Dan Reed Network – Fight Another Day

drn-16I don’t know if I can put words to how much I have longed for this album. When Dan Reed Network – Dan Reed on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Brion James on lead guitar, Melvin Brannon on bass, Daniel Pred on drums and Blake Sakamoto on keyboards – released their Bruce Fairnbairn (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss, Black ‘N Blue) produced debut album back in 1987, I was hooked instantly. Even though the production was a bit thin even by 1987 standards, DRN’s brand of hard rock, AOR and funk really hit me where it should. The album was full of great rockers with more hooks than a fishing boat, choruses to die for and awesome musicians. I was completely convinced that this band would be huge – as in HUGE! That didn’t happen with the first record, but the band sure did get lots of positive reviews and gained a reputation as a killer live act. We wrote 1989 when the brilliant follow-up Slam came out. They had hired Nile Rodgers of Chic (Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Diana Ross among many others) as the producer. In hindsight, that was a mistake – the production was too pop when it should have been more rock, but the songs were all awesome. DRN became stars with that one – well, at least in Sweden and England, the rest of the world was still cold to the band. The Heat (1991, again produced by Fairbairn) is my favourite DRN album, but unfortunately, the sales didn’t match either the band’s or the record company’s expectations and after a short tour, DRN went into hiatus – a hiatus that became a permanent (well…) split. Reed went on to form the alternative smelling – and ill-fated – Adrenaline Sky, but the band was short-lived and went into oblivion faster than you could say tiger in a dress.

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