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Wilde, Danny - 1988 Any Man's Hunger

ARTIST: Wilde, Danny
ALBUM: Any Man's Hunger
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1998, Geffen, 7599-24179-2


LINEUP: Danny Wilde - vocals, guitar, mandolin, lead guitar 'Bitter Moon' * Matt Downs - lead guitar * Rick Wilson - bass * Wix - keyboards, accordion, pedal steel, banjo * Gordy Gale - drums * Mel Gaynor - additional drums * Phil Ashley - keyboards 'Wouldn't Be The First Time'.

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time Runs Wild * 02 Ain't I Good Enough * 03 Wouldn't Be The First Time * 04 Bitter Moon * 05 In A Bordertown * 06 Set Me Free * 07 Every Goodbye * 08 Any Man's Hunger * 09 This Old Town * 10 Contradiction * 11 Too Many Years Gone By


I can't believe it was four years ago that I reviewed Danny Wilde's debut album 'The Boyfriend'. Gosh, it only seemed like yesterday that I wrote it, and here we are, just getting around to his second effort, 1988's 'Any Mans Hunger'. Now I know there are a few Wilde supporters here, and it's only deserving that we flesh out his records on this site because they really are good! As mentioned previously, Danny skipped from Island Records to Geffen Records between 1986 and 1988. This has been a constant source of annoyance for Wilde, as Island have failed to do any reissue of 'The Boyfriend' LP just out of sheer spite. Gee, those Island Records execs must have long memories to hold a grudge for such a long time. During 1987, Geffen Records shipped Danny off to Rockfield Studios in Wales to record 'Any Mans Hunger'. The producer for these sessions was Irishman Pat Moran, famous for his engineering work on Queen's 'A Night At The Opera' as well as Rush's 'A Farewell To Kings' among many others.

The Songs
If you loved 'The Boyfriend', then there's every likelihood that 'Any Mans Hunger' will appeal too. 'Time Runs Wild' is a glorious hooky introduction to the album, radio friendly, energetic, and full of great melodies. 'Ain't I Good Enough' is a personal favourite, it's just as catchy as its predecessor, sort of similar to what Glenn Burtnick was doing at the time. 'Wouldn't Be The First Time' is a magical slice of 4 minutes, the guitar melody is supremely beautiful, and it segues into the chorus seamlessly. This one reminds me of Dutch AORster Ralph Van Maanen. 'Bitter Moon' with its jangly acoustic guitar and high-stepping drumwork is certainly a reminder of that late 80's production technique, but the song itself is still a winner for mine. 'In A Bordertown' has a different feel, with a bluesy and R&R hint. Not quite Americana, close but no cigar. 'Set Me Free' continues the acoustic jangle a la 'Bitter Moon' but it's those killer choruses that really do it for me. 'Every Goodbye' by comparison is restrained, sultry and moody, following it up with the title track, 'Any Man's Hunger' has a bit of everything within, it could've been the third single for the album had it got that far. 'This Old Town' moves in the same direction as fellow solo rocker John Kilzer, an earthy approach but with a big production. Toward the end of the album, Danny sings a song called 'Contradiction', which is a pisstake on the political situation between the USA and Central American elements at the time (think Nicuragua, Grenada etc). Danny signs off with 'To Many Years Gone By', which is dominated by acoustic melodies and a backwash of keyboards.

In Summary
There are parts to the album which come off as 'Americana influenced', but not unduly so. The album, though released through the boom years of MTV didn't do that well on the Billboard Charts. Two songs fared better than most: 'Time Runs Wild' and 'Wouldn't Be The First Time', and both can be found on You Tube. Danny continued into 1989 with a self titled album, but it seemed Geffen were forcing him into a corner, as a consequence the album didn't have the immediacy of the first two, and died on the vine. Not to worry, a reunion with former bandmate Phil Solem was enough to kickstart The Rembrandts into 90's era glory. As for reissues; Geffen did the honours, but only after ten years had passed, why that was remains a mystery, because by then The Rembrandts were the in-thing, so cashing in was obviously something they weren't interested in.. lol! Record label do silly things sometimes.

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#1 | gdazegod on January 27 2012 09:48:37
Danny Wilde - 1988 Time Runs Wild
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#2 | swazi on January 30 2012 09:34:18
Both "Any Man's Hunger" and "s/t" CD's can be easily obtained, but "The Boyfriend" doesn't yet exist in CD format, which is another mystery to me. Wasn't RC supposed to re-issue it ?
#3 | Aluko on July 25 2012 00:05:27
Finally found this on CD. For four bucks!
#4 | gdazegod on September 05 2016 11:32:32
Danny Wilde - 1988 Wouldn't Be The First Time
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