The Juggernauts – Wild!

The Juggernauts
1989 (no label)
Ingle Farm, South Australia

Cameron Emerald – Lead vocals
Milo MinderBinder – Guitars
Golden Gordon – Bass
Ruby Orbison – Keyboards
Keith Maniac – Drums

Chris Soole – Saxophone
David Gardiner – Trombone
Mark Williams – Trumpet
Joanne Huges – Backing vocals

Side 1:

  1. Empty Cross
  2. The Greatest of These
  3. Trust On
  4. Jesus Took My Burden
  5. The New Jerusalem

Side 2:

  1. Stand Your Ground
  2. Receive
  3. Excuse Me Physically But I’m Rather Undimensional at the Moment
  4. On the Road

This is a rather eclectic release. You see all of these horn players listed on it, but it was recorded in 1989. So not third wave ska. Maybe cheesy rock? The first song starts off with no horns – its kind of a funk hard rock song that was kind of getting some attention in the late 80s. The second song is… reggae. That’s where the horns come in. Then it’s back to a funky hard rock song with a bit of groove that feels inspired by Adam Again (especially in the keyboards). The album does keep on style jumping, but the main focus seems to be a groovy / funky hard rock / metal sound. With horns thrown in on some songs. The vocalist sounds like the singer from Dig Hay Zoose in many ways, but the band doesn’t get into the frantic funk that DHZ was known for. Its like a funkier Ugly Kid Joe with several horn-based rock songs thrown in.


Lost & Found – Welcome to the Real World

Lost & Found
Welcome to the Real World
1988 Under the Influence Records
Monrovia, California, USA

Scott Walters – Lead vocals
Ted Hoehne – Guitars, vocals
Larry Trainor – Guitars, vocals
Brian Mercer – Vocals, keyboards
Greg Hudson – Bass, vocals
Alison Cate – drums

Side 1:

  1. Welcome to the Real World
  2. Going All the Way
  3. Hear Me
  4. Make It Real
  5. Wait of the World

Side 2:

  1. I’m So Glad
  2. How Long?
  3. Never Alone
  4. Smoke Screen
  5. All the World

I have heard this tape before, but I couldn’t remember if it was heavy metal or not. The cover certainly looks metal. But its not metal at all really. This is 80s rock, AOR, whatever you want to call it. Which they do well – don’t get me wrong. This is just a bit too light for some – they never really go beyond the 80s White Heart level of heaviness. But the 80s sound is strong with this one, so it also hits the nostalgia buttons for many as well. This was apparently issued on CD, vinyl, and tape back in the day, which was a kind of rare combination. It also seems it was re-issued on CD in 2009 with two bonus tracks (on a label that isn’t known for always having the legal rights to re-issue the albums they do, FYI).

Dan Deeble & Robert Barngrover – To Wherever There’s a Heart

Dan Deeble & Robert Barngrover
To Wherever There’s a Heart
19?? CRS Records (9262-19)
Huntington Beach, California, USA

Dan Deeble – Vocals, piano, additional keyboards
Robert Barngrover – All guitars

Rob Deeble – Backup vocals on “To Wherever There’s a Heart,” drums on “A Beautiful Beginning”

Side 1:

  1. To Wherever There’s a Heart
  2. Look Away
  3. Precious Moments
  4. When I Look to You

Side 2:

  1. Love Song
  2. Ease the Pain
  3. A Beautiful Beginning
  4. Humble Knees

Robert Barngrover of Barngrover/Light teams up with Dan Deeble to release an album of light rock. This is much lighter than the progressive/blues rock of Barngrover/Light. I wonder if Dan’s brother Rob that made some guest appearances here is the same as Robert Deeble of Days Like These fame? It seems like this project is mainly Dan, but with a lot of help from Bargrover. Several of the songs are folk rock in nature, with some hints of Caribbean and other world music touches here and there. There is no date on this tape, but I would almost say it was a 70s Jesus Music album. Unless it was released in the 80s and 90s, in which case it would be labeled folk rock / light rock.

