Danger Danger
Danger Danger



by ReturnToRock USER (303 Reviews)
July 20th, 2009 | 6 replies

Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What Danger Danger do here, Bon Jovi and Survivor had already done better years previously.

It's surprising that Danger Danger ever achieved any degree of success. The band released their debut album in 1989, at a time when the face of radio-friendly pop-rock was slowly beginning to shift, and even then their sound was five to ten years too late.

With "Danger Danger", the band inserts itself in the same bracket as Survivor, Rick Derringer or very early Bon Jovi. Their radio-friendly, completely mainstream pop-masquerading-as-rock sounds like an unabashed, all-out assault on the airwaves.

The band's main asset lies in their singer, Ted Poley, who has a pleasant and clearly very gifted voice. The remaining instrumentalists play it straight, but apart from the overbearing keyboards, no-one ever particularly shines. The guitar is very subdued and just "kinda there" - even the solos never particularly pop out from the overall sound. The drumming is exceedingly mechanic, and the poor bass player needn't even have bothered, because the production chops him off completely.

As for the songs, they sound like a mixture between Survivor and the more vibrantly cheesy moments of a Sunset Strip band. There isn't a weak track on here, but none are particularly strong either, apart from lead single Naughty Naughty and absolute highlight Under The Gun, by far the best song on the album, and a track which shares some similarities with Bon Jovi's first hit Runaway. The rest are pleasant enough, and their choruses try their damnedest, but the explicit commerciality of it all eventually becomes grating; by the end of the album, you'll be tired of the band's poppy, keyboard-laden overtones. The glammier tracks fare better than the poppier ones, if only because glam rock is irresistible 95% of the time, regardless of how commercial it is; however, the problem still remains - Danger Danger could make Europe look like a black metal band.

In short, this album is slightly above-average, and slides pleasantly by; however, if you're looking for really good 80's rock, you'd better look elsewhere. Apart from the band's strange fixation with repeating words twice (aside from the name itself, two tracks are called Naughty Naughty and Bang Bang) there is nothing innovative or noteworthy here. What Danger Danger do here, Bon Jovi and Survivor had already done better years previously. Which leads me back to my original question: how come this group managed to make it!"

Recommended Tracks
Naughty Naughty
Under the Gun
Don't Walk Away
Bang Bang

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July 20th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

this was meant to be a soundoff, but stupid Sputnik wouldn't let me post it as one. hence the uber-short review.

oh well, not much to say about this one, anyway...

Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2009


Well summed up Pedro. Actually, the review length is good. You state your point, repeat it while listing a couple of highlights & finish it off. It's fine.

I'm unsure if this group did "make it". I guess that depends on definition, but they didn't really have huge hits from memory. Maybe they did over there in the States more than worldwide, I don't know.

F**k, I now have 'Final Countdown' stuck in my head.

December 29th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

I find "Rock America" to be chessily irresistable.

April 1st 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

Bang bang! What's what sound. I gave you my love and you shot me down :D

Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

This might not be a milestone of hair metal but damn it's addictive.

Digging: Whyte Diamond - Scream in the Dark

September 4th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

Fun album for sure.

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