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Bang Tango

Although Bang Tango was often lumped in with the whole '80s glam metal movement (perhaps due to their pretty-boy looks and the fact that they hailed from Los Angeles, CA), the hard-rockin' quintet was one of the few L.A. glam groups to incorporate funk into its sound -- around the same time as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More made it acceptable to do so. Their lineup consisted of Joe Lesté (vocals), Kyle Stevens (guitar), Mark Knight (guitar), Kyle Kyle (bass), and Tigg Ketler (drums), and gained the interest of Mechanic/MCA shortly after the quintet issued the in-concert recording Live Injection in 1987. Their major-label debut, Psycho Cafe, was issued in 1989, and despite MTV's Headbanger's Ball program giving some air time to their single/video "Someone Like You," the album failed to break the band into the big time.

The group continued to issue albums during the early part of the '90s -- 1991's Dancin' on Coals, 1992's Ain't No Jive...Live!, and 1994's Love After Death -- but with the emergence of the Seattle movement, bands like Bang Tango became passé with most of the metal community. The band broke up shortly thereafter, with bassist Kyle joining former Faster Pussycat frontman Taime Downe's industrial project, the Newlydeads, while Lesté did some time as a stand-in for L.A. Guns (Ketler and Knight also resurfaced in the group the Worry Beads). In 1998, Kyle and Lesté resurrected the Bang Tango name for the 1998 release Live (on the Cleopatra label). A best-of compilation, Greatest Tricks, saw the light of day in 1999, as did United and Live the same year. In 2001, Lesté formed a more modern-sounding alt-metal outfit, Beautiful Creatures, issuing a self-titled debut the same year on Warner Bros., and toured as part of Ozzfest. Mark Knight also formed a new band, Gravy. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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My dad is Tigg Kelter, wish the band could have lifted, their music was amazing back in the day. My pops is still out here doing what he loves and that is jamming on his drums!
I am 63 years old and just found this band a couple of weeks ago. They rock wicked hard, their lyrics exude emotion and good jamming even though it was the 80's!!!!
What a great funky band!!!!! One of my favorite bands back in the day ! Great shows and made a very big impact on my life at 1st show in Milwaukee WI. T.A. Verns. Met two very special girls appropriatel y nicknamed "The Bang Tango Girls" who where a big part of my existence for a bunch of years.... They know who they are so IF by chance either see this would LOVE to catch up!!
One of the best f**kin bands of decade that stood the test of time LOVE you mother fuckes rock on
This band is just a bunch of droning noise
As great as Pandora is, I read this comment a lot: Where is the (name) disc/album? Being a long time listener of Pandora, I've actually sent the CD's into them as that is what they require to load them in. They screen them then add them to the database. If you sent Psycho Cafe or Live Injection to them, it'd get played. For a great band that sprouted from this era, add Ray West Radio (former Spread Eagle vox) to your stations.
BANG TANGO is currently touring the US and has a scheduled release in 2011! Hit a show and watch for the new CD! www.myspace. c o m / b a n g t a n g o
Bang Tango was always a huge part of my "personal radio station" back in the day. Psycho Cafe was the s**t front to back!
Good call Chris... where are the older goods??? Psycho Cafe and Dancing On Coals? I had no idea they put out releases in 2004 and 2006... and my station never plays these ones anyways... even though I have them as part of my station. What gives?
chrisv614
Where are the older discs?
magruver
AWESOME, Band,,, love them ,,,,,,,,,,,, , Rock On,
Great sound. Love this band!
If you appreciate Tom Keifer's voice you will like Joe Leste and his screeching vocals. They absolutely rock.
Also listening to Ratt Faster Pussycat ect ect Hair metal rules

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