Angel (band)


Angel (band)

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Angel


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Origin = Washington, D.C., United States
Genre = Glam rock Progressive rock Heavy metal
Years_active = 1975-1981, 1987, 1998-present
Label = Casablanca, Coallier Entertainment
Associated_acts = The English Settlers, The Cherry People, Dry Ice, BUX
URL = [http://www.myspace.com/AngelOfficialSite Official Angel MySpace site]
Current_members = Frank Dimino
Barry Brandt
Randy Gregg
Steve Blaze
Michael T. Ross
Past_members = Punky Meadows
Mickie Jones
Gregg Giuffria
Felix Robinson

Angel are a glam rock and heavy metal band from Washington, DC, formed in the mid-70s by Punky Meadows and Mickie Jones. They were signed to Casablanca Records, and had the image of dressing in white.

History

Angel were discovered by KISS bass player Gene Simmons performing at a nightclub and were signed to Kiss’s record label Casablanca [ [http://www.rocknrollhell.com/angel/ "RockNRollHell Angel Biography"] , rocknrollhell.com. Retrieved August 26 2008] .

Angel's image of dressing in all white was a deliberate contrast to Kiss, who wore black. Angel sported an androgynous image and elaborate stage sets. They were slammed by rock critics, and Frank Zappa ridiculed the all-male band’s female appearance in the song “Punky’s Whips.” [http://www.chaoticworks.com/meadows/punkyswhips.html "Punky's Whips" song lyrics Retrieved August 26 2008] Angel never achieved mass commercial success but acquired a following as a cult band.

Their first album was the self-titled "Angel" and consisted of the lineup of guitarist Punky Meadows, bassist Mickie Jones, vocalist Frank Dimino, keyboardist Gregg Giuffria, and drummer Barry Brandt [http://www.glory-daze.com/readarticle.php?article_id=2324 Glory Daze Retrieved August 26 2008] . This lineup would hold for the following two albums, "Helluva Band" and "On Earth As It Is In Heaven", after which Jones would be replaced with Felix Robinson.

They made an appearance in the film "Foxes" and Frank DiMino sang “Seduce Me Tonight” on the "Flashdance" soundtrack.

Although Angel never officially disbanded, members went on to other things following the release of their live album. Lead vocalist Frank Dimino joined UFO guitarist Paul Raymond in the Paul Raymond Project in which he sang lead vocals. Bassist Felix Robinson played on the debut album of the band White Lion, "Fight to Survive". Angel’s keyboardist Gregg Giuffria had modest success as the leader of the band Giuffria during the 1980s, along with the band House of Lords. The rest of the band reunited briefly (sans Giuffria) in 1987, but was unable to secure a new record contract and split again not too long afterward. A demo tape recorded during this period includes three songs: “Hot ’n’ Heavy,” “Take Away My Feelings,” and “Can’t Last Forever.”

In the late ’90s, Angel reformed with a new line-up. Keyboardist Gordon G.G. Gebert joined the band in 1999 and left in 2002. Currently, the band members are Frank Dimino, vocals; Barry Brandt, drums; Randy Gregg, bass; Steve Blaze, guitars; and Michael T. Ross, keyboards [http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=100595 Blabbermouth.net News Archive ANGEL: In Writing Mode - July 9, 2008] . The band’s 2000 release "In the Beginning" also features guest appearances by original guitarist Punky Meadows, as well as Robinson. In 2000 came the release of "Angel: The Collection", making it the most extensive Angel greatest hits compilation including 16 songs.

In 2006 Lilith released two singles albums which has singles released through the band’s career (1975-1981), and even though it has most singles released at that time it does not include “Better Days” which was taken off the "White Hot" album and replaced with “The Winter Song.” This song remain unreleased on CD or cassette format. It is however available as a 7" single but is very hard to find. Angel is now working on a new album, which so far has no name, but there has been a total of three written songs and they are: “Worship the Sun,” “Hold On To Your Dreams,” and the third song does not currently have a title. The fourth song is “Even Now,” but it is not certain whether this is the third untitled song, a new fourth song, or just an unreleased track.

For better or for worse, Angel was quite influential in their own way—particularly on the glam metal boom of the 1980s—and represent a kind of missing link between keyboard-driven hard rock bands of the ’70s such as Uriah Heep and ’80s acts like Poison.

Discography

* "Angel" (1975) [http://www.glory-daze.com/readarticle.php?article_id=2324 Glory Daze Album review]
* "Helluva Band" (1976)
* "On Earth As It Is In Heaven" (1977)
* "White Hot" (1978)
* "" (5-10-1978)
* "" (5-10-1978)
* "Sinful" (1979) (original title: "Bad Publicity") Pop Album Charts #159
* "Live Without a Net" (1980)
* "Can You Feel It" (1989)
* "An Anthology" (1992)
* "In the Beginning" (1999) [http://www.melodicrock.com/reviews/angel-inthebeginning.html Melodic Rock Album Review]
* "" (2000)
* "" (2001)
* "" (2006)
* "" (2006)
* "TBA" (2008)

Notes and references

External links

* [http://www.myspace.com/AngelOfficialSite Official Angel MySpace site]
* [http://www.angelrocks.com/intro.html Angel Fan Site]
* [http://www.nolifetilmetal.com/angel.htm Angel at NoLifeTilMetal]
* [http://glory.metalkings.ru/bands/a/angel.htm Angel Discography]
* [http://ultmetal.tripod.com/angel.htm Angel CD Gallery]
* [http://www.GordonGebert.com Angel Keyboardist 1999–2002]
* [http://www.coallierentertainment.com/angel.php Coallier Entertainment Angel promo]


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