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Tuff - 1991 What Goes Around Comes Around

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ALBUM: What Goes Around Comes Around
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 82244-2
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Jorge DeSaint - guitars, background vocals * Michael 'Lean' Raimondo - drums, background vocals * Stevie Rachelle - vocals * Todd Chase (Chaisson) - bass, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ruck A Pit Bridge * 02 The All New Generation * 03 I Hate Kissing You Goodbye * 04 Lonely Lucy * 05 Ain't Worth A Dime * 06 So Many Sessions * 07 Forever Yours * 08 Wake Me Up * 09 Spit Like This * 10 Good Guys Wear Black


Turning up to the glam metal doorstep after the party was all but over were Phoenix AZ outfit Tuff. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1990, the band had been in operation since 1985, including at one stage, the helium powered vocalist Jim Gilette, he of Nitro and Lita Ford noteriety. Image wise, think every hair metal band on the planet from five years previous. Firehouse, Steelheart etc, while their music is not too far adrift from the likes of Poison and Enuff Znuff. Led by the effervescent Steve Rachelle, Tuff had a bunch of good songs, though I'm not quite sure why Atlantic were signing up bands in this sub-genre during this timeframe, considering glam metal was on the twilight side of the hill.

The Songs
'Ruck A Pit Bridge' is a most unusual named and sounding song to open the album. The rap section at the end caused a few furrowed brows. 'The All New Generation' sounded and read like a who's who of rock and roll royalty being mentioned in the space of four minutes. The radio ballad 'I Hate Kissing You Goodbye' is probably their best known song, and was all over MTV in 1991. 'Ain't Worth A Dime' and 'Spit Like This' best describes Tuff's brand of rock, though their inclusion of the semi-ballad/rocker 'So Many Seasons' and a full-blown acoustic affair 'Wake Me Up' probably waters down their overall impact somewhat.

In Summary
Keeping it to ten tracks all hovering around the three to four minute mark was a good move. Any longer and the finger would've been hitting the skip button. Tuff drifted in and out of record deals for years to come, and have released a handful of other records since this one. In 2012, the band released What Goes Around Comes Around.. Again', a rebadged CD on Steve Rachelle's own label RLS Records, which features six tracks from this one featuring special guests such as George Lynch, Steve Brown from Trixter and Stephen Pearcy from Ratt. There are alo six demo versions and two bonus tracks.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 16 2015 20:25:45
Tuff - 1991 I Hate Kissing You Goodbye
#2 | reyno-roxx on December 16 2015 22:23:30
Tuff were actually signed to the Titanium label, which was a vanity label helmed by Andy Secher, the editor of Hit Parader magazine. If I'm not mistaken, Badlands and Banshee were also on the roster. Atlantic offered the major label clout behind it all. The band were managed by Brian Kushner (Britny Fox) by this point and they didn't do too badly with this album' given the time it was released.
#3 | spawn71 on December 17 2015 18:19:21
I have to say that I liked this album at the time and that I still listen to it! It's definitely enjoyable with derivative pop-party-metal songs, but really well written! With the second album they tried the harder sound move, but with poor results considering the grunge wave.
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