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Cry Wolf - West Wind Blows

Cry Wolf – West Wind Blows

Cry Wolf - West Wind Blows

‘West Wind Blows’ was a massive hit in Japan. It is the opening track of the CD titled ‘Cry Wolf’ which was released only in Japan in 1989

Originally named Heroes, Cry Wolf was formed in the San Francisco East Bay Area with Tim Hall (vocals), Steve McKnight (guitar), Phil Deckard (bass), John Freixas (drums) and JC Crampton (Keyboards) in the mid-1980s.

In 1986, the band moved to Los Angeles and started working the Hollywood club circuit, soon thereafter recruiting Hall’s friend Paul Cancilla on drums. Soon after, keyboardist JC Crampton left the band, and they were forced to change the band’s name. A contest was held in the local BAM Magazine, with the person(s) coming up with the winning name winning Mötley Crüe/Whitesnake concert tickets. The name “Cry Wolf” was chosen out of hundreds of entries.

Looking to set themselves apart from the thousands of other bands flooding into Los Angeles in the late ‘80s, the band gave away their four-song demo to anyone willing to sign their mailing list. Soon, however, the demo was garnering international attention. Kelv Hellrazer (“Metal Forces” magazine) described the four song demo the best he’d ever heard, and further stated “I know it’s all been said before but I kid you not. Cry Wolf almost defy description. The legend begins here!”. Billboard magazine even recognized Cry Wolf as “One of the top five unsigned bands in the world” (The only other American band being the then unknown Pantera).

The success of the demo, along with their growing reputation as one of most energetic and powerful live bands playing in Los Angeles, Cry Wolf was given the unprecedented invitation to tour Japan in February 1989 as an “unsigned” band (releasing their original demo as a limited-edition “Red Vinyl” EP via Monster Records). This was short-lived, however, as the band was promptly offered a recording contract from Epic/Sony on the night of their first show of their tour, which by then had completely sold out.

In September 1989, the band returned to Japan for a month-long sold-out tour to support their critically acclaimed self-titled debut on Epic/Sony, which featured the Beatles song “I Am The Walrus” and the immensely popular “West Wind Blows”, a hit video on MTV Japan.

Source: wikipedia


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Shark Island - Paris Calling

Shark Island – Paris Calling

Shark Island - Paris Calling

Shark Island had been known in Los Angeles nightclubs for having a raw, rough and hard-edged sound while being melodic and having memorable and catchy songs as well. Much like Van Halen’s first album, it was believed that Shark Island’s first album would be like experiencing them live to what they would be like seeing them in concert.

The album and no promotion from Epic Records and the band vanished from the scene with most of its members joining other projects. Law of the Order was re-issued in 2004 by French independent label, Bad Reputation, as a double CD. That included bonus tracks culled from the July 14, 1989 Bastille Day – Alive At The Whiskey EP, “Father Time” and “Dangerous” from the 1989 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure OST, “My City” from the 1991 Point Break OST, and LOTO era live cuts, “Spellbound’ and “Sanctuary”.


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TORA TORA - Walkin

Tora Tora – Walkin’ Shoes

TORA TORA - Walkin' Shoes

Tora Tora formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1985. ‘Walkin’ Shoes’ is from their debut studio album “Surprise Attack” which was released in 1989 by A&M. This album peaked on Billboard’s Top 200 at #47


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Noize Toys - Hot & Wet

Noize Toys – Hot & Wet

Noize Toys - Hot & Wet

Simply a fantastic sleazy Glam/Hair Metal band! So underestimated too! Grab their album if you can find it!


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Flame - Don

Flame – Don’t Look Down

Flame - Don't Look Down

Rare footage of Flame performing ‘Don’t Look Down’ at The Stone in San Francisco, October 14, 1989.

This song can be found on their 1992 self-titled album.

Phillip Andrew – lead vocals, guitar
Billy Harvey – lead guitar, vocals
Steve Smith – bass, vocals
Dennis Bostok – drums


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Saraya - Love Has Taken It

Saraya – Love Has Taken It’s Toll (Official Video)

Saraya - Love Has Taken It's Toll

Active between 1987–1992 in New Jersey this is their most popular song. The song is featured on the 1989 self-titled album released by PolyGram. The album spend 39 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 79. “Love Has Taken Its Toll” reached No. 64 on the Billboard Top 100 singles chart, on the Week of Aug 12th, 1989


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Kingdom Come - Do You like It

Kingdom Come – Do You Like It (Official Video)

Kingdom Come - Do You like It

Fantastic video for a great track! This was the opener for Kingdom Come’s second album “In Your Face” released in 1989.


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XYZ – What Keeps Me Loving You

Video from the self-titled debut album of Hollywood-based band XYZ on Enigma Records. The album produced by Don Dokken and charted at No. 99 on the Billboard 200 This video was first aired in 1989 on MTV.


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TORINO - ROCK IT ~ 1989 WKFM LP 123 (Vinyl Excellent ++) 10 TRACK, Hair Metal

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