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Coming out of Indianapolis in 1989, Wanted attempted to hit the big time with a sound that is strongly reminiscent of Motley Crue.

As I’ve mentioned in my review of the Dear Diary album, Eonian Records specialise in releasing demos by eighties hard rock acts who somehow slipped through the net of the record labels. Coming out of Indianapolis in 1989, Wanted attempted to hit the big time with a sound that is strongly reminiscent of Motley Crue around the time of ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ (especially vocally), with hints of Roxy Blue and Cats In Boots thrown in. 

The first six tracks on the disc are culled from Wanted’s early demos and while the sound is, for obvious reasons, not as bright as we have come to expect from albums these days, the attitude of the songs (and in fact of the whole hard rockin’ kicks ass era that they represent) comes roaring out of the speakers. Songs like ‘Whiskey & Women’, ‘Too Hot To Handle’ and ‘Blue Jean Baby’ absolutely romp along with an urgency and sense of fun that many of the bands that actually were getting signed during the late eighties would have pawned their Grandmothers for. While many bands were willing to pout and pose their way to stardom, Wanted actually had the chops and songs to back up that swagger.

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A meeting with an influential local band manager from the time led to Wanted supporting Bad English and Enuff Z Nuff on tour, before they began a series of showcase gigs for labels. Geffen expressed an interest in the band and Wanted headed off to LA to begin work on some new songs to hopefully impress the label further. Unfortunately a fall out between Geffen and the band’s management snuffed out any chance Wanted had of getting signed, however the two tracks recorded during this time are also included here. ‘Lost In Me Forever’ is a ballad, and in truth is the only song from either demo that struggles to have enough character to stand out from the plethora of bands attempting to break into this scene back then. ‘Be Still My Heart’ however is a real balls out rocker that really should have seen Wanted on their way to the big time before politics got in the way.

As if eight tracks of top quality rollicking party metal wasn’t enough, the disc is rounded out with six live tracks that are different from those featured in the demos. Again the sound is more that of a top quality bootleg, rather than an over-polished live album, however that only adds to the charm of what comes across as a phenomenal show. The set was recorded at The Ritz Music Hall in Indianapolis in 1990 and with an impressive intro tape and what sounds like boundless energy both on and off stage, comes across like a real event and an even stronger illustration of why Wanted created such a buzz. Thanks to those nice people at Eonian, it is one we can all now share in.

Steven Reid

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