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Shotgun Messiah

Though possessing of undeniable talent, the members of Shotgun Messiah were often accused of being rather shameless opportunists (sometimes mockingly dubbed "Bandwagon Messiah") due to their continuous changes in musical direction. Whatever the truth behind their motivation, the Swedish band spent many years waiting on deck for their shot at stardom, but never quite got the nod from the gods of rock & roll.

Inspired by the flamboyant hard rock bands flowing out of L.A. during the early '80s, bassist Tim Skold, guitarist Harry Cody, and fabulously named drummer Stixx Galore formed glam rock band King Pin in their native Skovde, Sweden. After drafting vocalist Zinny J. San a short time later, the band kicked off their career with a 7" single titled Shout It Out in 1987. Released the following year, their Sweden-only first album, Welcome to Bop City, was a local smash, prompting the band to uproot to L.A., change their name to Shotgun Messiah, then remix and re-package the album as their international debut (also called Shotgun Messiah and issued in 1989). San departed soon after, but the band didn't blink, hiring new bassist Bobby Lycon so that Skold could assume vocal duties. This lineup recorded 1991's enthusiastically received (at least by the media) Second Coming and a punk covers E.P., I Want More, before splitting in half when the rhythm section quit. Barely pausing for breath, Skold and Cody reinvented Shotgun Messiah as a Ministry-inspired industrial metal outfit for 1993's Violent New Breed, but continued public indifference eventually convinced them to call it a day. Skold later pursued a solo career. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Tight!!!!
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Stixx Galore...Lol sounds like a porn name.
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Hey u cant fool me.
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Krank it!!
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Rocks
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they suck
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Bought Violent New Breed in the mid 90s great disc !
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Love this song. Underrated band!!!!!!
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steventausch e r
Minnesota band not swedish.
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Hell Ya love this music..
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Love this song!!! Yeaaaaa.
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their good i dont like the name of the band
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kc2oon
Compared to a lot of the junk that came out in the 80s these guys should have been bigger.
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A favorite! Great bunch of guys, great tunes!
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art.jones5
If Heartbreak Blvd. doesn't get you going, you're already dead!
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Kinda cornball! But good enough to blast in the Camaro. Maybe good enough to guzzle a few beers to. Those longnecks sound cool when they hit the pavement...
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I got their debut album back when it came out, and enjoyed it it for what it was was, cheesy hard rockin' Glam Metal. Harry Cody could indeed shred, but the band lacked originality and were hit and miss in the song writing department. I'm not surprised at all that they weren't well known and only a mere flash in the pan, in an otherwise overcrowded and overexposed late 80's/early 90's Metal sub-genre.
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jbroussard6
I never had any of their music, but Harry Cody is a badass! He plays on a couple of instrumental tunes on Stuart Hamm's CD "Kings of Sleep", which is a classic, at least as far as I'm concerned!
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Don't Care About Nothin' was an underrated Rock anthem!! Great first album. Second Coming had its moments but the singer on the 1st album was so much better.
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Rain has got to be one of their best songs.
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They were as good as alot of bands that blew up in the 80's.
Good Songwriters and very good guitar work.
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steve.verboo m
Shotgun Messiah are one of those bands that should have been huge. Great musicianship , songwriting and outright jamming songs still make them one of my favorite groups. I only wish they had made more albums, especially like Second Coming. Harry Cody is an amazing guitarist, I was fortunate enough to see them live and witnessed how he played all those songs perfectly, yet effortlessly . Let's hope they get back together for a reunion some day!
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Just sit back at barstool and enjoy,don't forget the old grand dad
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The only album (meaning cassette) I bought was Violent New Breed. The day White Zombie: La Sexorcisto came out I think. I really liked it then. Of course Ministry and KMFDM were gods to me and the Industrial twist to metal was still fresh :)
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maybe the group with the all-time best lead guitarist... harry cody,, he is a wizard.. check shotgun's songs out.. i believe most people would agree

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