The Zippers

The Zippers

by The Zippers


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In the late '80s and early '90s, MCA was determined to cash in on pop-metal's popularity -- and that meant signing an abundance of hair bands. People who didn't know anything about the Zippers might have taken one look at this 1990 release and assumed that they were just another hair band, but that assumption would have been incorrect. True, they had the usual early-'90s headbanger attire, including black leather motorcycle jackets, tight jeans, black motorcycle boots, and, of course, long hair. But anyone who actually heard this album (which was produced by Freddie Salem) realized that the Zippers weren't just another group of Mötley Crüe clones or Guns N' Roses wannabes -- far from it. With one foot in hard rock/pop-metal and the other in power pop, the Zippers were fairly unpredictable. Some of the tunes are headbanger-oriented, especially "Top Shelf" and "Rock Now." But "Toxic Love," "Best Friend," and "Love So Large" have a lot of power pop appeal, and "Like the Rain" is essentially California-style jangle pop -- it's a tune that wouldn't have been out of place on a Byrds album. The person who deserves the most credit for the Zippers' diversity is lead singer Terry Callahan; he wrote most of the material, and it's obvious that he doesn't limit himself to any one style of writing. Those who like to pigeonhole artists might have a hard time believing that someone who could write a headbanger item like "Rock Now" could turn around come up with something as Byrds-influenced as "Like the Rain," but why should Callahan be confined to only one style of rock? Unfortunately, this out-of-print album wasn't a big seller, but it's worth obtaining if you can find a copy.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2018
Label: Imports
UPC: 5055011705128
catalogNumber: 170512
Rank: 241952

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zippers   Primary Artist
Freddie Salem   Slide Guitar
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Andrew Love   Horn
Vinny Q   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Gary Park Barnhart   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Day Dodato   Drums,Group Member
George Lisac   Percussion
Terry Callahan   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Freddie Salem   Composer,Producer
Greg Archilla   Engineer
Don Perry   Executive Producer
Steve "Spaz" Schnee   Story
Vinnie Q   Composer
John May   Liner Notes,Story
Bret Wallace   Guitar Techician,Equipment Manager
Pat Sanzi   Guitar Techician,Equipment Manager
Ken "Bushy" Biagini   Road Manager
Terry Callahan   Composer,Story

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