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  1. "Faster Pussycat" Trashy, smashed Aerosmith-meets-New-York-Dolls fun. If silly “License to Ill” rap-rock cop “Babylon” wasn’t on here, a case could be made for “Faster Pussycat” being right up there with “Appetite” and “Too Fast” for elite Sunset Strip slabs. As it is, it’s still essential listening for fans of this music. The other nine tracks on the LP are killer, most notably “Bathroom Wall,” “No Room for Emotion” and “Ship Rolls In.” "No Respect" By: Vain Released: 1989 Vain’s debut never got close to even the top 100 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Yet these Bay Area glamsters, led by former Death Angel producer Davy Vain still left a mark. The band is a fave of knowledgeable, leather-rock enthusiasts, including rising podcaster Jaide Alicia. “No Respect” cuts like “Secrets,” “Beat the Bullet” and the title track carve a sinewy dark tuneful space. "Saigon Kick" By: Saigon Kick Released: 1988 With Metallica/White Lion knob-twiddler Michael Wagener behind the board, Florida combo Saigon Kick brought alternative-tinged artfulness to ’80s heavy. They also dipped into Queen-meets-Sweet melodicism, on songs like “What You Say.” "Sea Hags" By: Sea Hags Released: 1989 “Appetite” fans should recognize the toothy-yet-sleek sound on this disc. GN’R producer Mike Clink also helmed the Sea Hags’ debut. "Badlands" By: Badlands Released: 1989 How was this album not an absolute smash? Hammer of the gods epic “Winter’s Call” alone should’ve been enough. It’s one of the late ’80s standout rock tracks. Period. Bandland’s lineup was stacked, with former Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee, ex-Black Sabbath replacement singer Ray Gillen, future Kiss skinsman Eric Singer and steel-fingered bassist Greg Chaisson. "In The Beginning" By: Malice Released: 1985 Judas Priest meets “Heaven and Hell” razor-grooves. Malice frontman James Neal has lightbulb shattering pipes for days - in fact, the great Sebastian Bach considers Neal’s singing on “Rockin’ with You” one of Bach’s favorite vocal performances ever. That’s saying something, coming from the dude who crushed those “I Remember You" high notes. "Dangerous Toys" By: Dangerous Toys Released: 1989 Singer Jason McMaster’s ad-libs on excellent single “Teas’n, Pleas’n” will bring you to your sha na na na na na na na na knees. Dangerous Toys’ tattered sway made these Austin, Texas rockers an appealing spin for fans whose appetite for destruction had yet to be satiated. But horror-tinged track “Scared” proved the band was more than just five more urchins livin’ under the street. “Demolition” By: Girlschool Released: 1980 Four badass British babes who rattle skulls like a female Motorhead? Sign me the f--- up. “Demolition” is bruising yet denim-danceable, and the swaggering “Breakdown” is one of my top cuts from the entire decade. As an album, “Demolition” more than holds its own with The Runaways’ pioneering 1976 debut. "Kix" By: Kix Released: 1981 Maryland band Kix is best known for anti-suicide balled “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” off platinum selling fourth disc “Blow My Fuse.” But the group made their best music early in their career by stirring new wave wiggle into AC/DC lightning. "Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks" By: Hanoi Rocks Released: 1981 Hanoi Rocks’ music didn’t really sound like their haircuts and clothes, which Izzy Stradlin and the rest of Sunset Strip would soon appropriate. GN’R would return the favor by reissuing Hanoi Rocks LPs on their vanity label. There’s no denying Hanoi frontman Michael Monroe’s crew was brilliant. Just give the Clash-meets-Duran Duran vibe of “Tragedy” a listen. "Blue Murder" By: Blue Murder Released: 1989 Former Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Tygers of Pan Tang guitarist John Sykes steps to the mic in this formidable power-trio. Backed by all-world drummer Carmine Appice and former Jimmy Page accomplice Tony Franklin on bass, Sykes laid down refreshingly spacious cuts like “Jelly Roll” and the title track. "Vices" By: Waysted Released: 1983 UFO bassist Pete Way put the Way in Waysted, which seemed to be a support act on every arena rock tour during this period. “Fastway” By: Fastway Released: 1983 Pete Way was also a founding member and lent his name to Fastway, but split before the group cut their debut. Fastway featured Humble Pie’s Jerry Shirley on drums, Motorhead’s “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar and Hendrix/Zeppelin/Kiss recordist Eddie Kramer as producer. The Vince Neil-ish vocals are courtesy of Dave King. Yes, the future frontman for Celt-punks Flogging Molly. "Junkyard" By: Junkyard Released: 1989 Junkyard is more than just a T-shirt Axl Rose wore to a photo shoot. The Los Angeles combo featured guitarist Brian Baker from hardcore punks Minor Threat and scrappy rockers like gritty sidewinder “Hollywood.” "Babylon A.D." By: Babylon A.D Released: 1989 Bay Area band’s slightly twangy, working-man’s rock, a la Tesla, was potent enough to catch the ear of legendary record man, Clive Davis, who signed them. http://www.al.com/life/2020/05/15-underrated-80s-debut-albums-by-hard-rockmetal-acts.html
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