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Hot Flash - 1977 First Attack! They'll Never Take Us Alive

ARTIST: Hot Flash
ALBUM: First Attack! They'll Never Take Us Alive
LABEL: Rockwell
SERIAL: RW876101
YEAR: 1977


LINEUP: John Ferrara - bass, synthesizer, moog bass pedals * Fredric 'Muff' Schwenk - flute, guitar, vocals * Thom Stolar - flute, keyboards, vocals * Joe Prima - keyboards, vocals * Steve Balsavage - percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take Me * 02 Is Anybody Out There * 03 King Cool * 04 Theme For A Saturday Matinee * 05 They'll Never Take Us Alive * 06 Uriah * 07 Victory March Through Tinsylvania * 08 Cathedral Of The Anchester * 09 Diamond Wings

Just who were Hot Flash? From the mid 70's, this Boston based outfit were obviously influenced by some of the more zany contemporaries from the same era. Combining prog and pomp rock, you would think that the theme for this band and this album was based around the cinematic sci-fi concepts from 1977, the Star Wars movie is the first thing that springs to mind. Just looking through the song-titles, you can see there is an element of the comical, whimsical and bombastical (is there such a word?). This album has its moments, but I wouldn't call it a classic. Nice to have though - file away under 'zany pomp rock'.

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#1 | super80boy on February 17 2013 16:35:31
Recently found a autographed copy of this obscurity. Your spot on with the 'zany' comment, but it's a good zany. They have lot's of proggy synths, pompous melodies and a decent vocalist. There is also solid guitar riffing throughout. It's quite a fun listen.
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