Sunday, March 2, 2014

Episode 4: FireHouse

FireHouse was always an interesting band to me, as they really were one of the last acts to get in before the grunge door slammed shut on heavy metal as we knew it from the '80s and early '90s. They formed in 1989 and their first album hit in August of 1990. Like almost every band that came form that era of heavy and hair metal, their first album was outstanding. Their self-titled debut had absolute burners like "Overnight Sensation" and "All She Wrote," but also featured crowd-pleasing ballads like the megahit "Love of a Lifetime."

FireHouse made such an impression their first couple years on the scene that they won several awards, including a 1992 American Music Award for "Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist," beating out both Nirvana and Alice in Chains.

FireHouse's debut went double platinum, and they toured with Warrant and Trixter on the Blood, Sweat and Beers tour. They followed up their debut with a second album, Hold Your Fire in June of 1992, and the first single "Reach for the Sky" promised an album that would be as heavy as the first. Sadly, that wasn't the case.

Like many bands from that era, the greatness of FireHouse's first album was never to be matched again. Hold Your Fire was a step down in intensity from the first album, but it still went gold. Subsequent releases saw the band move to a mellower sound, and their popularity in the US waned. Firehouse has continued to remain very popular overseas however, and they've sold over 7 million albums since their first release in 1990.

FireHouse's last original album Prime Time came out in 2003, while their last overall release was in 2011, when they put out some re-recordings of previous songs called Full Circle. FireHouse still tours today.

Here's a handful of videos from their first two albums, which in my opinion are the best of their catalog.

Don't Treat Me Bad

All She Wrote

Overnight Sensation

Love of a Lifetime

I Live My Life For You

Reach for the Sky

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