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Candy Harlots - 1992 Five Wicked Ways

ARTIST: Candy Harlots
ALBUM: Five Wicked Ways
LABEL: Virgin
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Aiz Lynch - vocals * Peter Masi - guitars * Phil Bowley - guitars * Leeno Dee - bass * Tony Cardinal - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Backstreet Boys * 02 Sister's Crazy * 03 Danger * 04 Cheat On Me * 05 Where No One Dares * 06 My Flame * 07 The Lady Shakes * 08 Wrap 2 Arms * 09 The Wildest Way * 10 What Are We Fightin' For * 11 Mercenary Baby * 12 The Other Side Of Love * 13 Devil's Blues

I saw this lot supporting Danish boys D*A*D over in Sydney during 1990. The Candy Harlots didn't do a lot for me I'll admit, the whole Guns n Roses/Hanoi Rocks influence a bit too close to the sleaze cheeze for my liking - but fuck.. were they loud!! What I did like about them though, was their commitment to the cause, and the fact that their sound was damned heavy for a sleaze band. Quite taken aback I was! You have to remember that at the turn of the 80's/90's decade, glam and sleaze was the prevailing scene, so it seemed only natural that its tentacles of influence would reach to the remotest corners of the earth, and for Australia, that influence landed squarely at the feet of Messrs Lynch and co. The band released an EP before this effort, but the final product for that EP did not set the world on fire. In fact, it did the opposite. So how the band ended up with a big label deal, and their remarkable improvement between recordings remains a mystery. However, in their favor is an album which for its time was pretty good, comparing well, if not better than some of the dross coming out of other parts of the world. Taking a hint of Hanoi Rocks street-sense, a dabble of L.A Guns heaviness, and the inevitable Guns n Roses visual comparison, the Candy Harlots have come up with a package that has a foot in all camps.. Sleaze, metal, melodic and pop. Talk about playing it safe!

The Songs
The management approach for the band might be safe, but the sound certainly isn't. For instance 'Mercenary Baby' is an excellent hard pop tune with a (dare I say) commercial element to it. Think Poison 1986 and you'll get my drift. I'm sure Michael Monroe will take some comfort out of a tune like 'Danger', the Hanoi Rocks main-man would appreciate the 'step-on-glass dare me if you can' suggestion in true sleaze fashion. Elsewhere, 'Backstreet Boys' lays down the footprint for the Candy Harlot's approach through the album, lean mean and razor-sharp. The pairing of 'The Lady Shakes' and 'Wrap 2 Arms' taking the best aspects of the aforementioned L.A Guns and Guns n Roses. It's as if Candy Harlots natural home was mean't to be L.A, rather than the antipodean shores of Aussie!

In Summary
For an album with thirteen tracks onboard, you'll get value for money, but really if you're only a fan of the sub-genre. I'm sure when it comes to mentioning great bands out of Australia, then this lot will probably be overlooked. But when it comes to mentioning bands from 'down-under' playing the glam/sleaze genre, then the Candy Harlots will be the first port of call, bar none.

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