One of the many bands lost in the shuffle of the grunge movement of the early 90’s was Indianapolis natives Sweet F.A.
I had the pleasure of seeing these guys live a few times before they broke up, and they always put on a good show.
Stick To Your Guns is the debut disc by this 5 piece unit of Steven David DeLong on vocals, Jon “Lightning” Huffman and James Thunder on guitars, Jim Quick on bass and Tricki Lane on drums.
This band has a great sound, which is a cross of sleaze metal and a dash of southern rock. They seemed ripe to make it big back in the early 90s but they never seemed to get the marketing push they needed by MCA to get them over the hump. They had the look, the swagger, the sound to get them there, but MCA didn’t really know how to market Hard Rock artists very well, and their success was cut short, way too early.
There are some excellent tunes on this disc that still hold up pretty well today. Prince of the City is a great high energy track to start this disc off with. Nothin’ For Nothin’ is another sleazy rocker that reminds me of the Bullet Boys quite a bit. The beat and groove of Rhythm of Action is killer. Whiskey River is a powerful rocker in the vein of Skid Row. The acoustic power ballad Heart of Gold is easily as good as anything you heard from the more successful bands of the era (Warrant, Poison, Cinderella). This disc ends with the acoustic track Southern Comfort. This is a very cool song to end this disc with.
This is one of those CD’s that 80’s hard rock fans can break out at any time and still enjoy. Great vocals, and musicianship by the Sweet F.A. guys. This is one of those discs that is out of print and is becoming harder to find, so pick one of these up if you can get your hands on it!
Rating: Out of 10
Here is the video for Rhythm of Action:
- Prince of the City
- Nothin’ for Nothin’
- Rhythm of Action
- Do A Little Drivin’
- Daily Grind
- Stick To Your Guns
- Whiskey River
- I Love Women
- Breakin’ The Law
- Heart of Gold
- Devil’s Road
- Southern Comfort
Sweet F.A. is:
Steven David DeLong – vocals
Jon “Lightning” Huffman – guitars
James Thunder – guitars
Jim Quick – bass
Tricki Lane – drums
ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, the band featuring drummer Tommy Lee (MOTLEY CRUE), guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), vocalist Lukas Rossi and bassist Johnny Colt (BLACK CROWES, TRAIN), took part in “CD USA”‘s broadcast of the “America’s Party” New Year’s Eve celebration from the famous Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Watch the band’s performance at YouTube.com:* “Underdog” (video)* “Leave the Lights On” (video)* “Headspin” (video)* “Can’t Bring Myself to Light this Fuse” (
video) * “Be Yourself (And 5 Other Cliches)” (video) ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA frontman Lukas Rossi was videotaped accepting a gold record plaque at the SonyBMG Canada offices for Canadian sales in excess of 50,000 copies of the band’s self-titled debut album.******************************************************************************************
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As previously reported, the “Kiss Alive! 1975 – 2000″ box set sold just over 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 167 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“Kiss Alive! 1975-2000″ comes with the first three “Alive” albums from 1975, 1977, and 1993, as well as the December 31, 1999 Millennium show from Vancouver, British Columbia, which was supposed to be “Alive IV” but was never released.
The first “Alive!” album was a landmark for the band, becoming their first gold record, but singer-bassist Gene Simmons told Launch that their label wasn’t in favor of the idea. “We were on our last legs, Casablanca was gonna go belly-up,” he said. “We didn’t get paid for the album — in fact, when we told the record company we were gonna do a live record, they didn’t want to do that, because live records didn’t work. In those days, a live album was a liability. You did that after your career was over.”