Danger Danger

Danger Danger

Not many bands swap bandmates midway through recording their debut album, but Danger Danger admirably pulls it off, switching out lead guitar player Tony (Bruno) Rey for Andy Timmons. The band really leans on the repetition with Danger Danger as both the band name and album title, and with their hit songs, Naughty Naughty and Bang Bang.

Danger Danger: Uses Saturday Nite to get Naughty Naughty and Bang Bang

Hey, I’m all for doing what you want, thematically. But let’s get real, Danger Danger writing a song called Bang Bang isn’t exactly John Williams laying the foundation of Star Wars as the Norse God of Leitmotifs.

I know, you don’t get it. That’s ok, Uncle Fizz has got you covered. A leitmotif is, “a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation.” If you want to learn even more, the New Yorker is up to the challenge. Better yet, you can drink leitmotif’s at Exhibit A.

Anyway, back to the hair metal. Danger Danger is WAY more about babes and good times than Motley Crue and Guns’n’Roses. Ok, maybe not way more, but you get the point. They didn’t exactly exude street cred. You can hear it on Danger Danger and on their second album Screw It.

Rating

I give Danger Danger a 6.7510

Let’s be honest, the album should really be titled Naughty Naughty. That would have been a much better title than going self-titled.

Danger Danger self-titled album cover
Danger Danger's debut album

Track listing

  1. Naughty Naughty
  2. Under the Gun
  3. Saturday Nite
  4. Don’t Walk Away
  5. Bang Bang
  6. Rock America
  7. Boys Will Be Boys
  8. One Step From Paradise
  9. Feels Like Love
  10. Turn It On
  11. Live It Up

Danger Danger notes

Ravel and West wrote some decent tunes on Danger Danger’s self-tited debut album. Fun fact, Bruno Ravel was in Westworld.

Nottttt that Westworld … Westworld the band.

Naughty Naughty

As is true across all bands, piano/keys (KEYTAR!) absolutely improve ALL facets of a band. Kasey Smith adds much street cred to the lineup.

Poley wastes no time introducing his ability to hit the upper registers on the debut album.

Naughty Naughty is just sultry enough to make you want to wash your linens. It also sets the tone for every single Danger Danger song with lyrics like, “Girl you look better in your birthday suit”. Straight class, Poley!

Under the Gun

Synth vocals? A little piano action. All nice things.

Under the Gun is really Beat the Bullet’s prequel. It’s also Danger Danger’s Runaway (Bon Jovi).

Love choral backing vocals … Bringing you down!!!

Tasteful and compact solo by Tony “Bruno” Rey.

Synth vocal fade out. Nice work.

Saturday Nite

A texas roadhouse song, only in the key of hair metal. Ted Poley and crew are ALWAYS looking for action and more action.

Danger Danger loves to drive in the fast lane, and of course, look for some action.

Timmons’ tone is crisp, along with his playing on the solo.

Red light, green light, ready to go! Looks like another red hot Saturday Nite!

Don’t Walk Away

A fourth track ballad, right on schedule. Don’t Walk Away is passable as a fourth track ballad, but nothing to write home about.

Got a bit of a Def Leppard Hysteria flair, let’s count the ways

Outro Ooooohs. Standard fare for hair metal balladry.

Bang Bang

The hit!

Huge intro. A decent verse. Pre-chorus is pretty rock solid though. While the lyrics are a bit inane, the chorus is just powerful enough to acheive hit status.

Love the vocal AHHHHHH part in the second verse. You tell her, Ted! You tell her not to mess around on you!

The solo complements the song, building into the unaccompanied chorus at 2:44. That part must have been huge at concerts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pure fluff, but the ladies get puzzledusted on that sorta thing. And that’s what Danger Danger songs were known for …

More outro Ohhhs, only this time layered over huge Tony Rey riffing.

Gang vocals in the chorus that Def Leppard would be proud over.

Danger Danger has a thing for following one’s passions in the heat of the night. It’s a lyric in every 3rd song, swear it’s true.

Rock America

Get up and make some noise,

Bitchin’ Pre solo, followed by Totally Bitchin’ solo, followed by a sweet pre-chorus refrain, followed by a TOTALLY BITCHIN’ piano breakdown into MEGA HUGE OHHHHHHHH with guitar layered underneath.

Gosh, I really miss the 80s. Tony Bruno

Rock on! I will, Ted. I will.

Boys Will Be Boys

Bruno Ravel keeps a nice groove here. Basic, but nice.

A rising WHOA OH pre-chorus. Dig it. Self-harmonizing Poley in the chorus. Nice. Remember ladies, he’s like a loaded gun, waiting for the night to come. And also, you.

Then by the morning, he will be gone. So make your own pancakes, ladies, cause Danger Danger is already on to the next city.

Timmons getting some crisp tones from his custom AT100 Ibanez on Boys Will Be Boys.

One Step From Paradise

This (strangely?) has a REO Speedwagon feel to it.

“Together we’ll find paradise someday” - oh yeah? Is that so? Just where is paradise?

Feels Like Love

Feels Like Love is written in the key of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Kasey Smith’s subtle synth pads and Tony Bruno’s overdriven guitar tone recall Robbie Robb’s “In Time” as The Great Ones conversed with The Three Most Important People in The World.

Key Change! So vital in a song like this.

Turn It On

Turn It On is Poison with a flanger.

Danger Danger knew how to turn it on for a pre-chorus, musically.

Lyrically obvious, Turn It On hides nothing. With lyrics like, “I can’t believe all the noise your making, am I really that good or are you just faking, feels so good, deep inside, it’s like a non-stop rocket roller coaster ride” Danger Danger has exactly zero shot of winning the Wallace Stevens Award for demonstrating a mastery of poetry.

Live It Up

I have to believe Steve West wrote Live It Up because of the ZZ Top style drum intro.

Live It Up ends the debut album with a nice little shuffle. This song sounds like SRV went hair metal. I dig it.

Anytime you can toss a harmonica solo into a hair metal tune it should be considered a victory.

“Thanks for coming, everybody!” - Niiiiiiiice