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Rare Glam: Brass Kitten

Today I give you Brass Kitten. An obscure, early 90s band, Brass Kitten released their debut EZ 'N Pretty in 1990 via Emerald Records. The Wisconsin-based band recorded a follow-up called Across America but it wasn't released until a couple years ago.

Now, the music isn't original by any means but it is still catchy and singer Steve Philbrook sure has a great set of pipes. Check it out:

Across America is available via CD Baby. Finding EZ 'N Pretty isn't as easy it seems. The hunt for rare Glam continues.

Reader Comments (14)

Damn you Allison, for subjecting me to that first thing on a Sunday Morning! :-)
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
Love theez Boyz! Another great find on your part, Allyson, as usual!

I happen to have both of their discs.

You will be pleased to know that the songs on their sophomore release, "Across America", which was originally released on Perris Records in 2001, were actually in the can since 1992!

It was re-released, again, not too long ago and, I say to everyone, pick this up if you are the true Glametallerz you say you are. This is right up there with any of our faves, I assure you. And I just saw one on Ebay for 10 bux.

The first album, "E-Z'n'Pretty", on the other hand, is quite collectable and will cost ya, but it does come up fairly often on Ebay.

Interestingly, I actually think "Across America" is way better.

Check out the song, "Too Far Gone" off Across America. It's right up there and maybe even better than anything Warrant or the other L.A. Boyz dished up. The rest of the album is quite good as well.

And, if that was too much for you, Bri, and anyone who might be hungover, check out Brass Kitten on July 22, 1990 doing a cover of Golden Earring's "Radar Love" at a club called Scorpio on YouTube and that will surely wake you up! Simply K-I-L-L-E-R!

Just YouTube it... Type in:

Brass Kitten - Scorpios in El Pasa, TX 7-22-90

Yeah, there's a typo in the word "Pasa", which should be "Paso", uh duh, but whoever posted this scorcher of a video is forgiven. It was just posted, by the way, in late August, I believe. Check it out. You won't be disappointed, kidz! This lays waste to White Lion's cover of the same song. The only thing is, you will notice, where the h*ll is everybody in the audience?! Home doing their flannels in the laundry?

Is Brass Kitten "obscure" or are they a "lost gem? Like so many of The All Time Greatest Glam Bands, a list I would put theez boyz on, EZ, they got the plug pulled on 'em when The Unwashed Flannel Brigade rode in.
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
p.s. This one's right up your alley, Kenny O, if you don't already have it!
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Not too shabby, certainly as good as many of the bands that managed to make it big. The singer is really good, perfect for this type of thing.
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Just watched Radar Love, very cool. Also nice that they didn't act like they were playing to 3 people.

Funny you mentioned flannel Metalboy!, the bassist/singer and one guitarist had another band after Brass Kitten broke up called Ugly Stick, and from the pictures they seem to have gone from Glam to full on Grunge.
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Jack! Everybody! I'm tellin' ya, check 'em out doin' "Radar Love" on YouTube! It smokes.

Also, you should pick up their album, "Across America".

I can't say enuff good things about theez boyz!

Tell me this singer isn't right up there with Metaljevic of Steelheart and if they don't rival Steelheart, to boot!

The whole thing is killer, but "Too Far Gone", "Can't Hold Back The Young", "Crossfire", "Bite The Bullet" and "Fit To Be Tied" are the standouts. Great leads, great singer, incredible chops, excellent production and fantastic arrangements.

Think Wildside meets Dokken with a splash of Warrant and Ratt thrown in, but rivaling all three. Like Al sez, nothing terribly original here but then again, if you do it better than a lot of the others, what can you say?

I'll take it!
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Jack, you beat me to the punch with your comments!

Whoa, man, what a tragedy they went Flannel.

Does that mean they were better than Pearl Scam in their Grunge reincarnation, too?, hahaha!!!

Funny, I was just runnin' on the beach and actually bothering to think 'bout our lovely Trixter from Al's post a few back. I wonder if they sold a few more records by wearing flannel.

If you really think about it, that so called "hit" of theirs, "Give It To Me Good" sounds kinda like sell-outty grunge in the vain of Blind Melon only Blind Melon is way better, of course!
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
You know, I'm really digging this song. Pop-metal at its finest, but two things:

--This does NOT sound like it came from the early '90's. Pop-metal may still have been going strong, up until 92 or so, but it hadn't really sounded like this since Guns n' Roses hit.

--"Brass Kitten"? Really? WTF? Could they have come up with a name any lamer than that?
October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM.
Who cares about the name. I happen to think it's kinda cool, actually because it's different. But you may be right, M., it probably did not help 'em in their quest for a major record deal.

Check out their albums, Bro.

"Too Far Gone"!

p.s. And YOuTube their cover of "Radar Love" live vid. They KILLED it!
October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
i have e-z n pretty in my tape collection!!
October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdan
DAn! Get "Across America" and check out that YouTube of "Radar Love"! You will not be disappointed!

p.s. Just curious... When did you get that tape?
October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

Hi guys I want to know where I can find Across America's lyrics.
Thanx to you all for answers.
May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank from Italy
LOL I know these guys all of them from line up one and 2 mr olson no longer plays with all 4 other members, but still plays music with Tod one of the guitar players. as he did leave the band an they feel apart after Kelly Roulette took over on bass, Mr Olson was to play with night ranger around 1993, i ran the kc mo fan club and sang and have took and hang with this band a lot along with their friends Madatchu both good band none of them are together now.
January 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaige Stormblade
look no further listen while you can, me and kiar still talk. but time for me to move on drop the Brass Kitten guys leave them been wanting to bring them back i'm the only one that can match the style from back then, i'm 45 now . time to go on my own been doing this band for years as Vortex hope you enjoy its the last of the new style i created.
May 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaige Stormblade

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