D'Molls

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D'Molls
Also known asThe Chicago Molls (1984)
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHeavy metal,[1] glam metal[2]
Years active1984-1991
LabelsAtlantic
Associated actsDiamond Rexx
The Screamin' Mimis
Past membersDesi Rexx
Lizzy Valentine
S.S. Priest
Billy Dior
Sean Freehill
Jim Bashaw

D'Molls, originally known as The Chicago Molls, were an American heavy metal and glam metal band, featuring lead vocalist/guitarist Desi Rexx, bassist Lizzy Valentine, guitarist S.S. Priest, and drummer Jim Bashaw.[3] In 1985, Billy Dior replaced Bashaw and the band relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a recording contract. Priest was still under contract with his other band Diamond Rexx, and could not follow the band there and was replaced by another guitarist, Sean Freehill.[4] Priest rejoined the band in 1986, after they signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. The video for "777" received some airplay on MTV, but album sales failed to prosper. In 1990, the band released their second album, Warped, but their singer quit before the promotion campaign got off the ground. The group disbanded shortly thereafter and did not release another album until 1996, when Delinquent Records featured the group's third and final album, Beyond D'Valley Of D'Molls, which featured three live tracks as well as previously unreleased studio recordings. There also exists a best of, compilation CD, The Best of Everything, which came out in 2007.

Billy Dior was reportedly in the bands Kid Rocker, and the Screamin' Mimis with future Poison guitarist C.C. Deville, prior to joining D'Molls. In 2015, Dior sued Poison for copyright infringement on several Poison hit songs, including, "Talk Dirty To Me," for which the band failed to credit him as co-writer. Poison ultimately settled with Dior out of court for an undeclared sum. He went on to publish a thriller novel in 2004 under his birth name, Billy McCarthy, The Devil of Shakespeare,[5] inspired in part by his experiences with the band and the 1980s Los Angeles glam rock scene. In 2017, McCarthy published his sophomore effort at writing, Beat Me Till I'm Famous,[6] an autobiographical memoir of his rags to rags experience as a professional musician in the 1980s, most of which covers the entire D'Molls story.

In 2018, D'Molls 1988 debut album was remastered and re-released on Rock Candy Records.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • D'Molls (1988)[7]
  • Warped (1990)[3]
  • Beyond D'Valley Of D'Molls (1997)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Everything (2007)[8]

Live albums[edit]

  • Desi Rexx & S.S. Priest of D'Molls Double Platinum Live (2009)

Former members[edit]

  • Desi Rexx - lead vocals, guitars (1984-1991)
  • S.S. Priest - lead guitar (1984-1985; 1986-1991)
  • Sean Freehill - lead guitar (1985)
  • Lizzy Valentine - bass guitar (1984-1991)
  • Billy Dior - drums (1984-1991)
  • Jim Bashaw - drums (1984)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "D'Molls – Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. Voyageur Press. pp. 57, 83, 121, 182, 190. ISBN 978-0-76034-546-7.
  3. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who’s Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-04-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Billy McCarthy (July 20, 2017). The Devil of Shakespeare. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1548898502.
  6. ^ Billy McCarthy (July 20, 2017). Beat Me Till I'm Famous. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1548424251.
  7. ^ "D'Molls Discography". Sprit-of-metal.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  8. ^ "FnA Records: Desi Rexx - D'Molls D-sides". Fnarecords.net.

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