In 1985 infamous British record producer Jonathon King, the guy behind George Harrison getting sued, decided to assemble a heavy metal supergroup to record a heavy metal opera. Sounds like an idea. He somehow managed to recruit two former members of Iron Maiden, singer Paul Dianno and drummer Clive Burr, one future member of Iron Maiden, guitarist Janick Gers, who had previously been in White Spirit and Gillan, former Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis, and former Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray. “Wow!” you say? I agree! King christened the group GOGMAGOG after a legendary giant from British folklore. The opera idea didn’t exactly pan out but the band did manage to record three songs in as many hours and release them as an EP. “I Will Be There,” written by Russ Ballard, formerly of Argent, the guy who wrote “New York Groove,” is really good, heavy guitars with a pop melody, similar to some of Thin Lizzy’s eighties work.
The next song on the EP, written by Jonathon King, is called “Living in a Fucking Time Warp.” Hmm. Another good song, but it seems like Mr. King did not have radio airplay in mind when he wrote this one.
The last song, also written by Jonathon King, was given the even more unwieldy title “It’s Illegal, It’s Immoral, It’s Unhealthy, But It’s Fun.” This is my least favorite of the three songs, not great but I still enjoy it.
What happened, Pete? Chris, please get him on the show!