Recordings from Roxy Blue, Gypsy Rose, Rock City Angels, The Godz, & Roxx Gang highlight Fall release schedule
While the first half of 2012 has been a little light on the new release roster for FnA Records, that doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work. In fact, the little elves have been working their asses off for the past 6 months prepping to put forth a firestorm of major releases this fall. And here we go!
Having been signed by Tom Zutaut, who signed Motley Crue and Guns-n-Roses, managed by the same management company as Motley Crue, and produced by Mike Clink who produced Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction, FnA Records is proud to announce the upcoming release of 3 bombastic albums by one-time Geffen recording artists Roxy Blue. Roxy Blue was being touted as “The Next Big Thing” with a powerhouse of talent behind them. Enamored were both Motley Crue and Kiss who stopped by to check out Roxy Blue as they prepared for the recording of their debut album, Want Some? The hype was enormous, but no one could’ve predicted the whole Seattle phenomenon. Another band whose potential was cut way too short. There will be two studio releases, and a live album that was recorded right before the band left to record their debut album. There are tons of unreleased tracks for the fans who could not get enough of this band. All three albums will be available for sale individually, or together as a package deal at a reduced price. Autographed copies and a super fan pack with a t-shirt will also be made available.
Second on the agenda and heading for a mid-September release is the album entitled Poisoned By Love by Gypsy Rose, a band who was one of the first to be signed by Kiss’ Gene Simmons to Simmons/RCA back in the days of MTV. This is surely to be one of the best melodic hard rock releases of the year. For those of you who thought that you would be forever limited to the one and only Gypsy Rose album, Prey, hold your hats…its time to enjoy another ride with lead singer Michael Ross and the gang. The album consists of nine tracks recorded from 1988-1992 and definitely shows a growth as to where the band was headed. Of special note are three killer tracks (Hell’s Kitchen, Free Me From Me, Too Many Pieces) recorded at the studio of Steelhearts Michael Matijevic. The bonus tracks will mesmerize and titillate. There are acoustic versions of the fan favorite tracks Poisoned By Love and Don’t Turn Your Back On Me recorded in Florida, as well as two reworked versions of the same two songs recorded in Canada. Rounding out the album are two tracks from the Michael Ross solo debut album. Again, regular versions and autographed versions with t-shirts will be made available.
Unfortunately, Rock-n-Roll lost one of its great ambassadors earlier in the season. We are speaking of course of Rock City Angels front man Bobby Durango. Bobby lived hard and lived the rock-n-roll lifestyle to the fullest, and while we all miss his unique vocal styling, FnA Records is proud to announce that there will be one last Rock City Angels album to complete the legacy of this bluesy frontman who gave us Deep Inside Your Heart. It is true that the band was currently starting preproduction for a brand new studio album, but nothing was ever tracked. So this album by the Rock City Angels, entitled Southern Visions, shall be the last. Southern Visions picks up where Midnight Confessions left off, and if you haven’t heard Midnight Confessions, do yourself a favor and head over to FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net) and pick up a copy. You won’t be disappointed, money back guarantee! Also being stocked by FnA Records is the bands very punk release, Use Once and Destroy.
The Godz are back! Yes, the band that was signed to Casablanca Records alongside Kiss, is set to release three more albums through FnA Records. Although the albums were slated for an early summer release, the albums had to be pushed back, and have been reworked so as to give maximum satisfaction to the listener. One of the most overlooked gems of the 1980’s was the hard-rockin’ Mongolians album by The Godz. While many saw this band as a product of the seventies and the jam scene, The Godz were able to reinvent themselves for Mongolians creating a much heavier sound that could rival that of any 80’s rock-n-roll outfit. The second album is called The Vault, and is just that, an album filled with 18 tracks pulled from the vaults of Eric Moore. Lastly, the third album will be a second disc of more rare and unreleased tracks recently discovered. If you are unfamiliar with The Godz, check out their long, rough and tumble history that has led to the band reaching cult status over the years. Hell, Metallica wont tour with just anyone now!
In late breaking news, Kevin Steele of Roxx Gang cleaned out his closet! Well, that’s not the breaking news, but what is newsworthy to all you hard-rocking glamsters out there, is that in the process, Kevin came across a never released, fully recorded album of material that pre-dates the Things You’ve Never Done Before/Virgin Records era Roxx Gang. It’s been reported that there are roughly a dozen songs, give or take, including some well-worked cover tunes. FnA Records has acquired the rights to this new album and will be releasing it as a companion piece to the mighty 3 disc box set, Boxx Of Roxx, that was released earlier this year. Regular versions, autographed versions, and super fan pack versions with a t-shirt featuring the popular Roxx Gang skull logo will be made available for purchase.
