Ken’s Retro Pick – HURRICANE (1988)

Hurricane 1980s heavy metal rock band originally featuring current Foreigner lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (vocals/rhythm guitar), Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay Schellen (drums). Cavazo and Sarzo are the younger brothers of Quiet Riot’s Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo.

Hurricane released four albums: Take What You Want (1985), Over the Edge (1988), Slave to the Thrill (1990), and Liquifury (2001). Over the Edge was their most successful album featuring their only top 40 hit (at 33), “I’m on to You” in 1988 (written byJeff Jones).

Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow introduced Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo in the early 1980s. After deciding to form a band, Sarzo and Cavazo recruited singer Kelly Hansen, drummer Jay Schellen and guitarist Michael Guy. With little label interest, the band decided to release a mini-album themselves, Take What You Want. The album and constant touring led to them getting a major label deal.

In 1986 & 1987 they opened for Christian metal band Stryper on their To Hell with the Devil album tour. They were soon signed to Enigma Records, the same label as Stryper.

In 1988, the band released their major label debut album, Over the Edge. Propelled by a powerful, yet melodic hard rock sound, the album dipped into the top 100 (at 92) on the album chartsand featured a cover of Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen,” as well as the band’s most successful hit, the Jeff Jones-penned “I’m On to You.” The title track, “Over the Edge” was also released as a single.

In 1989, Sarzo left the group and was replaced by ex-Lion guitarist, Doug Aldrich. This lineup recorded the album Slave to the Thrill, which was released in 1990. While Allmusic hailed the record as the band’s most “focused” album, its success paled in comparison to its predecessor. Noteworthy, however, is the fact that the album’s relative lack of success could also be attributed to changing musical climates (indeed, the topic of which Hurricane album, Over the Edge or Slave to the Thrill is better remains heavily debated amongst Hurricane fans). Shortly after the release of this album, Aldrich moved on to House of Lords and the rest of the group quickly disintegrated with the onslaught of grunge.

Here is their popular “I’m on to You”…..


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