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Anvil - 1981 Hard And Heavy



ARTIST: Anvil
ALBUM: Hard N Heavy
LABEL: Attic
SERIAL: LAT 1100
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1985, Attic, ACD 1100 * 2009, Unidisc, ATM-1100

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lips - vocals, guitars * Dave Allison - guitars * Ian Dickson - bass * Robb Reiner - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 School Love * 02 AC DC * 03 At The Apartment * 04 I Want You Both (With Me) * 05 Bedroom Game * 06 Ooh Baby * 07 Paint It Black * 08 Oh Jane * 09 Hot Child * 10 Bondage

WEBLINKS: www.anvilmetal.com


Background
I suppose looking back in history it's a wonder how this band ever got to being so popular? Particularly the scribes over at Sounds Magazine, who bequeathed all sorts of superlatives on the band. Anvil's brand of metal mischievousness leaves very little to be desired, particularly their corn-ball attempts at sexual innuendo which pervaded their music all throughout their career. From Toronto, they started life off as the band Lips, an obvious reference to their fast-talking lead singer Steve Kudrow, a.k.a Lips. Playing the bars of Ontario, the band soon gathered a large following. During 1980, Lips (the band) released their self financed debut set 'Hard And Heavy'. Local label Attic took an immediate interest, and negotiated a deal, which saw the material from 'Hard And Heavy' re-released, with well known producer Chris Tsangarides behind the desk.


The Songs
As mentioned, the obvious sexual references throughout are slamdunked by the aggressive no-nonsense metal being played. Tracks like 'School Love', Bedroom Game', Hot Child' and 'Bondage' are enough to get Tipper Gore interested in a law suit that would also make Twisted Sister's Dee Snider look like an absolute Choir Boy by comparison. Still, the songs are pretty catchy, despite the shortcomings, and considering they were Canadians riding the NWOHM, the time was right for them to take advantage of it, even though the scene would dry up for them in a few years.


In Summary
The band had all sorts of shenanigans in their camp. Everything from studs and chains, vibrators and dildos - you name it they had it, or did it. Success followed with the resounding metal anthem album for 1982 'Metal On Metal', though their brand of HM could not be sustained by Attic Records, who dropped them after their 1984 set 'Forged In Fire'. An uncompromising band, with a vast discography. If your HM vocabulary is limited to sex, drugs and rock n roll (particularly the 'sex' part), then step right up and put your head on the 'Anvil'.


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#1 | sabace on March 16 2006 09:35:58
jeez man lighten up they were a fun band who LOVED WHAT THEY DID .I PERSONALLY THINK THEIR FIRST 3 LPS ARE CLASSIC AN AMALGAM OF AEROSMITH, MOTORHEAD, TED NUGENT and KISS. WHAT A COMBINATION! BY THE WAY WHATS WRONG WITH SEX, DRUGS and ALCOHOL??!
#2 | gdazegod on March 16 2006 09:59:54
Don't get wrong sabace, at the time I thought these guys were hilarious, but as we grow older (and wiser) hehe, we can recall that era and laugh nervously.. lol! I'm sure if some of the Scribes from Sounds magazine would like to re-read some of their written material, they too would wonder what inspired them to write such stuff.. Perhaps one day, Geoff Barton and co would like to offer us a 'please explain'.. lol
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 23 2008 14:46:10
For the time period and the ages we were, Anvil were very good fun back then. They reminded me of primal Ted Nugent. They dated pretty quickly though withy the onset of thrash.
#4 | dangerzone on April 04 2010 21:23:33
I thought the documentary was a great film. You couldn't hope for more honest, down to earth guys than Anvil.
#5 | sabace on July 22 2010 13:56:28
anvil first three lps are timeless hard rock / metal, the
advent of thrash / death metal was the death knell for decent rock music (pantera aside )
#6 | gdazegod on July 22 2010 16:06:15
There will no doubt, be more Anvil reviews in the pipeline, kinda in tribute to the movie.
#7 | reyno-roxx on July 22 2010 17:58:32
Wonder if the early stuff is going to be re-issued?
Flashback time: I remember Kelv being the only person ever in the UK to have the original Lips album.
Great live band. Saw them play their debut show at the Marquee.
 
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