Download: Salty Dog’s unreleased album

About 15 years ago, the publisher of a ‘zine I writing for (MOO Magazine) handed me a cassette labeled “Salty Dog Demos”. “You like these guys, right?” Tony asked, knowing full well that I was a hair metal fanatic. And while Salty Dog wasn’t exactly from the lipstick-and-leather Sunset Strip scene, they were often lumped into the hair metal category due to the fact that, well, they had long hair, wore leather pants, and played loud rock n’ roll.

The cassette had come from Tony’s friend, Michael Hannon. By the time that cassette reached my hands, Salty Dog was all but done – grunge had taken over and major labels like Geffen, which had released Salty Dog’s debut, Every Dog Has It’s Day, were dropping anything remotely hair metal related while trying to discover the next Nirvana. But what that tape held – eight demos that had been recorded as the foundation for Salty Dog’s second album – is something that people have been waiting to hear for 15 years.

By the time these songs were recorded, Salty Dog had jettisoned it’s singer, Jimmi Bleacher, due to his problems with drugs and had hired the singer of a Dallas, Texas hard rock cover band, Darrel Beach. As you’ll hear in the interview below with Michael, while Beach possessed an amazing voice, his attitude left a lot to be desired.

The following video was recorded in Michael’s basement last week, following his band’s (American Dog) appearance at a 3,000+ seat venue opening for Cinderella. I had originally intended on doing just an audio interview but at the last minute set my digital camera up on the bar and started recording. The quality of the video is poor and at some point around the 3 minute mark, the audio is no longer in sync with the video. But it’s the words – the reflections about the Salty Dog days and about the set of demos that were intended for Salty Dog’s second album – that really matter.

Please remember that the cassette from which these songs were transfered is at least 15 years old and therefore the MP3s sound the way they do for a reason. There is even a point during one of the songs where the song sounds a bit warped for a few seconds, probably because the cassette was buried in a box in my basement for so long. All that being said, take a listen to what might have been and enjoy!

DOWNLOAD: Salty Dog’s unreleased album

1. Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t
2. Hell Hath No Fury
3. All That Glitters, It Ain’t Gold
4. Honeysuckle Wind
5. Old Fashioned Love
6. My American Dream
7. Open Says Me
8. Just An Alcoholic*

* “Just An Alcoholic” would later appear, in different versions, on releases by two of Hannon’s post-Salty Dog bands – Hilljack and American Dog

3 comments on “Download: Salty Dog’s unreleased album

  1. hello all! couldnt help but notice the negativity in the michael hannon interview. its true that i have always been outspoken and upfront regarding the things i feel passionate about. it is also very true that i have not always made the best decisions when confronted by seemingly impenetrable walls of beaurocracy, such as the 4 of us encountered during our time together. however i only wish michael the best in his current and future endeavors. i speak to khurt and pete on a fairly regular basis and treasure their friendship. to say that it was one thing or another that caused the demise of that project is really not a fair projection of the truth. icouldnt say. if it was me, so be it. i have pondered this response for a while since the interveiw was brought to my attention. as for myself the taste of that experience was also bitter in the end. thank you so much for enjoying our music. darrel

  2. I stumbled across this and, normally would’nt leave a reply. But have to say. I’ve sat w/ some of these recording’s and have also listened to the band prior to Darrell. Attitudes, egos and Bulls#^t a side, The music that Darrell Did vox on is like night and day, as are the differences between the two vocalists. not to knock anyone But having known Darrell since The whole metal thing started (we used to call him “VAVOOOM”) I prefer vocalists who use their voice like and instrument, And as far as those “musician based vocalists” go………He is definately “The man” and having the recent opportunity to record this guy, totally affirmed that for me. I told myself i’d keep this strictly professional, but have to close this w/, The project he is currently working on is an amazing meld of some extremely talented individuals that will probably change some of the perceptions and opinions of heavy music. That’s a Heavy statement, But true, none the less. And on the friend side…………………..He is offically, no longer an A#&hole LOL, LMMFAO……………..Keep an eye out for this project.

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