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Danger Danger - 1989 Danger Danger



ARTIST: Danger Danger
ALBUM: Danger Danger
LABEL: Epic (CBS/Imagine)
SERIAL: 465691-2
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ted Poley - vocals * Tony Rey, Andy Timmons - guitars * Bruno Ravel - bass * Kasey Smith - keyboards * Steve West - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Naughty Naughty * 02 Under The Gun * 03 Saturday Nite * 04 Don't Walk Away * 05 Bang Bang * 06 Rock America * 07 Boys Will Be Boys * 08 One Step From Paradise * 09 Feels Like Love * 10 Turn It On * 11 Live It Up

WEBLINKS: www.dangerdanger.com


Background
Danger Danger were formed by Ravel and West in 1988 who made a selection of demos that would form the basis for their debut. As hard rock was the fashion in the late 80's Danger Danger had no trouble signing a major label deal with CBS who distributed the album. Musically Danger Danger were heads above the standard bland band of the day, their clever mixture of party rock and AOR almost too advanced. At the right place at the right time, the debut scored heavily with the singles 'Naughty Naughty' and 'Bang Bang'. The album would eventually go gold, no small feat.


The Songs
'Naughty Naughty' is standard raunchy North American hard rock, but all harmless fun with a good time hook. Prime chart material for the time. 'Under The Gun' hits massive AOR heights just two songs in, good buildup with massive synths and an obligatory dramatic chorus. Other similar cuts like 'Dont Walk Away', 'One Step From Paradise' and 'Feels Like Love' are equally jaw dropping, especially for a debut. Meathead party tunes like 'Saturday Night' are pure fun, a huge sing-a-long chorus fit for such an event. The albums high point is easily 'Rock America', an anthem that rates as one of the genres best. Thrilling to say the least, the relentless melody of vocals, guitars and synths are unstoppable. That chorus will have you singing right along. 'Turn It On' and 'Live It Up' are nothing special, missing that vital chorus owned by the previous nine tracks.


In Summary
1991's follow up 'Screw It' possesed neither the AOR element or melody of the debut, though there were a handful of good tracks on what was a lyrically tacky album, it died among many other fading hard rock bands during that horrible period. As most know Poley was removed and replaced by Paul Laine who has gone on to record three albums with the band, the last of which, 2000's 'Return Of The Great Gildersleeves,' was impressive 80's style hard rock. It's good to see the band still active and continuing to record new music. The missing Ted Poley album 'Cockroach' has also hit shelves nearly ten years since it's inception. As far as debuts go, this is one of the best of the late 80's and essential for both AOR and hard rock punters who may have missed it.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
This is definitely a great album - one that is quite fun to listen to. I disagree with the negative assessment of 'Screw It', as I think it is also great. I just got 'Cockroach' a few months ago, and it too is great, although a little harder than the first two. If no one reviews it soon, I have it on my list to review once I get a chance.
#2 | jeffduran on May 18 2008 10:03:09
Another misunderstood band that gets lumped in with 'hair metal' movement. What we have here is one of the best melodic rock releases of all time IMHO. I actually like the following release although some of the lyrical content is hysterical.
#3 | gdazegod on May 18 2008 11:21:28
Notwithstanding Ginger Allen's writhing and moaning on the opening track of 'Screw It'.. lol! Porn invades AOR! It wouldn't be the first time secret hilarious
#4 | george_the_jack on June 27 2008 14:12:15
This is one of the albums that helped to went from the 80's AOR to the nineties era....
#5 | jeffduran on June 27 2008 18:59:41
Agree! Again I will reiterate how sad it was they got lumped in with some of the no talents from that time. This is a classic.
#6 | rostoned on June 28 2008 00:04:19
'Under The Gun' is an all time classic in the Aldo Nova and early Bon Jovi style.

Imagine Records was a CBS sublabel set up by AandR extraordinaire Leonard 'Lennie' Petze, the chubby man famous for signing Boston, Cindy Lauper and, most important to us, for setting up the Portrait label which was the home of incredible cult melodic acts I understand he personally signed (Arcangel, Balance, Orphan, Orion, Aldo Nova, FM, The Producers, Uriah Heep 'Equator'...).
The only other act I remember on Imagine was Donnie Miller, again produced by the mighty Lance Quinn (Export, Bon Jovi).
#7 | reyno-roxx on July 15 2008 12:29:04
The record label issued a live promo CD to further push the band at radio following the release of this record. It coincided with the band's 1990 Spring tour of the US opening for Alice Cooper.
'Down And Dirty Live' includes live versions of 'Boys Will Be Boys', 'Bang Bang', 'Groove Or Die' (a Timmons penned instrumental), 'Naughty Naughty' and a cover of Rick Derringer's 'Rock N' Roll Hoochie Koo'.
Given Steve and Bruno's love of Starz and Trigger, it's always surprised me that they have yet to cover either band's back catalogue thus far.
#8 | rostoned on July 15 2008 13:26:23
The 'Down And Dirty Live' US promo only live CD, recorded in winter 1989 at L'Amour in Brooklyn and in Denver, was first officially released in France in 2003 by the Bad Reputation label as part of 'Screw it!' legit 2-CD reissue.

I've just found out that contrary to popular belief the album DIDN'T go gold in the USA (check the RIAA site for proof) even if it charted for nearly a year (42 week run!) but reached a mere #88 position. The follow up 'Screw It!' was quite a flop (artistically and commercially), only getting to #123 but disappearing from the chart after just 5 weeks. Again no wonder why Sony pulled the plug on 'Cockroach' during the grunge haze...
#9 | gdazegod on March 19 2012 11:25:20
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