Often criticized for following whatever musical trend was popular at the time, Shotgun Messiah managed to transform from glam to sleaze to industrial with varying results. Originally known as Kingpin, the Swedish band consisting of Zinny J. Zan (vocals), Harry K. Cody (guitar), Tim "Tim" Skold (bass) and Stixx Galore (drums) were making waves in their homeland in the mid 80s.
Their debut album Welcome To Bop City was released in 1988 and featured the group in outrageous haircuts and outfits. With the album doing great locally the boys decided to uproot and head for the bright lights of the late 80s Los Angeles rock scene. Upon their arrival, Kingpin changed their name to Shotgun Messiah, toned down their image slightly and remixed Welcome To Bop City as Shotgun Messiah. The album reached the Billboard Top 100 and the band was doing respectable business. However it wasn't long before San was fired from Shotgun Messiah and they recruited bassist Bobby Lycon (who was best known as a member of The Guttercats that made an appearance on Married With Children) so that Skold could take over vocal duties.
Second Coming was arguably the band's finest moment, but it failed to match the success of the debut album. It wasn't long before Shotgun Messiah was without a rhythm section, but Skold and Harry Cody never missed a beat as they decided to use programming to create the industrial sounding Violent New Breed. The album was a huge departure from their roots and fans all but ignored the release, leading to the bands demise. Skold would continue in the same genre with a solo release before joining bands such as KMFDM, MDFMK and Marilyn Manson.
After the split up of Shotgun Messiah he started a band called Coma, together with ex-Kingofthehill guitarist Jimmy Griffith, ex-Saigon Kick singer Matt Kramer and a drummer named Ricky Sanders. Unfortunately, Coma never recorded an album and fell apart. After Coma, in '96, he was in a band called Das Cabal (first called Revolver), together with Rhino Bucket-frontman Georg Dolivo. Nothing ended up on "vinyl" with Das Cabal either, but a three-track demo, featuring a track for the low-budget movie "Boogie Boy" saw they day before the split. Dolivo claims in an interview that the band split because of Cody refused to play live. Harry was trying to hunt down a recording deal with his 6-track demo-CD (titled "Stark", recorded in '97) afterwards, but with little of result. He is now earning his living through writing radio- and TV-commercials for companys like Groove Addicts, Pyro Promo Music, Swoop Music, Signature Sound, Berserk Hills Music and Talent Partners. Most recently, Harry has been collaborating with Tom Waits, appearing on his most recent albums Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards and Real Gone, performing guitar and banjo.
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