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|Also known as||The Chicago Molls (1984)|
|Genres||Heavy metal, glam metal|
|Associated acts||Diamond Rexx|
The Screamin' Mimis
|Past members||Desi Rexx|
D'Molls, originally known as The Chicago Molls, were a band featuring lead vocalist/guitarist Desi Rexx, bassist Lizzy Valentine, guitarist S.S. Priest, and drummer Jim Bashaw. In 1985, Billy Dior replaced Bashaw and the band relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a recording contract. Guitarist S.S. Priest was still under contract with his other band Diamond Rexx, and could not follow the band to Los Angeles. Priest was replaced by another guitarist, Sean Freehill. S.S. Priest would rejoin 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 Atlantic lp, WARPED, which featured a much better production, but the 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 ambition, 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. D’MOLLS mantain an up to date website at, dmolls.com.
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. He went on to publish a novel in 2004 under his birth name, Billy McCarthy, The Devil of Shakespeare, inspired in part by his experiences with the band and the 1980s L.A. glam rock scene. 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. In 2017, Dior/McCarthy published his sophomore effort at writing, BEAT ME TILL I’M FAMOUS, an autobiographical account of his rags to rags experience as a professional musician/drummer in the 1980s, most of which covers the entire D’Molls story.
In 2018 D'Molls 1988 debut album was remastered and rereleased on Rock Candy Records.
- D'Molls (1988)
- Warped (1990)
- Beyond D'Valley Of D'Molls (1997)
- The Best of Everything (2007)
- Desi Rexx & S.S. Priest of D'Molls Double Platinum Live (2009)
- 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)
- "D'Molls – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
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