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Los Angeles, United States (1983 – 1989)

Autograph was an American band from Los Angeles, California. Initially active from 1983 to 1989, the band was reformed by their founder Steve Plunkett for a single album, released in 2003, and has been inactive since. They’re best known for their 1984 hit “Turn up the Radio”, with a music video that was a regular staple on MTV.

They formed in 1983 with vocalist/guitarist Steve Plunkett joining up with guitarist Steve Lynch, bassist Randy Rand, keyboard player Steven Isham, and drummer Keni Richards. The band seemed to have it all: a fine commercial hard rock debut in 1984’s ‘Sign In Please’, good looks, and great hair. Still, it wasn’t enough, and by the time they released the following year’s disappointing ‘That’s the Stuff’ the 80s rock audience had moved on. Their 1987 single “Loud and Clear” got a bit of attention, thanks to Ozzy Osbourne’s cameo in their video, but it all arrived too late to save the band, which split up in 1989. A posthumous collection of outtakes called ‘Missing Pieces’ was released about a decade later.

Despite scoring a massive MTV hit with their very first single, “Turn Up the Radio”, which continues to be a staple, Autograph’s songs got lost in the shuffle of the thriving Los Angeles scene. Still, interest in their first big hit continues, with the song featured in a variety of places such as the popular ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ video game.

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  • Samson-91

    Finally, after 10 years of hiatus, they back. [Correct me if I'm wrong, but I heard that they were inactive since 2005]

    5 Jul 4:00pm Reply
  • Congelamento

    Who cares about a new album? Steve Plunkett is not even going to be on it. It's not the same without his voice.

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    Didn't know they were back. Love My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Isn't Me

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Winys_Rockman

    Finally! Autograph is back! Can't wait to hear their new album \m/

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • CyberMusicLover

    The first ever Metal Band I had ever heard!

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • litex_fen

    Awesome [4]

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Congelamento

    So incredibly underrated

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Winys_Rockman

    One of My All-time fav bands ever![2] Band with unique sound and catchy melodies. Only the Good Die Young =/, but their 5 albuns still kick some serious ass! Still Waiting for a revival...

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • NihilisticRobot

    Walking home from Junior High in Wichita, Ks. along Central Avenue in 1984, I bought the used cassette 'Sign In Please' with my allowance money from a spot called 'Poverty Records.' but only because 'Turn Up The Radio' was kicking ass on all the radio stations in the nation at that time. Yeah, my friends thought I was cool for 2 weeks, and then everyone slowly realized there was nothing else of value on this album. Good times. But not for long.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Awesome [3] Turn Up The Radio <3 [3] One of my all-time favorite bands ever, wish there were more alums recorded by these badass dudes!

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • alexeychurchill

    Turn Up The Radio <3 [2]

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • VonDozier

    Brayko anyone?=_= [2]

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    Awesome [2]

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • Slesar-int

    http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Shit+rave/

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ZDOGG

    Brayko anyone?=_=

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • PrettyTiedUp

    ♥♥♥

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Turn Up The Radio <3

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
  • CrazyJuilet

    good band

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • giorgigeorgia88

    crap band.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • newromantistic

    Классика вечна,и эта группа тому подтверждение!The classics is eternal, and this collective to that acknowledgement!

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
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