|Born||September 28, 1962|
|Genres||rock & roll, hard rock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||The Brutalists|
Michael Thomas Cripps (born September 28, 1962) is an Australian musician. His current musical project is The Brutalists, previous bands include L.A. Guns, Burning Retna, and several other groups.
Paul Black and Cripps formed Faster Pussycat (named after the movie Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and later the name of a separate band), in 1985.The group's lineup included Tracii Guns and Nickey Alexander. Shortly afterwards, the band (now with Rob Stoddard in the band too) reformed L.A. Guns.
With L.A. Guns, he was a part of the band's "classic" lineup (Phil Lewis, Guns, Kelly Nickels, Cripps and Steve Riley) and played guitar and keyboards, as well as songwriting duties.He performed and wrote on the albums L.A. Guns , Cocked & Loaded , Hollywood Vampires , Vicious Circle , and Man in the Moon . Cripps left the group in 1995, rejoining in 1999 for a reunion of the "classic" lineup, although his time in the band was shortlived, leaving by 2001.
He was invited to participate in the recording of the band's 2012 album Hollywood Forever , but declined to participate.
Burning Retna was an experimental band created by Cripps in 1993. The original lineup included Cripps, vocalist Chris Bradshaw, and drummer Nickey Alexander. Other members of the bands throughout the project included drummer Charlie Clouser, bassist Sean Beavan, and Kelly Nickels. The band did not release any material during its tenure, but a compilation album, "The Frozen Lies", was released in 2006.
Cripps formed The Brutalists in 2017 alongside vocalist Nigel Mogg (formerly of The Quireboys), guitarist/vocalist Kent Holmes, bassist Robert Cripps and drummer Charlie Nice. They signed to Cleopatra Records in early 2018 and are working on their debut album.On May 11, 2018, the band announced their debut album will be released in August. It was released on August 31
When he was a young musician, he worked at Let It Rock, a boutique in LA.Cripps's son Ian works for Warner Music Group and was close friends with Anton Yelchin.
Cripps splits his time between London, England, San Francisco, California, and Los Angeles.
Faster Pussycat is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985 by vocalist Taime Downe, guitarists Brent Muscat and Greg Steele and bassist Kelly Nickels. The group has since gone through numerous lineup changes leaving Downe as the only constant member. They broke up in 1993, but reformed in 2001. Faster Pussycat has released four studio albums to date: Faster Pussycat (1987), Wake Me When It's Over (1989), Whipped! (1992) and The Power and the Glory Hole (2006). They were one of the most successful hard rock bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s, having sold over two million records worldwide.
L.A. Guns are an American glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. The lineup currently consists of Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis, Ace Von Johnson, Johnny Martin and Scot Coogan (drums). The first incarnation of the group was formed by Tracii Guns and Rob Gardner in 1983 and merged with fellow Los Angeles group, Hollywood Rose, to form Guns N' Roses in March 1985. After only a brief tenure in that band, Guns reformed L.A. Guns with a new lineup, consisting of Paul Black, Mick Cripps, Robert Stoddard, and Nickey Alexander. Black would soon be replaced by former Girl singer Phil Lewis while former Faster Pussycat bassist Kelly Nickels was added to the group. Later, Alexander would be replaced by former W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley with this being known as the "classic lineup" of L.A. Guns. They achieved moderate chart success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, the group went through numerous lineup changes and failed to regain mainstream attention.
Tracy Richard Irving Ulrich, known professionally as Tracii Guns, is an American musician best known as the co-founder of glam metal group L.A. Guns, as well as the supergroups Brides of Destruction and Contraband. He was also a founding member of Guns N' Roses, but left shortly afterwards and was replaced by guitarist Slash.
Nickey Alexander is an American drummer.
Ole Beich was a Danish musician best known as the bass guitarist for the original lineups of L.A. Guns and Guns N' Roses.
Steve Riley is an American rock and glam metal drummer, best known being the drummer of L.A. Guns and W.A.S.P..
Paul Mars Black is an American singer and drummer. He is most notable for his time as lead vocalist in L.A. Guns, with whom he wrote most of their self-titled debut album.
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.
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.
Brent Muscat is an American musician best known as the lead guitarist of glam metal band Faster Pussycat.
Hollywood Vampires is the third studio album by the American glam metal band L.A. Guns, released in 1991. While no track from the album topped the charts, Hollywood Vampires presents various shades of the band and is representative of the late 1980s/early 1990s heavy metal scene, with riff-laden songs and big choruses on every song. The meticulous production gives the album a sound typical of the period — a full sound, with many background harmony vocals, layered guitars and additional keyboard tracks.
Vicious Circle is the fourth album by the American hard rock band L.A. Guns. Most of the songs have Phil Lewis on lead vocals, but the track "Nothing Better to Do" features Kelly Nickels on lead vocals, and "Tarantula" is instrumental. Michael "Bones" Gershima drums on several songs. Lewis and Bones also played together in the band Filthy Lucre. Filthy Lucre bandmates Steve Dior and Jim Wirt sing backing vocals on several songs. Wirt was also the album's producer and engineer.
Live! Vampires is the first live album by American hard rock band L.A. Guns. Recorded in August 1991 at two shows in the United States, it was self-produced by the band and released in Japan only on February 26, 1992 by Vertigo Records. The majority of songs performed on the album are from the band's third studio album Hollywood Vampires, plus one each from L.A. Guns and Cocked & Loaded. Live! Vampires registered at number 91 on the Japanese Albums Chart.
Hollywood Rehearsal is a collection of demos by L.A. Guns that was released in Japan. None of the demos had already been released.
Kenny Kweens is an American musician. He is best known for his nine-year tenure as bassist in the hard rock band Beautiful Creatures. In 2009, Kweens also joined L.A. Guns, replacing previous bassist Scott Griffin. However, in 2011, Kweens departed, replaced by Griffin. On September 22, 2014, it was announced that Griffin had once again departed the band, and Kweens rejoined the band.
Robert Gardner is an American musician best known as the drummer for the original lineups of L.A. Guns and Guns N' Roses, and was also the backup drummer for Hollywood Rose.
Hollywood Forever is the 10th studio album from L.A. Guns. The album is produced by Andy Johns, and is on Cleopatra Records. The album is available as a CD, vinyl record and digital download.
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.
Loud & Dangerous: Live from Hollywood is the third live album by American hard rock band L.A. Guns. Recorded on June 28, 2005 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, it was self-produced by the band and released on September 12, 2006 by Shrapnel Records. The album features the Tales from the Strip era lineup of the group, which included lead vocalist Phil Lewis, guitarist Stacey Blades, bassist Adam Hamilton and drummer Steve Riley.