L.A. Guns (album)

Last updated
L.A. Guns
Lagunsselftitled.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 4, 1988 (1988-01-04)
RecordedJune – August 1987
Studio The Village Recorder
(West Los Angeles, California)
Genre Glam metal [1]
Length36:36
Label Vertigo
Producer Jim Faraci
L.A. Guns chronology
Collector's Edition No. 1
(1985)
L.A. Guns
(1988)
Cocked & Loaded
(1989)
Singles from L.A. Guns
  1. "One More Reason"
    Released: January 1988 (1988-01)
  2. "Sex Action"
    Released: March 1988 (1988-03)
  3. "Electric Gypsy"
    Released: August 1988 (1988-08)

L.A. Guns is the self-titled debut studio album by American rock band L.A. Guns. Recorded at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles, it was produced by Jim Faraci and released on January 4, 1988 by Vertigo Records. The album is the only L.A. Guns release to feature drummer Nickey "Beat" Alexander, who was replaced by Steve Riley before it was released. "One More Reason", "Sex Action" and "Electric Gypsy" were released as the three singles from the album.

Contents

Material for the debut L.A. Guns release was drawn from the band's formative years. Songwriting credits were listed for all five band members, as well as former lead vocalist Paul Black. The album also includes cover versions of two songs by members' former projects. Early demo recordings of several songs were included on Hollywood Raw: The Original Sessions , while the reunited classic lineup of the band re-recorded a number of tracks for Greatest Hits and Black Beauties .

L.A. Guns was a minor domestic commercial success. The album spent 33 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart, peaking at number 50 in April 1988. It was also certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1993, certifying sales in excess of 500,000 units. Media response to L.A. Guns was generally positive. Critics highlighted the album as a standout of the 1980s "hair metal" scene, praising the balance of commercial compositions and heavier tracks.

Background

L.A. Guns signed a recording contract with major label PolyGram in 1987, and changed its lineup significantly at the same time. Lead vocalist Paul Black was replaced with former Girl and Tormé frontman Phil Lewis, former Faster Pussycat member Kelly Nickels joined on bass, and previous bassist Mick Cripps moved over to rhythm guitar to replace Robert Stoddard. [2] The band commenced recording for its self-titled debut album in June. Recalling the process, Lewis reported that "We got the whole thing done in six weeks", adding that "we like that Sex Pistols type of edge and energy, so we decided to get in and out of the studio as quickly as possible." [3] Sessions took place at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles with producer Jim Faraci, who had most recently worked with glam metal bands Poison, Lizzy Borden and Ratt. [4]

Prior to its release, 1,500 advance copies of L.A. Guns were sent to rock clubs, music retailers and radio stations. PolyGram's Steve Kleinberg commented at the time that "We wanted to create a ground swell, and it seems to be working. Our preorders on the album are more than 65,000, and a number of major retailers have yet to place their orders." [3] "One More Reason", "Sex Action" and "Electric Gypsy" were released as singles, all with music videos directed by Ralph Ziman. [5] [6] [7] Videos were also produced for "One Way Ticket" and "Cry No More" by Phillip Detchmendy, [8] and for "Bitch Is Back", "No Mercy" and "Nothing to Lose" by Ziman and Katy Lynne. [9] The album was promoted on a three-month United States concert tour starting on January 15, 1988, [3] including dates supporting Ted Nugent and AC/DC. [10] [11]

All five members of the band are credited for songwriting on L.A. Guns. The majority of songs were written by lead guitarist Tracii Guns with Lewis, while some feature co-writing credits for former vocalist Black. [12] The album also features cover versions of Lewis's former band Girl's "Hollywood Tease", [13] and Nickels's former band Sweet Pain's "Shoot for Thrills". [14] L.A. Guns is the only studio album by the band to feature drummer Nickey "Beat" Alexander, who was replaced by Steve Riley before it was released. [15] In 1999, the reunited "classic lineup" of the band recorded new versions of several songs for Greatest Hits and Black Beauties . [16] "Sex Action" was also later included on the 2002 release Ultimate L.A. Guns , alongside a range of other previously released re-recordings and live tracks. [17] Early demo recordings of several tracks were included on the album Hollywood Raw: The Original Sessions . [18]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [12]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10 [19]

