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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 in 2002 for a single album, and is now currently inactive. 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 under-appreciated ‘That’s the Stuff’ the 80s glam 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 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 hit continues. In 2003, Steve Plunkett put out a reunion album of sorts: an all-new material album entitled ‘Buzz’, which retained their 80s sound.

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