For Danger Danger, good things seem to come in twos.
Formed in 1987 by Bruno Ravel and Steve West, and rounded out by
Ted Poley, Andy Timmons and Kasey Smith, it didn't take long for the
band to be noticed by Epic Records' Lennie Petze. Petze, who had earlier
discovered Boston, Cyndi Lauper and Aldo Nova, to name a few, made
Danger Danger the first signing to his newly minted Imagine Records.
Released in 1989, the self-titled Imagine/Epic release struck gold. While touring with
Kiss, Alice Cooper, Warrant and Extreme, the band smashed out two hit singles
at both radio and MTV - the classic Naughty Naughty, and highly infectious
Bang Bang. Good things for Danger Danger did indeed, come in twos.
1991 saw the release of Screw It! With extensive touring and overwhelming
press coverage, Screw It! actualized two hits, Monkey Business and
I Still Think About You. Another tour with Kiss, this time in Europe, and a
second sold out headlining tour of Japan, solidified Danger Danger’s place in the rock world.
Now a hot commodity, success could be seen night after sold-out night,
whether they were opening for the biggest rock acts or headlining venues on their own.
In 1993, Danger Danger recorded their 3rd disc for Sony titled Cockroach, however,
due to legal wrangling, the album wouldn’t see the light of day until eight years later.
Upon completion of the album, the band parted ways with lead singer Ted Poley.
Needing a replacement, friend and former Elektra recording artist, Canadian
Paul Laine stepped in. The lead vocals were re-recorded with Laine and the album
was back on the release schedule. The band and Sony were both soon hit with lawsuits
from the departed singer, thus causing Sony to decide it was in their best interest to
shelve the record. Eventually the band amicably parted ways with the label.
In 1995, Bruno Ravel and Steve West formed Low Dice Records, and released
their first album for the label - Dawn. Conceived during this dark chapter for the
band, the record was somewhat of a departure from their earlier work, reflecting
a somber and introspective tone, both musically and lyrically.
1998 saw the release of Four The Hard Way, a return to the band’s original melodic rock roots.
The album was heralded as a classic in the genre, receiving rave reviews throughout the world.
The Return Of The Great Gildersleeves followed in 2000. It too, was greeted with stellar
reviews from critics and fans the world over, further helping cement the band's reputation.
In 2001, the long awaited, and eagerly anticipated Cockroach was finally released.
In a joint venture with Sony Music, Low Dice Records issued a 2 CD set featuring
both versions of the album. Disc one features then current vocalist Paul Laine,
while disc two features original lead vocalist Ted Poley.
The response was overwhelming. The album consistently landed on top ten lists
everywhere. It has been hailed as Danger Danger’s finest album to date.
In 2002, VH1 voted the group one of the “Top 40 Hairbands Of All Time,” landing at
number 25, and featuring them in their hit special VH1’s “Top 40 Hairbands Of All Time.”
Later that year, the band scored another coup when their song Naughty Naughty Xmas
was featured in the #1 movie in America – Disney’s "The Santa Clause 2."
2003 was filled with many highlights, beginning with the release of Rare Cuts, a
collection of unreleased and rare tracks. Following the success of the album, the
band triumphantly returned to the UK (after a ten year absence) and Spain, wowing
fans and critics alike. The end of the year also saw the release of the critically
acclaimed We Wish You A Hairy Christmas, a collection of Christmas songs
featuring some of the biggest “hair bands” of all time. Singling out the band,
Rolling Stone had this to say: “Danger Danger’s Naughty Naughty Xmas affirms
that beneath all the hair spray, the Eighties-metal boom included a bunch of totally
rocking Cheap Trick tribute bands.” More praise came as
Guitar For The Practicing Musician magazine declared Danger Danger’s
self-titled debut one of the “50 Greatest Guitar Albums Of The ‘80s.”
2004, looks to be an even more exciting year with the return of original vocalist
Ted Poley after an eleven-year absence. The band will return to the road this summer
with an extensive tour. Sweden Rock will be one of their first shows in Scandinavia,
with many dates to follow throughout Europe, Brazil, Canada and the USA.
2007 - Razor & Tie release Monster Ballads Xmas featuring Naughty Naughty Christmas.
2009 - Burrn! Magazine names Danger Danger’s self-titled debut one of the
“200 Essential Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums” of the past 25 years.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band’s now classic debut,
Danger Danger release Revolve, a new album featuring the reunited members.
Revolve enters the Swedish Top 100 albums chart in its first week and lands on critics’ year-end top ten lists worldwide.