Year : 2011
Style : Glam Metal , Sleaze Rock , Hard Rock
Country : Germany , United States
Audio : 320 kbps + scans
Size : 180 mb
Shameless are a hard rock glam band that was formed in the spring of 1989 by bassist Alexx “Skunk” Michael in Munich, Germany.Shameless are a hard rock and glam metal supergroup based in Munich, Germany. Although the band are based in Germany, they are notable for having numerous American rockers appearing on their albums.The original incarnation of Shameless was formed in April 1989 by bassist Alexx "Skunk" Michael. The band were relatively popular in their home town, selling out a 500 capacity club on their very first show. The vocalist left the band at the end of 1991 and they folded.Michael decided to reform Shameless in 1998 with his friend % guitarplayer BC. Alexx enlisted help from his friend, Eric Singer (drummer for KISS, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath).Through Singer, the band hired an all-star lineup that included Bruce Kulick (KISS), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Robert Sweet (Stryper), Steve “Sex” Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd), Stevie Rachelle (Tuff), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Whitesnake) and others to record their debut release, “Backstreet Anthems.”Produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Gilby Clarke, “Backstreet Anthems” was recorded at Studio City in Los Angeles, California. The release contained 10 tracks, including covers of “A Hard Dayz Night (The Beatles) and “Flaming Youth” (KISS).Following its release, Shameless continued to build a cult following in the hard rock underground. In January of 2000, Alexx & BC returned to Keri Kelli’s (Alice Cooper, Slash’s Snakepit) studio in Orange County, California to record their sophomore release, “Queen 4 A Day.”Keeping the successful formula of their debut release, Michael and BC once again recruited some famous guest performers including Jani Lane (Warrant), Keith Alan (Big Band Babies), Steve Riley (L.A. Guns), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper), Stevie Rachelle (Tuff), Steve Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd) and others. Shameless recorded 13 tracks but only 12 of them were used for the album. The last track (a cover of the KISS classic “Tomorrow” was used for a KISS Tribute CD and not included on the final version of the album.“Queen 4 A Day” was released in the summer of 2000 via MTM Music in Europe. The band toured Germany and the Netherlands in support of “Queen 4 A Day” including several performances where the band was joined onstage by Bruce Kulick (KISS).The group’s third release, “Splashed” was released in the summer of 2002. This time the band made a conscious decision to focus on a cohesive line-up that included Alexx Michael (bass), BC (guitar), Stevie Rachelle & Steve Summers (vocals) , and Mike Fasano (drums).“Splashed” carried on the Shameless spirit of real rock and roll while having good time.The release contained 11 original tracks with a bonus DVD of material from their 2000 tour, including a promotional video for the lead single, “Don’t Hesitate.”Following the release of “Splashed,” the band set out on a sold out tour of England, Germany, Holland, Austria & Italy . The band recorded several shows during the United Kingdom leg of the tour, and subsequently put out their first live release, “Super Hardcore Show.”It would be three years before Shameless returned to record their next studio release in december of 2006, “Famous 4 Madness”. Bassist, Alexx Michael and guitarist, BC were once again joined by vocalists, Steve Summers & Stevie Rachelle. “Famous 4 Madness” saw the band returning to fine form and enlisting help from outside musicians including Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Jani Lane (Warrant), John Corabi (The Scream, Motley Crue), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper), Kari Kane (Pretty Boy Floyd), Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper).In support of “Famous 4 Madness,” the band embarked on an European tour that took the band to Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Shameless continued to tour through 2009-2010 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, France and Sweden.The band returned in December 2011, with a new studio release, “Dial S For Sex.” Featuring the two very successful songs, “Summertime Goodbye,” with vocalist Stevie Rachelle and guitarist Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.) and a cover of the Katy Perry song“Hot N’ Cold” with Steve Summers on vocals.Shameless have recently completed recording their sixth studio release, “Beautiful Disaster.” The first single “Forever Ends Today” features Steve Summers (vocals), Tod T Burr(drums) along with BC & Michael Thomas(guitar) and Alexx Michael (bass). “Beautiful Disaster” contains 10 new original Shameless classics along with a cover of the T Rex / Marc Bolan classic “Life’s A Gas” featuring former The Runaways singer, Cherie Currie. This is the singer’s first appearance in the recording studio since 1998. Currie also lent her unique vocal talents on the Shameless original, “Dear Mum” that was written by Alexx Michael & Andy Brings. In addition, the band recorded the timeless Alice Cooper classic, “I’m Eighteen” with vocalist, Stevie Rachelle.Since their 1999 debut, Shameless have been establishing themselves as a band that doesn’t give a damn that the 80s are over – they continue to turn out good-natured, party rock and roll, regardless of shifting musical tends and styles.
