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Wiggy Bits - 1976 Wiggy Bits



ARTIST: Wiggy Bits
ALBUM: Wiggy Bits
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6081
YEAR: 1976

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Peppy Castro - vocals * Rich Cerniglia - guitars * Mike Maniscalco - keyboards * D Santiago - bass * Mike Ricciardella - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feel Free To Ride The Wind * 02 Oh Captain * 03 Lies * 04 Ellie * 05 Place In The Sun * 06 Wiggy * 07 Love Track * 08 Alone Again * 09 Bad Situation * 10 I'll Write You Off


Background
Long Island, New York based outfit, starting out at the infancy of the US hard rock/AOR scene during the mid-seventies. Most of these guys are better known for future bands they would eventually join (Balance, Network and Aviator), but the seed was laid with earlier bands they were associated with (i.e. The Illusion, Barnaby Bye), and this one-off album band Wiggy Bits. From 1976, we are reminded that it was about this time that the AOR scene was about to take off. Sure, bands like Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper and Grand Funk Railroad were keeping it alive for the US of A, but just around the corner, the true godfathers of the 'pinky and fluffy' brigade were just about to make their presence felt, in the shape of Boston. Other bands which were there or thereabouts had more of a progressive leaning to their music. Bands such as Kansas, Styx, Journey, and to a lesser degree Angel all came from this pedigree. There is no such reminder with Wiggy Bits however. Their sound is distinctly their own for that era, though I'm sure some of those aforementioned bands might just get an acknowledgement.


The Songs
The band open out with 'Free To Ride The Wind', a track which ably demonstrates their sharp style of hard rock. 'Oh Captain' which follows next, is a southern styled blast straight out of the Molly Hatchet school of three-parts guitar riffarama. Perhaps though, it is closer in style to that excellent one-off release by Freddie Salem 'Cat Dance'. 'Ellie', which was the bands first choice single, is the closest thing to AOR on this record, but the ever-present lead guitar from Cerniglia keeps things heavy. 'Place In The Sun' takes on a funky vibe, more in the rhythm section, though the song has hard-rock elements mainly; the bridge and solo sections bear this out. Side two opens with a one-minute instrumental called (funnily enough) 'Wiggy'.. it segues into the best track on the album: 'Love Track', which features an array of synthesizer effects before taking a leaf out of the Balance book of song construction, complete with sharp incisive riffs and some fiery lead guitar work from that man Cerniglia again. 'Alone Again' starts out unconvincingly, sort of/nearly mid-seventies mush, thankfully saved by Richie's lead work once again. 'Bad Situation' is another funk-rocker; more rock than funk me thinks, but the closing track 'I'll Write You Off' is perhaps the next best track, and is a real belter! The rhythm section providing a thick bottom-end.. double kick drums included.


In Summary
A short-lived affair, the members of Wiggy Bits would all go off onto different things. Read more on the likes of Balance, Aviator and Network elsewhere here at GLORY-DAZE.


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on August 21 2007 02:54:41
A copy of this album can be found over at: http://orion-awakes.blogspot.com/
#2 | tompa on January 01 2010 14:16:06
My favourite album off the 1976 and there was some really stiff competition that year (Angel, Scorpions, Marcus, Teaze, Dirty Tricks). Agree with "Love Track" as the best of the bunch. Highly melodic but at times also very heavy.
#3 | reyno-roxx on January 02 2010 10:52:41
George, searched that blog site with no joy...
#4 | Schonschenker on May 24 2010 23:07:33
Somebody said "Wiggy Bits"? I think someone really likes this band, and it's listed on CD Universe that Renaissance Records has plans to reissue this on cd, but no date has been set yet.
#5 | MUSCLE on January 04 2011 21:05:43
can never get enough of this album. fantastic hooks coupled with blistering hard rock. smokin' man!guns
#6 | Schonschenker on December 31 2011 15:39:55
Wiggy Bits, and the others mentioned here,
like Aviator, Network, and Freddie Salem would look great at Rock Candy.
#7 | rkbluez on June 16 2012 03:28:33
Yes this is something Rock Candy seriously should consider reissuing...great stuff pre Balance.
#8 | super80boy on January 11 2014 19:41:07
This short lived and wonderfully named band put out a killer one off outing that mixes hard rock, funk and AOR. 'Lies' is a stout melodic hard rocker with 'Place In The Sun' and 'Bad Situation' having a good change of course with the funky vibes. I would definitely agree that the standout song is 'Love Track'. The album's final song 'I'll Write You Off' has that characteristic mid-late 70's guitar pumping hard rock sound. Highly recommended album for 70's hard/melodic rock collectors.
 
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