1983: Fastway

 Mar, 25 - 2014   no comments   1980s Music

fastwayFastway is a British rock band formed by guitarist, “Fast” Eddie Clarke, formerly of Motörhead, and bassist, Pete Way, formerly of UFO.

In 1983, both players had been disgruntled with their own bands and decided to work together in a new outfit. They recruited drummer Jerry Shirley, formerly of Humble Pie, and the then unknown vocalist Dave King. They took their name from a combination of the founding members’ names. However, Way then discovered that he could not escape from his recording contract with Chrysalis Records, and then received a tempting offer to play for Ozzy Osbourne, so abandoned the project. Bringing in session bassist Mick Feat, the band then recorded their debut album, Fastway.

A critical and commercial success, the band toured to promote the album (with one-time Fixx bassist Alfie Agius as their session bass player). The band then recruited Charlie McCracken, formerly of Taste, as “permanent” bassist, and released another success in the form of All Fired Up the following year. After the hardships of touring, Shirley and McCracken subsequently left.1_min

In 1986, Clarke and King reformed Fastway with a new line-up. Recruiting Shane Carroll (second guitar), Paul Reid (bass), and Alan Connor (drums) from Dave King’s first band, Stillwood, this line-up released Waiting for the Roar. The record took an album-oriented rock approach instead of the driving bluesy-metal of the previous albums. The success of the record was limited, and it disappointed many fans. The same year, Fastway was approached to make the soundtrack for the heavy metal horror film, Trick or Treat. The film flopped, but the soundtrack re-established Fastway as a hard-hitting metal band.

The soundtrack was a moderate success, and stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for eleven months. The success of the soundtrack, combined with the very little money the band received, caused in-fighting, and the group disbanded. King took most of the band with him and started Q.E.D., a more AOR styled outfit. They released a two-track single.
King then got a call from David Geffen and John Kalodner to come to the United States to head up a heavy metal “supergroup” called Katmandu. Katmandu also featured Mandy Meyer from Krokus on guitars. The band was rounded out by Caine Carruthers of the soul band The Untouchables, and Mike Alonso of the Detroit rock band The Meanies. Katmandu released one self-titled album and had a couple of minor hits. Dave King would go on to form and front the widely successful Los Angeles-based Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, where he continues to this day.243

Meanwhile, Clarke decided to restart Fastway again from scratch in 1988 using vocalist Lea Hart and session men, quickly releasing On Target in the same year, but it sold poorly.

In 1990, this duo of Clarke and Hart released Bad Bad Girls, employing various session musicians including members of Girlschool. It was widely ignored and sold poorly. After calling it a day in 1991, they released a perfunctory live album Say What You Will LIVE (an older recording, curiously with King on vocals). In 1997, Clarke and Hart reunited and released a reworked version of On Target, but there was no commercial success.
On 25 May 2007, Toby Jepson, former lead singer with Little Angels, announced he had accepted an approach from Fastway to perform lead vocal duties during the year’s festival appearances. An updated line-up played Sweden Rock Festival, Japanese Hard Rock Hell, and the Download Festival at Castle Donington. Besides guitarist Clarke and Jepson, the new band featured drummer Steve Strange (not to be confused with Visage singer Steve Strange) and John McManus (Mama’s Boys).ede_big

In an interview with Komodo Rock at the Hard Rock Hell Festival in November 2007, Eddie Clark confirmed that he and Toby Jepson would be working on new material. He said “Toby and I are going to sit down and maybe do a few tunes over the winter. See if we can write some tunes.” As of 2008, Toby Jepson announced he would go on to front Scottish hard rockers Gun full-time.

In late 2010, “Fast” Eddie Clarke returned to the recording studio to record a new album with Toby Jepson, titled Eat Dog Eat. The album will be released on November 14, 2011, by SPV/Steamhammer, and it is the first album of entirely new material from Fastway in over twenty years.

  • Pop/Rock
  • Hair Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
  • Pop-Metal
  • 1983-present
  • John McManus : Bass
  • Toby Jepson : Vocals
  • Steve Strange : Drums
  • Eddie “Fast” Clarke : Guitar [since 1983], founder member

Past members

  • Gary Ferguson : Drums
  • Lea Hart : Vocals
  • Shane Carroll : Guitar, Keyboard
  • Pete Way : Bass founder member
  • Jerry Shirley : Drums 
  • Dave King : Vocals
  • Alan Connor : Drums
  • Neil Murray : Bass
  • Charlie McCracken : Bass

All Fired Up

  • Fastway (1983)
  • All Fired Up (1984)
  • Waiting for the Roar (1985)
  • Trick or Treat (1986)
  • On Target (1988)
  • Bad Bad Girls (1990)
  • Eat Dog Eat (2011)

Waiting for the Roar

  • Say What You Will 1983
  • Stand Up
  • Heft! 1983
  • After Midnight
  • Trick Or Treat
  • Far Far From Home 1983
  • Easy Livin’ 1983
  • Hung Up on Love
  • All Fired Up
  • Waiting for the Roar 1986
  • Another Day 1983
  • Feel Me, Touch Me 1983
  • Give It Some Action 1983
  • Hold On To The Night
  • Tell Me
  • We Become One 1983
  • The World Waits for You 1986
  • Get Tough
  • She Won’t Rock
  • I’ve Had Enough
  • Girl 1986
  • Tired of Your Love 1986
  • Station
  • Move Over 1986
  • All I Need Is Your Love 1983
  • Leave the Light On 2012
  • Miles Away
  • Body Rock
  • Change of Heart 1998
  • Loving Fool 2012
  • Non-Stop Love
  • She Is Danger 1998

Say What You Will

Trick Or Treat

Trick or Treat (Full Album) 1987

All Fired Up (1984) Full Album

Fastway (1983) Full Album

Bad Bad Girls (Full Album) 1990

Eat Dog Eat – 2011 (Full Album)

On Target (Full Album) 1988

Waiting For The Roar

  • CBS Records,
  • Columbia
  • Receiver
  • Motörhead
  • UFO
  • Humble Pie
  • Taste
  • Stillwood
  • Katmandu
  • Flogging Molly
  • Girlschool
  • Little Angels
  • Mama’s Boys

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