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Great Metal Albums of 1986: Waysted- Save Your Prayers

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2020 by 80smetalman

Whenever you go to another country, a great experience to have is to sample the local acts who haven’t quite made it to your own country. When I got to London in 1986, my new friends introduced me to this band called Waysted and their legendary bassist, Pete Way. Being eager to learn about and listen to new metal bands, I delved into them and I was very impressed with what I heard.

Needless to say, I could concur Pete Way lived up to the hype my new friends were giving about him and I can add that I was also blown away by the guitar work of one Paul Chapman. What I am kicking myself over was not knowing at the time that the vocals came from the most under appreciated singer ever, Danny Vaughn. I wouldn’t really get familiar with his vocals until I listened to Tyketto some six years later. Knowing this now, I love their album, “Save Your Prayers,” that much more!

Danny Vaughn

Applying what I know now to what I didn’t know then, I can hear some of the magic Danny would take to Tyketto on this album. A great example is the track, “Singing to the Night.” This could have easily been a Tyketto song but Chapman rips a killer solo on it. It’s a great melodic hard rock tune. However, Waysted show they still have the heavy metal chops. The first two tracks are total indication of this fact and “Hell Comes Home” is a total rock out. My vote for the best song on the album.

Midway through the album, Waysted take things down a notch with a couple of ballads, “Heroes Die Young” and “Heaven Tonight.” Actually, “Heroes Die Young” starts out as if it’s going to be a ballad with the somber piano intro but then increases its speed by several hundred mph and just kicks ass. The fastest song on the album. “Heaven Tonight,” on the other hand, is a total power ballad and Vaughn’s vocals have always been well suited for ballads and are so suited here. The guitar solo is well suited to the song too.

An interesting track is “How The West Was Won.” Originally, I thought it might have been about the mal-treatment of Native Americans, especially when ‘torn up treaties’ is mentioned in the lyrics, but alas, it is more of an innuendo to a love song. It’s still a cool jam. Then speed increases once again on “Wild Night” and power on through with “Out of Control” and another ripping guitar solo from Chapman. Unless you have the album on CD, the album closes with the ballad, “So Long” and it’s a great way to close this dynamite album.

Track Listing:

  1. Walls Fall Down
  2. Black and Blue
  3. Singing in the Night
  4. Hell Comes Home
  5. Heroes Die Young
  6. Heaven Tonight
  7. How the West Was Won
  8. Wild Night
  9. Out of Control
  10. So Long
  11. Fire Under the Wheel (Bonus Track)

Danny Vaughn- vocals

Pete Way- bass

Paul Chapman- guitar

John Diteodoro- drums

I never knew if or how well Waysted were received outside the UK. I fear that if I hadn’t come to England, they might have passed me by and with this album, it would have been a damn shame.

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Great Metal Albums of 1984: Waysted

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2018 by 80smetalman

Throughout my music listening career, EP’s have always been a bit of a paradox for me. I’ve visited quite a few of them over the years, Brian May’s “Star Fleet” for example. On the other hand, there has been some that I left out despite owning them myself. I’m surprised that while touring 1983, no one picked up on the fact that I never posted about Ratt’s EP. To many, it’s believed that EP’s aren’t proper albums so they don’t buy them and they’re intended to make money off dedicated followers of a band who will snap up anything they put out. While I see the point of the former, I see nothing wrong with a fan buying anything their heroes might release.

Waysted is a totally different story for me. I didn’t hear the name until 1985 and didn’t get to listen to them until I got over to England a year later and a friend was really into them. That was where I got to experience their “Vices” album and this 1984 self-titled, five song album, or EP. Every since, I have thanked that friend, even though he’s not into metal much these days, for the experience.

