralphs on guitar, Dale “Buffin” Griffin on drums, and Stan Tippens on vocals, eventually forming a rock’n’roll group they called “Doc Thomas”, then “Shakedown Sound” , and then finally “The Silence”. Silence recorded demos at Rockfield studios in Wales and were submitted to record labels EMI, Polydor, and Apple with no success. (See Wikipedia). One record label did notice them, which was Island records, who agreed to sign the band, but not with Tippens as lead singer. Guy Stevens at Island wanted them to replace the lead singer, so ads were placed, according to Wikipedia, which read “Singer wanted, must be image-minded and hungry”; Ian Hunter was selected as lead singer and piano player, and Tippens became the band’s road manager.
Island records’ manager Stevens had read a book while in prison (for drug charges) by one Willard Manus called Mott the Hoople, and he decided he had to find a band to match the name. The book is about a circus freak show. The band reluctantly agreed to the name change upon Stevens’ urging. Mott the Hoople’s debut album of the same name, Mott the Hoople (1969) became a cult success and now is regarded as one of the top ten Glamour Rock music albums of all time. The rock band’s next three albums did not achieve the same level of success; they were Mad Shadows (1970), Wildfire (1971), and Brain Capers (1971). According to Wikipedia, after a dismal show at a former gas holder [gas containment industrial area] in Switzerland, the band was close to breaking up.
David Bowie had been a long-time fan of the rock group, and upon hearing that they were going to disband, persuaded them to record one of his songs, to break into the top selling UK music charts. They turned down “Suffragete City” but accepted “All the Young Dudes” and it became their biggest hit, released in 1972. In an element of some confusion, David Bowie also produced an album of his own, also called All the Young Dudes. Mott the Hoople was going to record another Bowie song “Drive-In Saturday” but their arrangement did not satisfy Bowie, and their professional relationship ended in 1972. (Wikipedia). The next album during those Glam years was Mott, which climbed to the top 10 in the UK Albums chart, and this was also the bands biggest US seller.
The band went through several changes in line-up, and although it seems incredible now, there was an expose in a rock magazine at the time called New Musical Express that said Tippens had sung back-up on the bands’ albums and this caused a furor! By today’s standards, this seems quaint, but it led to a group shakeup. Mick Ralphs left in 1973 to form Bad Company. Mick Ronson, David Bowie’s guitarist, replaced Ariel Bender. When Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter left to pursue solo efforts in 1974, this was the beginning of the end for Mott the Hoople. However, in 1974, their tour of America was supported by Queen, and this tour provided inspiration for Queen’s 1975 single “Now I’m Here” with the lyrics “Down in the city, just Hoople and me”, as well as the inspiration for Ian Hunter’s book about the tour Diary of a Rock’N’Roll Star. It also resulted in lifelong friendships between Hunter, Ronson, and Bowie, who performed together for the Freddie Mercury concert tribute in 1992.
Ian Hunter began a successful solo career while joining forces with Mick Ronson. Ian Hunter had actually met Ronson pre-Bowie years and had noticed his elegance as a sensational guitarist. Ian Hunter’s best known solo album was Once Bitten, Twice Shy (later covered by Great White) as well as Cleveland Rocks. See Wikipedia for complete discography of Ian Hunter’s solo albums from 1975 with Ian Hunter, to 2009 with Man Overboard.
After lead singer Ian Hunter left Mott the Hoople, the band had little success with albums Drive On (1975) and Shouting and Pointing (1976). In 1990 some former members of The Silence recorded songs from earlier days resulting in 1998 The Italian Job. In 1996, K-Tel released a CD purported to be the best of Mott the Hoople, but was actually a tribute band, and K-Tel was subsequently fined. (See Wikipedia). In 2005, it was reported in Classic Rock that Hunter was offered a seven-figure sum to reunite the band, and on January 16, 2009, it was announced the band would reunite for two concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London October 2009, where all five original members of the band participated. Please see both Ian Hunter’s website and Mott the Hoople’s website for latest updates and tune back in for an exclusive podcast featuring Mott the Hoople, Guns N Roses, and Nazareth!

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