Upon its release, L.A. Guns debuted at number 138 on the US Billboard 200. [20] It spent a total of 33 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 50 in April. [21] In 1993, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for domestic sales in excess of 500,000 certified units. [22] Outside of the US, the album reached number 88 on the RPM Canadian Albums Chart, [23] number 67 on the Japanese Albums Chart, [24] and number 73 on the UK Albums Chart. [25]

Media response to L.A. Guns was generally positive. Billboard magazine noted that the album "evinces a hard but often pop-conscious sound", predicting that L.A. Guns would prove popular with fans of groups like Bon Jovi. The review added that the songwriting on the album was "unspectacular", but concluded that "energy's there, and that counts in this genre". [26] Cash Box magazine outlined that the band was "creating quite a stir at both radio and retail", suggesting that L.A. Guns would "push [the] band into the forefront of the national rock scene". [27] Hit Parader called it "a nasty, naughty, noxious notion of what an L.A. band is all about". [28] In a retrospective review of the album, AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia described L.A. Guns as "a wildly over-the-top rock and roll album", praising it for "rock[ing] with a bile and fury not seen since Mötley Crüe's Shout at the Devil ". [12] Rivadavia also highlighted the balance between "Shit-kicking anthems" such as "No Mercy," "Sex Action" and "Bitch Is Back", and "more commercial but equally hot offerings" such as "Electric Gypsy" and "Down in the City". [12] Canadian jouranlist Martin Popoff described L.A. Guns as "a street version of Kiss or a glossy version of the Crüe", and their music as "plausible, no frills California metal". [19]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No Mercy"2:45
2."Sex Action"
3:38
3."One More Reason"
  • Guns
  • Lewis
  • Black
3:05
4."Electric Gypsy"
  • Guns
  • Lewis
3:24
5."Nothing to Lose"
  • Cripps
  • Lewis
  • Robert Stoddard
  • Black
4:12
6."Bitch Is Back"
  • Guns
  • Cripps
  • Lewis
  • Black
2:50
7."Cry No More"Guns1:20
8."One Way Ticket"
  • Guns
  • Black
4:17
9."Hollywood Tease" (originally recorded by Girl)2:43
10."Shoot for Thrills" (originally recorded by Sweet Pain) Kelly Nickels 4:24
11."Down in the City"
  • Nickels
  • Guns
3:58
Total length:36:36
Japanese reissue bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Winters Fool"
3:38
Total length:40:14

Personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1988)Peak
position
Canadian Albums ( RPM ) [23] 88
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [24] 67
UK Albums (OCC) [25] 73
US Billboard 200 [21] 50

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units
United States (RIAA) [22] Gold500,000

Related Research Articles

Trapeze were an English rock band from Cannock, Staffordshire. Formed in 1969, the band originally featured former The Montanas members John Jones and Terry Rowley (keyboards), and former Finders Keepers members Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley and Dave Holland (drums). Jones and Rowley left the band following the release of their self-titled debut album in 1970, with the lineup of Hughes, Galley and Holland continuing as a trio. After the release of Medusa later in 1970 and You Are the Music... We're Just the Band in 1972, Hughes left Trapeze in 1973 to join Deep Purple.

Call Me (Blondie song) 1980 single by Blondie

"Call Me" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie and the theme to the 1980 film American Gigolo. Produced and composed by Italian musician Giorgio Moroder, with lyrics by Blondie singer Debbie Harry, the song appeared in the film and was released in the United States in early 1980 as a single. "Call Me" was No. 1 for six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it became the band's biggest single and second No. 1. It also hit No. 1 in the UK and Canada, where it became their fourth and second chart-topper, respectively. In the year-end chart of 1980, it was Billboard's No. 1 single and RPM magazine's No. 3 in Canada.

