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Overall this album is not one that can be recommended

Italian Glam, Sleaze, Party rockers LAROXX issued this self-titled album on cassette only back in 1992, when it was originally slated for a major label debut in the USA and Japan, only for the deal to turn sour. The band then found themselves without a label and with an expensively recorded album on their hands and they never progressed. Fast forward a couple of decades and specialist label Steel Heart Memories have unearthed it from the archives and done a tidy job in packaging the re-mastered CD with a sixteen page booklet including lyrics, pictures and memorabilia from the original period. Unfortunately the presentation is as good as it gets for this album as the musical content is amateurish in the extreme and sounds very much like what it is – a bunch of songs that were never deemed worthy of release in the first place and would have been best left gathering dust and in the memories of the band. 

Back in 1992 someone, somewhere, must have thought it was a good idea to ape GNR ‘Rocket Queen’ with the sounds of moaning and groaning set to the backdrop of a musical box making up the ‘Intro’. It probably seemed amusing at the time. When you get into the album proper it is clear this is a band that were so enamoured by the LA Scene that they decided to write songs exclusively about it without ever having lived the experience for themselves (the album was recorded in Italy). If you can get past the horribly out of tune vocals (‘Tattoo’, ‘Suicide’) and truly awful lyrics ( ‘Sweet Pain In Las Vegas’, ‘Downtown Rock n Roll’) then musically there are some glimpses of ability but overall this is not one that can be recommended.

Dean Pedley

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