80s Classic for July 2002
1. Move It In the Night
2. I'm Alone
4. Damned Woman
5. Don't Turn Me Upside Down
7. Victim of the System
8. City Child
9. Double Crossed
|More Releases by Skagarack:
Skagarack - Skagarack (1986)
Skagarack - Slice of Heaven (1990)
Skagarack - Big Time (1993)
|Related Releases (sound):
Icon - Night of the Crime (1985)
Madison - Best in Show (1986)
Europe - Out of This World (1988)
|Another Skagarack album was featured as 80s AOTM sometime back, and this
one, I must say, is approached with equal, if not surpassing adoration as "Hungry For
A Game". Being Skag's debut outing and absolute Danish delight from the first
delightful concoction to the last. It is a piece of pure bliss, a slice of AOR melodic
rock perfection and a classic in every sense of the word. The single "I'm Alone"
was a major hit in their native country and also garned them attention from parts of the
rest of the world, including the music loving Japanese who embraced them mightily while
the US turned a cruel, blind eye to this booming hard rock subgenre in general that kept
pumping out stellar releases that never hit mainstream alongside other similiar flavored
favorites like Da Vinci, Treat and Madison.
Formed in 84 by vocalist and axe slinger Torben Schimdt, guitarist Jan Petersen and drummer Alvin Otto, all members of the band Pulse before, they welcomed into their wings Morten Munch on the bass and Tommy Rasmussen on keys and they gelled like few bands ever could dream of doing. The result of this collaboration of musicians is like a well tuned racehorse that is the Secretariat of melodic rock: sleek, shining, never lacking in ability or passion and at the beginning, yet pinnacle of their careers. It was this album that should have hit number one and put Scandanavia on the mainstream map once and for all as a fertile breeding ground of superior rock acts, but alas it was not to be. Skagarack's follow ups "Hungry For a Game" and "Slice of Heaven" were wonderful in their own special ways, "Big Time" shot them down from their pedestal and like a wounded bird they slowly faded away into nonexistance, but will always be remembered for their fabulous melodies so tight and luscious that words often fail when describing them, as you will soon see....
01.] "Move It In
Finally, some dozen plus years since its initial release, Skagarack's quality packed debut release is earning some of the praise it rightfully deserved, heralded as a forgotten gem in rock's shady 80s past. How it could have been ignored, kept out of the Americas and sent to the discount racks before its chance to shine was allowed is unforgivable. Slick stuff like "Double Crossed", "Move It In the Night" and "Lies" could and should have been US staples but life is never fair, and the best are often the most obscure. The band may be ten years gone, but the music still lives on. Those that have overlooked the bountiful supply of 1980s Scandi acts and are looking for a place to start their musical discoveries, search no farther...you'll find few finer discs than this.
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