BANG TANGO (1986–94). Joe Leste (vocals), Kyle Stevens (guitar), Mark Knight (guitar), Kyle Kyle (bass), Tigg Ketler (drums).
With a sound that sometimes had more in common with acts like Billy Idol or the Cult, Bang Tango was nonetheless lumped into the pop metal category that most of their Sunset Strip contemporaries inhabited. Although they experienced some local L.A. success and won a contract with MCA after releasing an independent live album in the late eighties, their studio debut Psycho Cafe, released in 1989, despite some video airplay on MTV, failed to generate much interest in the larger rock market. Subsequent albums in the early nineties failed to find the band a larger audience, and they broke up shortly after their last album, Love After Death, was released in 1994, as grunge and alternative rock took over the airwaves.
Discography: Live Injection (World Of Hurt, 1987); Psycho Cafe (Mechanic, 1989); Dancin’ on Coals (MCA, 1991); Love After Death (Music For Nations, 1994); United and Live (Cleopatra, 1999); Ready to Go (Shrapnel, 2004); Big Bangs and Live Explosions (Mausoleum, 2006); From the Hip (Perris, 2006); Live (Deadline, 1998); Greatest Tricks (Deadline, 1999); The Ultimate Bang Tango: Rockers and Thieves (Lemon, 2004).