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“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.
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“Psycho Cafe” (re-issue) by Bang Tango

Artist: Bang Tango
Title: “Psycho Cafe” (re-issue)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 3/8/2011
Genre: Hard Rock/Funk Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

The world of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock was changing dramatically at the time that Bang Tango made their appearance and started to become a mystery sensation on the MTV Network. If you were a fan of the slowly rising Power Metal you hated this stuff because it knocked that genre to the side and even helped put a lot of the now labeled Traditional Metal and Rock bands off to the wayside as a “new order” was planned by the record companies. The interesting thing about Bang Tango was their getting signed to the powerful MCA Records without even so much as a demo but I guess the phrase of “it pays to know people” can be used for that or perhaps the company just felt there was something big in store for the group. Anyways, despite my own reservations about the bands impact they had a decent amount of fans and now thanks to the folks at Metal Mind Productions they can relive the bands earliest glory as they aimed to make a lasting imprint on Rock and Roll history. The label has re-issued the two full lengths and the live EP that were released on MCA in 1989 through 1991. Looking back on the bands major label debut “Psycho Café”, I had to say that depending on what kind of music you were listening to was going to effect your perception of the band. If you loved the likes of Guns ‘N Roses, and perhaps bands from the Glam side like Faster Pussycat or even L.A. Guns in some sense you might enjoy them but if you were following the Power Metal scene, the popularity of this kind of band was only adding nails in the coffin of your genres visibility. As one of those kinds of listeners, I wanted to hear this band in the here and now and was glad to find the re-issue being done as this was a critical time in music history.
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“Crue Believers: A Tribute To Motley Crue” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Crue Believers: A Tribute To Motley Crue”
Label: Deadline Music
Release Date: 10/14/2008
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

In 2008 we had found that the guys in Motley Crue still had what it takes to deliver the goods as the band embarked on their first-ever officially sanctioned “Crue Fest”. The shows were a big time Summer hit and found them sharing the stage with the likes of Buckcherry and Nikki Sixx’s new project Sixx A.M. among others. The bands life and adventures were documented in a best selling book called “The Dirt” and their impact on the Heavy Metal music scene can still be felt even some twenty seven years after they first came into existence. That being said, when one listens to a release like “Crue Believers: A Tribute To Motley Crue”; it’s easy to find many levels of enjoyment since most of the albums contributors are relevant to the genre that they are covering. This largely tasty listen begins with Pretty Boy Floyd who do “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and these guys had already covered the Crue with “On With The Show” on their own debut release many years before so it was nice to see them on this recording. I felt other winners came in the versions of “Piece Of Your Action” and “Red Hot” by a bunch of mixed players from different bands and it was interesting to observe at just how good the oldest Crue stuff came off as covers as opposed to their later stuff. We get four songs apiece from the albums “Too Fast For Love” and “Shout At The Devil” and while many of them are done with excellence I have to say that the rendition that London delivers of the bands second album title track is simply dreadful. While we are on this end of the discussion, another tune that managed to ruin my enjoyment of this one was Leif Garrett’s take on the ballad “Home Sweet Home”. I don’t know who the brain surgeon was that said “get me Leif Garrett for this one”, but it will surely be one that you click past after only a few moments. He might be made for dancing, but certainly not Crue covers. Next time let’s try to stick to the rockers who make more sense in being here. With the bands new release only a few months old I admit that I was surprised to hear Jetboy doing one of that albums pieces here. The new Crue release has still not won everyone over including me, so I felt that the talented group would have been better served by doing something older as opposed to newer.
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