Garth Hewitt – Nero’s Watching Video

Garth Hewitt
Nero’s Watching Video
1988 BrierPatch Music (BPM3001)
United Kingdom

Garth Hewitt – Vocals, acoustic guitar on “No One is an Island,” harmonica on “Freedom Fighter,” backing vocals on “Namarimbe”
Bryn Haworth – Acoustic guitar, mandolin, backing vocals, Slide guitar on “No One is an Island,” dobro on “Living Under the Mercy”
Tom Blades – Acoustic guitars, electric guitars, movement drum computer, steel drums on “Namarimbe”
Mick Parker – Piano, organ, synthesizer, vocoder, steel drums on “Zachariah the Zulu”
Luis Jardim – Bass, percussion
Paul Robinson – Drums

Jan Pulsford – Synthesizers and movement drum computer on “Nero’s Watching Video,” backing vocals on “Namarimbe”
Pete Wilshire – Pedal steel guitar on “Freedom Fighter”
Linda Jardim – Backing vocals on “Namarimbe”

Side 1:

  1. Nero’s Watching Video
  2. Freedom Fighter
  3. Water, Water
  4. Zachariah the Zulu
  5. Living Under the Mercy

Side 2:

  1. Namarimbe
  2. Rainbow Over Kampala
  3. So Much Better
  4. No One is an Island
  5. Road to Freedom

This tape started off as a bit of a surprise. I tend to think of Garth Hewitt as a folk rock / roots rock / singer-songwriter artist. But the first song here is pretty much new wave, reminiscent of Steve Taylor. But just as you begin to wonder if Hewitt had made an entire new wave album, it pretty much starts and stops with that one song. Too bad there weren’t at least a few more in the style – it is pretty good. However, once you make the jump in your mind, the rest of the album is a quality roots rock album. There are also several world music influences throughout the album, as Hewitt sings many protest songs about the way we treat our world and the people in it.

Blood and Fire – Who Is It?

Blood and Fire
Who Is It?
1985 (no label)
Guildford, England, United Kingdom

Karl Allison – All vocals except 3, 6, 10
Harry – Guitars, keyboards (4, 10), effects, vocals (4, 6, 10)
Alvin Allison – Keyboards, vocals, effects
Simon Barnett – Drums, percussions, keyboards, vocals, drum programming
William Booth – Extract from “Through Jordan”
Simon Herbert – Bass

Side 1:

  1. This is the Noise
  2. Get the Grip
  3. I Should Have Known
  4. When the Bomb Drops
  5. Who is It?

Side 2:

  1. Everything I Need
  2. Disintegration
  3. Sight for the Blind
  4. Part Time Soldier
  5. Our Father

I’m not totally sure if I know what this band is going for. It’s kind of too punk-ish to be straight up rock. But the keyboards and pop-ish song structures keep it from being punk. And the keyboards are not really new-wave-ish, either. Also, none of those genres really go for 8-minute long songs. It seems like this is British rock with some alternative/punk leanings. I could see this band finding a home on Plankton Records. Also, I noticed that the spine has BAF 002 on it – probably indicating that this is their second demo. But I have no idea if there were others after this one.

Manna – Open Up!

Open Up!
1985 (no label)


Side 1:

  1. Open Up!
  2. True Love
  3. Show Me the Way
  4. People Listen Don’t Understand

Side 2:

  1. Trick or Treat?
  2. 4 A.M.
  3. Stick It Back Together
  4. Don’t Treat Me Like a Coat

I’m trying to place what this demo reminds me of. The sound is not hard rock or alternative or new wave – it’s really straight down the middle rock. But it feels like there are some influences of those three here and there, even though the music is kept from getting too extreme. But there are some good songs on here. Female and male lead vocals with male backing vocals – even though Alan and Jenny are the only names listed as contacts (Alan for concerts and Jenny for the newsletter). But are they in the band, helping the band, or the entire band? The tape says this is their second album. It seems there are several bands from the 1970s called Manna, but the only one that had a tape out close to this one is the one from Canada that released Calling You on Tunesmith in 1983. Not sure if this is the same band as that Manna had six guys in it, none of them named Alan.

Legacy – Demo

19?? (no label)
Kentucky, USA

Steve Crosby

  1. Trusting Jesus
  2. Go and Be With My Lord
  3. Won’t Be on My Own

Even though there have been a couple of metal bands called Legacy, I have no idea who this band is. The first song briefly starts off with a dark guitar chord that makes you think it might be metal, before the keyboards kicks in and you get oldies rock and roll for three unnamed songs (I guessed at the titles above). Of course, the first song could have also been “T.R.U.S.T. in J.E.S.U.S.” because they kept spelling it out over and over again. Female and male lead vocals that trade off song to song as well. Steve Crosby is the only one listed on the tape.