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Postby Chris » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:47 pm

Autograph – Friday, July 18 at 3pm

Simon Daniels - Lead vocals, guitars
Steve Lynch - guitars, vocals
Randy Rand - bass, vocals
Marc Wieland – drums

Autograph formed in Pasadena in 1983 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Plunkett , guitarist Steve Lynch, bassist Randy Rand, drummer Keni Richards, and keyboardist Steve Isham. Their demo got in the hands of legendary record producer Andy Johns, who helped them clean up the demo. Richard was friends with Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, and opening for Van Halen on their 1984 tour was the band’s big break. The band was signed to RCA Records in late 1984. They recorded their debut album Sign in Please that year and the song “Turn Up the Radio,” which was included on the album at the last minute, became their biggest hit, reaching #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the song also helped the band land an opening gig for Motley Crue. The band initially went gold and has since gone platinum. Other singles from the album failed to chart. In 1985, the band followed up with That’s the Stuff, which contained the minor hit “Blondes in Black Cars.” A third album, Loud and Clear, was released in 1987 and despite appearances on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, the album had disappointing sales and little radio airplay. They split with RCA in 1988, which began the crumbling of the band. By 1989, the band would split up and go their separate ways. Plunkett has gone on to a very successful career as a writer and producer of music for other bands and many TV shows. The band would reunite in 2013, sans Isham (who passed away in 2008) and Plunkett , who was replaced by Jailhouse singer Simon Daniels. The band started playing shows again early this year and is reportedly working on a new album. Richards left this year and was replaced by Marc Wieland. The band will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam.

Did You Know?
The band named themselves Autograph after hearing Def Leppard’s “Photograph.”
“Turn Up the Radio” has been on multiple movies, TV shows, and video games.
It was first on an episode of Miami Vice in 1984 and recently in the movie Hot Tub Time Machine.
The song has also been in two versions of the video game Grand Theft Auto.
It is ranked #93 on VH1’s Top 100 Hard Rock Songs.
In 1985, Lynch received the “Guitar Solo of the Year” from Guitar Player magazine for the song.
The band recorded the song “Winning is Everything” for the 1986 movie Youngblood.
The band made a cameo in the 1987 movie Like Father, Like Son with Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron.
The song “Dance All Night” was played in the movie and the band played the song “She Never Looked That Good For Me” during their brief cameo.
Plunkett reunited his own version of Autograph in 2002 without any other original members.
They released the album Buzz and toured until 2005.
Richards formed the band Dirty White Boy with several established musicians, including Giuffria singer David Glenn Eisley.
The band played on the 2014 Monsters of Rock Cruise and will play the M3 Festival in Maryland on April 25.
The “Loud and Clear” video featured cameos by Vince Neil and Ozzy Osbourne.
The pair break in to watch the band rehearse.
Isham went on to play drums for Vince Neil during some of his solo tours.

1984 Sign in Please #29
1985 That’s the Stuff #92
1987 Loud and Clear #108

1984 Turn Up the Radio #29 Billboard Hot 100, #17 Mainstream Rock
1986 Blondes in Black Cars #38 Mainstream Rock

Sign in Please (Full Album) -
Loud and Clear (Full Album) -
Turn Up the Radio -
Turn Up the Radio (live 2014) -
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me -
Cloud 10 -
Deep End -
All I’m Going to Take -
Send Her to Me -
Send Her to Me (live 2014) -
Bad Boy -
Dance All Night -
Loud and Clear (check out the cameos by Vince Neil and Ozzy Osbourne!) -
She Never Looked That Good For Me -
When the Sun Goes Down -
That’s the Stuff -
Blondes in Black Cars -
Crazy World -

My Take
I had no idea that Autograph had reunited recently and were touring and I was pleasantly surprised when they signed to play Moondance Jam. Everyone will know their huge hit “Turn Up the Radio.” It actually may be as recognizable as any song played at the jam this year. They have also been playing to positive reviews this year and the live videos I have seen have been very good. Yes they are without their original lead singer (who isn’t nowadays?) but replacement Simon Daniels brings the 80’s metal voice just like Steve Plunkett did. While most people will only know one song well, it is likely that people from the 80’s metal era will remember a few more from their setlist, which right now relies fully on their late 80’s material. Other notable songs people might recognize are the minor hit “Blondes in Black Cars,” “Send Her to Me,” “Loud and Clear,” “She Never Looked That Good For Me” (from the movie Like Father, Like Son), and “Dance All Night.” I love the look and sound of 80’s rock and I am looking forward to their show. They were one of few bands from that time period that I did not see in their heyday. I will be familiarizing myself with their entire catalog and I will be front and center for their 3pm performance on Jam Friday. I may even work on a mullet between now and then.
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Re: Autograph

Postby gopherboy6 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:40 am

As usual, great write up Chris. I am really looking forward to this one too as they are one of those groups that are known for one song but actually had a lot of good music. Just nice to see a band I never expected to see playing the 3 slot!
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Re: Autograph

Postby Lisa! » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:51 pm

great job, Chris! Ready to rock out 80s style! And if you grow a mullet, I'm buying you beer :D
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Re: Autograph

Postby The Jam Web Guy » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:07 pm

I want to see the mullet.
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