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.