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Fastway - Discography (1983-2011)
Fastway es una banda británica de Heavy Metal formada por el guitarrista Eddie Clarke, miembro de Motörhead, y el bajista Pete Way, proveniente de la agrupación UFO.
Fastway is a British rock band formed by guitarist, "Fast" Eddie Clarke,
formerly of Motörhead, and bassist, Pete Way, formerly of UFO.
In 1983, both players had been disgruntled with their own bands and
decided to work together in a new outfit. They recruited drummer Jerry
Shirley, formerly of Humble Pie, and the then unknown vocalist Dave
King. They took their name from a combination of the founding members'
names. However, Way then discovered that he could not escape from his
recording contract with Chrysalis Records, and then received a tempting
offer to play for Ozzy Osbourne, so abandoned the project. Bringing in
session bassist Mick Feat, the band then recorded their debut album,
Fastway (Feat was uncredited on the album).
A critical and commercial success, the band toured to promote the album
(with one-time Fixx bassist Alfie Agius as their session bass player).
The band then recruited Charlie McCracken, formerly of Taste, as
"permanent" bassist, and released another success in the form of All
Fired Up the following year. After the hardships of touring, Shirley and
McCracken subsequently left.
In 1986, Clarke and King reformed Fastway with a new line-up. Recruiting
Shane Carroll (second guitar), Paul Reid (bass), and Alan Connor
(drums) from Dave King's first band, Stillwood, this line-up released
Waiting for the Roar. The record took an album-oriented rock approach
instead of the driving bluesy-metal of the previous albums. The success
of the record was limited, and it disappointed many fans. The same year,
Fastway was approached to make the soundtrack for the heavy metal
horror film, Trick or Treat. The film flopped, but the soundtrack
re-established Fastway as a hard-hitting metal band. The soundtrack was a
moderate success, and stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for eleven
months. The success of the soundtrack, combined with the very little
money the band received, caused in-fighting, and the group disbanded.
King took most of the band with him and started Q.E.D., a more AOR
styled outfit. They released a two-track single.
King then got a call from David Geffen and John Kalodner to come to the
United States to head up a heavy metal "supergroup" called Katmandu.
Katmandu also featured Mandy Meyer from Krokus on guitars. The band was
rounded out by Caine Carruthers of the soul band The Untouchables, and
Mike Alonso of the Detroit rock band The Meanies. Katmandu released one
self-titled album and had a couple of minor hits. Dave King would go on
to form and front the widely successful Los Angeles-based Celtic punk
band Flogging Molly, where he continues to this day.
Meanwhile, Clarke decided to restart Fastway again from scratch in 1988
using vocalist Lea Hart and session men, quickly releasing On Target in
the same year, but it sold poorly.
In 1990, this duo of Clarke and Hart released Bad Bad Girls, employing
various session musicians including members of Girlschool. It was widely
ignored and sold poorly. After calling it a day in 1991, they released a
perfunctory live album Say What You Will LIVE (an older recording,
curiously with King on vocals). In 1997, Clarke and Hart reunited and
released a reworked version of On Target, but there was no commercial
On 25 May 2007, Toby Jepson, former lead singer with Little Angels,
announced he had accepted an approach from Fastway to perform lead vocal
duties during the year's festival appearances. An updated line-up
played Sweden Rock Festival, Japanese Hard Rock Hell, and the Download
Festival at Castle Donington. Besides guitarist Clarke and Jepson, the
new band featured drummer Steve Strange (not to be confused with Visage
singer Steve Strange) and John McManus (Mama's Boys).
In an interview with Komodo Rock at the Hard Rock Hell Festival in
November 2007, Eddie Clark confirmed that he and Toby Jepson would be
working on new material. He said "Toby and I are going to sit down and
maybe do a few tunes over the winter. See if we can write some tunes."
As of 2008, Toby Jepson announced he would go on to front Scottish hard
rockers Gun full-time.
In late 2010, "Fast" Eddie Clarke returned to the recording studio to
record a new album with Toby Jepson, titled Eat Dog Eat. The album will
be released on November 14, 2011, by SPV/Steamhammer, and it is the
first album of entirely new material from Fastway in over twenty years.
All Fired Up (1984)
Waiting for the Roar (1985)
Trick or Treat (1986)
On Target (1988)
Bad Bad Girls (1990)
Eat Dog Eat (2011)
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