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Dareforce - 1985 Makin' Our Own Rules

ARTIST: Dareforce
ALBUM: Makin' Our Own Rules
LABEL: DME Records
SERIAL: 224 949
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2005, Metal Mayhem, MM00057


LINEUP: John O'Neil - vocals, lead guitar * Brian Bart - lead guitar, keyboards, vocals * Brian Lorenson - bass * Johnnie Bolan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Just One Night * 02 Looking For Some Action * 03 Makin' Our Own Rules * 04 Not Gonna Let You Hurt Me


A few years ago we reviewed a Minneapolis band called Dareforce, and their hard to find 1989 album 'Firepower'. We picked up an original CD copy of the album in 1993, and remarked how close they were to Arizona's finest Icon. Well, now we get an opportunity to hear Dareforce at an earlier stage in the career.. and our opinion hasn't changed any. At this early part of their history, the band had released two EP's. A self titled EP during 1984, plus this one a year later - 'Makin' Our Own Rules'. The band's two focal points John O'Neil and Brian Bart were the brains-trust behind this outfit. Drummer Johnnie Bolan is the brother of former Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin.

The Songs
Opening up with the chugging rock of 'Just One Night', the band don't appeal at first listen. 'Looking For Some Action' comes across as tough as it sounds - a 'Saturday night' kinda anthem for bored teenagers no doubt. the gruff guitar work not a notch on the stuff coming out of L.A but still pretty good. Finally, track three delivers the goods. Definitely the guitar sound achieved on the title track 'Makin' Our Own Rules' is classy, and showcases what these guys are all about. 'Not Gonna Let You Hurt Me' is a weak Tesla/Nelson type of tune, so there is no problem that they won't hurt anyone with it. Probably needed a bit more power to be convincing. The title track is the standout winner here.

In Summary
The band hung around for a few more years, releasing the aforementioned 'Firepower', though with a different lineup. The band are still together, as evidenced by their 2006 album release 'World Run Amok'. Looks like we might have to go track down a copy, and update Dareforce on this site.

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#1 | Eric on June 13 2007 11:59:39
Drummer Bolin was also in a Minneapolis based group called DVC who released one album on the Alfa label in 1981. They toured the U.S with Molly Hatchet and had a minor FM hit with a cover of 'Teaser'.

Dare Force were a good bar band that did some big shows from time to time, much like Chameleon and Fairchild. I saw them open for Triumph in 1981 and they were very good, although I never cared much for the groups releases.

Following in the footsteps of Saga, the band were more popular in Puerto Rico and Venezuala were the band toured often, playing some very big gigs to adoring masses.
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