Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Five-Perm Discount [IDENTIFIED]

UPDATE: This took a long time, but the band has been correctly identified by Eryx Azarath as B.O.W.A. Here's additional info provided by the person who sent it to me, Jymbo Harris: "BAND OF WILD ANGELS or BOWA, with bassist Mike Davis (second from left) who was in Angel Rot, Lizzy Borden, Rob Halford, Nocturnus, and Ozzy. The redhead guy in the middle is Mike Torres (aka Mike Towers) who sang for Heretic, Vermin, Abattoir and TYM band Masi. The guy on the far right is Mark Benquechea, the drummer." Thanks again, Jym!

A generous benefactor sent us this one, and we unfortunately have since lost all the details regarding it, so we are as clueless as you are (or maybe aren't). Just like the good ol' days when I started this blog.

But we couldn't say no to this beauty. As far as '80s metal bands go, these dudes are pretty well put together. They've got the leather, the denim, the bullet belts and, good lord, hair that goes for days. And it's all lovingly tousled, teased and, no doubt, lacquered with Aqua-Net.

We may be conjecturing when we suggest that there was some perming (is that a word?) involved as well, but we can't help but think some of those coiffs are a little, uh, manufactured. But a man's gotta do, what a man's gotta do if he wants to vaguely look like a lady. We just wonder if indeed they all did get perms, if they got a five-for-one low price deal.

Anyway, please tell me who this band is.

Friday, July 15, 2011

REPOST: Longhairs With Bangs [Identified!]

UPDATE: Finally someone stepped up and nailed this one! Congrats to Avenger from one of my own personal favorite old-school metal resources, The Corroseum. This is, in fact, Wasted Morality from Santa Rosa, California, a thrash band that did precious little (other than a demo) while they were around in the late '80s and that's pretty much the end of the story. Only two posts remain unsolved.

Do these coiffs automatically qualify as mullets due to the bangs (fringe, I guess, in the UK) trimmed up to keep the hair out of their eyes? This was a very standard metal 'do in the Eighties, popularized most famously by Bruce Dickinson. Not a traditional mullet, which is short on the sides, as well, this is something of a hybrid.

These guys definitely look of an era and I'd imagine that their country of origin should at least be pretty easy. Since this is the only promo photo I've ever seen of the band, my guess is that someone else who's a regular here will recognize them at first glance.

Though I'm not entirely sure, I don't think that the dude in the lower right is wearing his own band shirt, so don't bother looking there for clues. Gotta love the flannel, though.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Demolish Fanzine Throws Us a Bone

UPDATE: Our pal Ian Christe checked in and immediately spotted these guys as Quick Change from the Chicago area. They aren't, perhaps, as obscure as they may seem, as the band did put out a full-length in 1988 on Roadrunner Europe (reissued by Metal Mind in 2007) and have issued a couple self-released CDs in the '00s. OK, yeah, they're pretty obscure. Ian also had this to add: "I recognized the junked-out car... these guys had their own Quick Change stock car for a while."

We're long overdue for an update, so it's with apologies for the long break that we bring you this gem. And we would be remiss if we didn't mention that it comes courtesy of ’80s fanzine master, Curt King, of Demolish Fanzine.

We owe Curt big-time for providing us such a meaty morsel to sink our teeth into. The first thing we notice is that, for some odd reason, the dudes on the left all feel the need to spread their legs like they're about to get frisked. Which maybe was a regular occurrence for them. I mean, if that junked out old car they're standing in front of (very metal ambiance, btw) is their ride, they were probably getting pulled over by the cops with some regularity.

Can we also just note that "one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong." And by that, we mean the guy on the right who stands a head taller than his bandmates, weighs half as much and sports a full-length leather trench coat. And his haircut and shades aren't doing him any favors either.

