“Ain’t No Jive – Live” (re-issue) by Bang Tango

Artist: Bang Tango
Title: “Ain’t No Jive – Live” (re-issue)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 3/8/2011
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3/5

As briefly discussed in the articles about the bands first two albums, “Ain’t No Jive – Live” completes the recently re-issued visit by the folks over at Metal Mind Productions who give us the MCA years of the Glam band Bang Tango. This recording was a quick attack of the band in action on the live stage and at only five tunes was a treat for their fans but at the same time a big “so what” from their naysayers. The band that was fronted by Joe LeSte had a couple of cool moments but with the rapid shift in what was happening in Rock & Roll and Metal, did not find the amount of necessary popularity that their diehards were assured was their destiny. The remained an underground entity despite all efforts and soon the band that also featured Mark Knight, Kyle Stevens, Kyle Kyle, and Tigg Ketler would become two separate entities using the same name.

This album is a solid taste of what you might have enjoyed in concert had you gone and features two songs from their debut “Psycho Café” and two from the sophomore effort “Dancin’ On Coals”. There is also a cover of Marc Bolan or T-Rex’s “20th Century Boy” which has since become a staple cover tune for many bands. Maybe not so much back in 1992 when this album was originally released. I will admit to liking the “Someone Like You” tune after a number of listens back in the day, and the same for the bluesy “Midnight Struck” but when it came down to it, Bang Tango was a band that I cared little for as I was into much heavier stuff and bands that I felt were far more important to the scene. This is more for those fans who cannot move on from those tumultuous musical years and a nice way to remember one of its most unsung heroes. The digipak release features some historical liner notes and a six page foldout booklet.

Track Listing:
1. Dancing On Coals
2. 20th Century Boy
3. Someone Like You
4. Midnight Struck
5. Attack Of Life

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