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« on: May 14, 2014, 11:41:39 AM »

     This Cleveland band had one national hit, "He Can't Love You (Like I Love You)"; ironically, it wasn't sung by the usual lead singer, the guy the band was named after....

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 01:13:27 PM »

I think these guys had three albums out but I don't know if they were ever much of an attraction outside of the Twin Cities.

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 01:35:49 PM »

I thought Portland's NU SHOOZ and QUARTERFLASH were both very talented husband-and-wife groups that only had one or two hits.  Shame.  Quarterflash played in my neighborhood park last summer.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 09:14:52 PM »

We had a band in New Jersey named Monroe who had a singer who was part Steven Tyler, part Vinnie Vincent with some Paul Stanley thrown in.  They had regular appearances on a pre-cable station called U-68 (The Underground) out of Newark, N.J. and I'm surprised they never got picked up by a major label!  Here's a clip:

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 07:51:47 PM »

I remember QUARTERFLASH well...  

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 07:58:00 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014, 09:28:03 AM »

The Raisins, an Ohio band that deserved to be big. They gave me one of my favorite sayings, the title of this song: "Fear is never boring."



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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2014, 03:17:07 PM »

I don't live in Michigan, but I'm throwing one in for Michigan:
I have relatives in East Lansing, and back in 1986 or '7, I went to see them, and we wound up seeing a great little band called "Ded Engine" at a local bar. 


These guys should have been greater than they already were! Also, their bassist, Marky DeSade, was the bassist for a short-lived band called called Smashed Gladys, that I'm sure many of you remember well.

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2014, 09:42:16 PM »


THE FOOLS - A very popular Boston club band back in the 1980s.  "Psycho Chicken" was their parody of "Psycho Killer."  They're still playing live shows locally.

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2014, 07:38:52 AM »

I remember a lot of the bands in this thread (Monroe, Ded Engine, Quarterflash, Slave Raider)!

New Jersey's Bad Biscut were a sleazy punk/hard rock band that was a pretty big draw on the local circuit when I was in college in the late 80s/early 90s, I saw them a bunch of times opening for Joan Jett, the Ramones and others. I always described them to friends as "imagine Skid Row and Guns N Roses doing bong hits together at a Ramones show."
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Their cover of "Highway to Hell" won an MTV contest that got them to open for AC/DC, and their one and only album (The American Dream?, 1994) was released by a label owned by one of Jon Bon Jovi's relatives.
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For whatever reason they never really caught on outside of the New York/New Jersey area and eventually fizzled out by the mid 90s. The lead singer, Keith Roth, is in a band called "Frankenstein 3000" nowadays and is also a DJ on Sirius/XM satellite radio last I heard.

I wrote a long, drooling fanboy piece about my love for their one and only studio album on my blog a while ago:

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2014, 09:05:05 AM »

And of course New Jersey also has the infamous Richie Knuckles and Knuckle Sandwich.   Here's a clip of Richie's earlier work, his cover of Bon Jovi's "Runaway".

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