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Warrior Soul

Kory Clarke wanted to be the Iggy Pop of the '90s. Through his band, Warrior Soul, the Detroit native concocted his ownStooges- and MC5-style blend of political activism and art rock tendencies, gave it a '90s spin, and tried to impart it uponGeneration X (the kids, not the band), but they never listened.

Originally a drummer for a number of bands, including Detroit punks L7 (not the all-female L.A. band) and PennsylvaniaSouthern rockers Raging Slab, Kory Clarke promoted himself to stage front when he founded Warrior Soul with guitarist JohnRicco, bassist Pete McLanahan, and ...read more

Kory Clarke wanted to be the Iggy Pop of the '90s. Through his band, Warrior Soul, the Detroit native concocted his ownStooges- and MC5-style blend of political activism and art rock tendencies, gave it a '90s spin, and tried to impart it uponGeneration X (the kids, not the band), but they never listened.

Originally a drummer for a number of bands, including Detroit punks L7 (not the all-female L.A. band) and PennsylvaniaSouthern rockers Raging Slab, Kory Clarke promoted himself to stage front when he founded Warrior Soul with guitarist JohnRicco, bassist Pete McLanahan, and drummer Paul Ferguson. Their first album, 1990's Last Decade Dead Century, was acritical sensation, especially in the U.K., where listeners readily embraced the band's political invective and insurrectionistrantings as the next big thing. But while Clarke certainly had the potential to become Generation X's leading mainstream-bashing poet, the metallic hard rock sound he chose as his vehicle ultimately lost out to Nirvana's nihilistic post-punk/alternative style.Released in 1991, Drugs, God and the New Republic (featuring new drummer Mark Evans) took their anarchist leanings evenfurther, but was significantly inferior on the songwriting front, and not even a nationwide support tour with Queensr├┐che(with whom they shared management from the mighty Q Prime agency) helped further their cause. The following year's muchimproved Salutations From the Ghetto Nation fared no better, and Clarke's interviews became increasingly bitter, focusing onthe band's record label, Geffen, whom he accused of ignoring the group's potential. Eventually, Clarke resorted to an all-outwar, telling all who would listen that 1993's glaringly average Chill Pill had been botched on purpose in order to fulfill theband's contract. The ploy worked, and by early 1994 Warrior Soul were dropped by Geffen.

A number of lineup changes ensued, beginning with the departure of drummer Evans and the eventual ousting of longtimeaxeman Ricco, replaced by two guitarists: Chris Moffet and Alexander Arundel (aka X-Factor). Clarke then sought to reinventWarrior Soul as self-appointed cyberpunks for their fifth album, 1995's Space Age Playboys, released on the independentFuturist label. Unfortunately, the buying public's continued indifference only served to confirm that the band's best days werebehind it, and McLanahan and Arundel soon quit the group. Left with no one to blame but himself, Clarke finally disbandedWarrior Soul later that year. A posthumous collection of demos and outtakes entitled Odds and Ends was released in 1996,and Clarke went on to form a new band called Space Age Playboys.

In 2007 Clarke revived the name and, with a new batch of musicians, set out on a tour of the U.K. A live album soonfollowed, and in 2008 the band released a new studio album titled Chinese Democracy (though they soon retitled it Destroythe War Machine in deference to the Guns N' Roses album of the same name). The band continued to tour sporadicallythroughout the rest of the decade. « hide

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LPs
Stiff Middle Finger
10/22/2012

2.3
2 Votes
Destroy The War Machine
2009

4
1 Votes
Space Age Playboys
1995

3.8
5 Votes
Chill Pill
1993

3
8 Votes
Salutations from the Ghetto Nation
1992

4
11 Votes
Drugs, God and the New Republic
1991

3.8
8 Votes
Last Decade Dead Century
1990

3.9
11 Votes
Live Albums
Tough As Fuck : Live In Athens
2016

Live in England
2007

Compilations
Classics
1997

Odds & Ends
1996

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