Right Between the Eyes

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Right Between the Eyes
Icon right between the eyes.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 1989
StudioChaton Recordings, Paradise Valley, Arizona
GenreHeavy metal, glam metal, hard rock
ProducerDan Wexler, Ed Trunk, Dan Zelisko
Icon chronology
More Perfect Union
Right Between the Eyes
An Even More Perfect Union
Singles from Icon
  1. "Taking My Breath Away"
    Released: 1989 (promo)
  2. "Forever Young"
    Released: 1990 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

Right Between the Eyes is a 1989 album by American heavy metal band Icon. It marked a number of changes for the band, including a new record label, Megaforce Worldwide/Atlantic Records and new guitarist Drew Bollmann, who was listed as a member although he did not actually play on the album. The album was produced by guitarist Dan Wexler, Dan Zelisko, and radio personality Eddie Trunk (credited as "Ed Trunk"), who worked at Megaforce at the time. The album featured a guest vocal appearance by Alice Cooper on the tracks "Two for the Road" and "Holy Man's War". For this album Icon toured with, among others, Ace Frehley of Kiss fame and Electric Angels in the US, and with King's X in the U.K. For the last part of the tour, David Lauser of Sammy Hagars band replaced drummer Dixon. The video for the first single "Taking My Breath Away" was played on MTV´s Headbangers Ball in Europe and in the US.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Right Between the Eyes" (Dan Wexler, Jerry Harrison, Pat Dixon, Tracy Wallach) – 5:13
  2. "Two for the Road" (Harrison) – 3:54
  3. "Taking My Breath Away" (Wexler, Harrison, Dixon, Wallach) – 4:36
  4. "A Far Cry" (Wexler, Harrison, Dixon, Wallach) – 4:19
  5. "In Your Eyes" (Wexler, Harrison) – 4:00
  6. "Holy Man's War" (Wexler, Harrison, Dixon, Wallach) – 7:16
  7. "Bad Times" (Wexler, Harrison) – 3:25
  8. "Double Life" (Wexler, Harrison, Dixon, Wallach) – 4:06
  9. "Forever Young" (Wexler, Harrison) – 3:50
  10. "Running Under Fire" (Wexler, Harrison) – 4:26
  11. "Peace & Love" (instrumental) (Wexler, Dixon, Wallach) – 1:19


  • Jerry Harrison – vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Dan Wexler – guitars, guitar synthesizer, producer
  • Drew Bollmann – guitars (credited, not actually playing on the album)
  • Tracy Wallach – bass, vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Pat Dixon – drums
Additional musicians
  • Alice Cooper – guest vocals on "Two for the Road", featured character on "Holy Man's War"
  • Kevin Stroller – keyboards
  • Mark Prentice – keyboards on "Forever Young"
  • Steve Escallier – engineer, vocal arrangements
  • Rich Spector – 2nd engineer
  • Scott Mabuchi – mixing at Sigma Sound Studios, New York
  • Lolly Grodner – mixing assistant
  • Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • Ed Trunk and Dan Zelisko – executive producers
  • "Alive and Well in Hell" produced and written by Tracy Wallach


  1. ^ "Icon - Right Between the Eyes". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.