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.


Jeff said...


Anonymous said...

These guys have New Jersey written all over them, not a clue though.

Anonymous said...


jhovanny said...

please i need to know who is this band

Anonymous said...


akira said...

It's Maxx Warrior

akira said...


AT said...

OK, I've been derelict in my duties regarding responding to these. So, let's start from the top. No, it is not:

Maxx Warrior

All good guesses, but all incorrect.

Jojo said...

Black 'N Blue?

Anonymous said...

i have no idea who this band is,but the 2nd and 4th guys from left dont look they have perms actually. maybe the name of this band is Dirty Habitz

AT said...

@JoJo, nope it isn't Black n Blue.

Jojo said...

Deaf Dealer maybe?

jhovanny said...

it´s driver

jhovanny said...

it´s driver

Anonymous said...

I recognize that top photo. I'm currently making a record with that Kurt Smith guy. We just got back from a mini-tour that made the Blues Brothers' tour look tame. LOL!

I never see a picture of Duncan in the Hollow Instinct band photos? I haven't seen him in years. I miss those spontaneous liquid leads from that guy. :)

Take care,


AT said...

Hey Raul-

There are some photos of HI with Duncan over at the band's Myspace page:

You gotta get me a copy of your record when it's done.

Anonymous said...

No problem on getting you a copy. It will take some time to get done because Kurt and I live so far apart, and the day jobs are getting in the way. Fortunately, Kurt is coming to Seattle again at the end of this month, and we are going to work on some more songs.

The project is taking an interesting direction. It's kind of an artistic form of rock. It's not particularly heavy (so far), but the harmonic content is extremely intriguing.

Hey, I still love that Hollow Instinct record. You guys really kicked ass on that one!

Take care,

Raul said...

Is it Driver?

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Eryx Azarath said...

There's Mike Davis(Ex-Bassist for Ozzi Osbourne)
Also Mike Towers, Once Vocal for Heretic and Vermin.

Anonymous said...

Eryx is right - I got this photo from Mike Davis and sent it to Adem at Test Your Metal! Here's something I don't know... who is the guitarist on the OTHER side of Towers?? Second from the right?

Brewtal Truth said...

Congrats to Eryx Azarath who correctly identified this band as BOWA!

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