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There are at least three artists named Slaughter on last.fm:
1. A glam rock band from the United States popular in the 1980’s
2. A thrash/death metal band from Canada
3. A heavy metal band from France

1) Slaughter first formed in Las Vegas, NV. at the height of glam metal’s dominance over MTV and rock radio. Achieving popularity at the tail end of the movement, Slaughter’s day in the spotlight proved to be bright but fickle and brief. They have, however, continued to record and tour.

The band formed in 1988 with Mark Slaughter on vocals, Dana Strum as bassist, Tim Kelly on guitars and Blas Elias on drums. Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum had previously played together in Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Their debut album Stick It To Ya saw 3 songs hit the Billboard Hot 100: “Fly To the Angels (#19)”, “Up All Night (#27)”, and “Spend My Life (#39)”.

Unlike many of the bands from the era who were suddenly phased out in the wake of the alternative movement, Slaughter remained intact and continued to produce new records. In 1992, the released their second album, titled The Wild Life. It had the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Real Love (#69)” and was certified platinum.

The band planned to dedicate themselves to their next album. However, in 1993 guitarist Tim Kelly was arrested for charges of drug trafficking, while bassist Dana Strum had a motorcycle accident that injured his playing hand. This delayed the recording of the album, but they kept working on it while Kelly was meeting with attorneys and Strum was rehabilitating. They finished the recording on February 1994 when Strum was completely rehabilitated.

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