Peter Sweval and Jeff Grob (aka Joe X Dube) were in the band Looking Glass which had the 1971 hit song "Brandy". In 1972 the singer / guitarist of Looking Glass quit so they hired Michael Lee Smith for vocals and soon changed their name to the Fallen Angels. In 1975 they hired guitarist Richie Ranno from the band Stories, which had a #1 hit in 1973 with the song "Brother Louie". Shortly after this they changed their name to Starz and were signed to Capitol Records in 1976 and soon released their self titled debut album. In March of 1977 the song "Cherry Baby", from thier second album,"Violation" made it to #33 on the Billboard charts. This was their biggest hit, but they had a few minor hits later in their career. Brenden and Peter quit after the "Attention Shoppers" album and were replaced by guitarist Bobby Messano and bassist Orville Davis. The following album was "Coliseum Rock" but disappointing sales and tension in the band caused them to call it quits, Dube and Ranno put together a trio with bassist Peter Scance called Hard Core. In 1981 Smith, Ranno, Madick and Peter Scance regrouped and released one album under the Hellcats name.
They recorded four studio albums and were admired for their talent to combine hard rock and power pop. "Do It with the Lights On" has early versions from the first two albums and side two has demos from the Hellcats. "Live in Action" is a combination of Live in Louisville from 1978 with another concert from Cleveland in 1977. "Requiem" is a CD with 5 new reunion songs from 1992 and some unreleased material. In 2005 all of their albums were released on CD, several concerts and early materials have also been released. Pete Swevel died in 1990 and the remaining members have played reunion concerts from 2005 to 2008. Richie Ranno All Stars band still performs the Starz music.
Tear It Down
Boys In Action
(She's Just A) Fallen Angel
Over And Over
Pull The Plug
Now I Can
First released on CD in 1991 and 2004 then in 2005 with bonus tracks.
Starz - Violation
Rock Six Times
Sing It, Shout It
All Night Long
Is That A Street Light or The Moon?
First released on CD in 1991 then in 2005 with bonus demo tracks.