What do KISS and FnA Records have in common???
Actually, Kiss and FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net) have three things in common.
FnA Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Gypsy Rose.
We are not referring to the Gypsy Rose that featured an early Jerry Cantrell and Mike Starr from Alice In Chains, and we are not referring to the Swedish band that ex-Accept vocalist David Reece recently joined; we are referring to the one and only Gypsy Rose that was signed to a major label contract via KISS’ Gene Simmons. In 1988, Gene Simmons (KISS), approached Canadian Rockers by the name of Gypsy Rose and made them one of his early signings to his imprint label, Simmons Records/RCA (House Of Lords, Giuffria, Silent Rage). Gypsy Rose released two singles, “Poisoned By Love” and “Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Now” which were fan favorites. Nearly a quarter of a century later, lead singer Michael Ross has resurfaced, not only with a solid solo career that once again shows off his high caliber songwriting, but with old demos and never-before-released Gypsy Rose material in hand. For those fans who have always been bummed out that there was one and only one Gypsy Rose album, the wait is now over. FnA Records has attained the rights to these early recordings which will most likely see a mid to late spring release. In addition, FnA Records sent Michael Ross into the studio to record exclusive 2012 acoustic versions of “Poisoned By Love” and “Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Now”. Keep your eyes and ears open as Gypsy Rose is looking to reform.
First there was KISS, then there was Creature!
It may be said that now days, Gene Simmons is the brains behind KISS, but that wasn’t necessarily the case in the early days. Famed manager, Bill Aucoin successfully guided a fledgling KISS to superstar status. However within a decade, KISS and Aucoin would part ways due to creative differences when KISS decided to take off the make-up. But Aucoin wasn’t done exploring the make-up and crazy costumes. Enter the band Creature in 1986, and Aucoin found himself using the same blueprint that led to KISS obtaining success and fame beyond anyone’s dreams. He guided Creatures career carefully, just as he had previously with KISS. He planned their every stage move and their wild stage show. Honestly, Creature was every bit the theatrical stage performance that KISS was. From the band literally blowing a whole in the roof of Gazzarri’s night club with a confetti cannon to have the oversized Sleaze-O-Matic machine on stage in which a pure, virginal school girl stepped into the machine where the dial was cranked to ten, and a rock-n-roll slutty metal chick stepped out, every show was a spectacle. FnA Records is set to release, To Boldly Sleaze, a 15 track party in a package with a band that was clearly being groomed to be the next big thing in theatrical rock. All the tracks have been fully remastered and many of the tracks have never even seen the light of day until now. This is definitely one of those uncovered gems that you have to hear to believe. Watch your local west coast rags, as Creature may just don the make-up and costumes one more time for a specialupcoming surprise show.
KISS Konnection #3 is a special treat for those hard-rockers that were there in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
FnA Records proudly signs one-time KISS labelmates and all-around bad-asses, The Godz. The Godz were signed to Casablanca Records in 1977 and would later that year open up for KISS on the Love Gun tour. The Godz were sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll…and definitely worthy of the cult status they now have been given. Major tours were nothing new for The Godz, as they warmed the stages for bands like Angel, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, Iggy Pop, and others. The stories revolving around The Godz are legendary as they quickly became well-known as rebel-rousers. Whether it was starting a bar brawl, shooting up the stage monitors, or doing tons of Jack Daniels, drugs, and women…the band became favorites to the biker crowd. While many cult bands are just that – cult bands whose stories have been written in stone, The Godz have yet to call it quits. Band leader Eric Moore is entering his fourth decade in the music business by releasing three albums and a first ever dvd via FnA Records. The label will release three albums by the Godz in May of 2012. The first album will be the legendary 1978 Laredo Texas show. The full show has been remastered and the sound has been enhanced and will surely be a treat for old-school Godz fans. The second release will be the first ever American release of the classic Godz album MONGOLIANS. Mongolians is a highly sought after gem that Godz fans have been clamoring for over the years. Probably the bands heaviest album, Mongolians initially sold well (if you could find it) with very little label support. This album usually commands a high dollar price tag and trying to find a copy in this day and age is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Mongolians, which will be sonically enhanced and remastered, will now be available to fans new and old for a decent price via FnA Records. The last album being released will titilate and stimulate true Godz fans. Chock full of never before released tracks, b-sides, import only tracks, live tracks, and more The Godz – From The Vault Volume 1 is sure to become a collectors piece amongst the die-hard Godz fans. All CD’s will be available at a fan friendly price, and a limited number of each CD will come autographed and numbered with an official hologram sticker. Special package deals will be available for those that want to purchase all 3 albums at once. The first ever Godz DVD will be completed sometime this summer as fan material is still being compiled.