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Album Review

Bluesy hard rock and boogie was still around in the early 1980s, even as hair metal started grabbing all the attention. One such British band, Fastway, was led by two veterans: Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke and Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley. They recruited unknown singer and harmonica player David King and released their successful self-titled debut in 1983. Fastway had no full-time bassist at this point, and whoever played on the album isn't credited. King was a virtual Robert Plant clone, and to say that much of Fastway bears more than a passing resemblance to Led Zeppelin is an understatement. Despite its derivative nature, this is sloppy, unrefined fun. Overall, Clarke's guitar work here is more diverse than what he did in Motorhead, yet the blistering opener, "Easy Livin'," is full of his jackhammer riffing. The tune is actually catchy too, and King's exuberant vocals can't be ignored. "Feel Me, Touch Me (Do Anything You Want)," "Heft!," and "We Become One" are good, but the sputtering "Say What You Will" and the dramatically bombastic bonus track "Far Far From Home" rank with "Easy Livin'" (not a Uriah Heep cover, by the way) as the best songs on Fastway. It's interesting to note that, although Fastway's influences are obvious, the band generally avoided the venomous critical barbs and comparisons suffered by Kingdom Come five years later.

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Incorrect info on Fastway

Great album, However the writer is incorrect about the bassist. He was a major player in the band, in fact, partly responsible for the name. It was Pete Way from another great late 70's band UFO. "Fast" Eddie Clark and Pete "Way". Get it? "Fastway"

flogging molly

why doesn't anyone ever mention that this is the same david king who now fronts flogging molly?

One Of The Best Metal Albums Ever

Fastway's debut album is the most underated metal album ever. Awesome bluesy riffs, driving bass, and killer Zeppelin-esque vocals. Every tune rocks as if the band had one song left to play forever and they let it all out. A true metal supergroup. This album blew me away when I first got it and still holds up today. A real heartbreaker they didn't last. No sophomore slump either, their follow up"All Fired Up" was a little more blues and a little less metal, but amazingly just as good. Quite possibly the best first two releases by a band EVER.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

One of the most promising '80s supergroups that never was, England's Fastway was never quite able to come to grips with their sonic identity, and despite a promising start, in the end their career was an almost absolute flameout. Following his acrimonious departure from metal legend Motörhead, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke wasted no time planning his next move with then-recently ousted UFO bassist Pete Way. With veteran drummer Jerry Shirley (ex-Humble Pie) and promising Irish newcomer vocalist...
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