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Wet, Kevin - 1982 Wet/Hard Attack

ARTIST: Wet, Kevin
ALBUM: Wet/Hard Attack
LABEL: Visual Vinyl
SERIAL: VV1003, VV1004
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Kevin Wet - guitars, lead and backing vocals * Jon Lindahl, Julian Raymond - bass, backing vocals * Jamie St. James - drums * Marty McCray - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Dreamer * 02 Sundays' Girl * 03 To Be A Man * 04 Babies Of The Night * 05 Babies of the Night (Remix) * 06 I Love To Be Kissed * 07 Neon Father * 08 Hard Attack * 09 The Dreamer (Remix)


Back in the early 80's these two EP's caused a bit of a stir amongst the Hard Rock community, with their suitably OTT packaging. One disc being clear vinyl with a delightful picture of 2 ladies in a state of some undress behind it, and the other being a full blown picture disc with the same? two ladies getting the shock treatment from a Marshall amp! The covers aside the music came from Kevin Wet (real name Kevin Mullay) out of Portland, Oregon and both EP's were I believe all self financed but it was due to the nature of the packaging these EP's received a fair bit of attention press back then, notably in Kerrang!.

The Songs
So what's the music like I hear you say? Well after getting past the artwork - what is on offer is an ambitious mix of straight ahead US rock and also some more progressive tinged songs, 'Sunday's Girl' being the one with the most progressive elements in it, a great mixture of keys and guitars. Kevin Wet's vocals do in truth take a little getting used to, but generally he deals with the material well. 'Babies Of The Night' which appears on both EP's is probably the stand out track on offer and is a typically sleazy piece of US rock with a rather splendid hammond organ livening up the tune. The production does leave a little something to be desired but considering it was probably done on limited funds, it serves its purpose well. Very much a hard rock curiosity of the day back in a time when I for one would search out the latest album that Kerrang! and Sounds would rave about.

In Summary
Getting hold of one of these EP's today would probably be pretty costly, EBay being the likeliest place to find a copy. At the time of their release I worked at Bullet Records and we did actually get hold of some copies from the US, but I never got round to actually buying one for myself! To hear these 2 EP's look no further than YouTube where you will find Vinyl rips of them both. Definitely worth a listen for the more curious amongst us. There is a Kevin Wet Website and I presume he is still active in the music business in one form or another, it would be nice to get these EP's out on CD one day with, of course the original packaging! [word count 406]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 10 2016 10:02:46
Rude and crude. And that's just the album covers! Shock I think it's his girlfriend on the cover, or covers
#2 | reyno-roxx on January 10 2016 11:28:05
Kevin Wet was a bit of a rich kid from Portland. His girlfriend Michelle appears on the artwork for both records. Julian Raymond and Jaime St James were the rhythm section in fellow Portland act Movie Star at the time, before St James became vocalist and that band morphed into Black N' Blue. Julian Raymond moved to L.A. and cut records with Bang Bang and Dear Mr President before becoming an aandr man with Hollywood Records. Black N Blue drummer Pete Holmes appears on the first EP. Kevin appears to have moved into the rock memorabilia business' although a website created in 2010 remains unfinished.
#3 | sebakozak on January 10 2016 12:10:07
Marvellous stuff! 'I Love To Be Kissed' is a particular favourite... Didn't GB review 'Hard Attack' in Sounds?
#4 | Explorer on January 10 2016 13:03:08
I can only ever remember the Wet feature in the Armed and Ready section of Kerrang!.
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