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1) Hair Metal Band: Bursting onto the scene in the late 80s, Vain made waves and appeared on the covers of some of rock and metal’s most respected magazines before they even signed a record deal. While toting similar edgy apparel to current glam metal contemporaries, Vain’s MO in the Bay Area scene was having actual substance to their music rather than churning out the same three recycled chords like so many rip off bands were making money doing.

Vain formed in San Francisco by Davy Vain (vocals), Danny West and James Scott (guitars), Ashley Mitchell (bass) and Tommy Rickard (drums). The band began to create a buzz in California, as they released a couple demos in hopes for a major label deal. Davy Vain would also moonlight as a producer for such up and coming Bay Area thrashers as Death Angel. Even though they were losing money, the band refused to locate to Los Angeles, and finally got a deal with Island records. The debut album was an absolute sleaze masterpiece, and the band had minor success in the U.K. where they had a successful tour with Skid Row.

The follow-up album never got a chance, as Island shelved the album after a few cassette promos were released in a management/ownership change, and the band was promptly dropped, killing any momentum they had. In late 1991 both West (who joined the band Shine) and Rickard (who would later form Loaded) left the band. Guitarist Shawn Rorie and ex-Guns N’Roses drummer Steven Adler were recruited and the band changed their name to Roadcrew.


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