Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Axtion - "Look Out for the Night" (and all those hard rock cliches)




It starts the way hundreds of hard rock records started in the 80's...take three power chords, Animal-esque (from Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem of course) drum fills, followed by a falsetto scream, and we're off "Road Runnin" with Axtion. By the way, do you think there was a band argument over whether to use an "X" or a proper "C" in the name? And which one of the guys really wanted to use triple X's, call the band aXXXtion, and pull some porn stars? Cuz you know one of 'em wanted to. My bet is either the drummer or bass player. But I digress. If anyone was wondering what the majority of indie or private hard rock releases coming out of the hair mecca that was Los Angeles in 1985 were like, look no further than Axtion's "Look Out for the Night". Besides the aforementioned intro, we 're gonna need a song with our band name in it..."Spread the Axtion"....check! We're gonna need something to try to get the more metal crowd, something fast and metal sounding...."Fury of the Tempest"...check! What about a song with extended acoustic intro so I can show these people that I'm not just "widdly-widdly solo" guy but that I really listen to Andres Segovia records?..."Look Out for the Night"....check! And finally, we gotta leave these kids with a positive message so they too know its okay for a grown man to use hairspray and wear makeup..."Stand Up! (for What You Believe In)"...check and mate! No matter how much I make fun of it, I won't deny that its an enjoyable listen from a particular moment in rock time. Thanks to Vince at The Music's Over for letting me borrow the wax to digitize so all of you could enjoy it.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/31695486/Axtion_Look%20Out%20for%20the%20Night.zip

8 comments:

  1. Interesting blog.this Axtion album's not bad at all(thought it'd be shite)
    "Look out for the night" is a really cool track.was in a band in the UK in the late 80's-Rags To Riches-a glammy/trashy kind of thing.We thought we were G'N'R,christ....not even Cinderella.We played The Marquee a few times and supported The Quierboys once.Broke up because of musical indifference.Saw G'N'R on the 3rd night they played The Marquee-we were all soaking wet coming out that night-what a gig.Hats off,looking forward to listening to this stuff.
    Cheers,John.

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    1. hi john, i saw your band play quite a few times even bought your t shirts. somehow i got hold of leigh a few years back and he sent me a cd with all your old demos on

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    2. hi john, i saw your band play quite a few times even bought your t shirts. somehow i got hold of leigh a few years back and he sent me a cd with all your old demos on

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  2. John, your band isn't the same as Rich Rags is it? The UK band who released an EP in the 80's.

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  3. Buy the Axtion cd from Retrospect Records

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  4. Gracias por el Disco, es bien raro encontrarlo en internet.

    Thanks for the Disc is very rare to find on the Internet.

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  5. That's the best thing you posted here. 4 or 5 good songs is a good enough ratio!

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  6. I produced this record. Was great fun

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