<i>Cocked & Loaded</i> 1989 studio album by L.A. Guns

Cocked & Loaded is the second studio album by American rock band L.A. Guns. Recorded at Hollywood studios One on One, Music Grinder and Conway Recording, it was produced by Duane Baron, John Purdell and Tom Werman, and released on August 22, 1989 by Vertigo Records. The album is the first to feature drummer Steve Riley. "Rip and Tear", "Never Enough", "The Ballad of Jayne", "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Malaria" were released as the album's singles.

Special (song) 1998 single by Garbage

"Special" is song by American rock band Garbage from their second studio album, Version 2.0 (1998). It was released as the album's third single. The track contains a vocal interpolation of a lyric taken from "Talk of the Town" by the Pretenders.

You Give Good Love 1985 single by Whitney Houston

"You Give Good Love" is a song by American recording artist Whitney Houston from her eponymous debut album in 1985. It was written by La Forrest 'La La' Cope and produced by Kashif. When La La sent Kashif a copy of the song, originally offered to Roberta Flack, he thought it would be a better fit for Houston and told Arista he would be interested in recording with her.

Aint It Funny (Murder Remix) 2002 single by Jennifer Lopez

"Ain't It Funny " is a song recorded by American singer Jennifer Lopez for her remix album J to tha L–O! The Remixes (2002). The song was marketed as a remix of "Ain't It Funny", but is actually an entirely different song with the same title. It features guest vocals from Ja Rule and Caddillac Tah. It was written by Lopez, Atkins, Tah, Cory Rooney, Irving Lorenzo, and Ashanti. Over a reworking of the beat to Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear", Lopez sings about "dropping a boyfriend who keeps messing up".

<i>Crossroads</i> (Eric Clapton album) 1988 box set by Eric Clapton

Crossroads is a 1988 music collection box set of the work of Eric Clapton released by Polydor Records. The set includes his work with the Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, as well as his solo career.

Cliff Richard discography Artist discography

Sir Cliff Richard is a British singer and actor who made his professional debut in August 1958. His discography consists of 47 studio albums, seven soundtrack albums, 11 live albums, three stage show cast albums, 17 mainstream compilation albums, seven box sets, eight gospel compilation albums, 46 EPs and 146 singles. It also includes numerous budget/mid-price compilation albums, repackaged albums and one remix album. These figures are based on Richard's releases in his native UK plus a small number of new music releases for specific markets such as France, West Germany, Japan, and the United States. There have been many additional compilation albums and singles released outside the UK that are too numerous to include; however, some of the more successful or notable singles released outside the UK have been included in the Singles section.

Change the World 1997 single by Eric Clapton

"Change the World" is a song written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick, the best-known version of which was recorded by English singer Eric Clapton for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Phenomenon. The track was produced by R&B record producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

Walkin on the Sun Song by Smash Mouth

"Walkin' on the Sun" is the debut single by American rock band Smash Mouth, from the album Fush Yu Mang. Released in July 1997, it was Smash Mouth's first major single, reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. It was also a success abroad, peaking at No. 3 in Canada and Iceland, No. 5 in Italy and Spain, and No. 7 in Australia, where it is certified Platinum for shipments exceeding 70,000.

Guns N Roses discography band discography

The discography of Guns N' Roses, an American hard rock band, consists of six studio albums, one live album, two compilation albums, three extended plays (EPs), 20 singles, nine video albums and 23 music videos. Guns N' Roses was formed in Los Angeles, California with an original recording lineup of lead vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. After self-releasing the EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide in December 1986, the band signed with Geffen Records and released its debut studio album Appetite for Destruction the following July. It topped the US Billboard 200 and went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, with reported sales over 30 million units worldwide, 18 million of which are in the US. Three singles – "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Paradise City" – reached the US Billboard Hot 100 top ten, with "Sweet Child o' Mine" topping the chart.

Domino Dancing 1988 single by Pet Shop Boys

"Domino Dancing" is a song by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released as the lead single from their third studio album, Introspective (1988). It reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart and topped the charts in Finland, Poland and Spain.

