Crack

Crack was the supposed name of an American hard-rock/psych band whose music was released on the album Day of Doom by the Tiger Lily tax scam label in 1976. Members: Andrea Borega (lead vocals, synthesizer, percussion), Darryl Kaye (backing vocals, flute, guitar, bass, harp) Day of Doom was one of more than 50 albums issued […]

Lodestar

Lodestar were an American hard-rock band from Springfield, Ohio, that released an eponymous album on self-press Lodestar Records Limited in 1979. Members: Kenny Aronhalt (lead vocals), Joe Dooley (lead guitar, mandolin), Alex Rossito (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), Vince Craim (bass, guitar), Mark Craim (drums, percussion) Lodestar issued their singular album in 1979 on their namesake […]

Totty

Totty was an American hard-rock/boogie band from Tulsa that released two albums on self-press Our First Record Company between 1977 and 1981. The band centered on the musical partnership of brothers Dennis and Bryon Totty. Members: Dennis Totty (guitar, vocals, piano, synthesizer), Byron Totty (bass, vocals, synthesizer), George Cooper (drums), David Blue (drums), Roger Roden […]

ZZ Top

ZZ Top is an American hard-rock/blues trio from Houston that released five albums on London Records between 1971 and 1976, scoring FM evergreens with “Tush” and “La Grange.” After the frontal pair of guitarist/singer Billy Gibbons and bassist Billy Etheridge grew long, matching beards, the band signed to Warner Bros and released another five albums […]

Ratt

Ratt are an American hard-rock/metal band from San Diego that released a self-titled EP on Music for Nations in 1983, followed by five albums on Atlantic between 1984 and 1990. Members: Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitar, vocals, 1981-91), Joey Cristofanilli (bass, 1981-82), Warren DeMartini (guitar, vocals, 1982-92), Marq Torien (guitar, vocals, 1982), Juan Croucier […]

Legs Diamond

Legs Diamond was an American hard-rock band from San Francisco that released two albums on Mercury in 1977 and 1978, followed by six further studio albums over the subsequent two decades. Members: Michael Prince (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Rick Sanford (lead vocals, percussion, flute, 1975-87), Jeff Poole (drums, percussion, 1975-85), Michael “Diamond” Gargano (bass, 1975-81), Roger […]

Fiona

Fiona Flanagan (born Sept. 13, 1961) is an American hard-rock vocalist from Phillipsburg, N.J. who released three albums on Atlantic between 1985 and 1989, followed by a fourth on Geffen in 1992. Discography: Fiona (1985) Beyond the Pale (1986) Heart Like a Gun (1989) Squeeze (1992)

Dokken

Dokken are an American hard-rock/metal band from Los Angeles that released four albums on Elektra between 1984 and 1988. Members: Don Dokken (vocals, guitar), Mick Brown (drums), Greg Leon (guitar, 1977-78), George Lynch (guitar, 1978-88, 1992-98), Juan Croucier (bass, vocals, 1978-82), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, 1984-99) Discography: Breakin’ the Chains (1981 • […]

Griffin

Griffin were an American metal band from San Francisco that released two albums on the German Steamhammer label between 1984 and 1986. The first of those, Flight of the Griffin , was issued stateside on Shrapnel Records. Members: William Rodrick McKay (vocals), Mike “Yaz” Jastremski (guitar), Rick Cooper (guitar), Thomas “Hawk” Mayberry (bass), Rick Wagner […]

Exodus

Exodus are an American metal band from San Francisco that released the album Bonded by Blood on Torrid/Music for Nations in 1985, followed by two 1987/89 albums on Combat and another pair on Capitol during the early 1990s. Members: Tom Hunting (drums, vocals, 1979-89, 1997-2005, 2007-present), Kirk Hammett (guitar, 1979-83), Tim Agnello (guitar, 1979-80), Keith […]

Marcus

Marcus was an American hard-rock band from Detroit that released a self-titled album on United Artists in 1976. They were the namesake of frontman Marcus Malone. Bassist Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck Bogart & Appice) played bass on two tracks. Members: Marcus Malone (vocals), Gene Bloch (guitar), Randall David (guitar), Jack Weber (guitar), Tim […]

Aviator

This entry is for the mid-’80s American hard-rock band Aviator. For the earlier art-rock supergroup with Jack Lancaster and John G. Perry, click here. Aviator were an American melodic-rock band from New York that released a self-titled album on RCA in 1986. This marked the fourth recorded pairing between guitarist Richie Cerniglia and drummer Michael […]

White Lion

White Lion were an American metal band from NYC that released the album Fight to Survive on Grand Slamm Records in 1985, followed by three albums on Atlantic between 1987 and 1991. Members: Mike Tramp (vocals), Vito Bratta (guitar, 1983-91), Nicki Capozzi (drums, 1983-84), Felix Robinson (bass, 1983-84), Dave Spitz (bass, 1984), James LoMenzo (bass, […]

Wild Dogs

Wild Dogs were an American metal band from Portland, Ore., that released two albums on Shrapnel in 1983/84, followed by Reign of Terror on Enigma in 1987. Members: Matt McCourt (vocals, bass), Mike Varney (guitar), Michael Brown (guitar), Pete Laufmann (drums), Michael Furlong (vocals), Jeff Mark (guitar), Danny Kurth (bass), Rick Bartell (bass), Deen Castronovo […]

Whiplash

Whiplash were an American metal band from Passaic, NJ, that released three albums on Roadracer between 1986 and 1989. Members: Tony Portaro (guitar, vocals), Tony Scaglione (drums, 1983-87, 1996, 1998-99, 2010-11), Mike Orosz (vocals, 1984), Pat Burns (bass, 1984), Rob Harding (bass, 1984), Tony Bono (bass, 1985-93, 1998-99), Joe Cangelosi (drums, 1987-93) Discography: Power and […]

Watchtower

Watchtower were an American metal band from Austin that released the album Energetic Disassembly on self-press Zombo Records in 1985, followed by Control and Resistance on Noise International in 1989. Members: Doug Keyser (bass), Rick Colacula (drums), Billy White (guitar, 1982-86), Travis Allen (vocals, 1982), Jason McMaster (vocals, 1982-88, 1999-2009), Ron Jarzombek (guitar, 1987-present), Mike […]

Warlord

Warlord were an American metal band from San Jose, Calif., that released the 1983 EP Deliver Us and the 1984 album And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun…, both on Metal Blade. Members: Destroyer [William J. Tsamis] (guitar), Thunder Child [Mark Zonder] (drums), Joe Hall (bass, 1980-81), Jerry Alcevia (keyboards, 1981), Damien King I [Jack […]