L.A. Guns (album)

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L.A. Guns
Studio album by L.A. Guns
Released January 4, 1988
Recorded 1987
Studio The Village Recorder, West Los Angeles, California
Genre Glam metal
Length 36:36
Label Vertigo
Producer Jim Faraci
L.A. Guns chronology
Collector's Edition No. 1
(1985)Collector's Edition No. 11985
L.A. Guns
Cocked & Loaded
(1989)Cocked & Loaded1989
Singles from L.A. Guns
  1. "Electric Gipsy" / "Nothing to Lose"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[2]

L.A. Guns is the debut studio album by the American glam metal band L.A. Guns, released in 1988. Following the success of the second album, Cocked & Loaded, this album reached gold status in the US.[3]

Despite appearing in the band photo and album credits, Steve Riley was not the drummer for the band during the recording of this album, having replaced his predecessor Nickey "Beat" Alexander between the recording and release of the album; also many of the songs were co-written by the band's previous vocalist Paul Black, although he was not credited on the album itself.

The album includes several remakes, including "Hollywood Tease" (previously done by singer Phil Lewis's old band Girl), and "Shoot for Thrills" (previously done by bass guitarist Kelly Nickels's old band Sweet Pain).

Torme, which was one of Lewis's pre-L.A. Guns bands, had previously recorded a song titled "Sex Action", but they are two different songs with the same title. The L.A. Guns song of this name was featured on the NBC show Parks and Recreation in the episode "Tom's Divorce".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No Mercy" Nickey Alexander, Paul Black, Mick Cripps, Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis 2:46
2. "Sex Action" Black, Guns, Lewis 3:39
3. "One More Reason" Black, Guns, Lewis 3:05
4. "Electric Gypsy" Guns, Lewis 3:23
5. "Nothing to Lose" Black, Cripps, Lewis, Robert Stoddard 4:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Bitch Is Back" Black, Cripps, Guns, Lewis 2:51
7. "Cry No More" (instrumental) Guns 1:17
8. "One Way Ticket" Black, Guns 4:17
9. "Hollywood Tease" (Girl cover) Phil Collen, Lewis 2:50
10. "Shoot for Thrills" (Sweet Pain cover) Nickels 4:27
11. "Down in the City" Guns, Nickels 3:57


L.A. Guns
Additional musicians
  • Nickey Alexander - drums
  • Howard Benson - strings arrangements on "Cry No More" and "One Way Ticket"
  • Paul Kaufman - washboard on "Down in the City"
  • Alan Jones - tenor and baritone saxophones on "Nothing to Lose"
  • Jim Faraci - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Charlie Brocco - engineer



Year Chart Position
1988 Billboard 200 (US)[4] 50
UK Albums Chart[5] 73


Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1993 Gold (+ 500,000)[3]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Allmusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 193. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ a b "RIAA searchable certification database; search for L.A. Guns". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  4. ^ "L.A. Guns Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  5. ^ "L.A. Guns Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-11-07.