Bang Tango

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This Los Angeles, California, USA quintet was assembled in 1987 from the remnants of several local club circuit rock groups. Comprising Joe LeSte (vocals), Mark Knight (guitar), Kyle Stevens (guitar), Kyle Kyle (bass) and Tigg Ketler (drums), they secured a contract with MCA Records. This followed the release of a highly regarded live mini-album that the group partly financed themselves. Initially, they fostered a sleazy, low-life image and incorporated influences such as Aerosmith and the Cult. This manifested itself on Psycho Cafe, a refreshingly honest, but slightly offbeat, hard rock album that was characterized by LeSte’s laconic vocal style. Dancin’ On Coals, released in 1991, indicated that the group had matured remarkably in two years. It featured a greater degree of musical sophistication, including soulful and more blues-based material. Apparently poised for international success and recognition, the group left MCA for the Music For Nations...

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