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Shark Island was one of the most popular club bands in Los Angeles during the 80’s metal explosion. They dubbed themselves the “the longest running successful rock show in L.A.”, but they were never able to break wide open.
They began as the Sharks as early as 1979 when high school friends Richard Black (considered to be the man from whom Guns N’ Roses’ front man Axl Rose stole most of his stage moves!) and Spencer Sercombe joined forces. The lineup for the Sharks changed regularly, with vocalist Black and guitarist Sercombe being the only staples. The Sharks released an independent album called Altar Ego in 1982.

By 1985 the Sharks had developed into Shark Island with a line-up of Michael Guy (guitar), Tom Rucci (bass) and Walt Woodward (drums). The band released an album of demos independently before being signed to Epic records. Shortly after, they had two songs included on the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure soundtrack. In 1990 the band went from a five-piece down to four, when Black and Sercombe recruited a new band of Chris Heilmann (bass) and Greg Ellis (drums). The band were ready to set the world on fire with their first major label album, Law Of The Order. It contained killer singles such as “Paris Calling” and “Bad For Each Other”, but went completely unnoticed by the record buying public.
In 1991 Black and Sercombe joined the one-off super group Contraband before heading back to Shark Island. New songs were recorded in 1992, but never released, and the band just faded away.

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  • Davshark11

    HHIIIII 1st and best..Dave drummer trademark shark jaws in my bass drum shouting out..Still rockin' ..studio...live...miss you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • HawkeyeAvenger7

    They are very, very, good. Would have liked them to continue on to get the recognition they deserved.

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • BattleUmbrae

    Love free streaming, but true artists and underdogs like these guys and others need the cash from us buying their CD's. If we don't help out, we only get corporate "music" icons (West, Spears, Montana) ... cough. Music Karma? I bought the 'Gathering of the Faithful' CD directly from SharkIslandMusic.com and the CD was autographed when it came in!

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • lLeather

    hellyeahh

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Deathriderdoom

    S'cool Bus

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • johnny8ball

    My city is a junkyard, graveyard, suicide machine!

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • joyo3000

    they rock! check them out: www.sharkislandmusic.com or: http://www.myspace.com/sharkisland have fun and BUY the new album!

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • legiones99

    bien!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • SavaFan4Ever

    I had SHARK ISLAND on casette when it first came out... I'd love to own the music on CD (since my casette got chewed up by the tape player EONS ago) - but haven't been fortunate enough to. Was hoping the tunes would be available here for streaming at least...

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    "Father Time" is fantastic!

    30 May 2008 Reply
  • therewasatime

    should've been huge.

    31 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Naoto1969

    cooolll!!

    28 Nov 2007 Reply
  • moose9377

    SHARK SANDWICH!

    31 Dec 2006 Reply

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