EASY ACTION

Country Sweden

Style Sleaze Glam/Hard Rock

IT ALL STARTED OUT ….

…. with a fair amount of pre gig whiskey in a tour bus outside a venue in a small town somewhere in Sweden back in 1983.  KEE MARCELLO and ALEX TYRONE were on tour with the hugely successful punkpop/teeny act NOICE, but scheming the future of glam rock in the back of the bands transportation.

”-It’s gonna be the biggest fucking glam act ever!” they squealed as they were slamming down the cheap scotch from plastic cups. Ten minutes later they were on stage with a mixture of bottles, eggs and female underwear whizzing by their heads. It was like a scene out of the Blues Brothers, only without the chicken wire.

 ”-That’s the guy!” Alex said, pointing at a bloke with long pitch black hair and a tattoo of indian feathers, walking down the stairs into the bar with an almost royal posture. They were hanging at the RITZ, the main hangout for rockers in Stockholm in the early 80’s, in pursue of a lead singer and other members to their new band project.  Their original plan to form the band in London with English band members did not pan out well. After being refused entry, thrown in jail and sent back to Sweden due to UK immigrations suspecting them of illegal labour, they had realized that they wouldn’t be allowed into the country for quite a while.

 The guy with the feather tattoo was ZINNY ZAN, former drummer of the NYMPHOMANIACS (with MIKE MONROE and ANDY McCOY, whom later went on to form HANOI ROCKS), and he was also looking for people to start a band with. Several beers later that same evening the three ended up in Alex’s house, recording Zinny’s vocals on the 4-track demos they already had recorded the basics for. In the early morning, the finished demos of NUMBER ONE, ROCK THINGS OUT and TURN ME ON saw the light of day, literally. As they were looking for a drummer, an audition was set for GYP CASINO, but he got stuck with some Finnish chicks smoking PCP on a roof top somewhere in the projects and stood them up.

NOICE drummer FREDDIE VON GERBER was recording a solo album when the three went to the studio to ask him to join the band. When they finally were able to cut their way through the massive wall of hashish fog in the studio and located him in the haze, he happily accepted their offer. A couple of blocks away, as they were walking away from the studio, they started wondering if he really was aware of what offer he had just accepted. A couple of more blocks later they started to wonder if they even went to the studio, or if the whole thing was some kind of collective hallucination. Zinny’s friend DANNY WILDE completed the lineup. The audition took place in a park in central Stockholm with a couple of guitars, and couple of more beers.  He was later replaced by Chris Lynn, who had quite a reputation as the great guitar player in the band B-FILMS.
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The bands manager, SANJI TANDAN, presented them to Legendary founder and president of Warner label SIRE, SEYMOUR STEIN, (who had signed Internationally acclaimed acts like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Pretenders and Madonna) and he offered them a for the time historical record deal that made Easy Action the first hard rock act from Sweden to join the roster of a major US label.

In 1984 the Swedish Television (which only hosted two channels at the time) made a one hour prime time special about the band titled HOT SUMMER NIGHT.

Later that year the band starred in the horror/splatter movie BLOOD TRACKS, later renamed SHOCKING HEAVY METAL.  EASY ACTION left a historical imprint in the Scandinavian rock scene and achieved worldwide cult status. What happened after the split up of Easy Action? KEE MARCELLO joined EUROPE and sold in excess of 10 million albums and toured the world several times.

In the early 90’s he recorded the SY KLOPPS album (with NEAL SCHON, ROSS VALORY and PRARIE PRINCE) and RED FUN with FREDDIE VON GERBER. He has released 2 solo albums and is presently working on a third. He has also been doing producing/songwriting for other performers: (PERCY SLEDGE, THE MOFFATS, ALANNAH MYLES, PANDORA) which collectively has sold several million units. He is running his own studio in Gothenburg, Sweden; GEM STUDIOS, and a publishing company; GEM PUBLISHING, together with acclaimed publishing A&R, ROGER ÖSTMAN. 

ALEX TYRONE (under his real name PEO THYREN) went on to form glampop combo SHA-BOOM who sold gold and platinum with two albums produced by SWEET guitar player, ANDY SCOTT. In 1989 he became a born again Christian and recorded 3 albums and has toured all over Europe with his current band BIG. 

ZINNY ZAN moved to New York to pursue a music career with little luck. After coming back to Sweden he joined SHOTGUN MESSIAH and moved to Los Angeles. They got signed to RELATIVITY RECORDS and sold over 500.000 units in the US alone, where they made 2 successful tours with Zinny controlling the mike. (TIM TIM, the bands bass player, is presently in the lineup of MARYLIN MANSON’S band.) Today Zinny is playing with his own band; ZAN CLAN, that has released one studio album and one live album and has been on tour with bands like WHITESNAKE and QUEENSRYCHE. 

FREDDIE VON GERBER went on to form BAM BAM BOYS with singer MATTI ALFONSETTI (later in JAGGED EDGE and SKINTRADE). Then RAT BAT BLUE (with CHRIS LYNN) and after EUROPE split up: RED FUN with KEE MARCELLO.

He is currently working on an album with his new project; SUNSET GRILL. CHRIS LYNN appeared in the early version of ELECTRIC BOYS and recorded an album with RAT BAT BLUE (with FREDDIE VON GERBER). He later left the music business and is today pursuing a career as a successful stock broker. DANNY WILDE later joined ROAD RATS (with CONNY BLOM from the ELECTRIC BOYS) and PELLE ALMGREN & WOW, LIKSOM.

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– Easy Action [1983]
– That Makes One [1986]

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