Luis Cardenas – Animal Instinct [1985]

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Country USA          

Style Hard Rock/Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Luis A. Cardenas – Drums,lead/Backing vocals, Craig Jones,Buzz Feiten – Guitars, Will McGregor,Bob Birch – Bass, Guy Babylon,Michael Rapp – Keyboards, Beth Lawrence,Leonard Allen,Charmaine,David Holmes – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. I’m Crying (3:39), 02. Runaway (2:59), 03. Hungry for your Love (3:40), 04. Blasting Off (3:11), 05. Standing in the Rain (4:57), 06. Go all the Way (3:38), 07. Still Waiting (3:39), 08. I Told you I Once (2:48), 09. Mysterious Lady (4:14), 10. Nightmare (4:58), 11. Animal Instinct (3:23)

Profile Luis Cardenas is a Latin-American drummer who has been active since the late 1980s, both as a solo act and as a member of the rock band Renegade. Cardenas personally achieved additional fame in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, and especially throughout Europe, where he participated in a TV show resulting from his having broken the world record for having the world’s largest drumkit, which had previously landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records. Unlike many drummers of the 1980s, Cardenas proved his drumming ability with the band’s debut live track “Let It Out” in which he performs an intricate drum solo that comprises nearly a quarter of the song, ala Iron Butterfly’s In Gadda Da Vida.

Cardenas however released a solo album entitled “Animal Instinct”, and the first single “Runaway”, a cover of a Del Shannon original, became a worldwide hit. This was mainly due to a video that included cameos by Del Shannon and Donny Osmond, which received heavy rotation on MTV for many weeks, and ultimately became the most added video in history, with rotation as diverse as BET. Cardenas won a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Best Rock Video GrammyNomination for his “Runaway” video and its documentary, The Making of Runaway. Further singles and unique videos followed, such as the Cardenas-penned “Hungry For Your Love”, which included another video with Phyllis Diller and Cardenas’s pet tiger, Bundi. Hungry For Your Love did not match the initial success enjoyed by Runaway. Cardenas took time off from personal appearances between 1990 and 1993, but recorded two albums during that time that have not yet been released.On February 11, 2012, Cardenas’s record label, Allied Artists Music Group announced the re-release of his Animal Instinct album on March 6, 2012.

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