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Hellcats, The - 1982 Hellcats 1 [ep]


ARTIST: Hellcats, The
ALBUM: Hellcats 1 [ep]
LABEL: Radio
SERIAL: 90010-1-Y
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Richie Ranno - guitars * Michael Lee Smith - vocals * Pete Scance - bass * Doug Madick - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's Alright * 02 You Make It Swell * 03 Teenage Tiger * 04 Rock & Roll Man * 05 Auto Erotica

It was 1982, and American pop rockers Starz had been off the scene for four years. Aerosmith too had disappeared, trying to dry themselves from a drug littered last few years of the 70's decade. The only band who had kicked on were Kiss, who had gone from one successful stepping stone to the next. However, not all was done and dusted in the Starz camp, with Ranno and Smith coming up for air with a new combination: The Hellcats formed in 1980. Even if their debut was just a five-track EP, that was enough for long-time Starz fans in the meantime.

The Songs
Joined by Pete Scance and Doug Madick in the rhythm section, Hellcats sound like they have a few years to catch up on, and they do so with a short, sharp set that highlights their fetching qualities, especially the talismanic vocals of Michael Lee Smith. The band are up and pumping for the leaad-off 'It's Alright', a pop-rocker with powerful pretences. 'You Make It Swell' is all about having a good time right? The title might have double meaning, but the music certainly doesn't, just classic pop rock steeped in late 70's style. 'Teenage Tiger' aims squarely for its intended audience like a laser guided bullet, 'Rock N Roll Man' is a hard rockin' ode to life on the road, with all of its pitfalls and temptations. 'Auto Erotica' is the odd man out, a slower mid-paced affair set in third gear and cruise control, rather than topping out in fifth with no brakes! I'm sure this is about cars and not fetishes? could be wrong but..

In Summary
The Hellcats released numerous other albums over the next decade or so, including a full-length album in 1987. Starz in the meantime had come back into vogue, even if they had been out of live action since 1978. The band released numerous 'live albums' during the 80's and even found time to release a 1992 studio set 'Requiem' during 1992. The Hellcats and Starz hae a long history and there is much to be discovered among their discography.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 05 2015 22:26:09
Nice logo. Just as good as Starz!
#2 | david on December 06 2015 04:40:36
I bought this from Richie Ranno a few years back on CD. When he asked me where to send it to I said Auckland, New Zealand. He then asked me to send him a photo of what Auckland looked liked, so I sent one of Downtown and the Hauraki Gulf and surrounding islands. He was suitably impressed with mine and GT City of Sails.
#3 | reyno-roxx on December 06 2015 09:30:10
I would disagree that Hellcats released numerous albums, as the LP with Perry Jones on vocals that was released on King Klassic in 87 was the only output until Ranno started flogging CD-R's of a live tape recorded with the original line-up. The 'Requiem' release by Starz was a mish mash of unreleased Starz demos.
#4 | Carl Noonan on December 06 2015 11:22:55
Brilliant record, would have loved them to do a full album with this line up. Sadly Radio Records folded and it was not to be. MLS left, Hellcats carried on with a new singer and put out one lp but it wasn't a patch on the EP and the singer was no MLS.
#5 | sabace on October 05 2016 20:28:14
great ep
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