Krokus: “Original Album Classics” Assortment Overview
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Krokus: “Authentic Album Classics” Collection Overview
Updated on December 11, 2017 Keith Abt moreI’ve been an obsessed onerous rock/heavy metal fan and CD collector for the reason that early 1980s. If it is got a good guitar riff and angle, I’m in.
Contact Author Krokus shall be next 12 months’s Def Leppard.
— Krokus supervisor Butch Stone to Circus Journal, September 1983 KROKUS – Original Album Classics three-CD set (Sony/Legacy/Arista, 2012)
Swiss rockers KROKUS never quite lived up to that somewhat grandiose managerial prediction proven above, however they managed to carve out a reasonably first rate career for themselves throughout the massive ’80s metallic growth. American audiences most likely remember them finest for 1983’s Headhunter album – a derivative-however-enjoyable slab of early ’80s metallic which included the enduring radio staple “Screaming within the Evening.” Krokus was thought of a “new” act at that time, however Headhunter was truly their seventh (!) release – which meant the band already had a reasonably deep catalog of pre-Headhunter albums waiting for curious fans to unearth them.
Based as a progressive rock act in Switzerland in 1975, Krokus’ first two records – 1976’s self titled debut and 1977’s To You All – barely made a splash, even in their homeland. A stylistic change in the direction of AC/DC styled laborious rock on 1978’s mostly ignored Pain Killer album (aka Pay It In Metallic) did little to reverse the band’s waning fortunes. It wasn’t until Marc Storace – a singer initially from the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta, who’d been kicking around the European rock scene because the late ’60s – joined the fold in time for 1980’s Steel Rendez-vous that issues started falling into place for Krokus. Storace’s distinctively gritty and highly effective vocal style – a blend of Bon Scott’s pub-rock swagger and Robert Plant’s area-rattling wail – fit the band’s sound like a glove. The remaining, as they are saying, is history.
I used to be a casual Krokus fan throughout their transient early ’80s heyday but they hadn’t been on my radar for a long time — till I lately scored a bargain-priced CD of their best hits, which renewed my interest in the band. In search of to re-purchase a few of their albums that I owned in my youth, I came throughout a cool Krokus field set that was released in 2012 as part of Sony/Legacy’s Original Album Classics reissue collection. The field options Marc Storace’s first three albums with the band – 1980’s Steel Rendez-vous, 1981’s Hardware and 1982’s One Vice At A Time – each in neat little cardboard slipcovers meant to imitate the looks of the unique vinyl LPs. The set was an absolute steal for ten bucks so I snapped it up and I have been going down Steel Reminiscence Lane with the trio of CDs all week long.
“Metal Rendez-vous” (1980)
I’ve owned Steel Rendez-vous on vinyl because the mid 1980s however since I not have a turntable to play LPs on, I hadn’t heard it in dog years. Subsequently, revisiting this album after more than two many years was like getting a letter from an outdated friend. Metal Rendez-vous is about as subtle as the vehicle collision on its entrance cowl, kicking off properly with the uptempo “Heat Strokes” before sliding into second gear with “Bedside Radio” and the heavy-duty “Shy Child.” “Tokyo Nights” is a mid-tempo observe that begs the viewers to sing along, almost like an early blueprint of “Screaming within the Night.” “Back Seat Rock N Roll” brings things to a satisfyingly pummeling shut.
Comparisons to AC/DC are unavoidable when listening to Metallic Rendez-vous (and indeed, many of the band’s catalog) resulting from Storace’s Bon Scott-esque vocals and Krokus’ propensity for using groan-worthy sexual double-entendres and puns of their lyrics and tune titles, similar to their Aussie heroes. What Krokus could lack in subtlety, they more than make up for in terms of catchiness and sheer volume!
My brother owned Hardware on cassette again within the day and it was a frequent player back then, but I’ve by no means owned a replica myself, due to this fact I hadn’t heard it in at the very least a quarter century. The rumbling “Celebration” will get things off to a moody start earlier than kicking into “Straightforward Rocker,” which salutes the band’s fans clad in leather jackets, covered with patches of “those heavy bands.” A very nasty groupie is immortalized in “Smelly Nellie,” and it would not take a lot imagination to figure out what the charming “Mr. 69” is about. Contemporary audiences will probably be shocked at a line in album-nearer “Mad Racket” during which Storace barks a couple of rival, “He’s a transvestite — he’s a fag!” (I do not suppose he’s speaking a few cigarette…) Of the three albums included in this set, Hardware was my least favorite, in spite of some decent tracks. It simply does not have the hearth of the opposite two albums that bookend it. .
“Rock City” (1981)
“One Vice at a Time” (1982)
One Vice at a Time was released in 1982 – a 12 months prior to Krokus’ “breakthrough” success with Headhunter – and was possibly their hardest-rocking (and in addition most derivative) album up to now. It kicks off with one among Krokus’ greatest-identified pre-Headhunter songs – the oh-so-refined “Long Stick Goes Growth” (hint: it is not about a stick of dynamite…), which rips off AC/DC even more blatantly than ordinary. (Which is admittedly sayin’ one thing!). Krokus continues to mine The Thunder From Down Below for inspiration for the remainder of the album, particularly on tracks like “Dangerous Boys, Rag Dolls” and “Down the Drain.” Seriously of us, they owe Angus and Malcolm Young some royalties for this one! Regardless of its near-complete lack of originality One Vice remains to be a enjoyable hear, particularly when it’s cranked up to appropriately obnoxious quantity levels.
“Long Stick Goes Boom” (1982)
So no matter occurred to Krokus anyway
After the platinum success of the Headhunter album, Krokus’ fortunes took a reasonably swift downward turn. The band made the poor decision to abandon their headbanging, pedal-to-the-metallic strategy on comply with up albums like 1984’s The Blitz and 1985’s Change of Deal with, favoring a slicker pop-steel sound geared toward American rock radio and MTV. The metallic fraternity stated “no thanks” to their new course, labeling Krokus sell-outs and bandwagon-jumpers. Storace left the band after 1988’s barely-observed Coronary heart Attack and Krokus cut up up after one album with a brand new singer (1990’s Stampede).
Storace returned to the fold just a few years later for 1995’s successful To Rock Or Not to Be reunion album, and the band has been lively ever since – even when membership has been something of a revolving door from album to album. Krokus’ most current CD, Dirty Dynamite, was released in 2013 and so they stay a popular draw on the concert circuit, particularly in Europe.
I hope I’ve piqued your interest in this underrated band. If you’re thinking about checking their materials out for your self, this Authentic Album Classics 3-CD set can be a superb place to start your journey. Now, all I need to do is pick up Headhunter on CD and I’m all set…
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sendingAuthorKeith Abt 2 years in the past from The Backyard State
Hi Leo – thanks for stopping stone island jas kapot by. Will try “Dynamite,” you may by no means have too many AC/DC ripoffs, haha
Leo 2 years ago
I found your site today by way of Steve Hoffman and really enjoyed it. I also have the Krokus trinity (with four) and hadn’t heard them in greater than 20 years. The time has come. Cheers from Brazil
One other AC/DC’s Bon Scott period rip-off is Dynamite – https://www.youtube.com/watch v=UJ-uQQw04CY
AuthorKeith Abt 2 years ago from The Backyard State
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Fox Music 2 years ago
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