Quote from Dirk63 on February 10, 2014, 12:11
I've read your statement with interesst, Doc. It contains not my point of few, but it's ok. The 80er-period delivers a lot of Naz-pop-albums. I don't like them really comparing with the rock-Albums of the 70s and after the 80s.
Malice in Wonderland is not pop, I'd say it's some kind of AOR or experimental rock, e.g. tunes as "Fast Cars". However, there are several hard rock tunes on the album: "Talking About Love", "Shotdown at the border", "Talking To One Of The Boys" (one of my favourites from Naz in general), "Turning A New Leaf" and "Big Boy".
And there are quite a lot of heavy stuff on 2XS, "Whippin' Boy" and "Rags And Riches" on Sound Elixir, "This Month Messiah" on Catch, "Cinema" and "Just another heartache" on Cinema.
So if Manny were the reason for the pop-sound, then there is a good thing as he left the band: the rock is back.
Manny was, not Jeff Baxter or anyone else. 'cause a producer just can not force the band play in a different style. I also think that there was a drum machine replacing Darryl and the bass sound was probably watered down.
I remember an article of the german music-newspaper "Bravo" from the year 1980. They reported about the album "Malice in Wonderland" and they wrote about a big conflict in the band. Unfortunately they reportet not about the reason of the conflict. Maybe also because of the style of the new album.
I heard about a conflict in 1990 from my uncle: Dan and Manny had a brawl and this was probably also because of the style of the album, as Manny had plans to do a pop album after Snakes and Ladders, and perhaps the band was fed up with that. My uncle also said he heard that Manny is a very physically strong person though he looks quite ordinary, maybe he meant that there was some kinda fight among them, who knows...