ASPHALT BALLET (1988–93). Gary Jefferies (vocals), Danny Clarke (guitar), Julius J. Ulrich (guitar), Terry Phillips (bass), Mikki Kiner (drums).
A contender for the L.A. hair metal sweepstakes in the late eighties, Asphalt Ballet’s tough melodic rock never quite had a chance given their late entry on the scene. While 1991’s self-titled album showed a lot of promise, it arrived a bit late to the party, as musical tastes were moving toward alternative rock, and despite the band’s loyal L.A. following, the album fared poorly. 1993’s Pigs sealed the deal, and the band split shortly thereafter.
Discography: Asphalt Ballet (Virgin, 1991); Pigs (Capitol, 1993).