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Beyond D'Valley Of D'Molls

by D'Molls

80s LA glam rock; D'band's 3rd album released in 1997.
Genre: Rock: 80's Rock
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1. A-C-T-I-O-N
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2. All I Want
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3. Hi N Lo
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4. Shadows
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5. Sweet Cherry
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6. Olde Tyme Picture
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7. The Answer
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8. Highwayman
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9. Ladies Stall
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10. Crimes of Fashion
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11. D'stroll
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12. Limelight (Live)
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13. Supersonic (Live)
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14. Really Got It Bad (Live)
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Album Notes
D'Molls are often an underrated glam band that broke the rules of radio friendly pop rock and defined the acronym "sleaze rock" in the blink of an eye. Chicago, Illinois was where group's founder, Billy Dior (drums, who had played with C.C. DeVille in Screamin' Mimi's, which wrote the original version of what later resurfaced as Poison's career-breaking single, "Talk Dirty To Me"), Lizzy Valentine (bass/guitar/piano/vocals), Desi Rexx (vocals/guitar), and S.S. Priest (guitar) formed The Chicago Molls, which would quickly morph into the D'Molls.

In 1985, the group, intent on securing a recording contract, relocated to Los Angeles. Within 2 weeks of arriving in Hollywood, D'Molls inked a major recording contract with Atlantic Records and began work on their debut album. While the video for the single, "777," received substantial rotation on MTV, the album, a #2 import in England, failed to chart in the States. The record has been criticized for its feeble studio production that severely failed to capture the band's heavy driving, big bottomed, live sound and raw attack. Despite the album's gutless production, the band still toured the continental US, with Warrant as their support act. While playing in New York City, Atlantic's chairman/founder, Ahmet Ertegun, attended their show and was greatly moved by the band's live performance. He insisted that they immediately stop touring and get back in the studio to make a "real record."

Disagreements in the group over producers lead to tension, and matters didn't better over the their choice in personal management, proof in their brief relationship with David Lee Roth's managers, Pete Angelus and Pat Whitley, whom the group ultimately fired due to managements inability to grasp the vision/concept of what D'Molls was about.

D'Molls second lp, Warped was the record that finally captured the energetic strength vibe for which the band's sold out shows were notoriously built upon.

Atlantic committed to making D'Molls a top priority, giving the band carte blanche in all areas of marketing and support until lead singer Desi Rexx abruptly jumped ship on the band to play ryhthm guitar for David Lee Roth's touring band and promote a record which he didn't even play on. Upon Atlantic Records learning of this, Warped was released to only a few limited markets throughout the US. After months of rehearsal with David Lee Roth, Desi Rexx was fired just days into Roth's tour.

Upon disbanding, Priest returned to his former band Diamond Rexx and Dior started writing novels under his real name, Billy McCarthy. His debut novel, The Devil of Shakespeare was a Borders books bestseller in the summer of 2004.

Valentine, while moonlighting as a producer/songwriter, earned a bachelor's degree in Communication/Film from UCLA, followed by a Law Degree from Loyola Marymount Law School. Rexx after getting married, returned to Chicago.

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The Best CD You've Never Heard!, February 7, 2006
By Xan I. "xan_i" (Denver, CO United States) - See all my reviews
After graduating high school in '87, I hopped in a car with a couple of friends and drove from Salt Lake City to California for a graduation road trip. One of the nights we were there, we managed to sneak into a bar somewhere in Orange County. That particular night, it just happened to be an album release party for some band called D'Molls. We didn't know who they were, nor did we care. Being from Salt Lake, we were just happy to be in a bar.
Then the band played. The club was small, but they played as if it were an arena. That was almost twenty years ago.

Musically, D'Molls captured everything good about the '80's glam rock scene, which looking back now wasn't much, but they did it. The powerful songs are hard driving, and the ballads are thoughtful and non-formulaic. One of my favorite songs has always been "D'Stroll". The composition and guitar work through the CD is awesome and the vocals are fluid and catchy.
D'Molls is unique, so it's difficult to describe their sound other than to say they are a bit like Cheap Trick if you turned the intensity up to eleven. Sorry, that's the best I could come up with...
From what I was told, D'Molls never hit big because the record label decided to put all their money into Winger. Even if they would have hit, their success probably would have been short lived as grunge pretty much sealed the coffin of the glam scene.

I'm guessing from the $50 price tag that this CD is out of print. But if you can pick it up, or know a guy who knows a guy who has it, give it a listen.

I think that D'Molls should reform and tour with Hanoi Rocks, the GREATEST unknown band of all time!

xan

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