Here's a band with the complete package. They've got the looks, the clothes, the attitude, the hair and even the right poses. All the photographer needed to do was to crank the smoke machine to 11 and let them work their magic. If we get nothing else from this fine photo, it should at least stand as a shining example of what a decent (i.e. not laughably goofy) promo photo should look like.
Unfortunately, these dudes weren't able to make it on looks alone. And this is why their photo ended up on my blog. OK, yeah, a couple of the bands whose pics I've thrown up here did sell an album or two, but most just contributed a track to a comp or issued a self-released EP. Their 15 minutes was fleeting.
I do know who these guys are and though they pretty much went nowhere back in the '80s, they are back together today. Which begs the question: why? Maybe they just felt that if these guys or these guys did it, they could too. Twenty years from now I'll be posting a photo of 5 fortysomething dudes asking if anyone remembers their equally obscure reunion.
Update: Once again Ian Christe comes through with the correct answer, the Bay Area's very own Ruffians. Their closest brush with "fame" was having vocalist Carl Albert (pictured above, and sadly now deceased) go on to front Vicious Rumors. And as I mentioned above, Ruffians have reunited and are still playing in the Bay Area.