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The prerequisite for joining this appropriately titled UK band was, as legend has it, to weigh in excess of 20 stone. Consequently, potential members were few and far between, but made up in girth what they lacked in number. Vocalist Nicky Moore (ex-Samson) and bass player John McCoy (ex-Gillan) eventually found guitarist Big Mac Baker and drummer ‘Tubby’ Vinnie Reid large enough for their requirements. The idea behind Mammoth was to present an alternative to ‘pouting’ rock bands such as Poison and Bon Jovi, with the music, rather than the image, topping the agenda. Unfortunately, due to contractual problems with their record company Jive, their debut album was delayed for 10 months and the interest they generated had evaporated by the time it was released. It comprised a poorly produced but workmanlike selection of hard rock and R&B numbers, with guitarists Bernie Tormé and Kenny Cox guesting on a couple of tracks. The single, ‘Can’t Take The Hurt Anymore’, was included on the soundtrack to Nightmare On Elm Street 5, The Dream Child. The band collapsed shortly after the album’s release.