What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? EASY ACTION – Easy Action LP (1983)

This week I’ve been listening to one album only – and that is Easy Action’s self titled effort from 1983. Easy Action were a Swedish glam hard rock band that formed in 1982 that were not to dissimilar to both Hanoi Rocks or the Hollywood Brats – but to be fair, both those bands had superior songs. Which is not to say that Easy Action didn’t, more so a ‘little brother’ to Hanoi is a better representation. Formed by Kee Marcello and Alex Tyrone (aka Peo Thyrén), the two played together in the Swedish glam act ‘Noice’ (say it with an Australian accent) when they decided to start the “ultimate glam rock band”, mixing their influences of 70’s glam with a punk/metal attitude. They met singer Zinny J. Zan at the Stockholm rock club Ritz and recorded his vocals on the first demos the very same night. Later, Noice drummer Fredrik Von Gerber and the guitar player Danny Wilde joined the band. In 1983 they got signed to the US major label Sire and became, (according to Wikepedia), the first Swedish band ever to sign a world wide record deal. (What about Abba?). Anyways, after releasing two albums; the self titled ‘Easy Action” in 1983, (which was re issued on CD in 2010) and “That Makes One” in 1986, the band split up when their guitarist and band leader Kee Marcello quit the band to join Europe, who went on to worldwide success, selling over 30 million albums. The album opens with ‘Rocket Ride’, a decent stab at a stomping Gary Glitter/Sweet style hit, complete with the guitar intro to ‘Blockbuster’. This is a cool tune, and a great opener. ‘Mental Dance’ follows suit, and has some nice changes, even a Nick Lowe, “I love the sound of breaking glass” lyric thrown in. The chorus falls short though. One of my favourite tunes on the album, “ The End of The Line” is next – and it’s a beauty, with its likeable verses and subtle, catchy chorus with quality harmonising on the chorus too. Nice. 2 out of 3 so far. ‘Dont Cry Crack’ has a sleazy riff that became common place on LA a few years later, and whilst a good tune, falls a little short on the chorus, yet is saved by a blistering solo. Half a point for this one. ‘Another Saturday Night’ is an out and out glam/groove classic – catchy, piano too, and a dog eared Chuck Berry/Teenage Head riff. 1 point here. ‘We Go Rocking’ has that sleazy groove that was carbon copied by all those LA hair bands, but here, the use of minor chords which build to a stack heeled shout out chorus clearly shows quality song writing that was capable of creating memorable pop – sounds relevant almost 30 years later – that’s the point I’m trying to make. Although not without it’s merit, particularly the addition of keyboards, ‘Let’s Lose Control’ is a bit of a filler, yet the slack is reined back in with “Rock Things Out”. This would stack up against most things from the UK mid 70’s glam era, and with the addition of some tasty harmonica, the Southside Rockers are indeed gonna rock things out. ‘Number One’ again amps up the sleeze factor on a full tilt rocker, before the album winds up with the T-Rex inspired groove of ‘Turn Me On’. 8 out of 10. An undiscovered glam classic from 1983. This review is dedicated to the memory of Micael Grimm, the bands recent bass player who passed away earlier this year. You can buy the album here. Check out a video of the band here

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