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Badlands

Led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and one-time Black Sabbath vocalist Ray Gillen, Badlands was one of the most talented bands to spring from the fertile hair band scene of the late '80s. Unlike most of their flamboyant peers, however, the group opted for an earthier, stripped-down hard rock approach, which never managed to connect with the era's generally fickle, image-conscious fans. Tensions within the group exploded only a few years and a couple of inspired albums later, and Badlands was history.

After a half-decade spent in the employ of metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Jake E. Lee decided it was time to strike out on his own after the conclusion of 1988's wildly successful the Ultimate Sin Tour. Wishing to distance himself as much as possible from his former boss, the guitarist set about looking for a charismatic frontman with which to launch his new project. The seeds of Badlands were sown when Lee met singer Ray Gillen, who had been looking for work after a brief touring stint with Black Sabbath. They soon inaugurated a combustible songwriting partnership, and with the addition of bassist Greg Chaisson and Gillen's former Sabbath pal Eric Singer on drums, Badlands was ready to roll. With their bluesy brand of heavy metal, their eponymous debut was a welcome throwback to the tough, gritty sounds of '70s hard rock titans like Led Zeppelin. But in an era where glam metal gloss was king, their unpolished image and sound ultimately failed to connect with a wider audience, and despite receiving much media attention and even respectable MTV exposure, the album underperformed by everyone's expectations -- especially their record company, Atlantic.

Eric Singer soon quit to join rock legends Kiss, but the band soldiered on with former Racer X vocalist Jeff Martin, who assumed drum duties on their follow-up, Voodoo Highway, released in 1991. But trouble was already brewing, and later in 1992, Lee and Gillen had a violent falling out. Lee accused Gillen of conspiring with their label to push the band in a more commercial direction during the album's sessions -- a backhanded tactic which, when revealed, led to a drag-out, blowout fight and Gillen's immediate sacking. But a tour of the U.K. had already been booked, so the vocalist was temporarily readmitted for its completion, leading to an understandably tense set of concerts and providing an absolute field day for the scandal-loving British press. Dates honored, however, Gillen was officially out, and although Lee initially claimed that Badlands would continue (even performing a few dates with new vocalist John West), Atlantic had enough and dropped the band soon after. Lee went underground and was rarely heard from again in the next decade, but Gillen suffered a crueler fate, succumbing to AIDS-related complications in December 1993. Badland's final recordings and leftovers (circa 1992) would eventually come to light as the 1998 CD Dusk. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Where is their other two albums
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Some serious string shredding on that track (Soul Stealer)!!!
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Why isn't the first Badlands album on here?
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Yeah, please correct the mistake & where's the 1st album? Best one!!
Jake's latest project: Red Dragon
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Other people have told you you've got the wrong groups albums on there why don't you fix it
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Jake E Lee is one of the great guitar players with a unique sound! And Ray Gillen...... . . . . . . . w h a t s left to say?! We will miss for decades to come!! Anyone heard anything new re; Jake??
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Great Music, played.Old School styles. RIP, RAY GILLEN.You are never Forgotten.
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Pandora has all the badlands songs,albums ,whatever... b u t not the very first album which is the best album,????
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Just saw Jake he looked and sounded awesome!!!! Rip Ray what a amazing voice lost forever!
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Please get the real Badlands on Pandora: Badlands (1989), Voodoo Highway (1991) *added, thanks!
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Agreed! --> Please get the real Badlands on Pandora: Badlands (1989), Voodoo Highway (1991), Dusk (1998).
And while you're at it, how about Jake E Lee's solo albums: A Fine Pink Mist (1996), Retraced (2005)?
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gillen dead after voodoo i think right?
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how the f*&# do you upload content or is that some violation?
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Where is the first album with Livewire and Rumblin Tain?
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Wheres their first album????
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Please get the real Badlands on Pandora: Badlands (1989), Voodoo Highway (1991), Dusk (1998).
And while you're at it, how about Jake E Lee's solo albums: A Fine Pink Mist (1996), Retraced (2005)?
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Please add the 1st self titled Badlands album! Voodoo Highway, the bands 2nd album you have listed above is correct...bu t the 2 other album's you have listed aren't even the right (Badlands) band.

