Tangier (band)

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OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresHard rock, glam metal
Years active1984–1992
Wolfe Records
Associated actsCinderella
Past membersBill Matson
Mike LeCompt
Doug Gordon
Gari Saint
Rocco Mazzella
Adam Ferraioli
Garry Nutt
Mike Kost
Bobby Bender
Jim Drnec
Jeff McPhee
Mark Hopkins

Tangier was an American, Philadelphia-based hard rock band, which was active between 1984 and 1992.[1]


Tangier formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, by the songwriter and guitarist Doug Gordon, and grew up in the clubs with bands such as Cinderella, who helped the group by having Tangier open for them on their second major tour.

Tangier's first, independent self-titled debut album, comprised Bill Mattson (vocals), Doug Gordon (guitar, songwriter), Rocco Mazzella (guitar, songwriter), Mike Kost (bass) and Mark Hopkins (drums).[2] After minor local success, Gordon decided to disband Tangier, and start fresh. He wrote new material and put together a new version of Tangier, utilizing only Mattson from the previous lineup. Gordon's competence as a rock lead guitarist was 'pro-filed' by Guitar World in its October 1989 issue, p. 118: "..... And on "Sweet Surrender," the album's tour de force. Gordon, after a growling 1-3-5 bass-note riff, launches into a dizzying, double tracked barn burner that suggests a summit meeting between Winter and Danny Gatton. This man can blaze." Garry Nutt was brought on board, as well as Gari Saint on guitar and Jimmy Drnec on drums.[1] The band recorded demos and sought management and hooked up with Larry Mazer. The band showcased for many labels and was finally signed by Derek Schulman, who was to head up the reborn and revamped Atco Records label. Veteran producer Andy Johns was selected for to produce Four Winds.[3] Bobby Bender was secured for the drums prior to recording Four Winds. It produced the hit singles "On The Line" and "Southbound Train".

For their second major label album, Stranded, there were some line-up changes again. Separating with both Mattson and Saint, the band brought in vocalist–guitarist Mike LeCompt.[1] This album produced the hit single "Stranded", featuring Pamela Anderson in its music video. The band fell apart in 1992.

Gordon, Lecompt and Nutt are the only former members still active in the music business. LeCompt has his own band that performs regularly in the greater Philadelphia area. Bassist Nutt has been involved with Arcade, Laidlaw, Davy Jones, Mike Tramp, Cinderella, Jean Beauvoir, Skinny Molly, Dave Hlubek, and Mike Estes, and more recently toured with Chubby Checker. Gordon went on to co-produce, play sessions and write with other artists. He played guitar on Myles Goodwin's solo album, co-produced "I Just Can't Stop Lovin You" on Linear's 1992 album Caught in the Middle, and produced the Mojo's album Not for Nothin' ; plus he co-produced the Bakers Pink album (1993), and co-wrote "Babylon" on Tom Keifer's solo album That The Way Life Goes (2013).

Former members[edit]

  • Bill Mattson - lead vocals (1985-1990)
  • Michael "Mike" LeCompt - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards (1991-1992)
  • Doug Gordon - guitar, backing vocals (1985-1992)
  • Garry Nutt - bass guitar, backing vocal (1986-1992)
  • Gari Saint - guitar, backing vocals (1986-1990)
  • Rocco Mazzella - guitar, backing vocals (1985-1986)
  • Mike Kost - bass guitar, backing vocals (1985-1986)
  • Adam Ferraioli - drums (1985-1986)
  • Bobby Bender - drums (1989-1992)
  • Jim Drnec - drums (1986-1988)
  • Mark Hopkins - drums (1985-1986)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Release date Label Chart position
Tangier 1985 Wolfe Records
Four Winds 1989 Atco 91 U.S.
Stranded 1991 187 U.S.


  • "On The Line" - 1989 #67 US Hot 100
  • "Southbound Train" - 1989
  • "Stranded" - 1991


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who’s Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 353/4. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks 1981-2008. Nielsen Business Media. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-89820-174-1. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Four Winds - Tangier | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2019.

External links[edit]

Tangier website