The end of 2011 brought with a special treat to glam rock fans, super group Shameless released what is being called the 15 song EP called Dial S for Sex. Originally formed in April of 1989 by bass player Alexx "Skunk" Michael, Shameless features many different and talented artists from the hard rock scene of the 80's and early 90's. Musicians from Kiss, Tuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, Big Bang Babies, Stryper, L.A. Guns, Warrant and Guns and Roses have all contributed to Shameless.The new CD comes packed with 15 tracks.This CD would definitely enhance any glam rock lovers collection. The music, vocal style and lyrics hearken back to the sounds of the late 80's early 90's. While this came out at the very end of 2011, I am going to make this really a 2012 release and state that the bar has been set. Any other CD that comes out this year will have to beat the love I currently have for this one.This should really be very good: a veritable banquet of stars feasting together at the table marked glam.But oh no, they go and fuck it all up with fourteen tracks of some of the blandest music that the eighties ever spunked up in a cum soaked hooker named Despair.This was meant to be an EP with only a handful of new stuff but it's full of covers and re-recordings to make it up to an LP (six tracks from their own 'Splashed' album. Why?). Shameless are Alexx Michael's brainchild and have been around for a lot longer than you would have thought and, through their revolving door of stars, this fifth studio album is served up for our pleasure. To think that these players have formed or been part of the scene since day one and their CVs include Tuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, Beautiful Creatures and LA Guns just makes it all even worse. Maybe it's because of these bands that I had such high hopes for this disc?Kerri Fuckin' Kelli - what happened, dude? I remember seeing this badger-haired genius way back in the day with LA Guns, Adler and the like and he was a born star, destined to shred and grow, stealing the limelight of the so-called bigger stars and, having ended up with Alice Cooper, he pretty much got his just rewards....but where are the licks of sex? The shred of parties? The riffs of doom? Not on this disc for sure......but it should be noted that the decent songs are all part, if not all, Kelli compositions.Stevie Rachelle comes out of this pretty well unscathed and, with his vocals on only five songs, he does a pretty decent job as a Bret Michaels stand-in. Tuff's 'Summertime Goodbye' appears twice (again, why?) and with Chris Holmes making an appearance, it's decent enough. The Kerri Kelli written 'Innocence Is No Excuse' is worthy of a mention - the best track on here.And then we come to the poor man's Taime Downe - Steve Summers. I've got to admire a man that's made a 20-odd year career out of pretty much one album and he only enhances his 'reputation' here.To include the Katy Perry song 'Hot & Cold' twice on here is ballsy, once was certainly more than enough, and when I tell you that the Perry version rocks way harder, you'll get my point. The second version features a female singer called Lauren Breen (no idea?) and simply sounds like a contestant on American Idol - I can see the costumes and glitter now as she flaunts some leg and smiles doe-eyed at the camera but wait....it's still way better than the Summers led version. So, to compensate for that pop gem they give us the Elvis standard 'Always On My Mind' and they are simply not good. Not good at all. You'll prefer the Pet Shop Boys version and I'm not joking. I'd actually ask you to download those two tracks, just to share some of the shame I'm now carrying around with me after hearing them.In fairness to Steve Summers, the Kelli written track 'Operator' is a pretty good stab at a Poison track and he carries it off well, and 'Toy Human' is another track where he sounds okay but as we've heard them before on 'Splashed' do we really need to hear them again?Many will be interested in the Jani Lane featured track, 'Far Away'. The old PBF song (originally on PBF's 'Tonight....' album, then again on Shameless's 'Splashed' album) is given an acoustic makeover and is more than a fair addition to any Jani Lane remembrance.A reminder of a great voice lost early.To call this album 'Dial S For Sex' and then make it the blandest, least sexy album of pelvic thrusting for quite a while just makes the whole package even more confusing than it already is (they sing Happy Birthday at the end as a 'secret' track for a reason I'm sure...). I've no idea realistically who's in charge and therefore who carries the can for quality control, song choice and the package as a whole. There's only so many Tuff and PBF songs that can be dredged out and re-touched, so it looks like whatever hold Alexx Michael has on the two frontmen must surely be coming to an end? I expected better and I wanted better but it just didn't deliver like I believe it should have. The Wham Bam, Thank you Glam just isn't here and that's what's really disappointing about it.When they're good, they're Tuff, thanks to Rachelle and Kelli, and when they're bad you realise that Pretty Boy Floyd got lucky and that Poison were simply geniuses.And that's saying something.
Alexx Michael - bass
Steve Summers - vocals
Stevie Rachelle - vocals
Keri Kelli - guitar
Jani Lane - vocals
Lauren Breen - vocals
Todd T Burr - drums
B.C. - guitar
Chris Holmes - guitar
Mike Fasano - drums
01. Innocence Is No Excuse
02. Hot & Cold (Steve Summers vocals) Cover: Katy Perry
03. Summertime Goodbye Cover: Tuff
04. Live 4 Today
05. Always on My Mind Cover: Elvis Presley
06. Far Away Cover: Pretty Boy Floyd
07. Love the Way (You Make Me Sick)
08. Don't Hesitate
09. U & I
11. Toy Human
12. Goodbye 2 U
13. Hot & Cold (Lauren Breen vocals) Cover: Katy Perry (Bonus Track)
14. Summertime Goodbye reprise Cover: Tuff (Bonus Track)
15. Happy Birthday to You (Bonus Track)
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