Bursting onto the scene in the late 80’s, Vain made waves and appeared on the covers of some of rocks most respected magazines before they even signed a record deal. Decked out in teased hair, made-up faces and black fingernails, the band embraced the glam lifestyle with their sexually oriented lyrics.
Vain formed in San Francisco by Davy Vain (vocals), Danny West and James Scott (guitars), Ashley Mitchell (bass) and Tommy Rickard (drums). The band began to create a buzz in California, as they released a couple demos in hopes for a major label deal. Davy Vain would also moonlight as a producer for such up and coming Bay Area thrashers as Death Angel. Even though they were losing money, the band refused to locate to Los Angeles, and finally got a deal with Island records. The debut album was an absolute sleaze masterpiece, and the band had minor success in the U.K. where they had a successful tour with Skid Row.
The follow-up album never got a chance, as Island shelved the album after a few cassette promos were released in a management/ownership change, and the band was promptly dropped, killing any momentum they had. In late 1991 both West (who...