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Vain - 1989 No Respect

ALBUM: No Respect
LABEL: Island
SERIAL: 7912722
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Davy Vain - lead vocals * Jamie Scott - guitar * Danny West - guitar * Ashley Mitchell - bass * Louie Senor - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Secrets * 02 Beat The Bullet * 03 Who's Watching You * 04 1000 Degrees * 05 Aces * 06 Smoke And Shadows * 07 No Respect * 08 Laws Against Love * 09 Down For The Third Time *10 Icy * 11 Without You * 12 Ready


I've been back-loading a bunch of articles from the 1988 to 1992 era of late, and to that I add the debut Vain album 'No Respect' from 1989. Davy Vain had been around for years, and continues to release albums right up to this day (it's 2017 as I write this). We did write an article about Davy's 2000 solo album 'In From Out Of Nowhere', plus we did an interview too, but the real deal of his career started off with this album. Vain's career started out as a production engineer, having done some work around San Francisco. By 1986, Davy had put a band together, and was touting for a deal, eventually going with Island Records in 1988. The hype was getting out there, with attention provided by Kerrang!, BAM and others.

The Songs
Operating in the same territory as Poison, Skid Row, Motley Crue and other lipstick oriented rockers from the era, 'No Respect' did indeed earn some respect from around the scene, even if the album only climbed as high as #154 on The Billboard Top 200 Album Charts. Kicking off with 'Secrets', it's a high-octane start from the Vain team. The vocals are delivered in true glam metal style, with lots of lead guitar flurries. These guys have all the aces covered, and with a track like 'Beat The Bullet', this is the stuff that turned Kelv Hellrazer's insides into jelly. 'Who's Watching You' is contagious stuff, the fluid guitar solos coupled with the shout-out choruses makes this one a winner. '1000 Degrees' continues the Vain formula, and by now you realise why this album has been considered a glam metal classic from all those years ago. 'Aces' sees Davy and the boys exhibit a tough attitude, 'bad motherfuckers and all'.. lol 'Smoke And Shadows' takes on a slower tempo, complete with dark imagery and intensity.

Moving into the back-half of the LP, the title track 'No Respect' rummages around the intro before blasting off into hyperspace. This one is very riff-happy, like mid 80's Motley Crue. 'Laws Against Love' is Vain's anthem on the album, with big shout-out choruses to boot. On 'Down For Third Time', it sounds like they've nicked a few lyrical ideas from British melodic rockers Tobruk, even though that's not quite true. I do like the intensity given to 'Icy', which might be a lyrical coincidence, so the Skid Row like heatsink might be an attempt at keeping warm. The album's only ballad is 'Without You', is a big booming affair which sounds rather awesome, coming across like Great White in their prime. Finishing up with 'Ready', this one is quite a rebel-rouser, a great live number I bet.

In Summary
As mentioned, 'No Respect' is considered to be a glam metal/sleaze classic, and to add to their reputation, Vain went on tour with Skid Row to Europe, and did good things there. I'm not quite sure how this band slipped through the cracks of Island Records, but their 1991 follow-up 'All Those Strangers' got zero support, as the label went through management changes which meant Vain got caught in the downward rush of acts spiralling down the drainpipe. That's a shame, but don't let this album pass you by, it's a goodie!

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#1 | gdazegod on May 23 2017 04:22:39
Vain - 1989 Beat The Bullet
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#2 | gdazegod on May 23 2017 04:23:41
Vain - 1989 Who's Watching You
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#3 | reyno-roxx on May 28 2017 10:33:09
Great band. Great album. Vain were first covered in Metal Forces within the Demo-Lition pages. It wasn't long after that they got the Island deal.
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