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Formed from the visionary talent of Shawn Mars (Mars Needs Women) and Keith Roth, Chrome Daddy was a band that surfaced out of friendship and blasted into the stratosphere of the Jersey hard rock universe. Enlisting the ever capable drumming skills of Damian Cordisco and the six-string talents of Skid Row Guitarist Scotti Hill, Mars and Roth seized downtime opportunity to blaze rock-and-roll trails of Marshall fueled brilliance, melding influential commonalities from bands such as Sweet, Bowie, T Rex, Cheap Trick, and KISS and their love for all things 1970s into some of the decade’s most underrated rock-and-roll to date. This rare release is a detailed story of that passionate effort. A musical journey comprised of standout individuals that teamed up to lay down a lifetime of skill in the briefest of timelines. The music you’ll hear was birthed from the raw intensity of demos that came from the soul before evolving into an even larger body of work for the consideration of Motley Crue and Bon Jovi manager, Doc McGhee. In a time when the music business was shifting from the sound of the Sunset Strip to the sound of the great Northwest, McGhee saw a highly original opportunity in the foursome, and urged Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill to head down this new and inspiring path. “The call to join the band showed up at my side door written on the back of a pizza box. Only my closest friends would know to leave me a message at the side door. But to put the information on the back of a pizza box was genius! We were from New Jersey. Pizza is a way of life. The message read (in dried up Sharpie) something to the effect of “Scotti!!! Come join Big Top!! What time are you going out later? Keith and Shawn." If Hill was integral in the visibility of Chrome Daddy, Shawn Mars was the ringleader that commenced the ball rolling with his concept of all things carnival. “We started writing songs and for some reason I loved the name Big Top...I guess because it had that whole circus vibe to it. Two things happened pretty quickly. We convinced Scotti Hill to join us, and then he changed the band name to a song I wrote called, “Chrome Daddy.” As far as drummers, we didn't have to think too hard...Damian was our first pick...he was a killer player and a great all around dude.” When talking about Damian, who left us way too suddenly last year, one thing radiates through in the conversations. He was one-of-a-kind. Damian's playing style was created by emulating his childhood heroes, and perfected from years on the original scene and countless days in the studio. I was around to witness his style as both early bandmates and music fan, and the fact that he was part of this punkish, hard rock outfit always made perfect sense to me. When you listen to the passion and thunder of the tracks offered here, it brings you back to a musical decade of risk taking merit, a time where these four band members had something compelling to say and the right vehicle to get there. Keith Roth reminded me of his meeting with the Chrome Daddy drummer. “I first met Damian at DAC Studios (Damian’s recording Location) when I was working at The Aquarian. I was an ad rep in the 80s and I remember going to visit him as a client. Damian loved all the same bands that I did. This was at the height of hair metal and we talked for hours about bands like the Pretender’s and The Sex Pistols. And we just connected immediately. Even after Damian moved on from the studio business and got into other groups, we always stayed in touch after that. And later when he and Rachel (Rachel Bolan from Skid Row) put The Barflies together they brought me onboard and that’s when I got to really lock in with Cordisco as a player. I’m really glad I got to re-connect with him during the last few months of his life.” It’s ironic, as I’m sitting here penning this, I start to think about each player’s continuing industry contributions and extended musical pathway. Hill is still in Skid Row, and Mars has his solo career, and Roth enjoys his own musical vocation as Singer / Guitarist of Frankenstein 3000 and Sirius DJ, but the one thing I still get from each and every one of them is the excitement that sparks them up when discussing this band, the songs and Damian’s good-hearted presence and entertaining sense of merriment. This group of songs is dedicated to that enduring spirit and energy of a good mate who still had much left to say, and the everyday music fan that still affirms that rock-and roll is as good as it ever gets.
This album is dedicated to the loving memory of Damian Cordisco!
PRODUCED BY CHROME DADDY
ENGINEERED BY VIC PEPE, BOB BUTTERFIELD and DAMIAN CORDISCO
MASTERED BY BOB PANTELLA AT FREAK SHOP STUDIOS
PHOTOS BY LINDA ROWE MARK WEISS, MICHAEL ALAGO, MISAI HILL
SHAWN MARS - Lead Vocals / Guitars
KEITH ROTH - Bass / Guitar / Lead Vocals*
DAMIAN CORDISCO - Drums
SCOTTI HILL - Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals
Additional guitars added by Dave Dipietro
Vic Pepe, Bob Butterfield, Bob Pantella, Fred Cordisco, Dave Dipietro, Marc Regan and Clint Gascoyne for helping in the creation and the revisitation of this record that has laid Dormant for way too long...
Extra Special Thanks to our brother Damian Cordisco for Seeing the future...
We Love You Man!
1) TRUE BLUE LIES (Mars / Roth / Cordisco)
2) 30 DAYS (Sacco, Roth, Mars)
3) TOP OF THE MORNIN' (Mars)
4) DRIVIN' WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED (Mars)
5) BLACK TRIP* (Roth)
1) IT'S ALL WRONG (Mars / Roth)
2) STARS THAT FALL (Mars)
3) CHROME DADDY (Mars)
4) PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (Roth / Mars / Cordisco)
5) I CAN SEE (Mars / Roth / Cordisco)
All Songs © 1996
Ray Gun Unlimited ASCAP
Planet Griershaft Publishing BMI