Nickelback discography band discography

The discography of Nickelback, a Canadian rock band, consists of nine studio albums, two compilation albums, one extended play (EP), 44 singles, five video albums and 32 music videos. Formed in Hanna, Alberta in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Brandon Kroeger, the band issued its debut album Curb in 1996 through non-profit organization FACTOR, followed by a self-released follow-up The State in 1998. That year, Ryan Vikedal took over on drums after a brief tenure for Mitch Guindon. In late 1999 the group signed with Roadrunner Records, who issued The State internationally early the next year. The album reached number 130 on the US Billboard 200. Four singles were issued from The State, with the first three all registering on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

Leader of Men 2000 single by Nickelback

"Leader of Men" is a song by Canadian rock band Nickelback. Written by band members Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake, it was featured on the band's second studio album The State in 1998. Upon the album's reissue after the band signed with Roadrunner Records, "Leader of Men" was released as the first single from The State on March 4, 2000, reaching number 11 on the Canadian Top Rock Songs, number 8 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and number 21 on the Alternative Songs chart.

Here We Go Again (Ray Charles song) 1967 song by Ray Charles

"Here We Go Again" is a country music standard written by Don Lanier and Red Steagall that first became notable as a rhythm and blues single by Ray Charles from his 1967 album Ray Charles Invites You to Listen. It was record producer by Joe Adams for ABC Records/Tangerine Records. To date, this version of the song has been the biggest commercial success, spending twelve consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 15.

Whitney Houston videography

The videography of American pop/R&B recording artist Whitney Houston consists of fifty-five music videos, four music video compilations, a concert tour video and three music video singles. In 1983, Houston signed a recording contract with Arista Records and two years later released her eponymous debut album. Houston's first music video was for the single "You Give Good Love", which was selected to establish her in the black marketplace first. Houston then released the video of her worldwide hit "Saving All My Love for You". The following video, for the song "How Will I Know", helped introduce the singer to a wider audience when it became one of the first videos by a black female singer to earn heavy rotation on MTV, and it won MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video at its 3rd ceremony of 1986. "Greatest Love of All", the final single released from Houston's debut album, helped cement the M.O. for the classic Whitney video. In June 1986, Houston released her first video compilation The No. 1 Video Hits, containing her four music videos off the Whitney Houston album. It reached number-one on the Billboard Top Music Videocassettes chart and stayed there for 22 weeks, which remains the all-time record for a video collection by a female artist, it was also certified Platinum for shipments of 100,000 units by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on July 15, 1986. In 1987, Houston released the music video for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody ", the first single from her second album Whitney (1987), which depicts Houston in one of her iconic looks, the clip―towering curly wig, colorful dangly earrings and a series of going-to-the-club outfits. In 1988, the music video for the song "One Moment in Time", the title track off the 1988 Summer Olympics Album: One Moment in Time, was released.

Physical Tour

The Physical Tour was the fifth concert tour by Australian recording artist Olivia Newton-John, in support of her 12th studio album, Physical (1981). The tour primarily visited North America the second largest by Newton-John, visiting arenas and stadiums.

L.A. Guns discography

The discography of L.A. Guns, an American hard rock band, consists of fourteen studio releases, nine live albums, 13 compilation albums, four extended plays, 27 singles, six video albums and 25 music videos. After some early lineup changes, the group – consisting of vocalist Phil Lewis, lead guitarist Tracii Guns, rhythm guitarist Mick Cripps, bassist Kelly Nickels and drummer Nickey Alexander – signed with PolyGram and released its self-titled debut album in 1988. It reached number 50 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Alexander was replaced by Steve Riley, and the 1989 follow-up Cocked & Loaded reached number 38 on the Billboard 200. The single "The Ballad of Jayne" gave L.A. Guns its debut on the Hot 100, reaching number 33.

