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Strangeways (Official Thread)

Discussion in '80's Music' started by Rock Candy, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Rock Candy

    Rock Candy Rock 'n' Roll Doctor

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    I don't think I've seen very many references to the Glaswegian cult AOR heroes beyond a few posts here and there, so I thought I'd take the initiative and give them their own thread!

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    Formed by brothers Ian and David Stewart under the name "China White" in around 1979, the first recording line-up of the band consisted of Englishman Tony Liddle (Later of the Tygers of Pan Tang) on vocals, Ian Stewart on guitar, David Stewart on bass and Jim Drummond on the skins. This line-up only produced one album, 1986's S/T album, which was a classy head-on collision between Night Ranger and Def Leppard. Liddle was forced out shortly after the recording however, to be replaced by American vocalist Tony Brock.

    This move paid dividends, with the Brock fronted line-up delivering two of the most picture-perfect AOR albums of the 80s, 1987's Native Sons (Probably the best album Journey never released) and 1989's more gritty followup, Walk in the Fire. Sadly this wasn't to last, with Brock leaving the band in 1989 to return to his native America. Several tracks in demo form were recorded with a new frontman, Charles Bowyer, but Strangeways officially remained on ice for several years, until they "reformed" in the early 90s, this time in the way of a power-trio fronted by Ian Stewart. Three more albums followed, each one in a more modern "spacey" vein, far removed from the melodic rawk of their 80s output.

    The band officially disbanded after 2000's Gravitational Pull album, but 3/4 of the classic line-up was to return in 2010 (Minus David Stewart, who only rejoined the band earlier this year) for a well-received performance at England's Firefest Festival. An album followed, Perfect World, which was a quality melodic rock record retaining the charm of their earlier output, but not without a modern twist. A new album is currently in recording, so fingers crossed it's another gem!

    So, can we get some love for these Scottish heroes going? :D







     
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  2. Mr. T

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    Excellent call RC. These guys def deserve a thread of their own and I made it an Official Thread. I wondered why you didn't post the title track from Perfect World as it is a monster and then realized it's not on YouTube.... damn shame. :grinthumb
     
  3. Rock Candy

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    Oh, thank you. I'll admit I was quite surprised I couldn't find a thread on these lads, seeing as CRF has some AOR fans who certainly know their stuff.

    Regarding "Perfect World", it's certainly a cracker of a track, but I'll admit it genuinely didn't cross my mind in that regard. I wanted to try and put "Liberty" on , but I could only find the demo w/ Bowyer on vocals and not the completed track.

    I've read some fairly scathing reviews of Perfect World, but I think in the back of their minds, everyone pretty much just wanted Native Sons Mk. II. Props to Stewart and co. for not just trying to relive the 80s and making a few concessions to modernity here and there.
     
  4. George Vader

    George Vader B00Bs!

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    'Native Sons' is with out a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest AOR albums ever, remember the Derek Oliver review in Kerrang! back in the day, shelling out nearly a tenner (which was a lot back in 1987) for the album from Shades and being blown away, still sounds fabulous all these years later.

     
  5. LyricalLaurel

    LyricalLaurel EΔЯ ЯESPOИSIBŁE, too!

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    Really enjoy these guys, RC, though I don't have that much of their music. I'll listen to your entries later on. I have a couple favs but I don't have a chance right now to look at what you have posted.

    As he did with so many other little known but fantastic bands, Tunez turned me onto these guys. *shrugs*
     

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