RLS – Radical Life Support

RLS
Radical Life Support
1988 (no label)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

Dan H – Songwriter, probably vocals and other instruments
Others?

Side 1:

  1. Sold Out and Radical
  2. You Know Who I Am
  3. Right on the Line
  4. Little Worlds

Side 2:

  1. Time With the Rock
  2. Put Your Hands Out
  3. Behind These Walls
  4. O.A.R. (reprise)

So this was a bit of different album. I had set it aside in a stack of “never heard of these, look into them later” demos. When I did get around to looking at them, I noticed Dan H’s name on this tape. The address was also Minnesota. But I put the tape it and the first song is a cover of “Sold Out and Radical” by Bob Kilpatrick. This seems to be kind of Youth Group cheerleader rock – which I usually don’t associate with Dan H. This seems to be a side project of some kind for an organization called Teen Rescue, but I am not sure if it was a one off or not – or really what the purpose of it was. Some of the songs like “Right on the Line” do lean towards the 80s alternative pop that Dan H typically recorded. It’s just when he veers into the peppy CCM stuff he is not known for that you wonder what the story is here.

Dan H Band – Golden Streets

Dan H Band
Golden Streets
1989 (no label)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Dan H – Voice, guitar
David Hill – Drums
Trent Norton – Bass guitar

Side 1:

  1. Golden Streets
  2. Billy
  3. Castle
  4. Nu Child
  5. Happy There

Side 2:

  1. All in All
  2. Problem
  3. Be My Eyes
  4. Getting Better
  5. All Aboard

This is one of eight Dan H / Dan H Band albums I have heard or streamed online (I think that there is a total of 13 or 14 now?), and they are all quality. Dan H usually stays within the alternative rock area, with influences by all of the big 80s alt bands. This one feels like it has a slightly more Melloncamp heartland influence than the last one I listened to (even though that one had that influence as well). But Dan H doesn’t really mimic an influence as much as let it color his sound. Probably because he isn’t afraid to rock out, or let the bass player experiment from time to time, or do other things you often didn’t see in 80s alt rock. You can also find this one on his BandCamp site (embedded below) – although it seems the songs are in different order, sometimes with “updated” song titles (“B My Is” for “Be My Eyes” for example).

Dan H – Intentions

Dan H
Intentions
1989 (no label)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Dan H – Vocals, guitar
Trent Norton – Bass guitar
Marty MacKeever
Rick Moe

Side 1:

  1. Harley
  2. Intentions
  3. The Wave
  4. Find Myself
  5. Shadow

Side 2:

  1. Lay by My Side
  2. When He Says No
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. All Things Come Around

Another quality release from Dan H and company. This one feels a slight bit more pop than other releases, but they are all usually alternative rock albums with pop sensibilities anyways. Some of these songs appear to have been re-recorded on later releases, most notably is “Harley” on Harley in 1995. And understandably so: it is a catchy song. There is also a killer bass riff in “Find Myself” that I love. There is great songwriting and musicianship across the whole album, but I really connected with that song. There really is not a specific list of who played what on here (just a list of names), but the ones I have noted above are based on past albums and could be wrong.

Missing Information: Who played what specifically?

Dan H – The Line

Dan H
The Line
1988 (no label)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Dan H – Vocals, guitar
Dave Hill – Drums
Tent Norton – Bass Guitar

Side 1:

  1. The Line
  2. Talk to Me Now
  3. Blaze
  4. Never Heard
  5. If You’re Still Waiting

Side 2:

  1. Shambles
  2. Intentions
  3. Lay by My Side
  4. All Things Come Around

Dan H seems to be a very productive artist that somehow slips under the radar for most people. I think he has well over a dozen releases. This demo is generally in the alternative rock category, although it is a bit more mainstream/pop leaning that some of the other typical alternative rock of the same time period. Dan H was signed to a major label in Europe for one album, and is still fairly active to this day. He also tends to go by “Dan H Band” now. I would highly recommend checking out any of his old or new music