Τετάρτη, 27 Μαΐου 2009

Heavy Metal Kids - s/t


The Heavy Metal Kids were formed in 1973 by the merger of two previous bands: Heaven and Biggles. They took their name from a gang of street kids featured in a novel by legendary beat generation writer William Burroughs. The "heavy metal" prefix is also used to define a musical genre which they clearly did not subscribe to.
The initial, pre-recording line-up consisted of Mickey Waller (Guitar), Ronnie Thomas (Bass and Vocals), Gary Holton (Lead Vocals), Keith Boyce (Drums) and Barry Paul (Guitar). Barry left the band in October 1973 to join Flash and Danny Peyronel (Keyboards and Vocals) was asked to join. They were the first signing by Atlantic Records' new London offices, having been spotted by A & R man and sixties legend, Dave Dee.
In January 1974 they recorded their first, self-titled album, produced by Dave Dee and engineered by Phil Chapman. People who seem to have truly noted what the Kids were doing were the Rolling Stones -- the laconic reggae of "Run Around Eyes" is a dry run for the Stones' later romp through "Cherry Oh Baby".
Mickey Waller left the band shortly before they went in to Island Studios to record the follow-up album for Atlantic, Anvil Chorus, in January 1975, produced by Andy Johns. Although most of the material had been co-written with Mickey, the guitar parts were recorded by new member Cosmo.
Peyronel left to join UFO and was replaced by John Sinclair. Shortly after, Cosmo was replaced by Barry Paul, and the band moved to Mickie Most's RAK Records where they recorded Kitsch, produced by Mickie.
John Sinclair left to join Uriah Heep and was replaced by Jay Williams.

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