Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Arcade “Arcade” 1993 US Hard Rock,Heavy Metal


Arcade “Arcade” 1993 US Hard Rock,Heavy Metal 
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Arcade is a rock band formed in 1991 by ex-Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy, ex-Sea Hags guitarist Frankie Wilsex, guitarist Donny Syracuse, and Cinderella drummer Fred Coury. Its originally proposed name was to be Taboo. Their first self-titled album was released in June 1993, and contained 12 songs. Notably, the cover-art for Arcade featured the face of porn star Mimi Miyagi. “Nothin’ To Lose”, “Cry No More” & “Messed Up World” were singles. 

From the opening of “Dancin’with the Angels” to the final song, a deep Pearcy epic titled “Mother of Blues”, the band takes you on a Rock’n’Roll rollercoaster of everything that ruled about rock in the 80’s early 90’s. Afew other standout tracks include the semi hit “Nothin’to Lose”, “Messed up World”, “All Shook Up”, and “Calm Before the Storm” (Which was originally going to be the title of the Album). Great songwriting, great production, great attitude, after listening to this album you’ll wish this band was still around. 

The album sold 100,000+ copies in the US. Arcade went on tour with Bon Jovi in 1993 and also played at the Milwaukee Metal Fest in 1993 playing to over 15,000 fans. The band ended in 1995, and Pearcy went on to VD then Vertex….~


Arcade delivered a record that couldn’t have been more out of step with the times of 1993 – it’s an album that’s blissfully unaware of grunge, goth, industrial, dream pop, and jam bands, any of the alternative sounds that bubbled up from the mainstream to the pop charts in the early ‘90s. It’s a driving, glossy L.A. rock album, and it makes no apologies for what it is. If anything, the group ups the ante but cuts away any of the excess that brought the genre crashing down under its own hubris. This is a lean, streamlined rock record that glides on its own momentum, only occasionally dipping into ballads and acoustic guitars. It almost feels reactionary, as if the group was recoiling from the slick, crossover hair metal that ruled the genre for years. This is the best thing about the record, since it gives it a real swagger that compensates for material that is fairly generic, almost deliberately so. This no-nonsense, ballsy approach has the right sound and attitude, and if it had arrived at the right time, say 1990, it could have been a hit. But it got lost in 1993, with almost no attention from radio or press, even from metal stations and guitar magazines, two outlets that had traditionally been kind to hard rockers like this. So, Arcade’s eponymous album was something only the devoted heard, and even today, it’s the kind of item that only fanatics of Ratt, Cinderella, or L.A. hard rock and metal will seek out. The thing is, it’s worth seeking out – this delivers the goods without pretense or nonsense. And for those looking for a solid '80s hard rock album they haven’t heard, this is an excellent choice…….. by Stephen Thomas Erlewine …..allmusic….~



Stephen Pearcy - Lead Vocal, Guitar 
Frankie Wilsex - Guitar, Backing Vocals 
Fred Coury - Drums, Backing Vocals 
Donny Syracuse - Guitar 
Michael Andrews - Bass





Tracklist 
1 Dancin' With The Angels 
2 Nothin' To Lose 
3 Calm Before The Storm 
4 Cry No More 
5 Screamin' S.O.S 
6 Never Goin' Home 
7 Messed Up World 
8 All Shook Up 
9 So Good... So Bad... 
10 Livin' Dangerously 
11 Sons And Daughters 
12 Mother Blues 

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