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Stevens, Steve (And The Atomic Playboys) - 1989 Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys

ARTIST: Stevens, Steve (And The Atomic Playboys)
ALBUM: Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 925 520-2
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2014, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY210
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Steve Stevens - guitars, bass, keyboards, lead vocal on 'Woman Of 1000 Years' * Paramore McCarty - lead vocals * Thommy Price - drums * Phil Astley - keyboards

Guests: Kasim Sulton - bass * Anton Fig - drums * New West Horns - horns * Beau Hill, Paul Winger, Nate Winger, Fiona Flanagan, Bunny Hall, Paulette Brown - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Atomic Playboys * 02 Power Of Suggestion * 03 Action * 04 Desperate Heart * 05 Soul On Ice * 06 Crackdown * 07 Pet The Hot Kitty * 08 Evening Eye * 09 Woman Of 1000 Years * 10 Run Across Desert Sands (Instr) * 11 Slipping Into Fiction


We all remember this album from 1989 due in part to the excellent artwork from famed Swiss artist H.R Giger, the bloke responsible for the scary imagery from the Alien movie franchise. Couple with Steven's sonic sci-fi approach and an inspired choice of former Warrior screamer Paramore McCarty, as well as former Billy Idol cohort Thommy Price (Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Price/Sulton), the Atomic Playboys debut was surely an interesting set of tracks which kinda hit the mark for me, and I did it justice during 1989 giving it lots of airtime. Warner Brothers promoted it heavily too, with video and MTV doing its bit to get the sci-fi factor out to viewers, which it did easily.

The Songs
How can you go past that bombastic opener 'Atomic Playboys' as one of the most memorable hair-metal anthems of 1989? It gets my vote. it doesn't matter really.. atomic playboys or radiation romeos, it works for me everytime! 'Power Of Suggestion' is something completely different and come from left-field. A Rock n roll track, with horns and a gospel like backing. Back to realtiy, Steve and the boys deliver the Sweet cover 'Action' with gusto. Bombastic and thrilling in the same sentence. 'Desperate Heart' is a gorgeous ballad that has a sting in the tail, as in guitar solo. Very melodic overall. Great stuff. The lads accelerate the gears for the high-tempo 'Souls On Ice', while the intro for 'Crackdown' is full of guitar delays, the song lined with a dark edge, like a prowler on the loose at midnight. 'Pet The Hot Kitty' is typical late 80's hair metal with all the innuendo that you would expect. 'Evening Eye' is another song which detours off on another tangent. Not exactly hard rock (though the solo further on changes this perception), but it's certainly interesting hearing McCarty sing a tune like this. Stevens himself takes the lead vocal for 'Woman Of 1000 Years', a cranking track with a slightly different feel thanks to the vocal change. 'Run Across Desert Sands' is an acoustic instrumental, and in future years, Stevens will take up the challenge of perfecting the flamenco style. 'Slipping Into Fiction' ensures the album finishes on an uplifting high, a sharp rocker with no signs of blunted edges anywhere.

In Summary
The album charted at a modest #119 on Billboard, and from this point, Stevens backed out of the public eye for a bit. He did two notable ventures in the early 90's: 1992's Jerusalem Slim and Vince Neil's 1993 'Exposed' album. Of coure Rock Candy would reissue this CD in 2013 with two extra bonus tracks: 'Warm Female' and a promo version of 'Action'.

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#1 | gdazegod on October 17 2015 01:35:21
Steve Stevens (Atomic Playboys) - 1989 Atomic Playboys
#2 | Carl Noonan on October 18 2015 12:58:29
Brilliant album and totally underrated. Steven's is one of my top 3 guitarists of all time and his playing on this is awesome. Especially on 'Soul On Ice'. I love Parramore McCarty's vocals too (the demos he did with Rough Cutt after Paul Shortino left were superb. The Playboys apparently fell apart when PM got stage fright and couldn't cut it as a front man. Shame.
#3 | gdazegod on October 19 2015 11:05:46
That is an interesting revelation Carl. Thanks.
#4 | spawn71 on October 19 2015 18:36:18
I'm a great fan of Steve as a guitarist too, and I really think he's still very underrated. But I have to say that not everything in this album is great: 'Atomic Playboys' is probably the best song here, the guitar work is always great, but the quality of some songs is not that good...
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