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Zmed, Adrian - 1984 Adrian Zmed

ARTIST: Zmed, Adrian
ALBUM: Adrian Zmed
LABEL: Attic
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Adrian Zmed - lead vocals * Rick Derringer - guitars * Danny Kisselbach, Ray Kinman - bass * James Wilcox, Richard A. Onori - drums * Jonathan Elias, Pat Reagan - synthesizer * Edgar Winter - saxophone * Lorna Luft, Kay Cole, Bill Vitelli - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 What A Night * 02 You're The Kinda Girl I Like * 03 Whiplash * 04 New Romance * 05 Run Girl Run * 06 Always A Rebel * 07 Little Demon (Bonus)

Best known for his television role as 'Officer Romano' opposite Heather Locklear and William Shatner in long running series 'T.J. Hooker'; Adrian Zmed has had quite the career. Appearing in several movies including a leading role in the notorious flop 'Grease 2' as well as 1984's entertaining 'Bachelor Party' with Tom Hanks, not to mention appearing on Broadway and a stint playing baseball for the Chicago Cubs, this guy never took a rest. And yet, Hollywood being what it was and still is I suppose it was only a matter of time before Zmed tried his hand at a music career which he did in 1984 releasing this six song EP on Canada's Attic Records.

The Songs
Now as we all know, these types of projects can go either way. Plenty of TV stars who should have never darkened a studio doorway have released absolutely cringe worthy albums, but that's certainly not the case here. With very 80's production chores handled by none other than Rick Derringer, Zmed runs through some decent pop rock on the undeniably catchy 'Oh What A Night' and the equally cool 'The Kind Of Girl I Like' although the seemingly endless 'Whiplash' with its cheesy and hopelessly dated synth effects I could have done without. Infinitely more interesting is Zmed's choices on the second side opening with a cover of the Spider classic 'New Romance' and pulling from the Shanghai album Beau Hill and Amanda Blue's 'Always' A Rebel'. Neither is a shade on the originals but Adrian, while not the best vocalist I've ever heard, tackles both with emotion and flair making for a relatively short but fun listen overall.

In Summary
Naturally Zmed made a number of television appearances promoting the record and I remember seeing him lip-synch 'New Romance' on 'Solid Gold', but who could find the album as it was only released in Canada? Not sure how well it sold up North but Zmed's career sort of fizzled out as the 80's wore on and is rarely seen these days. I wonder what he thinks of his album now..

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#1 | dangerzone on December 21 2010 16:30:19
Are you sure he was in 'The Lords of Flatbush'? That might have been a few years before his time. Mind you he would have fit in well with Winkler, Stallone, Perry King and er Paul Mace.
#2 | Eric on December 21 2010 18:12:44
Doh! Yeah, he was in the TV series 'Flatbush' based on the movie..I'll correct it- thanks Alun.
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