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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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