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Renegade (USA) - 1983 Rock N Roll Crazy

ARTIST: Renegade (USA)
ALBUM: Rock N Roll Crazy
LABEL: Allied Artists
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: David Flores - lead vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar * Kenny Marquez - lead guitar, lead vocals * Daryl Sanchez - bass, background vocals * Luis Cardenas - drums, percussion, lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let It Out * 02 Dance With Me * 03 Band Of Your Dreams * 04 Make It Up Tonight * 05 Rock 'N' Roll Crazy * 06 Girls, Girls, Girls * 07 Go Your Own Way * 08 Fools Of The Universe


From the mean streets of East L.A.; Renegade were unique in the history of hard rock as they were the first all American-born Hispanic band to break big commercially although initially it wasn't an easy road. Gigs were hard to come by and booking agents fearful of what a bunch of long-haired 'Chicano's' would bring to their shows i.e. knives, spray paint and gang fights, didn't want to be bothered. Persistent and with the help of legendary manager Kim Richards (Pink Floyd) and pop rock friendly club mogul Bill Gazzarri; Renegade began the upward climb, selling out shows on a regular basis throughout the Southern California circuit. TV appearances and pockets of popularity in the U.S.; gigs with Foreigner, Journey and Night Ranger followed although in Central and South America, Renegade were superstars selling large quantities of product and touring as headliners as Los Renegados.

The Songs
For a first album 'Rock 'N' Roll Crazy' is likeable and straightforward often recalling the great's of the late 70's era and kicking off with the meaty 'Let It Out' with its faux live feel and dizzying drum solo from Luis Cardenas is totally cool and endearing. Fun stuff that still makes me want to break out my Rex and Starz albums although what really gets my motor running is 'Dance With Me'; a good-time pop rocker sounding like Nick Gilder backed by Milk 'N Cookies. I remember the press usually giving Cardenas the lion's share of attention in Renegade due to his gigantic drum set-up, but we should mention guitarist Kenny Marquez who soloed one guitar at a time and provides some tasty moments throughout especially the Boston-ish power ballad 'Make It Up Tonight' and his hard-to-miss Barry Goudreau influence on the set's best track. 'Girls, Girls, Girls' earned chart success in places like Mexico and Canada and I imagine had it been released a couple years later with someone like Beau Hill behind the controls and a bit of hair tease on the boy's already permed-up doo's, the song might have really gone places. More Boston stylings on 'Go Your Own Way' although the epic 'Fools Of The Universe' doesn't impress much, sounding a bit too serious on an otherwise entertaining and carefree LP.

In Summary
Three studio albums and a live release followed with Luis Cardenas going solo in 1986. His 'Animal Instinct' album was pretty typical of the time with big 80's production while the humorous made for MTV video for his cover of Del Shannon's 'Runaway' earned Cardenas a Grammy nomination as well as a place in the 'Guinness Book Of World Records' for the world's biggest drum kit. Renegade reformed quite recently and I hope at some point the band's back catalog gets a shot at CD reissues if for no other reason than their unique background and contribution to the world of hard rock.

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#1 | englandashes on January 09 2012 12:10:31
I remember Luis appearing in the UK on TV Record Breakers, also Cozy Powell was on one episode where he broke the record, for hitting the most number of different drums in a minute, or something like that!, it was a long time ago!
#2 | Eric on January 10 2012 00:26:02
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