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Remember Southgang?

southgang.jpgThis week has turned out to be one of the most stressful of my entire life. I won't bore you with the details, but let's just say I wish it was Friday instead of Thursday.

I was going through my archive, trying to find an obscure band that doesn't get much love around here. I've determined we all need to give Southgang a little attention.

Southgang was one of those bands that came on the scene at the tail end of the glam phenomenon. You know what I mean: the boys in the band had long hair and wore jeans and flannel in addition to their spandex. Southgang released two albums, Tainted Angel and Group Therapy. Neither were huge hits, but singles and video play did earn the band a little traction.

The most famous member of Southgang is probably guitarist Butch Walker. He's written music for a slew of artists, including Tommy Lee, Rockstar Supernova and the Donnas. You might remember Butch Walker from Rockstar Supernova, although that show was never as good as American Idol: that's a fact!

Anyway, I'm awfully tired so I hope you'll accept this short entry today.

Here's Southgang's video for their song "Tainted Angel" from the debut album of the same name. As always, give me your opinion.

Reader Comments (21)

Southgang rules! The Group Therapy release is a much better album than Tainted Angel. Butch Walker is an amazing musician and his debut "Left of self centered" is a MUST own. Ironically, I hear the reason that Southgang broke up was because Butch wanted to sing a few songs. Funny.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Great stuff! I've been a fan of Butch Walker's for a while (I agree with Kenny, "Left of Self-Centered" is an absolute must). I also highly recommend "ReadySexGo!" and "Hey! Album" by the band he formed after Southgang called The Marvelous 3.

Thanks for digging that up, I never even knew this band existed. Time to start tracking down the CD's on eBay and!
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScondo
Butch Walker is an amzing artist and his solo work and Marvelous 3 work is great rock from the late 90's. It's not really glam, but still great rock music.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Can't say I've ever heard of these guys. Might have to check them out.

If you want another 'obscure' glam band, have you ever listened to Kingofthehill? They were pretty good back in the day. Seems like they also were in at the tail end of the cycle. I think they toured with Exteme for a while. They had a moderately successful ballad "If I Say." I saw recently they released some demos that were to be their second album. I believe they have some videos on youtube.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

That band sounds a little familiar. I'll check them out...

January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

You're making me pull out tons of CDs to re-listen to!

I have both Southgang releases but it's been a long time since I've listened to them.

Heavy Metal Addiction
I LOVE Southgang! Both albums are really good.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Southgang was one of the most overlooked bands to ride the tail-end of the scene prior to grunge. I have both their albums, and just about everything Butch Walker has done since. The first post-Southgand project was the Floyds (AKA Floyds Funk Review). It was basically Southgang without Jesse, and a female keyboard player (who is currently Jayce's wife). Not remarkable, but it paved the way for The Marvelous 3. In addition to Hey Album, and Ready, Sex Go, I highly recommend searching out Math And Other Problems. Marvelous 3's debut. Very hard to find, but well worth it. I've met Butch and he is a terrific person. You couldn't meet a nicer guy. All of his solo stuff is great; though highly different from Southgang. BTW, I was at the video shoot for his song Bethamphetamine (which my son was an extra in), and he autographed my Tainted Angel cd.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRockhead
Southgand was a great band. Too bad they got overlooked as the grunge scene moved in.Tainted Angel is a great disc. "Love for Sale" is a great rocker. The opener "Boys Nite Out" is an anthem!!"Love Ain't Enough" a ballad that would of torn up the charts if the music scene didn't change. The title track..just a great band.
I picked up Group Therapy on Martha's Vineyard for $5!!! This was their 2nd release and another great gem. "Misery; My Best Friend's Girl, Tug of War", and one of my personal faves; "Fire in your body" - great release!!
Great band and way to bring it back Allyson!!!
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazynights
Funny enough I just heard of these guys yesterday. Heard a song called Boys Nite Out. I might need to try get a hold of there albums!
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterL-J
great band too bad they were overlooked, the song russian roulette one of my top 10 songs of all time , what a riff and the singing is awesome. too bad butch's ego helped ruin the band as for the marveous 3 stuff leave it and ive only heard 1 solo cd cant remember which one but got rid of it quickly.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterglam rocker archie
American Idol sucks donkeys. I have pictures to prove it.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDon
Cool band, nothing new, but could have been bigger a couple years earlier. On the other hand M3 was tremendous, and Butch solo is incredible too. I can't really mourn the loss of SG too much, considering what came from the break-up.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Oh man oh man....I haven't pulled these CD's out in a while. I may have to a RRR at HRH on them one of these days.

Allyson, if you haven't checked out have to get that cd. Killer stuff!
OH YEAH!!!..Loved Southgang..I have both their releases..They rocked.Too bad they had to break up.Maybe they can get back together too.
January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I like the song Tainted Angel, though looking up some of their other songs seemed semi-boring.

Well, no. Not boring...just the same. Nothing too different from other bands in the genre I like, though worth a listen to.
January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel
February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterALEXX
I knew the guys back when they were known as Byte the Bullet back in the late 80's. We were all pretty good friends and I miss them a lot! Greatest bunch of guys you'd ever want to meet. Very down to earth and just genuinely nice. Glad to see that Butch has made such a great name for himself. I just wish that they were all still around. They were a great band!
March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia
June 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa 88
southgang rocks i actually heard about them last year i was in a sober living house and my roommate was frontman jesse harte and when i heard the music i was very surprised
February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterceatl

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