The only Badlands I know of... and what people are looking for who like this band on this particular page are the Badlands albums with Jake E. Lee on guitar & Ray Gillen (RIP) on vocals. Thanks! They are to good of a band to have wrong...than k s for Voodoo Highway at least.
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jake e lee, fantastiklee , hey ozzy give him the credit he is due
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methreeee
ultimate sin is '85 release-'86 popular
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Outstanding band!! great music and wonderful memories.. RIP Ray Gillen. I got the honor of seen them live in L.A. love them.
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I agree with all the rest of these comments, the BADLANDS with Jake E. Lee ( on Guitar), Ray Gillen ( on Vocals), and Eric Singer ( on Drums). Hook us up!
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Come on Pandora. I'm obviously not the first to comment on this. Voodoo Highway is their second album, what about the first, self-titled album (with Dreams in the Dark, Highwire, etc.) and the third album Dusk???? If Pandora needs help finding it, just look up Jake E. Lee!!!!!
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Not the Ozzy/Sabbath castoffs, this is post punk from the Netherlands
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Badlands is a rare jewell of a band that was too good to be embraced by the masses, they are to be treasured by those who truely love blues based a**-kicking rock
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The first album is out of print and considered rare. Sad because it is one of the best from that time. Flame Still Burning and Killing Kind are different Badlands bands. Pandora drops the ball on this one.
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slotter1999
Where's the Badlands Album with Dreams in the Dark? Don't get it?It's Like Van Halen without DLR? Just not right...
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Im with what everyone else is saying, What the hell???? No highwire, no dreams in the dark, this band has always deserved better than what they were given.
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jrgarrod
Where is high wire!!!!
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phawkin_a
Voodoo highway is the "real" badlands
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Come on Pandora! Really?? Give us the REAL Badlands!!
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blmckee
What the hell is this crap?
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ou sound like old skrewdriver! ! ! !
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comn we want jake highwire,dre a m s in the dark,seasons comon badlands rocks
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Please get the real Badlands on Pandora: Badlands (1989), Voodoo Highway (1991), Dusk (1998).
And while you're at it, how about Jake E Lee's solo albums: A Fine Pink Mist (1996), Retraced (2005)?
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thekrows
Jake E. Lee! please, remember, "Dreams in the Dark" "Devils Stomp".
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digitalpete6 9
The REAL Badlands please. (Or at least the one that rocks with Jake E Lee) I don't know who these guys are.
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Hello Pandora...
Could you, Would you Please add the band Badlands. The original that featured Jake E. Lee and Ray Gillen and Eric Singer.
circa 1988-1993ish
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jshonk6
We want the real Badlands, you know, the one that rocks!
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this pisses me off!!
Jake E Lee PLEASE!!
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not what I was looking for where's jake e lee
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Me too! Where's Ray Gillen?!?
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This is not Badlands. Fix it, Pandora. Nobody wants to listen to this s**t band.

Jake E. Lee, please.
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mensajes70
I was also looking for the Jake E. Lee Badlands...
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vince.micco
I am looking for the Badlands with Ray Gillen and Jake E Lee, NOT this one you gave me.
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This is the 2nd or 3rd time I create a Badlands station, only to get the wrong Badlands! Is anyone @ Pandora looking into this? Does anyone @ Pandora read these comments? Jake & Ray's Badlands is what I'm looking for.
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I agree. The ONLY Badlands is with Jake, Ray, Greg, Eric and Jeff Martin. Come on, Pandora, help us out here.
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I'm looking for the other fake Badlands. No, not that one either.
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jumpinchrisf l a s h
Greetings all,
I believe we are all looking for the same band, I am glad to see this as this band was a special one. "I WANT THEM ON MY PANDORA"!!!
Pandora, I love this service and am almost always over the 40hr limit for the month so please find this band (if you haven't already) and mark it somehow so we all can find it among all the other Badlands Bands respectfully .
JumpinChrisF l a s h .
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I too was looking for the real Badlands. Long live Ray G.
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Pandora, you BLOW!

Where is the real Badslands?!

Corporate music slags like you make me ill.
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