Album review: VARIOUS – Hollywood Hairspray Vol 8

VARIOUS - Hollywood Hairspray Vol 8

Perris Records [Release date 18.10.19]

Perris Records have recently released the 8th instalment of their Hollywood Hairspray series and although the bands are not massively well known, there are some great tracks on here. This is an album that is certainly full of melodies, harmonies, hooks and chorus-laden rock with appearances from past and present members of Journey, Tyketto, Extreme, Firehouse and Dangerous Toys amongst the tracks on offer.

Of the 14 tracks on the album, my favourite has to be Loud N’ Nasty’s “Stand Strong” which has a Ratt like feel to it. Morano’s “After The Love” has some solid 80’s AOR style to it and in some ways reminds me late 80’s/early 90’s Europe, as does 99 Crimes’ “Rumor” (although heavier on the rock more than the AOR side). Bad Boy Eddy’s “My Best Friend” is a little too sugary for me, whilst Walker’s “Time To Party” is reminiscent of “Slave To The Grind” era Skid Row.

One of the issues I do have with this compilation is the variance in the sound quality on some of the tracks included. AOR’s “The Smartest Girl In LA” is a good example of this as it is the first dip in sound quality, although the guitar work more than makes up for this, Mercy’s “Jet Black Romance” also suffers from a muddier sound. There are also a couple of tracks that are of demo quality (NiteRain’s”Rise Up” and Affaire’s “Highway Affair”) but are good songs and I would have like them to have been a bit better remastered.

Kill City Kills’ “Wild Brigade” has a nice sleazy edge to it but special mention has to be made of Notorious’ “Notorious” as it literally sounds like The Scorpions’ Klaus Meine singing over Motley Crue’s “Looks That Kill”, make of it what you will.

Overall, “Hollywood Hairspray Vol. 8” is a good compilation, easy to listen to, and has made me want to look out its 7 earlier predecessors. ****

Review by Nikk Gunns




The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 26 September. This marked the start of a new monthly series. Josh’s next session is Sunday 31 October.


David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 26 September 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at www.getreadytorock.com for that week.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 28 September 2021.

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com


Featured Albums w/c 18 October 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 TAO Prophecy (Tarot Label Media)
12:00-13:00 LEVERAGE Above The Beyond (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 JOE TILSTON Tightrope (Our Records)

Power Plays w/c 18 October 2021 (Mon-Fri)

ABOVE SNAKES Nothing To Lose (indie)
FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS Cookin’ (Greenway Records)
LEADFINGER The Fall Of Rome (Golden Robot)
FEMEGADES Stealing Numbers (Regent Street Records)
TIGERSIDE Any Contact (indie)
INDYA Love Like Champagne (indie)
EDGE OF DESTINY Forsaken (indie)



Popular (last 30 days)


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), ALL POSTS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply