Bang Tango – Re-issues out soon

January 13th, 2011
by EvilG

It’s hard not to think about lost opportunities when referring to Bang Tango. Perhaps one of the most original and eclectic members of the glam/funk scene, this group had it all: great songs, clever image and significant sound. Unfortunately, they never managed to achieve the success they deserved. However, the fans have not forgotten about them and after many tribulations, Bang Tango have returned in not one but two incarnations: one with the original singer and another featuring the original musicians. Now, thanks to the exclusive re-issues of “Psycho Cafe”, “Dancin’ on Coals” and “Ain’t No Jive… Live”, music lovers all around the world may once again return to the early 1990′s.

Bang Tango was formed in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Joe LeSte, guitarists Kyle Stevens and Mark Knight, bassist Kyle Kyle (born Kyle Keiderling) and drummer Tigg Ketler. The group was lucky enough to sign to MCA Records without even releasing a single demo. In 1989, they recorded their first album “Psycho Cafe”, which immediately caught the attention of rock enthusiasts, both locally and nationally. The LP was definitely ahead of its time, delivering great metal riffs, funky bass lines, intense drumming and LeSte’s wide vocal range, easily mixing glam, hard rock and funk. “Psycho Cafe” spawned a couple of hits, such as “Breaking Up a Heart of Stone” and one of the band’s most famous tracks – “Someone Like You”.

In 1991, Bang Tango returned with their sophomore album “Dancin’ on Coals”. The LP brought a significant change in the group’s music, pushing it more towards funk rock in the vein of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their style was still a bit difficult to classify but such tracks as “Dressed Up Vamp” and “Soul To Soul” brought nothing less than sheer musical genius.

1992 brought the band’s second live material (after “Live Injection” from 1989). The 5-track EP entitled “Ain’t No Jive… Live” showcased Bang Tango at the peak of their talent. All of the songs included in this material sound as good as on the albums, though they are played faster and with much more energy. The group played some of their best known hits such as “Someone Like You”, “Dancin’ On Coals” and “Attack of Life”, as well as a premiere track for that time (“20th Century Boy”) and the ballad “Midnight Strikes”, with LeSte’s stellar performance.

In 1994, Bang Tango released their third LP called “Love After Death”. Unfortunately, the album was not as successful as the band had hoped and, in 1995, the guys decided to call it quits. In the following year, the group reunited just to disband again in 1998. Another reunion took place in 1999, when original members Joe LeSte and Kyle Kyle teamed up with bassist Mattie B. (ex-Altar Boys) for a national tour, which proved to be a great success. A new album was in the making but, eventually, it never got released. In 2002, LeSte reformed the band again, this time with a completely new line-up. The group is still actively touring. In 2010, the original members of Bang Tango: Tigg Ketler, Mark Knight and Kyle Kyle decided to bring back yet another version of the legendary band.

The exclusive re-releases of Bang Tango’s “Psycho Cafe”, “Dancin’ on Coals” and “Ain’t No Jive… Live” bring back the very beginnings of this fantastic band. For all fans of glam rock, hard rock or funk rock – this is a trip you can’t afford to miss! The albums will be available in a new digipak edition each limited to 2000 copies. Re-release of “Dancin’ On Coals” includes 2 bonus tracks. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 31st January 2011.

Bang Tango – “Psycho Cafe” (re-release)

Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe

Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1419 DG

Barcode: 5907785036604

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: funk / glam rock

Release date: 31.01.2011

Tracklist:

1. Attack of Life

2. Someone Like You

3. Wrap My Wings

4. Breaking Up A Heart of Stone

5. Shotgun Man

6. Don’t Stop Now

7. Love Injection

8. Just For You

9. Do What You’re Told

10. Sweet Little Razor

Bang Tango – “Dancin’ On Coals” (re-release + bonus tracks)

Bang Tango - Dancin On Coals

Bang Tango - Dancin On Coals

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1420 DG

Barcode: 5907785036611

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: funk / glam rock

Release date: 31.01.2011

Tracklist:

1. Soul to Soul

2. United and True

3. Emotion in Gear

4. I’m in Love

5. Big Line

6. Midnight Struck

7. Dancin’ on Coals

8. My Saltine

9. Dressed Up Vamp

10. Last Kiss

11. Cactus Juice

Bonus tracks:

12. 20th Century Boy

13. Futurama (live)

Bang Tango – “Ain’t No Jive… Live” (re-release)

Bang Tango - Aint No Jive Live!

Bang Tango - Aint No Jive...Live!

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1421 DG

Barcode: 5907785036628

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: funk / glam rock

Release date: 31.01.2011

Tracklist:

1. Dancin’ On Coals

2. 20th Century Boy

3. Someone Like You

4. Midnight Struck

5. Attack Of Life

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