We all know about Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P. and the rest of the first-wave glam metal bands that launched off the Sunset Strip in the early ‘80s. But how about the less-celebrated rockers that trolled Hollywood at the turn of the decade?
Now, specialty label Numero Group is shining a spotlight on early ‘80s L.A. glam with Bound for Hell: On the Sunset Strip, a new compilation that takes a deep dive into Strip mainstays that may not be on the tip of your tongue... but should be.
Alongside scene heavyweights like Armored Saint, Black ‘N Blue and Lizzy Borden, the new comp also features long-lost tracks from Reddi Killowatt, Angeles, Max Havoc, SIN, Stormer and Romeo.
You can check out a cut from the collection, “Bound For Hell” by Max Havoc – formed in 1981 by Pat McKeon and featuring, at one time, Quiet Riot’s Carlos Cavazo and W.A.S.P.’s Tony Richards above.
The collection's 21 tracks are spread across two LPs, with extensive liner notes from music critic and co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, Katherine Turman, as well as first-hand testimonials, photos and show flyers.
Said Adam Luksetich, producer and researcher behind the collection, “The infamous Sunset Strip glam metal scene of the ‘80s is one that’s been covered excessively, and for a good reason. But usually, the analysis never goes too far past bands like Mötley Crüe, Poison, Quiet Riot, etc. Our goal with Bound for Hell was to narrow in on the equally impressive independent or unsigned bands that thrived in that same scene but in most cases, never benefitted from the major label feeding frenzy. With a bounty of unseen photos, pages and pages of flyers, and detailed liner notes, these bands get more time in the spotlight.”
In addition, Bound for Hell pays particular attention to the female musicians on the Strip, with entries and recollections from Lisa Baker, Jaded Lady, Leather Angel, Hellion and Bitch. “We were not pop girls, we really loved the aggression and the passion of hard rock music,” says Leather Angel and Jaded Lady’s Terry O’Leary. “As a band, and especially as an all-girl band, you know, we came to conquer.”
Bound for Hell is out October 28, and can be pre-ordered in a variety of formats here. You can watch an unboxing video and get the full track list below.
Bound for Hell: On the Sunset Strip track list:
1. Stormer - Going To The City *
2. L.A. Rocks – Cocaine
3. Max Havoc - Bound For Hell
4. Jaded Lady - Rock N Roll Ain’t Pretty *
5. Steeler - Ready To Explode
6. Lizzy Borden - No Time To Lose
1. SIN - On The Run *
2. Black ‘N Blue - Give Em The Old 1, 2, 3 *
3. Bitch - Damnation Alley
4. Romeo - Feelin To Rock
5. V.V.S.I. - Savage Kind of Girl *
1. Hellion - Up From The Depths
2. Angeles - Blade Of Steel
3. Knightmare II - Cold Reception
4. Witch - Cinderella (In Black Leather)
5. Reddi Killowatt - Liquid Lady
1. Armored Saint - Lesson Well Learned
2. Leather Angel - We Came To Kill
3. Rough Cutt - Take It Or Leave It *
4. Lisa Baker - Fool Of Lies
5. Odin - Judgement Day
1. Black ‘N Blue – Rules Were Made To Be Broken *
2. Lisa Baker - Every Girl’s Got A Fantasy
3. Stormer – Driving *
4. Odin – Midnight Flight
5. Leather Angel – Need Your Love