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For the totally unrelated 60s band ‘The Gun’ please see: The Gun

Gun (1987-1997, 2008-today) is a band from Glasgow, Scotland. They started out as ‘Blind Allez’ and then ‘Phobia’, finally settling on the name ‘Gun’ on signing a record deal with A&M. Early gigs saw them touring with their fellow Scots Simple Minds whilst at the same time selling out their own headline shows. Gun are perhaps best known for their version of the classic song “Word Up”, a top 40 hit in nations such as Germany, New Zealand, and the U.K.

Gun’s original studio lineup consisted of Mark Rankin on lead vocals, Guiliano Gizzi and Baby Stafford on guitar, Dante Gizzi on bass, and Scott Shields on drums. Mark Rankin’s cousin, Sharleen Spiteri, sang backing vocals on the band’s first albums, Taking On The World and Gallus. Although not quite breaking into the musical mainstream, their brand of American fueled music garnered a large cult-following. Q Magazine named the band’s 1994 follow-up Swagger one of the best albums of the year, and Gun’s single “Word Up” (a of the Cameo tune) even blasted into the top ten.

However, Gun’s popularity waned in the 90s due a change in style to more funky and slick feel, influenced by producer Andrew Farris (INXS) and especially following a spate of high-profile gun crimes that caused the group to mutate their name into G.U.N. Their final studio album signaled the end of the hard rock sound that built their reputation. Not long afterward, the band split. Even after their 1997 folding, the group did, nonetheless, reform for a charity gig in January 2008 with Toby Jepson (ex-Little Angels) on guest vocals.


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  • Thrashzilla1986

    Excelent band from 60-70's

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ReachDown

    totally unrelated? Bullshit! They never called themselves 'The Gun'. [2] Especially when it's written as "Gun" on Gun and Gunsight.

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • P-Werchowenskij

    totally unrelated? Bullshit! They never called themselves 'The Gun'.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • shibuyadepunch

    Wow, what happened to this band? They're no good without Mark.

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • Captainnosense

    Really disappointed with the direction GUN's music has gone. From being solid, quality rockers to 'pop'eteers... 0141 was the first nail in GUN's rock coffin and now Break The Silence is the lid being sealed and the whole shebang being lowered into the ground. At least we have the first three albums to remember that GUN once produced leading edge hard rock music that meant something. They should have released the latest effort under another name 'cos it aint GUN.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • rocknrosezine

    Guns's brand new album 'Break The Silence' reviewed over at

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MotleyKhon

    Awesome band

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Davie_Orr

    one of my best ever gigs was seeing Gun in the old Mayfair on Sauchiehall St where talking 90-92 sometime.... althou its pretty sad to see that Gun only has just over 300,000 scrobbles..this bands deserves too be in the millions at least.

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jaiydm

    Gun forever

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Miron2004

    good old rock years 1960-70.Ilistened to in the 80.

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • paranoidchileno

    Los únicos Gun que existen para mí son los de fines de los 60, autores de un tema tan emblemático como Race With the Devil, y que influyó a Judas Priest y a un montón de bandas del NWOBHM. Esos GUN son los que vale la pena rescatar y recordar. A los escoceses no los conozco, quizás tengan buenos temas, no sé, pero habría que diferenciar a ambas bandas. Saludos

    6 Dec 2010 Reply

    Mark Rankin , the best vocals of rock , i' m gonna steal your fireeeeeeeee!!!! \m/

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • P-Werchowenskij

    I know, you young poopers don't know about history, but there once lived two guys named Marcus Porcius Cato. Everybody knows that one of them always stated "Ceterum censeo..." and so on, but does any of you, know which one it was? Today we call them Cato the Elder and Cato the younger. You can see, both names are changed, not only one. Thats Diplomacy. How about Gun (Gurvitz/Farrell) and Gun (Gizzi/McManus) By the way the coversleeves of my LPs show 'Gun' and not 'The Gun'

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Lesanderd

    Gun rocks!!!

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
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    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Thinny

    Due to hackers we have lost everything on the Forums over at Toby Jepson's official site. The forums have now been recreated, but we have lost all posts and user accounts. If everyone could head over and sign up and get some posts going that would be great! Visit now! Repost this to your profile if possible. Thanks :)

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • metalfartz

    C'mon dudes someone get the real Scottish bands photos back up.The Others are The Gun have some c'mon sense you plums!

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • spkr4thdd

    There's a review of The Duchess gig at

    26 Mar 2010 Reply
  • spkr4thdd

    Strange that Popkiller's not listed here yet? Anyone going to the show in York next week? Here's a flyer to get in for half price if you are!!

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • momothepirate

    Wow, some dudes who made a song in the '90s and get their shitty, washed up band back together to cash in nostalgia own the rights to a three-letter word? That's not completely idiotic at all!

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
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