Eric Clapton videography

The videography of Eric Clapton consists of 20 video albums and concert films as well as 17 music videos. His commercially most successful video releases are the DVDs of his Crossroads Guitar Festival series. His 2007 release sold over two million DVD and Blu-rays to date, making it one of the best-selling music video DVDs ever to be released. The 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD was certified 10-times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Clapton's video releases are popular all over the world, especially in North and South Armerica, Europe and Oceania. Clapton's small number of music videos are similarly successful. Every music video Clapton has released, has been shown more than 30 weeks in succession on MTV, VH1, MuchMusic, MTV2 and Fuse TV – rarely has any other artist been broadcast that often on a music TV channel throughout their whole career.

Ghetto Day/What I Need 1994 single by Crystal Waters

"Ghetto Day"/"What I Need" is the second single from American singer-songwriter Crystal Waters' second studio album, Storyteller (1994). It was produced by The Basement Boys and released in June 1994 by Mercury Records, A&M Records and A&M's division AM PM. Waters and Sean Spencer wrote "Ghetto Day", which is a funk song that contains samples from The 5th Dimension's song "Stoned Soul Picnic" and Flavor Unit's "Flavor Unit Assassination Squad". According to Spin, the track's lyrics talk about "those balmy, front-stoop, 40-swinging summer afternoons." The single's second A-side, "What I Need", is a house track written by Waters, Doug Smith and Richard Payton.

References

  1. "METAL RULES". web.archive.org. 2017-11-26. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  2. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "L.A. Guns: Biography & History". AllMusic . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 "Artist Developments: Great Guns" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 3. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. January 16, 1988. p. 20. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.[ dead link ]
  4. "Jim (H. M.) Faraci: Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. "Video Music: New Videoclips" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 7. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. February 13, 1988. p. 42. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  6. "Video Music: New Videoclips" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 9. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. February 27, 1988. p. 60. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  7. "Music Video: New Videoclips" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 33. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. August 13, 1988. p. 46. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  8. "Music Video: Video Track: Los Angeles" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 51. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. December 17, 1988. p. 46. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. One More Reason (Media notes). L.A. Guns. PolyGram Music Video. 1989.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  10. "Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 19. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. May 7, 1988. p. 28. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. "Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 21. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. May 21, 1988. p. 34. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  12. 1 2 3 4 Rivadavia, Eduardo. "L.A. Guns - L.A. Guns: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  13. Wall, Mick (November 11, 2010). Metallica: Enter Night: The Biography. London, England: Hachette UK. p. 39. ISBN   978-1409112976 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  14. Sleazegrinder (April 13, 2015). "Flash Metal Suicide: Sweet Pain". Classic Rock . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  15. Schmitt, Greg (January 2008). "Interview with Steve Riley, Drummer (LA Guns, Ex-WASP)". Rock Eyez. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  16. Huey, Steve. "Greatest Hits & Black Beauties - L.A. Guns: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  17. Loftus, Johnny. "Ultimate L.A. Guns - L.A. Guns: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  18. Theakston, Rob. "Hollywood Raw: The Original Sessions - L.A. Guns: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  19. 1 2 Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 193. ISBN   978-1894959315.
  20. "Top 200 Albums: The Week of February 6, 1988". Billboard . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  21. 1 2 "L.A. Guns L.A. Guns Chart History". Billboard . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  22. 1 2 "Gold & Platinum Search "L.A. Guns"". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  23. 1 2 "RPM100 Albums". RPM . Vol. 51 no. 1. November 4, 1989. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  24. 1 2 "L.A. ガンズのアルバム売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  25. 1 2 "L.A. Guns Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  26. "Album Reviews: Pop Picks: L.A. Guns" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 6. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. February 6, 1988. p. 68. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  27. "Album Releases: Feature Picks: L.A. Guns – L.A. Guns" (PDF). Cash Box . Vol. 51 no. 31. New York City: Cash Box Publishing Co., Inc. February 6, 1988. p. 11. ISSN   0008-7289 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  28. "Make Your Day... with L.A. Guns" (PDF). Billboard . Vol. 100 no. 4. New York City: Billboard Publications, Inc. January 23, 1988. p. 1. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved January 24, 2019.