Track Of The Day: Keel
For a while in the early to mid 1980s, Keel were contenders. Indeed, they more than anyone else had the right to rawk! So, it’s good to have them back – and even better that they’ve given us the last Track Of The Day for January 2010. For all recent Tracks Of The Day, go here.
Keel’s 1985 album, cunningly titled The Right To Rock (in fact their second record), summed up the era when everyone was out for a good time, and the fear factor had yet to enter into the psyche of rock’n'roll.
In their first phase (which was really from 1984-1989), the band released four studio albums and one live one. They captured the imagination with such anthems as The Right To Rock and Lay Down The Law, plus storming covers of Bruce Springsteen’s Because The Night (made famous by Patti Smith) and The Rolling Stones’ Let’s Spend The Night Together. These LA lotharios had no socio-political agenda – they were hedonists heading on to the closest party.
After nearly two decades apart, the band reunited in 2008, so once again vocalist Ron Keel, guitarists Marc Ferrari and Brian Jay plus drummer Dwain Miller are ready to fly, with new boy Gene Arco on bass.
“We’ve all remained friends, and have regularly talked about doing this reunion, so it’s not come out of the blue. But it just had to be for the right reasons and also at the right time,” says Ron Keel.
Well, the time is here as the band have returned with not one but two albums. There’s the 25th anniversary edition of The Right To Rock, plus an all new record, Streets Of Rock And Roll.
It’s the latter that provides us with the free download of Hit The Ground Running. Get it now here.
For further info, go to www.keelband.com