10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the American hard rock sweepstakes of the early and mid-’80s, there were many bands that quickly vanished into the ether. Autograph never made the leap to superstardom, but they weren't tossed to the scrap heap, either. This is the first of three albums Autograph did for RCA, and it's their best. It maxes out on pure-pop metal (the irresistible hit “Turn Up the Radio,” and the Nick Gilder–worthy “Night Teen and Non Stop”), some Def Leppard-inspired fun (“Send Her to Me,” “In the Night,” “Thrill of Love”), and the kind of sunny Southern California riff-a-rama that made Van Halen such early fans of the band (“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me,” “Friday”). Singer Steve Plunkett’s big draw was his impish vocal presence, which was influenced equally by U.K. singers Noddy Holder (Slade) and Joe Elliot (Def Leppard). Bassist Randy Rand and guitarist Steve Lynch played with an audible (and genre-necessary) swagger.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the American hard rock sweepstakes of the early and mid-’80s, there were many bands that quickly vanished into the ether. Autograph never made the leap to superstardom, but they weren't tossed to the scrap heap, either. This is the first of three albums Autograph did for RCA, and it's their best. It maxes out on pure-pop metal (the irresistible hit “Turn Up the Radio,” and the Nick Gilder–worthy “Night Teen and Non Stop”), some Def Leppard-inspired fun (“Send Her to Me,” “In the Night,” “Thrill of Love”), and the kind of sunny Southern California riff-a-rama that made Van Halen such early fans of the band (“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me,” “Friday”). Singer Steve Plunkett’s big draw was his impish vocal presence, which was influenced equally by U.K. singers Noddy Holder (Slade) and Joe Elliot (Def Leppard). Bassist Randy Rand and guitarist Steve Lynch played with an audible (and genre-necessary) swagger.

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