I just learned that former Child’s Play singer Brian Jack has passed away. I am dumbfounded and shocked by this terrible news. I have been a fan of Child’s Play for years, and still love their album Rat Race to this very day. I had the pleasure of talking to former Child’s Play drummer John Allen Sunday night, and was just talking about Child’s Play with him.
John posted the following message today:
“I am completely shocked and saddened by the death of Brian Jack. He was one of the most gifted, charismatic artists I have ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. He along with the rest of the guys were the brothers I never had. I will miss him incredibly.”
For those of you who are not familiar with Brian, I have provided a bio on Brian below, courtesy of Gabi Records:
Brian Jack, a Baltimore, Maryland native, has been playing music since he was in high school. From 1984 until 1991, he played in the band Child’s Play, a back to the basics, rock’n roll band. Child’s Play went through several changes before their most known line up, which featured Brian as the lead singer and very dynamic front man, also playing lead and rhythm guitar on many of the songs.
Child’s Play had a very strong following in the Mid-Atlantic area. In 1990, they were signed by Chrysalis Records and soon released their debut album, Rat Race. Child’s Play toured nationwide in support of their release. They had one video, which was also the title track, the song called Rat Race. Their music was played on radio stations nationwide. Although Child’s Play was a great band, it was time to move on. Brian was ready to broaden his horizons and try something new. He had started to grow out of the band that gave him his start in music. He had been wanting to change his musical direction for a while, and had been working on his own material on the side. It was now time to let everyone hear the other side of Brian Jack. In 1991, Brian left Child’s Play to start his solo career in music.
This other side of Brian wanted to play music and sing songs with more mood and feeling to them. Brian has the kind of voice that sounds good whether singing a hard driving rock song or a timeless love song. He has a very strong voice, yet at the same time it has an airiness to it that gives him a very sexy sound. His new musical style features upbeat rock songs, as well as beautiful ballads.
In 1992, Brian independently released his first solo effort, a CD titled Promise of Love, which shows the softer side of Brian. With all the loads of requests, soon the major local radio station, 98Rock, was playing Brian’s CD like crazy. Before long, other radio stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic area got wind of it and were soon playing the CD also. For a unsigned musician, the CD got very heavy radio airplay and sold extremely well. In all, the CD sold over 10,000 copies!!! And that’s without a major record label backing him. Just by word of mouth, Brian became one of the hottest things in the Mid-Atlantic area!!!
Rest In Peace Brian, you will be missed by many!
In 1990, Baltimore rockers, Child’s Play released their debut album on Chrysalis Records.
Strangely enough, I originally owned this on cassette tape when it first came out. I didn’t recall liking this album very much. I finally tracked down a copy of this CD, a few of months ago, and was pretty amazed with the tunes on Rat Race. It has been years since I have listened to this, and in 2008, I found this much more to my liking.
Child’s Play has a sound that I would say is a cross between Skid Row, L.A. Guns, and maybe a dash of Spread Eagle. This is very good sleaze metal with a good mix of late 80’s glam. The first four songs on Rat Race absolutely rip. This is the way to start off an album.
The band slows it down somewhat with the tune Wind, which is a mid-tempo, acoustic based rocker.
Evicted picks the pace back up, this time with drummer John Allen on vocals. Allen’s vocals sound quite a bit like L.A. Guns front man, Phil Lewis. The album rocks out all the way until the last song.
Rat Race is out of print, and is become increasingly harder to find. If you are a fan of the late 80’s and early 90’s hard rock sound, you need to find this disc. I am enjoying Rat Race, and I think you will too.
If you are curious to find out what the guys in Child’s Play have been up to, check out this website.
Rating:Out 0f 10
1. Good Ol’ Rock And Roll
2. Day After Night
3. My Bottle
4. Rat Race
7. Knock Me Out
8. Girl Like You
9. Capricorn/Bang Bang
10. Pay Your Dues
11. Damned If I Do
12. When Hell Freezes Over
Child’s Play is:
Brian Jack – Vocals
Nicky Kay – Guitar
Idzi – Bass
John Allen – Drums