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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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“Deuce” by Beautiful Creatures

Artist: Beautiful Creatures
Title: “Deuce”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 8/23/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

The Beautiful Creatures know the successful formula for kick ass Rock & Roll primarily because lead singer Joe LeSte originally hails from Bang Tango; a band that was rocking heavy in the years before the Seattle Sound spun things around and Metal still was everyone’s mind. “Deuce” is their second album and the first for Spitfire Records and while it comes four years after the bands debut it is loaded with solid Rock and Roll hooks that make it something that was worth waiting for. There is a lot of killer music on the release and one thing that struck me very quickly when I listened to this CD was some of the similarities that it brought to mind. With “Freedom” they reminded me of Ian Astbury & The Cult, and since “Sonic Temple” was a favorite CD of mine, I truly enjoyed the song that much more. There are flavors that you would remember from bands such as Guns ‘N Roses and LA Guns and pretty much any band that was dead on serious about the Rock they hit you with. That does not mean that BC is some clone band of these references but just something that if that was what appealed to you then this is something you should also be looking for right away.
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