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Shane’s Music Challenge: STEVE STEVENS’ ATOMIC PLAYBOYS – 1989 – Steve Stevens’ Atomic Playboys

| 25 February 2014 | Reply

Shane’s Music Challenge: STEVE STEVENS’ ATOMIC PLAYBOYS – 1989 – Steve Stevens’ Atomic Playboys
6/10

Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys  cover

Listening to Steve Stevens get his shred on all these years later on his first solo album away from the day job behind Billy Idol, it’s obvious he paid good attention to his erstwhile boss, tailoring a collection of songs that were much more than just axe-attacking six string masturbations.

Singer Perry McCarty – who had helmed the excellent 1983 album Warrior – Fighting For The Earth album – does a sterling job with the material while Stevens shows off his chops, across a mostly-cock rocking soundscape, even though Power Of Suggestion is all Memphis horns and funky soul, and a cover of Sweet’s Action turns the bubbleglam up to eleven. The H R Geiger cover is pretty hip too, but it all came to naught as the album tanked and in subsequent interviews Stevens insisted either that it was always meant to be a one-off, or it was “just an expensive hobby”.

Best bits: the title track is bombastic hair metal at it’s best and Stevens’ playing and McCarty’s vocals on Sweet’s Action make it a contender for one of the best versions of the song ever released.

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