Hollywood Vampires (L.A. Guns album)

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Hollywood Vampires
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1991
RecordedFall 1990
GenreGlam metal, hard rock
LabelPolyGram/Polydor (North America)
PolyGram/Vertigo (Europe and Japan)
PolyGram/Mercury (Europe)
ProducerMichael James Jackson
L.A. Guns chronology
I Wanna Be Your Man
Hollywood Vampires
Holiday Foreplay
Singles from Hollywood Vampires
  1. "Some Lie 4 Love"
    Released: 1991
  2. "It's Over Now"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]

Hollywood Vampires is the third studio album by the American glam metal band L.A. Guns, released in 1991. While no track from the album topped the charts (and the band's success declined soon afterwards as their style fell out of commercial favor), Hollywood Vampires presents various shades of the band and is representative of the late 1980s/early 1990s heavy metal scene, with riff-laden songs and big choruses on every song. The meticulous production gives the album a sound typical of the period — a full sound, with lots of background harmony vocals, layered guitars and additional keyboard tracks.

The album starts in a more somber note with "Over the Edge", which was used in the film Point Break, but the bulk of it consists of standard hard rockers, such as "Kiss My Love Goodbye" and "My Koo Ka Choo". The band aims for the ballad hit several times, in "Crystal Eyes", "It's Over Now" and the 1950s-style "I Found You", attempting to repeat the earlier success of their major single "The Ballad of Jayne".

The Japan pressing adds the original version of "Ain't the Same" from the Cuts EP, with the addition of several saxophone solos. The original CD and cassette releases featured a 3-D photo cover and a small pair of 3-D glasses was included.

During the Hollywood Vampires tour in January 1992, drummer Steve Riley was fired and replaced by M.C. Bones.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All credits adapted from the original CD edition liner notes.[4]

All tracks are written by Mick Cripps, Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis, Kelly Nickels and Steve Riley except where noted.

1."Over the Edge" 5:41
2."Some Lie 4 Love" 3:34
3."Kiss My Love Goodbye"L.A. Guns/Steve Diamond4:42
4."Here It Comes" 4:37
5."Crystal Eyes" 5:54
6."Wild Obsession" 4:14
7."Dirty Luv" 4:29
8."My Koo Ka Choo"L.A. Guns/Jim Vallance4:06
9."It's Over Now"L.A. Guns/Jim Vallance4:10
10."Snake Eyes Boogie" 2:56
11."I Found You" 3:43
12."Big House" 4:12
Total length:52:35


L.A. Guns
Additional musicians
  • Kevin Savigar - strings arrangements
  • John Townsend - additional backing vocals
  • Michael James Jackson - producer, engineer
  • Chris Minto, Micajah Ryan, Pat Regan, Will Rogers - engineers
  • Jamie Seyberth, Jim Wirt, Ken Allroyd - assistant engineers
  • David Thoener, Micajah Ryan, Mick Guzauski - mixing at A&M Studios, Conway Studios and Lighthouse Studios, Hollywood, California
  • Rob Jazco, Ed Korengo, Gil Morales, Kevin Becka - mixing assistants
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering at Precision Lacquer, Los Angeles
  • Mark Sullivan - production coordinator


Holiday Foreplay[edit]

Holiday Foreplay
EP by
GenreHard rock
L.A. Guns chronology
Hollywood Vampires
Holiday Foreplay
Live! Vampires

Holiday Foreplay is a promo EP by hard rock band L.A. Guns. It was released in 1991 on Polydor.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "L.A. Guns - Hollywood Vampires review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 237–238. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ De Sylvia, Dave (22 December 2005). "L.A. Guns - Hollywood Vampires". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  4. ^ Hollywood Vampires liner notes. Polygram Records. 1991.
  5. ^ "L.A. Guns Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  6. ^ a b "L.A. Guns Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  7. ^ a b c "L.A. Guns Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  8. ^ "L.A. Guns Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-07.