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Named for a Graham Greene gangster classic (and later a killer Queen song), Brighton Rock comes to rock (apparently it's all they got) on Young, Wild and Free, replete with a Joey Tempest double sporting Judge Dredd pants on the cover. These rock & roll kids even supply the lyrics to their party anthems, except for the last two tracks, whose words are omitted on the cassette foldout for pictures and wardrobe credits. Gerald McGhee lets loose his piercing Cinderella pipes at the onset, and the quartet continually pounds out uptempo Canadian AOR produced to a glossy sheen by metal guru Michael Wagener. Comically catchy, Young, Wild and Free delivers bold, brainless hair, and even the ballads boast syrupy goodness. Of course, the title track has nothing discernible to do with Quiet Riot's "Wild and the Young," just as "Assault Attack" has nothing in common with the great MSG record (they're just two great words that go great together). These Toronto troubadours even contribute to the Priest/Lizzy Ripper legacy with "Jack Is Back." If you crave pyro axes, banshee wails, and sharp hooks, this album isn't a guilty pleasure, but essential listening. Subsequent Brighton Rock recordings may have been heavier, but no way were they this much fun. ~ Whitney Z. Gomes, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1984

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Heart Attack — not the medical condition, but the indie rock band — formed in the early '80s. It performed music that fit somewhere in between alternative pop/rock and heavy metal, completing a number of singles, an EP, four albums, and one music video, all under the name Brighton Rock. Members were lead singer Gerald McGhee, keyboardists Martin Victor and Johnny Rogers, guitarist Greg Fraser, bassist Stevie "Skreebs" Skrebiec, and drummer Mark Cavarzan. Guitarist Greg Bioleau...
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