This US quintet formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1987. However, it was not long before they relocated to the bright lights of Los Angeles in the quest for wider exposure and A&R attention from record companies. Fronted by Lorraine Lewis (b. 26 September, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA), they were quickly snapped up by MCA Records, who assigned Jim Faraci (of L.A. Guns fame) as producer. Musically, they strived to corner the same market as Bon Jovi, relying on a pop/hard rock crossover approach. In interviews Lewis repeatedly stated her objective was to be the biggest ‘pin up girl’ in rock. The band, completed by Mazzi Rawd (guitar), Bill D’Angelo (d. 22 November 2005; guitar), Rick Rael (bass) and Bobby Murray (drums), recorded a self-titled debut album that played heavily on their vocalist’s sexuality. This approach often overshadowed Lewis’ genuine ability, and although it was received favourably by the critics, it was quickly consigned to the bargain bins, while the band disappeared without trace. Lewis went on to record solo material before forming Mercy with ex-Black Eyed Susan bass player Erik Levy, with this unit releasing an album in 1993. She resumed solo work later in the decade.
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