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What the f@#k are Mongolians and who are The Godz?

| 3 October 2012 | 2 Replies

The Godz!!!  Some of you say you never heard of them, yet others hail and revere the band like they were and are…Godz!  If you ask anyone around Columbus, Ohio, who The Godz are, their response would leave you thinking as if you had mentioned the Beatles in Liverpool.  They are that legendary and more so to those who know them on a first name basis.  In their path lies a wake of destruction, deflowered women, and asses kicked from over-the-top live shows.  Bullet-holes, broken beer bottles, motorcycle gangs, and plenty of titties are the norm when in the presence of The Godz.  However, if you ask frontman Eric Moore to best describe himself amongst his gang of outlaws, he will simply say, “I am an old hippie, a hillbilly that can shoot straight.”

Still you say, I haven’t heard of them and what makes them standout from the rest?  Well, do you think Metallica would just take anyone out on the road?  Well, lets not also forget that they have also shared the stages with Cheap Trick, Judas Priest (1st U.S. Tour),The Babys, Iggy Pop, Angel, Triumph, The Outlaws, Budgie, Nazareth, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult and many others.  The Godz are known the world over, albeit in little pockets here and there, and are held in highest regard by some of rock-n-rolls finest.

The Godz were formed around 1976 in Columbus, Ohio. Rough and Rugged touring and great fan support led  to the band being signed to Casablanca Records alongside labelmates Kiss, Angel, and Donna Summer.  Godz fans were loyal and devout and even went by their own moniker of ‘The Machines’.  The band was out there kicking ass and taking names one by one; but it was one of their labelmates that would soon strike a chord with the masses.  That band was Kiss and wherever Kiss went, so did the labels money.  The band didn’t fail, but with little funding and support, the guys were left to do it on their own.  The critics never really liked The Godz, radio wouldn’t play them, but middle America – they couldn’t get enough!!!

The continuance of time would soon usher in a new decade and the band went on in many forms.  Always the uphill battle, founding member and only original member, Eric Moore, held the band together be it with scotch tape, duct tape, glue, or plain ‘ol spit and vinegar.  By the Mid 80’s it was evident, that through the guidance of Moore, the band was starting to shed their 70’s influence.  A newly reinvigorated group of guys, with new songs reminiscent of what ‘hard rock eighties” was about emerged.  And the result was Mongolians, the bands hardest rocking and most solid release to date.

Mongolians….where do we start?  Well, if you have been looking for this hard to find gem and have been led to ebay or Amazon only to see the staggering asking price of $70.00, and then seeing it sell for that much, then you know what people think its worth.  Leave it to FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net), to come in and rescue this cult release from oblivion.  FnA Records has inked a deal with Eric Moore (The Godz) to release this cult album along with a bunch of never released Godz material from the vaults and even a long-awaited dvd.

Mongolians is composed of 7 tracks from the import-only album I’ll Get You Rockin’ (released only in Europe) and includes three new tracks (Criminal Minds, Mongolians, Burning Bridges).  The original Mongolians came out in 1987 on a small indie label.  What should have been destined to be an American hard rock classic only wormed its way to cult status with little label support.  Thats one of many reasons sellers can demand the high dollar price for it. Stealing and swapping inferior copies, which has hurt the industry, caused Eric Moore (The Godz) to come forth and re-release the project.  He signed with FnA Records, who then took the album and remastered it, allowing the Mongolians to be sonically enhanced, bigger, and brighter.  One fan calls Mongolians “a true recipe for rock-n-roll; a dash of boogie, a pinch of blues, a 1/3 cup of metal, and a fistful rock!  Mix it all together and you have a delicious masterpiece.” [says Pete L. Thompson jr.].  Mongolians is true to its meaning, “an album that rides hard and plays hard, and captures essence of gritty, gravely, midwest rock-n-roll.

The Mongolians package is available through FnA Records (fnarecords.net) and fine retailers all around the world.  Fan packages are available directly from the label website which include a t-shirt, autographed cd, and a sticket.  There is also a super fan package available that will blow your mind (and wallet) – check out the site to see what it entails.

If you are unfamiliar with The Godz, check out their long, rough and tumble history that has led them to reaching cult status over the years.  Check out their story at www.thegodz.us

If there ever was a rock n roll hall of fame for the decadent society, you’d better be sure that the Godz would be there at the top of the mountain with a brew in one hand and an arm around some metal bitch, half clothed, and on the ride of her life!

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  1. dave says:

    I had a buddy of mine turn me onto “The Godz” back in Karlsrue, Germany in the summer of 1985. Fucking awesome band. A couple of fantastic jams that rate up their with Steppenwolf are:

    1) Cross Country
    2) Gotta Keep a Runnin’

    “Everybodies some kinda junkie,
    There’s dope junkie, booze junkie, sex junkie, we’re everything your parents ever warned you about”

    “Got the wind to my back, and the sun in my face, I don’t know where I’m going, don’t even know where I’m at, When I left Ohio, many miles down the road, Feels so good, I ain’t got blood on my mind”

    Again, FUCKIN’ AWESOME LYRICS

  2. Rip Booker says:

    I’ve known about there’s guys since the early 80’s as well. I’ve got a promotional copy of “Mongolians” that I found in a used vinyl store about 1990. This record kicks ass! I’ve talked about this record many times. There’s an interesting story about these guys regarding a show with Angel. Apparently, The Godz like to pack heat. At a particularly wild show they brandished their weapons to help get Angel out of a venue safely. Don’t know if it’s true but the legend is pretty awesome.

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