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Wrathchild - 1984 Stakk Attakk



ARTIST: Wrathchild
ALBUM: Stakk Attakk
LABEL: Heavy Metal Records
SERIAL: HMRLP18
YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rocky Shades - lead vocals * Lance Rockitt - guitar * Marc Angel - bass * Eddie Starr - drums

Additional Musician: Robin George- guitar, drum programming, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stakk Attakk * 02 Too Wild To Tame * 03 Trash Queen * 04 Shokker * 05 Kick Down The Walls * 06 Alrite With The Boyz * 07 Sweet Surrender * 08 Law Abuzer * 09 Tonite * 10 Wreckless


Background
I remember these guys getting a merciless and undeserved pounding in the rock 'zines of the day. From their outrageous duds and bigger than life stage show to suitably juvenile song titles and bratty debut EP, Wrathchild stood out like a black finger-polished thumb with a rock press that didn't give a shit and never really took the bad boys from Evesham seriously. Truth be told, I still would rather listen to Wrathchild and fellow early '80s UK glamsters Silverwing, Rox and Marionette than anything el-Lay was churning out during the same period other than perhaps the first Motley Crue mascara encrusted blockbuster. New York's Alien fit the bill as well, but the Brits always understood the 'Glam' concept better than anyone else and Wrathchild took it to an extreme.


The Songs
First things first, the production on the bands first long player sucks big time. Robin George is the man responsible and I'm not sure what he was trying to do here, but even with the crappy sound, it remains an endearing record. More Sweet than Slade and better for it, Wrathchild wrote some lip smacking tasty stuff and with powerhouse tuneage like 'Too Wild To Tame' and the weirdo riff-fest of 'Shokker' their appeal is undeniable. Chock full of glittery pleasures, the 'Sweet on steroids' blitz of 'Kick Down The Walls' is a must hear and a Glam anthem if there ever was while 'Sweet Surrender' is a ramped-up pop stomper that had single potential with its AOR-ish chorus. It was released as the flip to the brilliant 'Alrite With The Boyz', but should have been the main contender.


In Summary
I bought 'Stakk Atakk' as an import way back when and was youthfully impressed with the back cover photos of semi-nude female groupies and wild live and promo shots, some of which I had seen before in the holy pages of 'Kerrang!' These guys knew how to party. Yeah, the sleeve's track listing didn't match the vinyl sequencing and the in tandem single release of the Gary Glitter classic 'Doing Alrite With The Boys' wasn't that memorable, but damn if Wrathchild didn't make for a good time!


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#1 | reyno-roxx on September 20 2010 21:05:58
Great band. Killer record. They destroyed W.A.S.P. on their debut UK tour. Rocky Shades almost - intentionally or not - set fire to the W.A.S.P. logo at the Birmingham Powerhouse gig with a blazing axe. 'appy days!
#2 | Eric on September 20 2010 22:51:43
Wish I could have seen the band, excellent stuff!
#3 | ceeshead on September 21 2010 17:42:44
in my humble opinion among the 10 best glam records ever, even the production has a certain charm.....clap
#4 | universaltongue on September 22 2010 16:29:02
One of my absolute desert island LP's. I bought this as an import thru Record Exchange out of Cali back in 1984 and I love it as much now as I did back then. For interested fans of the band, there are currently two Wrathchilds in the biz. Rock Shades is fronting RS Wrathchild and the remaining founders of the band are now called Psychowrath. Google 'em both for more info Smile
#5 | david on September 25 2010 10:19:41
Dave, I remember seeing them at the Clarendon in Hammersmith with Bernard. You were there with Steve Hammond. I think it was the first time I met you. You two were selling White Lightning at the time.
#6 | reyno-roxx on September 26 2010 12:01:45
Yup, that was a great gig. Long time ago now, wasn't it? Kelv was also there, as was, I think, Derek Oliver and Dave Ling. A few months later I remember seeing Mercyful Fate there as well. By that time Metal Forces was up and running.
#7 | reyno-roxx on September 26 2010 12:04:24
That line-up is incorrect for the LP. Lance Rockitt was on guitar and Eddie Starr on drums.
#8 | Eric on September 26 2010 14:50:42
Thanks Dave- corrected.
 
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