Back in 1988-1990, the group I was hanging around introduced me to this album. I remember all of us listening to this album in the car when we drove from carnival to carnival to hang out with friends. Later on, one of my buddies would commit suicide and the group was never the same.
Today, I found this vinyl of this album and I purchased it just to remember my days with Randy, Dave, and Timmy. Timmy gave me this Celtic cross before his death which my wife still has. So, this record does bring back some of those memories that I have forgotten. After that summer, we all never saw each other again.
Y&T is a band not too many heard of, especially in the day and age. Their roots go back to the mid 1970’s. But like bands such as Def Leppard, once the Hair and Glam Metal scene became popular, these bands were swept into the genre. Producing music that was popular on MTV, Y&T’s 1987 “Contagious” record fell victim to the Hair and Glam Metal scene. Big hair and fancy clothes and blue jeans was the look.
Musically, big riffs and lot’s of leads made the crowds go wild and this record has both. Harmonizing vocals on the chorus portions of the song and the Sammy Hagar/David Coverdale style vocals on the verses are there. Another product of the Hair Metal scene was the ballad and “Temptation” has that category covered.
Dave Dave Meniketti vocals are pretty strong. You can tell he has that David Lee Roth influence listen “The Kid Goes Crazy.” Even the song compliments early Van Halen. Then “Fight For Your Life” has a very strong Dokken influence. His guitar playing followed by Joey Alves is pretty strong too as they throw out riffs and leads. Bassist Phil Kennemore and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso both have a good set up, but even their roles are a bit weak.
Y&T was nothing more than a product of the MTV era. They had ten minutes of fame and then as Grunge came out, they, just like many of the Hair Metal bands were forced to leave the scene and rediscover themselves. They did get back together in 1995 after four years off of the road.
L.A. Rocks 4:37
The Kid Goes Crazy 4:14
Fight For Your Life 4:47
Armed And Dangerous 4:17
Rhythm Or Not 5:05
Bodily Harm 3:31
Eyes Of A Stranger 4:37
I’ll Cry For You (Instrumental) 2:33