Faster Pussycat & Bang Tango
Sleaze: immoral, sordid, and corrupt behavior or material.
No band epitomizes Hollywood sleaze more than Faster Pussycat. Countless bands have adopted their look and demeanor in order to try and ride the Hollywood wave to success. Most fail. For those bands it’s a costume…an act. For Faster Pussycat it’s a way of life. They said it best in their own song “Sex, drugs & Rock- n-Roll” off their 2006 album “The Power and the Glory Hole”. However don’t be mistaken, they are much more than an image. First and foremost they are a rock n roll band that has put out consistently great records and given it all on stage, where it counts the most.
Although Bang Tango was often lumped in with the whole 80’s glam metal movement (perhaps due to their pretty-boy looks and the fact that they hailed from Los Angeles), the hard-rockin’ quintet was one a few L.A. glam groups to incorporate funk into its sound – around the same time as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More made it acceptable to do so. Their line up consisted of Joe Leste’ (Vocals), Kyle Stevens (Guitar), Mark Knight (Guitar), Kyle Kyle (Bass), and Tigg Ketler (Drums), and piqued the interest of Mechanic/MCA shortly after the quintet issued their first in-concert recordings, 1987’s “Live Injection”.
Their major-label debut, Psycho Cafe, was issued in 1989. MTV’s Headbangers Ball gave significant air time to their single “Someone Like You”, and eventually it became a mainstay on the dial MTV charts. The group continued to issue albums throughout the early 1990’s including “Dancin’ On Coals”, “Ain’t No Jive…Live!” and the critically acclaimed “Love After Death”.