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Bang Gang - 1990 Love Sells



ARTIST: Bang Gang
ALBUM: Love Sells
LABEL: Sinclair Records
SERIAL: SCD1008
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jet Silver - vocals * Kjartan Kristoffersen - guitars * Scott Stevens - guitars * Scott Earl - bass * Achon Inc - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pedal To The Metal * 02 20th Century Boy * 03 The Neon Fairytale * 04 Young & The Restless * 05 You Make The Beat Go On * 06 Be A Model * 07 Dangerous * 08 Thrill After Thrill * 09 B.M.G.


Background
These guys were on time, in the zone, and settled in the glam metal camp as if born to it. Bang Gang were camped in the same territory as other exponents of the era, such as Pretty Boy Floyd, Bang Tango, Poison and Faster Pussycat, just to name a few. The two most familiar blokes in this band are Kjartan Kristoffersen and Scott Earl, previously with Seattle rockers T.K.O. I don't know much about the rest of the members, we'll leave it at that for the moment.


The Songs
There's no doubt that Bang Gang have landed in the same alley-way as some of their rivals, though the level of attire and make up probably is right up there with Poison. Thankfully the music is melodic, with good guitar work and loads of vocal chants. 'Pedal To The Metal' has more cow-bell (or is that wood-block?) than a Blue Oyster Cult tune. The lead solo from Kristoffersen ensures this sits right in the zone. '20th Century Boy' is an admirable cover of a T-Rex track. Scott Earl's powerful bass playing is a feature here. 'The Neon Fairytale' is a bit different, with maybe a touch of Enuff ZNuff in the mix. I'm thinking maybe the chorus from 'Fly High Michelle' is kinda similar.

Shifting gears is the racy 'Young And The Restless', and is fuelled by some pulsing bass lines. Definitely like this edgy tune. The big vocal chants come out of the wood work for 'You Make The Beat Go On'. Following soon after, 'Be A Model' is a standard rocker, and was that a saxophone solo I heard at the 1min 50 mark? 'Dangerous' is about as typical as you can get for a glam/sleaze track, same could be said for 'Thrill After Thrill', while the acoustic ballad 'B.M.G' (which means Be My Girl) sort of let the side down as an album closer.


In Summary
The album was released by N.Y label Sinclair Records, who in turn, were an imprint of Mechanic Records, both managed by record exec Scott Sinclair. As can be expected, the album didn't set the stage on fire due to its small market reach, though it did get coverage back in the day purely because of the glam/sleaze scene which this band was a part of. The band did release a second album nearly a decade later called 'Vanity Kills', which was in fact, a whole bunch of Scott Earl demos recorded back in 1991 which the label Fastlane Records put out, probably ill-advisedly. If you wanna check out one of the better glam bands from the era, then Bang Gang should be on your list.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 27 2017 08:14:28
It's a hilarious task to try and find rock videos for a band wth the name Bang Gang. You can guess why right?
#2 | spawn71 on February 27 2017 18:51:12
Totally agree with the review, this is a MUST for glam rock lovers! The opening 'Pedal To The Metal', despite the cheesy title, is a blast still today and the other songs (T-Rex cover included) are at the same level, more or less. They deserved a lot more, but they weren't the only ones with an adverse fate, back in the days.
#3 | reyno-roxx on February 27 2017 19:13:13
These guys should've been huge. They missed the boat by a couple of years. Scott and Kjartan had also been members of Culprit in the early 80s. They wore that drastic plastic look even to get interviewed in the blazing heat in the front of an English themed pub on Sunset. Troopers one and all.
 
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