Rather than blather on about the finer details of this mystery band's overall "look," we'd prefer to just let you soak it all in and make some of your own observations. You may not know who this is, but here's your chance to at least make note of some details that may help determine the country of origin, the era, the style of metal they played, what styling products they used, etc.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

REPOST: Still Up For Grabs

OK, here is a link to the only post where the band has yet to be identified. See what you can do!

Fringe Era

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Conjoined Twins of Different Mothers

I'm pretty sure these fellas were on a major label, so this oughtta be a slam dunk for someone. Though I scanned this one months ago (and it had the band's name on the photo), I'll admit at the moment that I have no idea who it is. Mostly just because, well, they look rather generic and very cheesy.

First of all, the only reason two dudes in a metal band should be sitting like the guys on the right is if a) they are conjoined twins, b) one of them is actually dead and needs to be propped up (a la Weekend at Bernie's), or c) they are homosexual lovers. I don't know what the deal is here, but let's just all agree to agree that this is Not Metal. Nor are the white ankle-length leather boots, but I don't gotta tell you that, do I?

Egregious crime against metal #2: dude in background wearing what looks to be white cowboy boots with cutoffs. It's bad enough that the guy is wearing a ruffle-front shirt with a polka-dot vest, but that's just embarrassing.

And the hair is typical for circa 1989: Perms and mousse for all! I'm sure it made the ladies swoon back in the day, but now it just looks clownish.

Though I'm sure they'll cringe to be identified, we must know who these guys are.

UPDATE: Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, "Anonymous" correctly identified these guys as Mass—the Boston version, as there are several around the world. These guys were signed to RCA in the mid '80s, though this photo was after they were dropped and had signed to a large indie. They had one minor hit that you may recognize here. Not surprisingly, this band is reunited, hopefully without any of the above gear.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

That's A Mirror, Not Identical Twins

Sorry about the quality of this photo. It was, how shall we say, scavenged. I wish I had the original, as it's quite a dandy.

This was not, as far as I know, an actual official promo photo. However, it's a pretty sweet representation of the the various affectations necessary for a heavy metal band group shot.

First, we've gotta have the metal-approved wardrobe. Check. Well, except for the big fella on the left sporting the short-sleeve collared shirt. I've looked it up in the official How to Dress Heavy Metal reference book and this is not up to code. Sorry, dude.

However, this faux pas can be forgiven in light of the magnificent mane he's sporting. Totally metal all the way. Dude gets a free pass for that alone and could probably get away with wearing parachute pants with hair like that (though it's no doubt a perm, minus points).

Of course there's the token bottle blonde in the middle playing peek-a-boo, and the guy on the far right (who looks like he has a twin in the mirror) has some nice pout-n-pose action goin' on.

Who are they?

UPDATE: Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, "Anonymous" correctly identified this band as Monolith from Oregon. More specifically, they were from the Eugene/Springfield area and this photo was actually taken at the Record Garden, one of the coolest West Coast metal stores. I don't think Monolith ever released anything official, but I imagine they probably had a demo floating around. I seem to recall hearing them on "Commander" Al Scott's metal show on KZEL one time, but maybe I'm wrong.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Can You Guess Which One Is The Drummer?

Yeah, he's the dude wearing the Zildjian shirt. Just so ya know. The dude in front, unfortunately was wearing his own band's T-shirt, so I had to do a little work on that.

Now, by my reckoning, these guys were of a late ’80s vintage. The hair just seems a little too, uh, worked on for the early or mid ’80s. Beyond that I'll leave it to you all to figure it out.

I know this isn't the most hilarious or noteworthy photo, but about half the guys in this band look like someone from another band which makes it interesting. In fact, if my eyesight weren't great, I could probably be convinced this was the Mach III lineup of Portland's Glacier. However, it ain't.

Also, don't forget that there are still three unidentified photos here that need some serious scrutiny.

UPDATE: Curt from Demolish Fanzine needed about half a glance to get this one. Mostly because he had a full post about Lethal on his own site. (Note to self, check Curt's site before posting anything from the late '80s...) Go to the comments section of this post for the details about the band, or just go here.