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Spanos, Danny - 1984 Looks Like Trouble

ARTIST: Spanos, Danny
ALBUM: Looks Like Trouble
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Danny Spanos - vocals * Rick Derringer, Ron Mancuso - guitars * Duane Hitchings, Ross Bolton - keyboards * Dana Strum - bass, vocals * Jimmy Johnson - bass * Frankie Banali - drums * Joey De Pompeis - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'd Lie To You For Your Love * 02 Change Of Heart * 03 Wherever There's Smoke (There's Fire) * 04 Lorraine * 05 Excuse Me * 06 Comin' True * 07 Are You Ready Now * 08 Molly * 09 Looks Like Trouble * 10 Good Girl

Trying to find information about Danny Spanos on the Internet is like trying to find a beach volleyball tournament in the Swiss Alps. Honestly, trying to find decent information on this major-label recording artist, albeit some twenty plus years ago proved futile. However, I managed to find enough of the basics to try and colour this review and at least make for an interesting read. Danny it appears was based in Los Angeles and had been on the scene during the late seventies. His first proper album 'Danny Spanos' was released on the Windsong label in 1980. However, Danny's strengths not only included singing, but also drumming and songwriting. In 1983, Epic signed him up, he released the 5 track EP 'Passion In The Dark' that year, the album became legendary in posthumous fashion because Danny wrote the track 'Hot Cherie', which later featured on Hardline's 1992 album 'Double Eclipse'. On his first full-length release for Epic a year later, he managed to attract an impressive array of musicians (as you see listed above). Musically, Danny's voice has been described as a cross between Joe Cerisano (Silver Condor), the late Marc Hunter of Aussie band Dragon and Eddie Money. So from that comparison it would seem that this 'Looks Like Trouble' album would veer on the rough-house side. It does to a degree, but when the AOR reigns are pulled, artists like Stan Bush and Jeff Paris pop their head out of the hat.

The Songs
Having played this album often, there are many highlights, which usually involve Danny's chatterbox style of singing. It doesn't degenerate to David Lee Roth's inane nonsense but you can hear how he relates to an audience in the way he sings these songs. The opening pair of 'I'd Lie To You For Your Love' and 'Change Of Heart', sets the scene, but doesn't set the album on fire.. not just yet, not until track 3, whereby the passion he displays on 'Wherever There's Smoke (There's Fire)' you'd swear there was a friggin' inferno going on in the next studio! Now thats much better.. AOR'sters should be checking out 'Lorraine' (the song not the girl!). Fast paced, smooth, keyboard dabbles and striding guitars all permeate this track.

'Comin' True' retains the melody but it is brash-sounding in the mould of Stan Bush's rockier moments. I didn't really like the track 'Molly', sounding like a Joe Cersiano or Frankie Miller cast-off. Things improve on the title track 'Looks Like Trouble', the swampy sounding rhythm guitars mixed in with the keyboard parts could be straight off the Jeff Paris album 'Wired Up' (or as Jeff once said himself.. 'Wyatt Earp'). That approach continues on 'Good Girl' though with less keys.

In Summary
Despite there being a zero amount of Danny Spanos information out there on the Net, we are proud to finally see his name battered around, at least on this website. Not a lot was heard from him in following years, though Dana Strum did get him involved with an unsigned LA band featuring ex Steeler bassist Rik Fox, but that was back in the eighties. Anyone with an update of Mr Spanos feel free to drop us a line. Just as an aside, Retrospect Records has released the 'Passion In The Dark' album on CD, though I guess it is way out of print now so be mindful of that.

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 06 2008 10:13:50
''Hot Cherie'' was written by Danny Spanos??? It's a surprise for me. I thought that this all time classic hit, first came out from the band STREETHEART....
#2 | richardb on June 06 2008 11:42:56
I'm probably in a minority here but I actually prefer his debut far more than any of his subsequent releases..

Richard B
#3 | fenton on October 07 2011 17:42:08
I swear, vocally, if you chucked Dee Snider and Angry Anderson in a cement mixer, with a touch of Rod Stewart, you could pave yourself a Danny Spanos driveway
#4 | gdazegod on October 08 2011 00:53:11
That is funny Fenton. I'm sure Angry Anderson would love that comparison, considering his tradie background.
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