My overall opinion of “Waysted” is that it is just five really explosive songs. “Won’t Get Out Alive” is a great way to open any album. It definitely grabs my attention. “The Price You Pay” is just as rocking with a good harmony on the chorus and ends with a really good guitar solo. “Rock Steady” could have been the single on the album, although there is no indication that it was ever released as one. It has a good catchy vibe that might appeal to some who aren’t so keen on metal but this doesn’t make it any less rocking, especially with that guitar solo. Next comes the hidden gem on the album for me. “Hurt So Good,” no it’s not a cover of the John Cougar classic, it is a cowboyesque rock song, even before such songs would be made popular by a certain band from New Jersey. The acoustic intro pulls you in before blasting you with dual six strings. The chorus is very catchy and the vibe makes you want bob your head to it all the way through. Finally, the album closes with the eight minute long “Cinderella Boys.” This is a blues induced number that definitely grabs your curiosity. I sense that the band had a good time recording this and when it’s done, you feel that you’ve had a full album’s enjoyment despite the fact it only being five songs long.

Track Listing:

  1. Won’t Get Out Alive
  2. The Price You Pay
  3. Rock Steady
  4. Hurt So Good
  5. Cinderella Boys


Fin Muir- vocals

Paul Chapman- guitar

Neil Shepard- guitar

Pete Way- bass

Andy Parker- drums

Like I said, “Waysted” by the band with the same name might only be five songs long but you remember all of them. It’s simply a case of quality over quantity.

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Great Metal Albums of 1983: Waysted- Vices

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2017 by 80smetalman


The US and Great Britain has always enjoyed an exchange of musical ideas, although Canada has also been included in this. This has been even more the case in regards to heavy metal where both countries have benefited from this metal exchange. When I came to Britain in 1986, I too participated in this exchange of metal. I brought American metal bands like the Stormtroopers of Death and Suicidal Tendencies and my British friends introduced me to bands like Waysted. The problem was that when I was introduced to Waysted, it was their 1986 album which was first played to me. As a result, I never got around to listening to Waysted’s 1983 debut album, “Vices,” until last week.

So, did I miss out on anything great from not listening to “Vices” for three decades? My honest opinion is that I don’t feel that I missed out on any really mega fantastic album here because it doesn’t quite reach that bar. On the other hand, if it had been played to me back in 1983, I would have bought it as it’s a decent album.

I find that the opener, “Love Loaded,” does the job of getting you to want to listen to the album more. However, it’s the second song, “Women in Chains” that really gets things going. When a song repeats a line constantly, it can be either amusing, revitalizing or off putting. With “Women in Chains,” it does the second. The next track, “Sleazy” is more a catchy straight forward rocker with some pretty decent guitar hooks in it. “Right From the Start” tries to be this trippy way out concept song but I wasn’t too impressed. Fortunately things get back to more of a rock vibe with the next song, “Toy With the Passion.” “Right From the Start” has a cool intro but goes a bit more power ballad afterwards. However, there’s some good guitar work on it. “Hot Love” is a let’s be sleazy tune done in a bluesy fashion. The song works and I do love the piano solo on it. The penultimate track, “All Belongs to You” is okay and the chorus is a bit catchy but nothing spectacular. Then things go out very interestingly with a metalized cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic, “Somebody to Love.” Wow, what a way to close an album!

Track Listing:

  1. Love Loaded
  2. Women in Chains
  3. Sleazy
  4. Night of the Wolf
  5. Toy With the Passion
  6. Right From the Start
  7. Hot Love
  8. All Belongs to You
  9. Somebody to Love



Fin Muir- lead vocals

Ronnie Kayfield- lead guitar, backing vocals

Paul Raymond- rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards

Pete Way- bass

Frank Noon- drums

Note: This is the best photo of Waysted I could find. I don’t know when this one was taken but that’s why there are five musicians listed in the band and only four in the photo.

“Vices” charted 78 in the UK so I can see why it never reached the States in 1983. If it had gotten into the Import section at my local record store, I would have clocked it. Saying that, it’s an album worth listening to because for Waysted, it is a promising start for better things to come.

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