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Almost Famous

gunfire_dance.jpgAh, what might have been. You'll recall a few days ago I introduced you to the Gypsy Pistoleros (You See Your Gypsy), today, another band on the Evil Boy Records label.

Gunfire Dance were an 80s glam band closer to Hanoi Rocks and the New York Dolls than, say, Winger.  The boys in Gunfire Dance hail from Birmingham, U.K., and made a go of things here in the states at the dawn of the nineties.

Now Evil Boy Records is releasing a compilation of their best work on the 18 track album Archway of Thorns.

So, just who was this mythical band known as Gunfire Dance? The troubled Ant performed behind the mic, Jeff Ward ripped the guitar, Ray Birch strummed the bass and Ozzie slammed the drum kit.

Frustration after frustration led Gunfire Dance to an eventual break-up, but a surprise reunion in 2005 gave fans hope. Ant died in 2006, and now the album Archway of Thorns is a lasting tribute to this very talented group of punk/glam would-be idols.

You can check out some of the great Gunfire Dance tracks at If you really like Gunfire Dance, you can buy Archway of Thorns through

In honor of this new glam find, our song obsession of the week is "Suit and Tie" by Gunfire Dance. After all, no self-respecting glam god or goddess would willingly don a suit and tie with out at least copious amounts of hairspray and eye liner to offset the stuffy Wall Street look.








Reader Comments (5)

Haven't heard of them before!
They sound like a pretty cool band!
I'll have to check out those links!
March 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I heard of this band a long time ago when I read a review in Metal Forces of a show they played. I remember the review saying they were just okay.
March 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
Gunfire Dance: excellent band. I've got the 12" someplace, and hunt it out now and then as an example of everything that transends glam, transends The Dogs D'amour, etc.

Anyway, your web site is very interesting but surely yu could make more of the design. squarespace is an excellent program an the site is about glam!

Best, Sean.
March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSean
I adore their music, but one of my dear friends plays in a band that toured with them and suggested that the vocalist (mid-40s) was trading his *very* young backing band a chance to be in a successful touring band in exchange for sex... which I thought was a touch disturbing.
December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViva
This band is just wonderful. My boyfriend's uncle is Ray Birch, & it makes me so happy to see the pride his parents have in him & all the wonderful guys who made this band fabulous.

I can't wait to watch my beautiful one follow in his uncle's footsteps as he is such an amazing guitarist. They've honestly been such a big inspiration to both of us & many more I hope, showing that you don't just follow your dreams, you chase them. c:
October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorraEliza.

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