Tuesday, December 9, 2008

They're Called Legwarmers for a Reason, Dude

Love the posing going on here. Dude on the left looks like he's about to give someone a Fistful of Metal. And cut the guy on the right's hair all tidy, take off his eye makeup and put him in some khakis and a sweater and he's ready for a J. Crew catalog.

Why he's wearing a legwarmer on his arm, however, is truly a mystery for the ages. His whole outfit seems like it was assembled by a crow that just scavenged together a bunch of shiny bits and colorful pieces of string. I'm not positive, but it looks like the tough guy on the left might have a door knocker under his chin. And I have no idea what exactly is cascading off the ear of the guy standing next to him.

Now, some of you may recognize members of this band and be a little baffled by others. I would venture to say that you may well never see this photo anywhere else again. It is a true rarity for a number of reasons that I'll reveal only when someone can correctly guess what band this is.

Update: Once again, this took no time for Nightlock to figure out. It's the Wild Dogs circa 1985, I believe. It was after Man's Best Friend and before Reign of Terror. They had kicked "Fat" Matt McCourt out because management just thought he didn't have that "commercial appeal" they needed to get a major label deal (if anyone out there ever saw them live, you'd understand...the dude had a great voice, but he was a loose cannon on stage). Anyway, they brought in this young guy with a shriek that'd peel paint named John Tejeda (far right, and below). They played a bunch of shows around the NW with him (and also apparently did a photo shoot) and just as they were about to embark on a tour opening for Yngwie and Talas, Tejeda goes AWOL and they quickly grab McCourt to cover for him on the tour. That was the end of the Tejeda era in the Wild Dogs. He later went on to front a Eugene, OR, band called Mysstress that put out an EP that's become somewhat of a collector's item. McCourt was again kicked to the curb after the Yngwie tour and Michael Furlong was brought in to sing on Reign of Terror, the final official Wild Dogs album.


Nightlock said...

Wild Dogs? Minus Fat Matt by the looks of it (Still a guess) so I'm guessing around the time Reign of Terror was released?

Nightlock said...

Maybe from the time of their post-Reign of Terror album that was never released?

AT said...

Nice job, dude. It's the Wild Dogs all right, but it was taken a good couple of years before Reign of Terror. This may be the only evidence remaining that John Tejeda actually was in Wild Dogs. I don't think they ever recorded any demos with him, though they did play some shows.

Ian Christe said...

The gloves of metal say Wild Dogs all the way.

I can't believe all these bands had such slick promo photos.

AT said...

I think these guys had a little bit of money behind them at this point. They were trying to get a major label deal.