"Dangerous Toys" (Columbia; 1989)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

When Dangerous Toys released their debut album in 1989, it was a well thrown fist at the make-up caked jaw of glam metal. Dangerous Toys has that raw Southern rock attitude and rocked with the guts that was missing from music at the time. They slide the sleaze on pretty thick, too.

The band enjoyed gold status on this release due to hits like “Teas’n Pleas’n” and "Scared." Of course, MTV helped them tremendously, but -- since MTV stands for “Marketing Television” -- this debut would mark the height of their success. Jason McMaster has a voice like Axl Rose but doesn’t try to copy him. He does have a rawer edge than Rose and probably has the talent to sing most people under the table.

The reason I gave this CD the extra half chainsaw is for the guitar. It kicks like a mule! As mentioned above, there are obvious hits here but I'd like to direct your ear to a couple of guitar treats that might have been missed by other reviewers. “Bones In The Gutter” has some incredible fretwork which continues during the solo and ends the song with some flat out remarkable string picking. “Queen Of The Nile” has the best intro of any song I know. I worked and worked until I figured out how to play it myself. Any guitar player who has heard it and didn’t immediately want to play it is just kidding themselves. The vocals on “Queen Of The Nile” are way up there, too. “Outlaw” has a smoking solo as well. “That Dog” just rips up the speakers to finish out the disc.

Dangerous Toys: Jason McMaster – vocals; Danny Aaron – guitar, vocals; Scott Dalhover – guitar; Mark Geary – drums; Mike Watson – bass, vocals.

For more information, check out http://www.dangeroustoys.net.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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