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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About Autograph

Despite scoring a massive MTV hit with their very first single, "Turn Up the Radio," Autograph quickly got lost in the shuffle of the thriving L.A. pop-metal scene. Formed in the early '80s by vocalist/guitarist Steve Plunkett, guitarist Steve Lynch, bassist Randy Rand, keyboard player Steven Isham, and drummer Keni Richards, the band seemed to have it all: a fine commercial hard rock debut in 1984's Sign in Please, good looks, great hair, and even a cartoonish drummer (half jock, half animal). Still, it wasn't enough, and by the time they released the following year's disappointing This Is the Stuff, Autograph's 15 minutes were pretty much up. 1987's Loud and Clear showed improvement, but arrived too late to save the band, which split up soon after. A posthumous collection of outtakes called Missing Pieces was released a decade later. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock

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