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NY Fury: I Want It All
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NY Fury: I Want It All

Melodic Metal Rock
4.0/5.0

In the Eighties, The Sunset Strip was not the only place to find an outrageous big hair glam metal band. On the East Coast, The Big Apple would give us NY Fury. Looking like a cross between KISS and Angel, their magnificent poodle hair would give the dudes in Europe a bad hair day. Apparently, NY Fury had both the look and the talent to succeed.

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NY Fury

NY Fury was formed in 1980 by bass player and songwriter Gene Hunter. The quintet would go on to become a regional sensation playing constantly from New York through New Jersey and down to the Philly area. Known for their energetic live shows, NY Fury would play at important venues like Brook Theatre, L'Amour, Club Bene, and the famous Stone Pony.


Moreover, the band was called upon to open for national acts wherein their fans would turn out in droves. However, their popularity wasn't appreciated by some big acts. Hunter comments: "When we played with one of Doc McGhee's bands at a well-known theater in New Jersey where we had performed, headlined, and sold out many times before, we were told by the owner of the Theater, Phil Neiri, that Doc had said, "No sound check. No stage shows. No, nothing for N.Y. FURY.""



Now, through Eonian Records, NY Fury's music has been gathered within I Want It All in CD and vinyl format. The album is a compilation of fifteen songs including two early demos. The NY Fury sound is typical of the Eighties glory days: essentially melodic hard rock with a metal edge, then wrapped in some subtle commercial AOR accessibility. After a first spin, I thought the original recordings were poorly mixed or simply lacking energy. But, then listening again, I had to remember these songs were recorded more than 30 years when things were more organic, analog, and unpretentious. Clarity came from the musicians, their ambition and talent, not so much from technical marvels. Then you hear the strength of the bass lines, the fire in the soaring guitar solos, the song melody and rock groove.



This becomes self-evident within I Want I All, Dance, City Lights, and the rowdy and raunchy, Let The Orgy Commence. NY Fury's musical talent is quite notable in the ballads. The guitar work is skilled and spry within Just Tell Me You Love Me and Believe. The same for the acoustic guitar and piano that leads the rising anthem If Only You Can See Me Now.

All said, NY Fury may not have had label deal or some cagey McGhee-like impresario to guide them, but they did have exceptional musical talent and songwriting skills which were wrapped in ambition and enthusiasm. That's a powerful combination which proved to be the story of their success, even if it was only regional. For their time and genre, NY Fury was nailing it. If you're a fan of the band (or the era), then put I Want It All on your short list to buy. Recommended.


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The Take Away

NY Fury may not have had label deal, but they did have exceptional musical talent and songwriting skills which were wrapped in ambition and enthusiasm. That's a powerful combination which proved to be the story of their success, even if it was only regional. For their time and genre, NY Fury was nailing it.

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