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London, David - 1981 David London

ARTIST: London, David
ALBUM: David London
LABEL: Arrival Records (Sweden)
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: David London (Dennis Frederiksen) - vocals * Mark Christian - guitar * Howie Epstein - bass * Jimmy Hunter - drums * Keyboards - Don Schmidt, Alan Pasqua - keyboards * Steve Forman - percussion * Jon Joyce, Jimmy Haas, Stan Forber, Richard Page - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Somebody's Got My Someone * 02 Destination Zero * 03 She's Hot * 04 Idol Maker * 05 Walk In The Room * 06 Keep Playing Around * 07 Live Your Own Life * 08 Suicide Dance * 09 Baby's In Love * 10 Weakness

Haha.. on this record he is known as David London, but to all of the GLORY-DAZE readers, we know him as Fergie Frederiksen, the well known singer who has sung with a multitude of melodic rock acts. At this juncture point of his life, Fergie (or Dennis, as is his real name) had left the Chicago based band Trillion and moved out west to Los Angeles. This was during 1980. Opting for a change, Fergie created a pseudonym - David London, and armed with a bunch of songs, of which ended up on this album - strangely enough, it was released only in Sweden on Arrival Records. Not quite sure what the logic was behind that decision, because as it turned out, the LP disappeared into the oblivion. Does 'David London' stand the test of time? No it doesn't, but it's an interesting aside into Fergie's discography, and one that has only surfaced relatively recently, thanks to the Internet.

The Songs
The material moves about like a full container on a vessel set adrift on the high seas. It certainly isn't Trillion revisited, a band Fergie was quoted as saying 'got weird in its last days' during the time he was with them. The opener 'Somebody's Got My Someone' has a definite power-pop vibe happening. Not an encouraging start. It gets better with the next two: 'Destination Zero' is a half paced affair whereas 'She's Hot' is a sassy rocker with a guitar riff straight out of Neal Schon's bag of tricks, a la 'Dixie Highway'. 'Idol Maker' is a so-so pop rocker with some nice synth touches. The old chestnut 'Walk In The Room' didn't move me one bit, though it remains true to its 60's flavour. 'Keep Playing Around' is another pop rocker with a strident chorus, the same goes for both 'Live Your Own Life' and 'Suicide Dance', with a hint of power-pop thrown in for good measure. Probably the best track is left till the end. 'Weakness' is an out and out rocker, with some blistering guitar work throughout. Shame the rest of the record wasn't as consistent.

In Summary
No doubt due to the lack of exposure this record received, Frederiksen moved on to another phase in his career, doing some work with the band Angel during the 1981 and 1982 period. Some material was written, but never released officially, including the track 'Whips' which White Sister covered on their 1984 debut. Eventually though, he would go on to join the band Le Roux, moving out to Baton Rouge Louisiana, and recorded 'So Fired Up' with them during 1983. The following year he would record with Grammy winning heavyweights Toto, singing on their 'Isolation' album. Of course Fergie would figure as a mainstay throughout within the melodic rock community for years to come - even up to the current day.

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#1 | rostoned on October 26 2008 23:53:58
See below a partial copy of a message I originally posted in the AG forum. I hate to repeat things but I feel it may have gone unnoticed there and the link is a cool bridge between Fergie's Trillion days and this David London solo album
[i]Here you can hear one of the two contributions of Fergie (under the DL banner) to the soundtrack of 'Can't Stop The Music' (which were done before the David London album), the music ain't my cup of tea but the vocals are great

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#2 | gdazegod on December 31 2012 06:56:13
Some guy writing about David London, and he calls the GD website a blog? Huh buddy, how about you try and write 5000 articles. You're the only guy writing a blog..
#3 | Eric on December 31 2012 13:44:32
Obviously the writer has no love for AOR and it comes across as a 'hit' piece. Wonder why he bothered.
#4 | dangerzone on December 31 2012 14:58:10
What a ponce this prat is. Trying so hard to be witty but failing so miserably it's laughable. Horrific.

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