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Bangalore Choir - 1992 On Target

ARTIST: Bangalore Choir
ALBUM: On Target
LABEL: Giant
SERIAL: 9 24433-2
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 2010, AOR Heaven, AORH00043


LINEUP: David Reece - vocals * Curt Mitchell - guitars * John Kirk - guitars * Ian Mayo - bass * Jackie Ramos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Angel In Black * 02 Loaded Gun * 03 If The Good Die Young * 04 Doin' The Dance * 05 Hold On To You * 06 All Or Nothing * 07 Slippin' Away * 08 She Can't Stop * 09 Freight Train Rollin' * 10 Just One Night

After David Reece's ill fated spell with Accept, which resulted in 1989's 'Eat The Heat', he sought out ex Jag Panzer guitarist Joey Tafolla and ex Hericane Alice members Mayo and Ramos to form Bangalore Choir, supposedly named after a cruise missile. Tafolla didn't hang around for long, Reece enlisting ex Razor Maid guitar tandem Mitchell and Kirk instead. On the face of it the band never stood a chance, signing to Warner Brothers in the face of the grunge onslaught, and offering a 1989 era Whitesnake sound that the public was apparently tired of. It didn't detract from the music, basic melodic hard rock that might have had a chance a few years earlier. But with such typical cover artwork (see for yourself) and a stale image (that of any 80's hard rock band) their fate was sealed instantly.

The Songs
There's a few outside compositions floating around, the opener 'Angel In Black' written by Autograph's Steve Plunkett, by the numbers material yet still melodic and with Reece displaying his perfect David Coverdale imitation. 'Loaded Gun', man, just the title is enough to put you to sleep and this is such a routine workout it's almost unfathomable that this style was still being plundered in 1992, simply because it had been done to death already. The semi ballad 'If The Good Die Young' (We'll Live Forever') is an inevitability, very much the epitome of the lighter waving variety. A right load of cobblers is the Aldo Nova/Jon Bon Jovi penned 'Doin' The Dance', which I'm sure the band was counting on for a bit of mainstream recognition. This is as uninspired as the sludge the pair penned for Nova's horrific 1991 'Blood On The Bricks'. The lowest form of hard rock, unconvincingly raunchy and lyrically lazy 'let's get to it, go around and around, sun comes up and they all fall down'. 'All Or Nothin', this is a lost Whitesnake track right? Quite possibly the most perfect impersonation in rock history! What is funny is that Reece thought Whitesnake were still industry leaders or something in 1992, they were gone already, Coverdale burned out. It's such a blatant copy that it works. But wait, very next track 'Slippin' Away' is too! Coincidence? Actually this could pass for AOR, certainly the chorus, very well structured. This formula works well also on 'She Can't Stop', starting out as a moody ballad, but piling on the crunch as it goes, this band undeniably containing solid players. 'Freight Train Rolling', with a title like that you can imagine how it sounds.....'freight train running through my brain, bitch is driving me insane...' To their credit there is one moment that could be described as a near genre classic, 'Just One Night', heavy on thrilling chord changes, that favourite term! AOR and hard rock combined to perfection, just a shame the rest didn't come off so well.

In Summary
Predictably the album did nothing and the band split almost instantly. As mentioned the worst thing for Bangalore Choir was their timing. After 1991 any hard rock band signed to a major was doomed to suffer a backlash, the Choir instead just suffering from the decline of a genre, hardly their fault, although they did seem about two or three years out of date. Mayo and Ramos stuck together and hooked up with Doug Aldrich's Bad Moon Rising (which was given one of the most scathing reviews I can recall in Metal Hammer). Reece allegedly created a band named Sircle Of Silence, which didn't last too long by all accounts. If you happen to see 'On Target' in some bargain bin, don't feel you are missing anything, just bore yourself senseless instead with 'Slip Of The Tongue'.

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#1 | Jokerdean on January 10 2008 20:56:33
This is a Fantastic Release...Yeah it sounds like a 100 other
bands but the songs and playing are much better IMO..Just arrived too late in the game ...
#2 | dangerzone on June 02 2008 03:52:18
I think I was a little critical of this at the time of writing. I've listened to this dozens of times and it's a good melodic hard rock album that sadly did arrive too late.
#3 | rostoned on September 23 2016 21:58:33
Very curiously the 'barn farm' stage set (or in a real farm?) where they shot their only clip 'Loaded gun' is exactly the same where Blue Murder shot their Jelly Roll clip 2 years before. Talk about a rockin barn?? Pfft

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