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IT ALL STARTED OUT ....
.... with a fair amount of pre gig whiskey in a tour bus outside a venue in a small town somewhere in Sweden back in 1983.
KEE MARCELLO and ALEX TYRONE were on tour with the hugely successful punkpop/teeny act NOICE, but scheming the future of glam rock in the back of the bands transportation.
”-It’s gonna be the biggest fucking glam act ever!” they squealed as they were slamming down the cheap scotch from plastic cups.
Ten minutes later they were on stage with a mixture of bottles, eggs and female underwear whizzing by their heads. It was like a scene out of the Blues Brothers, only without the chicken wire.
”-That’s the guy!” Alex said, pointing at a bloke with long pitch black hair and a tattoo of indian feathers, walking down the stairs into the bar with an almost royal posture. They were hanging at the RITZ, the main hangout for rockers in Stockholm in the early 80’s, in pursue of a lead singer and other members to their new band project.
Their original plan to form the band in London with English band members did not pan out well. After being refused entry, thrown in jail and sent back to Sweden due to UK immigrations suspecting them of illegal labour, they had realized that they wouldn’t be allowed into the country for quite a while.
The guy with the feather tattoo was ZINNY ZAN, former drummer of the NYMPHOMANIACS (with MIKE MONROE and ANDY McCOY, whom later went on to form HANOI ROCKS), and he was also looking for people to start a band with. Several beers later that same evening the three ended up in Alex’s house, recording Zinny’s vocals on the 4-track demos they already had recorded the basics for. In the early morning, the finished demos of NUMBER ONE, ROCK THINGS OUT and TURN ME ON saw the light of day, literally.
As they were looking for a drummer, an audition was set for GYP CASINO, but he got stuck with some Finnish chicks smoking PCP on a roof top somewhere in the projects and stood them up.
NOICE drummer FREDDIE VON GERBER was recording a solo album when the three went to the studio to ask him to join the band. When they finally were able to cut their way through the massive wall of hashish fog in the studio and located him in the haze, he happily accepted their offer.
A couple of blocks away, as they were walking away from the studio, they started wondering if he really was aware of what offer he had just accepted. A couple of more blocks later they started to wonder if they even went to the studio, or if the whole thing was some kind of collective hallucination.
Zinny’s friend DANNY WILDE completed the lineup. The audition took place in a park in central Stockholm with a couple of guitars, and couple of more beers.
He was later replaced by Chris Lynn, who had quite a reputation as the great guitar player in the band B-FILMS.