ROCK HEDONISM: November 23 1988

Compiled by STEVE MASCORD

HARD rock has taken new territory with the announcement that Penshurst Hotel will host a booming bill this Sunday November 26.
Apocalypse, Addictive, Detriment and Enticer will all play “the Den’ in what is hoped will be regular hard rock night there.
Apocalypse, which plays originals plus covers by Metallica, Anthrax, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, is expected to take a well-earned break following Sunday’s gig.
Conversely, Addictive plays its first show since recording a demo tape which will be on sale at the show.
For the cover charge of $5.00, you also get young lions Detriment and Enticer.

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WILD times indeed are expected backstage when Guns N’Roses, Kings Of The Sun and The Angels team up at the Ent Cent.
Guns N’Roses’ livers are wanted by medical science, The Angels don’t always live up to their name and Kings’ are known to invite the odd girlie back stage for a drink or twenty.
Would make for an inviting pictorial. Where’s Tony Mott?

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ONE Sydney outfit currently chasing management is Wrecking Crew. They play “punchy, commercial” hard rock and were formed by English-born guitarist Brenton Dehn in October 1986
They claim to “have a purpose of re-establishing the energy of live rock’n’roll that has sadly given way to DJs and concept bands.”
Here, here!
Wrecking Crew will join Numatic, Starlett and Running Blind in a major gig at the Seven Hills Inn this Friday November 25.
The bill is Running Blind, which hits the stage at 7.3Opm, Numatix from 8.45pm, Starlet at 10 and Wrecking Crew at 11.1 5pm.
Numatix are a fourpiece act who play covers from Robert Palmer, John Cougar Mellencamp, Georgia Satellites and more, plus originals.
Door Charge is six bucks.

NEXT big thing dept: This one’s not much of a gamble because they already are big things. A bunch of middle Americans called Britny Fox, who have an album riding high on the US charts and are knocking them dead in support dates.
Except them to get noticed here (finally) in a couple of months.

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NICE quote from one Lenny Wolf, lead mimmicker from Led Zeppelin clones Kingdom Come
“I don’t think about “how can I be original?” Wolf says.
“Kids don’t give a fuck. There’s so many other bands. Let them be original”. Talk about digging your own grave (or someone elses. . .).
ENTRIES rolling in for the “Heavy Headline’ competition aimed at renaming this here collection of barbed paragraphs. Suggestions so far include “Headbangers Galore’, “Metalbilia”. “Watch Tower”, “Thrash’n’Burn and “Rock Block”.
Because we’ve got so many prizes coming in, we may extend the comp a week or two. This week we have the latest offerings from Leppard up for grabs, compliments of PolyGram. These will be added to the reams of previous prizes.
To top that off, the second and third place-getters will also get these three albums on cassette. Not bad huh? More next week.

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RELEASES:
OK! Bulletboys and Night Ranger have foUnd their way to our shelves in the metal Christmas rush. The title of BulletBoys debut single wins chuckle of the week. It’s called. . . ahem. . . “Smooth Up In Ya”. The self-titled long-player was produced by Ted Templeman, who has David Lee Roth and Van Halen to his credit.
Night Ranger’s  Man In Motion LP and single ‘I Did It For Love” are also out any day now. And The Georgia Satellites hope to do what they couldn’t from their last album — have a hit single — with a cover of “Hippy Hippy Shake” from the Cocktail soundtrack. New KISS album Smashes, Thrashes and Hits and single “Let’s Put The X In Sex” due out in January.
This week we recommend: Reach For The Sky by Ratt, he rodents’ best ablum yet. Cop the groove of “Way Cool Jr.”, the sophistication of “City to City” and “I Want a Woman” and the class a couple of listens but well worth the $19 import price tag.
Review next week.
You’ll have to go to an import store to get the new Ozzy Osbourne album No Rest For The Wicked for a while yet, but it should be in your corner store for five bucks less before long.
The Europe live video is still being released here later this year, despite their decision not to tour. The KISS Crazy Nights video has been rejected at this stage, mainly because it has just three songs on it and because it would cost up to $30 if produced here. They’re hoping to import a whole heap of them, though.
LEPPARD’s Hysteria video is out.
Available here as a widely distributed import is the debut album from a US band called Winger. Lead singeris Dale Shearer, with John Ferguson on drums and Michael O’Connor and Alan Mclndoe on guitars. Well, not really. Apparently worth a listen though.
Alsoon the import front, the English pressing of Def Leppard’s latestin a long line of 12” extravaganzas, “Armageddon It” has got Aussie mainstream distribution.
PolyGram have launched a plethora of new radio adds for Hysteria. Smells like a tour to us.

Filed for: ON THE STREET @Loudmouthcolumn

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2 thoughts on “ROCK HEDONISM: November 23 1988

  1. I just happened across this via your SMH league story. It took me back. I caught Apocalypse and Addictive a few times back in the day, usually playing with Mortal Sin – mostly at the Seven Hills Inn but also the St James Underground. I remember Apocalypse doing a decent cover of Iron Maiden’s Killers…not much else but I was 18 or 19 and blame beer. Can I say that I doubt the “wild times”backstage at the Ent Cent included Kings of the Sun, after Axl absolutely bucketed them during the gig ! Im tipping you were there – do you remember Waxl storming off stage after his “I was talking to Lemmy from Motorhead at Donnington”rant about people chucking stuff on stage? Sadly for him the rest of the band stayed in situ and got a roadie out to sing a few tunes, I am sure I recall them nailing Whole Lotta Rosie as one, before he kinda sidled back on stage. Great gig though, I remember the Angels going off, Doc being up in the back row of the Ent Cent singing Marseilles, and thinking to myself “how are they going to follow this”, then within about 20 seconds of the Gunners kicking off I was thinking “who are the Angels?”.

    1. Mate I caused that – it was my interview with KOTS that flipped Axl out. Two weeks ago I saw Cliff Hoad for the first time since then. Check out the podcast on this site for his thoughts! Cheers for taking the time to leave your comment.

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