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The ‘80s were a tough era for rock bands. A “roots rock” band such as the Del-Lords, who depended on two tough guitars and a driving, no-nonsense rhythm section, were likely to get lost in an era of flashy keyboards, horn sections and gaudy female backing vocal ensembles. Yet, they valiantly soldiered on, slickening up the sound just enough to sound radio-compatible, if not exactly radio-friendly, with producer Neil Geraldo (Pat Benatar) once again aiding the band’s quest for the perfect balance. “Judas Kiss,” sung by the band’s lead guitarist, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, kept a strong, erect R&B backbone and tracks such as “River of Justice” (featuring the huckster-jive of Mojo Mixon and backing support of Syd Straw), “Whole Lotta Nothin’ Goin’ On” and “Cheyenne” cruise with the band’s blue-collar politics coursing through their frustrated working- man veins. A true band effort.


Formed: 1984

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Formed in the early '80s by ex-Dictators guitarist Scott Kempner, the Del Lords combined elements of '60s garage rock with country, blues, and folk influences to become one of the initial progenitors of roots rock. Kempner recruited former Joan Jett guitarist Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, bassist Manny Caiati, and drummer Frank Funaro, and the Del Lords released their first disc, Frontier Days, on Enigma/EMI in 1984. The album was noted for its guts, street smarts, and twangy guitars, a balanced blend of...
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Based On a True Story, The Del Lords
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Roots Rock, Rock & Roll
  • Released: 1988

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