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1986

Remington – Hot City Night [1986]

Hot City NightsCountry USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members
Dino DiNatale – Lead/Backing Vocals, Mike Sacks – Guitar,Backing Vocals, Yoichi Utebi – Guitar,Backing Vocals, Pete Ruello – Bass,Backing Vocals, John Salvo – Drums,Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Hot City Night, 02. Break the Chain, 03. Stand up and Rock, 04. Stay with Me, 05. Crimes in the Night, 06. Think About You, 07. Tell Me I’m Wrong

Profile New york based, melodic hard rock band, who’s bassist Pete Ruello would go onto slightly better things with Bone Machine,Without Love (with ex Tour De Force, Chali Cayte) and Pyn Siren. Their debut album came out in 1986 and although the band is not known to a wider audience, maybe not gained great fame and may not be recorded many albums but their one and only worth your attention and definetely with a better production will be one of the best coming from the 80s. The album has strong songs, great songwritng, musicians full of energy with great rhythm section, especially the bass parts of Ruello Peter deserves your attention. Songs that stand-out is the catchy opening “Hot City Night”, the sober and rhythmic “Stand Up and Rock” and the powerful song on the album undoubtedly “Crimes In The Night” where you can hear more heavy metal jams. If you are in vein of bands like Babe Blu, Syre, Without Love, Bone Machine, Rock Cnady and Sweet Cheater, don’t miss it. In 2009 released on cd from Time Warp Records…

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Double 1 – Double 1 [1986]

ef21010f6c6eb2dbef1333b9468bb6c0Country Russia          Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 76/100

Band Members
Elena Sokolova – Vocals, Sergei Sokolov – Keyboards, Igor Kojin – Guitar, Vadim “Sachs” Mikhailov – Bass, Paul Chinjakov – Drums

Tracks
01. Days that await us (5:04), 02. Saturday (3:09), 03. Raven Viking (6:39), 04. Scary age (4.30), 05. Sleep my child (4:05)

Profile Double 1 hailed from Moscow formed in 1985 by vocalist Elena Sokolova and composer Sergei Sokolov. The band took part at the festival “Rock-Panorama” in 1986 using a drum machine indeed. After many line-up changes the band consisted by Elena Sokolova on vocals, Sergei Sokolov on keys, guitarist Igor Kojin  (later Cardinal, a group of Igor Kupriyanov, Blues League, Master, Black Obelisk, Rondo), drummer Paul Chinjakov (ex-Alliance, later-Hellraiser) and bassist Vadim “Sachs” Mikhailov (ex-Corrosion of metals).

In this form, Double-1 became a full-fledged touring band and even produced in 1986 their first and last trial, which included five songs, including the ballad “Sleep, my child,” written by the temporary guitarist Alexander Vasilenko, while the song “Raven Viking” – was more common due to the appearance on the team record “45 minutes in Sunday’s studio.”

The group was active, but the next persecution of heavy metal and fall fashion for the music prevented the progress of Double 1. Paul Chinjakov jumped into a new project Round, and was replaced by the drummer Vladimir Volodin (ex-Metallobol, Metallakkord). But in 1987, the couple divorced and Sokolov left the group. Later, they again began to work together on a project Marques.

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Roma – The Stalker [1986]

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Country USA          Style AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members
Jimy – Vocals,keyboards,guitars, Tres Hefner – Bass, Ron Pucillo – Drums

Tracks
01. Promises, 02. Fantasy, 03. Don’t Say Goodnight, 04. Falling Star

 

Profile A band from California, USA, that seemed to have left us with only this exceedingly rare vinyl ep. They very much reminds me of Miles Long, though the quality does waver on this platter. And did I mention the opening track “Promises” an absolutely stunning Pomp rock classic, very much in the Norman/sexton style?!  Superb mini album, well produced and arranged. Do not pass it if you find it….

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V.M. Band – Játék, szenvedély… [1986]

1630321Country Hungary          Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members
Miklos Varga – Vocals, Andrew Carpenters – Bass, Attila White – Guitar, Laszlo Soldos – Drums, László Varga – keyboards, Muck Ferenc – saxophone, Mary Pike,Geri Edit,Dorothy Illy,Szánti Judith,Joseph Kalmusz – Backing vocals

Tracks
01. Lány a hegyről, 02. Tánc az utolsó mozielőadás után, 03. Szerencsejáték, 04. Az angyalok ünnepén, 05. Játszd újra el!, 06. Szerelmes dal, 07. Valakire várva, 08. Titkolt álmok, 09. Csalódás, 10. Nélküled túl nagy az ágy, 11. Gördülő Kövek

Profile V.M. Band is a Hungarian rock band, founded in Budapest in 1984 by Miklos Varga. The band recorded two albums, and was resolved in 1987. . The band recorded the hit “Europe” which took first place in a national singing competition, suffered a success in the Moscow contest VIT.  Their second album “Játék, szenvedély” released in 1987 via Hungaroton Records only on a cassette but after many efforts the album released in a cd edition in 2009 by Alexandra Rec./Hungaroton. The album was a big surprice for me offer strong and catchy melodies, memorable tunes, well produced. Many backing vocals, sparking guitar riffs, catchy choruses and pompus keys compose this record….

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Wa Wa Nee – Wa Wa Nee [1986]

WA_WA_NEE_STCountry Australia          Style AOR/Rock/Pop/Funk

Rating 80/100

Band Members
Chris Sweeney – Drums,Percussion, Mark Gray – Bass, Paul Gray – Vocals,Keyboards, Steve Williams – Guitars

Tracks
01. One And One (Ain’t Good Enough) (3:20), 02. Teacher (1:56), 03. Stimulation (3:56), 04. Jelly Baby (4:26), 05. Gone (4:26), 06. Sugar Free (4:15), 07. When The World Is A Home (4:00), 08. Manchild (3:59), 09. Love Reaction (5:26), 10. I Could Make You Love Me (3:54)

Profile Wa Wa Nee was an Australian funk/pop band, active from approximately 1985 to 1989. Led by singer/songwriter Paul Gray and guitarist Steve Williams, bassist Mark Gray and drummer ‘The Sween’, the band signed with CBS Records in 1985. Wa Wa Nee had four singles in the Australian top 40 from their debut album release of the same name. They included “Stimulation” which reached number 2 nationally in Australia in 1986, “I Could Make You Love Me”, reaching the Top 5 in the same year, and both “One And One (Ain’t I Good Enough)” and “Sugar Free” making the Top 20.

“Sugar Free” also reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 40. This, however would be their only success in America “Stimulation” was released as the follow-up single, but only reached #86, culminating their chart career there… The band’s self-titled debut album went platinum in Australia, despite only reaching #29 on the charts. Wa Wa Nee’s “Stimulation” featured in the first episode of Channel 9′s Underbelly: The Golden Mile (on Monday 12 April 2010).

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Albums: 1611
Biographies: 375
Meet the Bands: 612
Soundtracks: 146
Reviews: 145

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