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Tigertailz are a band hailing from Cardiff, Wales. Known as one of the most flamboyantly sleazy groups of their era, they are most famous for their 1990 album ‘Bezerk’, which made the U.K. Top 40 and spawned three successful singles including the anthem “Love Bomb Baby”.

Early years (1986-1990)

Part of the nascent glam metal scene in the late 1980s, Tigertailz first line-up issued their debut album, Young and Crazy, in 1987. The album featured vocalist Steevi Jaimz, guitarist Jay Pepper, bassist Pepsi Tate (Huw Justin Smith (1965-2007)) and drummer Ace Finchum. The debut created interest in the band and spawned the anthemic single “Livin’ Without You.”

As the band toured playing said album, it became clear that vocalist Steevi Jaimz was not as committed to the band as might be hoped, and several instances of fighting due to the influence of drink were recorded. The band felt they had no choice but to part company with Jaimz in order to progress. They recruited flamboyant hard rock vocalist Kim Hooker to replace Jaimz in time for follow-up album ‘Bezerk’, which was eventually released to great critical acclaim in 1990 on the Music For Nations label.

Commercial success (1990-1995)

Hooker’s vocals and stage presence took the band to a new commercial level. Prior to the release of Bezerk, the band re-recorded “Livin Without’ You” with Hooker and released it as a single. Bezerk saw the band breakthrough as a headline act, selling out medium sized venues and delivering three singles: “Love Bomb Baby”, “Noise Level Critical”, and “Heaven”. The album itself made it into the U.

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