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Trixter - 1990 Trixter

ARTIST: Trixter
ALBUM: Trixter
LABEL: MCA/Mechanix
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Pete Loran - lead vocals * Steve Brown - guitars, backing vocals * PJ Farley - bass, backing vocals * Mark Scott - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Line Of Fire * 02 Heart Of Steel * 03 One In A Million * 04 Surrender * 05 Give It To Me Good * 06 Only Young Once * 07 Bad Girl * 08 Always A Victim * 09 Play Rough * 10 You'll Never See Me Crying * 11 Ride The Whip * 12 On And On


We've managed to put together a few articles on this New Jersey band, but not so much about their early history. Having just caught the tail-end of the late 80's hair metal industry, Trixter released their debut in 1990, though they were active as far back as 1983! Considering how young this lot were in 1990, I can only imagine they just graduated out of diapers back in the era of 'E.T' and 'Back To The Future'. All jokes aside, these boys were already out gigging by 1986, and were accruing a solid reputation during this timeframe. By 1988, they were in the studio, with many labels interested in signing them up. MCA/Mechanix were the lucky recipients, bringing them into their stable during 1989.

The Songs
The comic-book nature of the album cover-jacket might have been a pre-cursor to understanding what Trixter were all about back then. A skateboarding culture, when fused with hard rock managed to get into the heads of teenagers right across America. Was the album successful? Yep, it sure was, though I reckon they were an American phenomenon more than a global one. Still, with tracks like 'Line Of Fire' and three singles which reached the lower end of the Top 100 Billboard singles charts ('One In A Million', 'Give It To Me Good' and 'Surrender'), Trixter were onto a good thing. When compared to the other breakout sensation of 1990 (Firehouse), they were probably down a rung or two, but one can't complain about a gold selling album, which spent time in the Billboard top 50. Blessed with a fantastic guitarist in Steve Brown, Trixter are still in operation today.

In Summary
Produced by Bill Wray (himself a successful recording artist during the 70's and 80's), Bill also contributed songwriting credits, along with Message and Prophet lead singer Dean Fasano. There are a few gems on this CD, but not surprising though that the overall sound stays parked in that late 80's early 90's era, with no likelihood of moving out of the car parking lot.

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