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Having graced every wedding reception in the civilised world, the track has notched up over three million radio plays in North America alone, and forms the centrepiece of this, the band's debut album.
Recorded in both the United States and the UK, the album is a superior example of ambitious, guitar driven mid 80s pop-rock, with extremely strong songwriting and the classic production and ideals of that era present throughout. The record also spawned another huge hit in the shape of I've Been In Love Before , a track which went Top Ten in America and itself boasts over three million radio plays worldwide. Unsurprisingly, the album was also a massive hit, even earning the band a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1987, and still proves a strong listen twenty three years later.
Led by ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham, 21 Guns consisted of Leif Johansen (bass), Michael Sturgis (drums), and Tommy LaVerdi (vocals).
1992 saw the release of 21 Guns' debut recording for RCA Records, Salute, to critical acclaim, but after touring the record Gorham put the group on hold for several years as he performed in several tribute shows worldwide for late Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott.
In 1997, Gorham resuscitated the band and the group issued second album, Nothing's Real, which included a cover of the underrated Lizzy nugget, "King's Vengeance" (a tune which originally appeared on the 1975 release Fighting, and co-written by Gorham).
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