A new one-dollar app and eBook tell the story of the making of Fastway’s 1983 self-titled debut album.
Fastway launched a scorching, shimmery patch of proto-classic rock in the form of a self-titled debut that was a big wide smile on what was otherwise a serious new metal landscape.
Author Martin Popoff explains:
“Fastway’s self-titled first is just a shockingly good stadium rock record with just enough raw to keep it one foot in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. This is the story of its making and the birth of the band, as told by lead singer Dave King, drummer Jerry Shirley and a l’il Pete “Way” Way and Biff Byford thrown in for spice.
“I had a particular fondness toward writing this one up, as one of the coolest earliest big city (well, b-city, Spokane), concerts I ever saw was Fastway backing Saxon backing the mighty Maiden, right at the latter’s creative apex.
“Plus meeting Dave King, transformed into a sort of Pogue and touring his successful and highly creditable Flogging Molly band… well, he’s probably the only autographs on my Fastway collection I’ll ever see.
“Icing on the cake for this short (but cheap at a buck!) smile back a while… some sweet Rich Galbraith live photos and all manner of memorabilia shot, helping bring the story to life, at least, one hopes, lively enough to make you scurry away and re-play this fine and fiery record.”
Ye Olde Metal: Fastway’s Fastway is available as a 19-page eBook in high-resolution PDF format from www.zunior.com and as an app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in the iTunes App store:
Y&T’s Black Tiger, Motörhead’s Overkill, Whitesnake’s Ready An’ Willing, Bad Company’s Desolation Angels and Gillan’s Glory Road are also available as apps and eBooks in the Ye Olde Metal single-album series.
Another large release day in the hard rock world with new releases from Accept, Halestorm, Charm City Devils & more!
Accept – Stalingrad
Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…
Taproot – Episodes
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion
Fastway – Eat Dog Eat
Ignitor – Year of the Metal Tiger (Jason McMasters)
Murder Bay – Never Was An Angel
RattleShake – S/T
Charm City Devils – Sins
Stone Axe – II
Trucker Diablo – Devil Rhythm
SNEW – Pull My Stinger (Single)
Halloween always has me breaking out my copy of Fastway’s 1987 album, Trick or Treat. I know the movie is cheesy as hell, but I still love it. The soundtrack still holds up pretty well in 2011. Check out the video clip below.
Fastway has released a stream of their new song “Leave the Light On”. Fastway now features Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Gun) on vocals. Fastway’s new album, Eat Dog Eat will be released November 14th in Europe, and November 16th in Germany. (No U.S. Release date yet).
You can check out additional sound samples at Fastway’s site here! (P.S. – The Samples sound really good!!)
Eat Dog Eat Track Listing:
1. Deliver me
2. Fade out
3. Leave the light on
4. Loving fool
5. Dead and gone
6. Sick as a dog
7. Freedom song
8. Do you believe
9. Love I need
10. On and on
Twenty one years ago, the band Fastway released a full length CD, that was the soundtrack to the horror movie, “Trick or Treat”. I thought the movie was a campy good time, and the soundtrack was pretty good too.
Oddly enough, this is my favorite Fastway album, and is one that I still listen to today.
Fastway had some cool songs over the years, and some people may think this band is a one hit wonder with their song, “Say What You Will”. In my opinion, this was the album that I thought the band peaked on.
This wasn’t Fastway’s most successful album. Trick or Treat peaked at 156 on the Billboard charts.
There are still a bunch of good rocking tunes on this disc.
“Trick or Treat” starts off with four solid songs right out of the gate. (Check out the videos below for the first two tracks.) “Tear Down The Walls” is the one questionable song on the disc. It is more Halloween like sounds than an actual song.
“Get Tough” is another good rocker that mixes well with my playlist today.
“Heft” is a sludgy almost Sabbath like tune. “Trick or Treat” closes out with a mid tempo rocker “If You Could See”. Fast Eddie Clark has some very cool guitar parts on this song.
As a whole, “Trick or Treat” is one of the better horror movie soundtracks out there. You can pick this one up for less than ten bucks at this link. This is a nice Halloween treat for you metalheads out there!
Trick or Treat
1. Trick or Treat
2. After Midnight
3. Don’t Stop the Fight
4. Stand Up
5. Tear Down the Walls
6. Get Tough
7. Hold on the Night
9. If You Could See
Dave King – lead vocals
Fast Eddie Clarke – Rhythm/Lead Guitar and Producer
Shane Carroll – Second Guitar
Paul Reid – Bass Guitar
Alan Connor – drums
Fastway is the band started up by former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clark and ex-UFO bass player Pete Way.
I used to like Fastway fairly well, but it has been a long time since I have given their self titled debut any plays. I thought I would dust the cobwebs off this disc, and see what I think about it in 2008.
There are two must play songs on this disc, Easy Livin’ and Say What you Will. Say What You Will is easily Fastway’s biggest hit. This hard rock anthem was a staple on the radio for many years, and is still favorite of mine.
Digging deeper into this record, and you can easily hear the influence of Led Zeppelin in the music. There are several heavy tunes with that same style of Zeppelinesque groove.
While the music isn’t very original, it is a very good piece of 80’s metal.
Dave King has a very unique voice which is well suited to the music. “Fast” Eddie Clark plays some wicked guitar riffs all over this album. Pete Way’s heavy bass on this record is unmistakable.
Some additional tracks that I like on this disc are Feel Me, Touch Me, Heft!, and Give It All You Got.
This isn’t a perfect album by any means, but still deserves a few spins from time to time. It is a solid disc and is one that I still think is worth having in my collection. You can check out the video for the tune, Say What You Will below!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Easy Livin’
2. Feel Me, Touch Me (Do Anything You Want)
3. All I Need Is Your Love
4. Another Day
6. We Become One
7. Give It All You Got
8. Say What You Will
9. You Got Me Runnin’
10. Give It Some Action
11. Far Far From Home
Fast Eddie Clark – Guitars
Dave King – Vocals
Pete Way – Bass (uncredited)
Jerry Shirley – Drums