Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Anyone Look Familiar?


Welcome to 2009. Can't believe we're almost through with this unnameable decade (the double-oughts?). So, we're starting the new year with something that actually is a reference to an older post that still remains unsolved. I dunno if this band is any more recognizable, but they were on a major label for a brief period of time. And, one member of this band was also in that older photo I posted.

BTW, the reason for the weird crop on this photo is one of the knuckleheads was wearing his own band's shirt, thus a dead giveaway. (Informal poll: Your thoughts on this practice? Cool or totally cheesy?) So, we're just left with four leather-clad, relatively average-looking longhairs.

However, comparing this to that older photo, the lone holdover has clearly improved his appearance. There's not a dude in that old post who doesn't look like a complete goof (and I'm being kind here), even though the photos were probably taken just a few years apart.

Have fun comparing them and here's hoping that someone will be able to figure them both out.

Update: Guess it just took some fresh eyes to figure this one out. Carlos checked in with the correct answer of Toranaga, from the UK, who put their debut out on Peaceville Records, signed to Chrysalis, released a second album and then more or less disappeared. Dude in the front is vocalist Mark Duffy, who was also in Millennium--the rather unfortunate-looking NWOBHM band that seemingly took its promo photo at Kmart. Duffy was rocking a mullet back in the Millennium days, something he wisely abandoned in Toranaga. Duffy is still in the music biz and his latest project is called Face the Unknown.

6 comments:

Carlos said...

This is TORANAGA from the UK.

Carlos said...

Oh, and the old pic is a band called Millennium the singer was in before Toranaga.

What do I win? Haha

AT said...

Nice one, Carlos. This is indeed Toranaga and you're also right about the singer being in NWOBHM band Millennium.

What do you win? True Metal Glory, my friend. What more do you want?

CarlosRamirez said...

Hey, I'm just glad I had a chance to beat Ian Christie at this one! Please keep these challenges coming!

Keir said...

Ah very cool. I didn't recognize Duffy at all in that Millennium picture.

BTW, I definitely don't think bands should wear their own shirts. Especially new bands, who would be much better off wearing shirts of bands they were influenced by to give people an idea of where they're coming from.

AT said...

I'm sure Mark Duffy would be pleased that he's not getting recognized in that Millennium photo. That's one gnarly mullet...