Contraband (band)

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Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hard rock,[1] glam metal[2]
Years active 1990–1991
Associated acts Shark Island, Michael Schenker Group, Ratt, L.A. Guns, Vixen
Past members Richard Black
Michael Schenker
Tracii Guns
Share Pedersen
Bobby Blotzer

Contraband was a short-lived supergroup/side project that included members of several famous rock bands from the 1980s, such as Shark Island, Michael Schenker Group, Ratt, L.A. Guns, and Vixen.

Contraband came to be after a Vixen and Ratt unplugged session on MTV.

The band released only one self-titled album in 1991 which received lukewarm reviews. The album was a commercial failure and the band disbanded shortly after, while touring with Ratt. The song "Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild, Wild Livin'" was included in the movie If Looks Could Kill soundtrack. In the US, the album charted at number 187. Their cover version of "All the Way from Memphis" appeared on the UK record chart in July 1991.[3] "Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild, Wild Livin'" was later covered as "Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild, Wild Women" by Blue Tears later in the early 1990s and released for the 2005 album Dancin' On the Back Streets.

Band members[edit]

Contraband (1991)[edit]

Contraband 1991.jpg
Cover design by Hugh Syme & Frenchy Gauthier
Studio album by Contraband
Released May 6, 1991
Recorded American Recording Studio, Woodland Hills,
Sound City Studios, Van Nuys,
Cornerstone Studio, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California
Length 43:06
Label Impact/EMI
Producer Kevin Beamish and Randy Nicklaus
Michael Schenker chronology
Save Yourself
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[5]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[6]

Track Listing[edit]

  1. "All the Way from Memphis" (Ian Hunter) – 4:56
  2. "Kiss by Kiss" (Michael Thompson, Mark Spiro) – 4:19
  3. "Intimate Outrage" (Spiro, Dann Huff, Phil Naish) – 4:57
  4. "Bad for Each Other" (Richard Black, Spencer Sercombe, Steve Diamond) – 4:28
  5. "Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild, Wild Livin'" (Gregg Fulkerson, Michael Spears, Black) – 4:26
  6. "Good Rockin' Tonight" (Roy Brown) – 3:23
  7. "If This Is Love" (Steven Pasch, Anthony Krizan, Black) – 5:03
  8. "Stand" (Tim Feehan, Brian Macleod) – 4:04
  9. "Tonight You're Mine" (Pasch, Krizan) – 4:43
  10. "Hang On to Yourself" (David Bowie) – 2:47


  • Spencer Sercombe – guitars, backing vocals, musical director
  • Steffan Presley – keyboards
  • Kevin Beamish – backing vocals, producer, engineer, mixing
  • Randy Nicklaus – producer, mixing
  • Joe Barresi – engineer
  • Steve Hall – mastering

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Saulnier, Jason (January 23, 2009). "Michael Schenker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. Voyageur Press. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-76034-546-7.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 118. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Biography by Doug Stone". Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  5. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Contraband Contraband review". AllMusic. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  6. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.