WILDSIDE – Wildside…Formerly Known As Young Gunns

WILDSIDE - Wildside...Formerly Known As Young Gunns
  • 8/10
    WILDSIDE - Wildside..Formerly Known As Young Gunns - 8/10


FnA Records
Release date: January 10, 2020

User Review
10/10 (1 vote)

The story of Wildside, and ultimately of Wildside…Formerly Known As Young Gunns, reads like an E! True Hollywood Story. Young Gunns followed the legendary path to Hair Metal glory in 1988-1989, dominating the sunset strip, and ultimately landed a massive record deal when Capitol Records and Polygram records had a bidding war to land them. It seemed like a fairytale ending. Their debut album, Under The Influence, was recorded by famed Led Zeppelin producer Andy Johns at Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 Studios.

The band was slapped with a cease and desist by Lionsgate Films when the Young Guns movie was released, and so, they decided on Wildside. With a world-class record complete, and Capitol records fully behind them, the record was set to release May 5, 1992, just in time to be lost with the rest of Glam Metal to the rise of Grunge. Wildside…Formerly Known As Young Guns is 15 tracks of remastered demos, recorded prior to their debut album.

The band is terrific. Not every song is a chart-topper, but there are plenty of songs on this record, that had Wildside arrived in Hollywood a couple of years earlier, would have made them a household name. Equal parts Ratt, Guns and Roses, and Dangerous Toys, its a shame Wildside didn’t get a chance to shine. If these songs had been polished to major label quality and delivered a few years earlier, the story would have a much different ending. A must-listen for fans of 80s Metal, Hair Metal, and Glam Metal.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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