Hair Metal Podcast 07: Interview Special w/ Guest DREW FORTIER - Director of ATTACK OF LIFE: THE BANG TANGO MOVIE
Welcome to the Fandom Podcast Network's special presentation of... THE HAIR METAL PODCAST!
The Hair Metal Podcast cover bands that reached several levels of popularity and notoriety during the mid to late 1980's "Hair Metal" explosion. We take an in-depth look into the bands that defined the style and sound of Hair Metal, and many other bands that may or may not be categorized as Hair metal, but did reach some popularity during the Hair Metal rush of the 1980's.
Kevin Reitzel is your host for The Hair Metal Podcast. Kevin's special guest for this Hair Metal Podcast episode, is Drew Fortier, Director of "ATTACK OF LIFE: THE BANG TANGO MOVIE"!
Bang Tango was one of those bands that were on the edge of approaching super stardom during the Hair Metal scene in the late 80's. Bang Tango was formed in 1988 in Los Angeles by guitarist Mark Knight and bassist Kyle Kyle in 1988. Knight recruited a second guitarist Kyle Stevens. Soon after vocalist Joe Leste' joined the band as its front man which led to Leste's childhood friend, Tigg Ketler, completing the 5 piece line up as Bang Tango's drummer.
Bang Tango's initial release, a live EP titled Live Injection came out in early 1989 leading up to the release of their Howard Benson produced full-length debut Psycho Café which topped off at number 58 on the Billboard top 200 chart. The music video for the single Someone Like You was a popular staple on early 90's MTV programming such as Dial MTV and Headbanger's Ball. A video was also made for the single Breaking Up a Heart of Stone. The band would tour extensively during this period with the likes of Cheap Trick, LA Guns, Ratt, and Bulletboys. Bang Tango's next album releases was Dancing on Coals in 1991, then followed up by Love After Death in 1993, which never was released by MCA because the band was dropped by the label.
In June 2011, the band had met Drew Fortier, for whom they offered to shoot a studio documentary while they recorded their then new record Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt. This project would then become expanded upon once Fortier had been put in contact with previous members of the band as well as its founding members. Over the course of 4 years Fortier would turn the project into a feature length documentary titled "Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie". The film features interviews with all original members of the band as well as most of the players who have performed in the band since its inception.
Reviews of the film were positive. The general consensus is that despite its low budget, the film still manages to get its point across in an unbiased, artistic, and engaging manner while being able to appeal to not only fans of the band or genre, but to anyone not familiar with Bang Tango.
You can find Drew Fortier's movie "Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie" on YouTube here:
Kevin is honored to have and his guest Drew on this special podcast to discuss Kevin's favorite band of all time, and Drew's movie "ATTACK OF LIFE: THE BANG TANGO MOVIE" Kevin and Drew discuss many topics in this episode:
- Drew's musical influences. - What bands Drew played with. - How did Drew end up playing with Bang Tango. - What inspired Drew to do a documentary about Bang Tango. - Drew's experience interviewing the original members and the guests and fellow musicians speaking on the behalf of Bang Tango. - What was the most challenging and rewarding parts of making the Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie. - Drew talks about the Bang Tango super fan that ended up singing the whole set for the band one night. - What are Drew's favorite Bang Tango songs to listen too and play live.
Kevin would like to thank his very special guest... DREW FORTIER!
Please enjoy this special episode of the Fandom Podcast Network's, The Hair Metal Podcast! Remember...every rose has its thorn, and on a steel horse... we will ride! HAIR METAL LIVES! Rock on everyone!