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Encyclopedia > Fastway (band)
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Fastway were a NWOBHM heavy metal band formed by guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke formerly of Motörhead, and bassist Pete Way formerly of UFO. In 1983 both players had been disgruntled with their own bands and decided to work together in a new outfit. They recruited drummer Jerry Shirley formerly of Humble Pie, and then unknown vocalist Dave King . They took their name from a combination of the founding members' names. However, Way then discovered that he could not escape from his contract with Chrysalis Records, and then received a tempting offer to play for Ozzy Osbourne, so abandoned the project. Bringing in session bassist Mick Feat, the band then recorded debut album Fastway. Fastway can mean: Crawley Fastway, a guided bus transport service in the UK Fastway (band), a heavy metal band Fastway (artist), a eurobeat artist Fastway (Couriers), a worldwide franchised courier network Category: ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) emerged in the late 70s, in part a reaction to the contemporary decline of traditional heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, all three of which had been submerged by a mixture of personal problems, tiredness and... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Edward Clarke, better known as Fast Eddie Clarke, is a guitarist who was a member of the British heavy metal bands Fastway and Motörhead. ... Motörhead are a grammy winning British heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy (real name Ian Kilmister) after his ejection from the space-rock band Hawkwind. ... Pete Way is a bass player. ... UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ... Jerry Shirley, (born 4 February 1952 in Wattenham Cross, London) drummer for Humble Pie, started a new version of the popular 70s band shortly after the death of Steve Marriott, being the sole surviving member of the band and, therefore, owning all the rights to the name. ... For the hard rock band of the same name, see Humble Pie (band). ... Dave King (b. ... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... Ozzy redirects here. ...

A critical and commercial success, the band toured to promote the album (with Alfie Agius[1] as session bass-player). The band then recruited Charlie McCracken of Taste as "permanent" bassist and released another success in the form of All Fired Up the following year. After the hardships of touring, Shirley and McCracken subsequently left. In 1986 Clarke and King reformed Fastway with a new line-up. Recruiting Shane Carroll (2nd guitar), Paul Reid (bass), and Alan Connor (drums) from Dave King's first band Stillwood. This lineup released Waiting For the Roar. The record took an album-oriented rock approach instead of the driving bluesy-metal of the previous albums. The success of the record was limited and it disappointed many fans. In 1987 Fastway was approached to make the soundtrack for the heavy metal horror flick Trick or Treat. Unfortunately the film flopped, but the soundtrack re-established Fastway as a hard hitting metal band. The soundtrack was a moderate success and stayed on the Billboard top 200 for 11 months. The success of the soundtrack and the very little money the band received caused massive infighting and the band disbanded. Dave King took most of the band with him and started Q.E.D., a more AOR styled band. They released a 2-track single. Dave then got a call from David Geffin and Jon Kollodner to come to America to head up a sort of heavy metal supergroup called Katmandu. Katmandu also featured Mandy Meyer from Krokus on guitars. The band was rounded out by Cain Carruthers of the punk rock band The Untouchables, and Mike Alonso of the punk band The Meanies. Eddie Clarke decided to restart Fastway again from scratch using vocalist Lea Hart and session men, quickly releasing On Target in the same year. Taste on the cover of their 1969 album On The Boards. ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as Adult-oriented rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ... Trick or Treat is a 1986 horror film by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, starring Marc Price (of “Family Ties”), Tony Fields, and Lisa Orgolini, with special appearances by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. ... Kathmandu (Nepali: काठमाडौं) is the capital city of Nepal. ... Krokus is a hard rock/heavy metal band from Switzerland. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... The Untouchables can refer to: The Untouchables (law enforcement), a group of Department of Justice agents led by Eliot Ness who helped take down the gangster Al Capone. ... The Meanies are an Australian indie rock band. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

In 1990 this duo released Bad Bad Girls, employing various session musicians including members of Girlschool. It was widely ignored and sold poorly. After struggling on for another year, in which they released a live album Say What You Will LIVE (curiously, with Dave King on vocals), Clarke and Hart gave up and the band was defunct. In 1997 however the pair reunited and released a reworked version of On Target, but there was no commercial success. Very little has been heard from Fast Eddie or Lea Hart since, aside from a few "tribute" or best-of albums. Girlschool are a long-running English all-female heavy metal band originating out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. ...

Vocalist Dave King later returned to his roots in 1997 with Flogging Molly, an Irish inspired punk band who have sold over a million and a half copies of recorded output. The last studio cd "Within a Mile Of Home" hit #20 on the Billboard Top 200. Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish American Celtic punk band, that formed in Los Angeles and is currently signed under SideOneDummy Records. ...

As reported on MelodicRock.com on February 26th, 2007: An updated line-up for Fastway will appear at this year's Sweden Rock Festival. They will also be appearing at the 2007 Download Festival at Castle Donington. After a long time of silence the band is now back in action. Besides guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, the band features among others John "Harv" Harbinson (Stormzone), Steve Strange and John McManus (Mama's Boys). On the Fields of Rock website, it is also Announced that Fastway will perform. The Download Festival is a three day music festival held annually at the spiritual home of rock music in England: Donington Park (which hosted the Monsters of Rock Festivals between 1980 and 1996, and 2002s Ozzfest). ...


  • Fastway (1983) #43 UK, #31 US
  • All Fired Up (1984) #59 US
  • Waiting for the Roar (1986)
  • Trick or Treat (soundtrack, 1986) #156 US
  • On Target (1988) #135 US
  • Bad Bad Girls (1990)
  • Say What You Will - Live (1991)
  • On Target Reworked (1997)
  • The Collection(2001) * Fastway/All Fired Up remastered (2003)
  • Waiting For The Roar remastered (2005)

External links

  • Rock detector's band biography

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Fastway (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (124 words)
Fastway was a 1980s heavy metal band featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke formerly of Motörhead, bassist Pete Way formerly of UFO, drummer Jerry Shirley formerly of Humble Pie, and vocalist Dave King.
The band was formed as a heavy metal supergroup of sorts and took their name from a combination of two of the band members' names.
This article on a United Kingdom rock music band is a stub.
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During its heyday the genre was generally referred to as heavy metal or simply metal; the fixation on the outrageous clothing and hairstyles of its most popular bands arose during the 1990s, after hair metal had been overshadowed by the simpler, back-to-basics appeal of grunge.
Countless bands relocated to Los Angeles to follow their example, and formed a colorful scene centering around the Sunset Strip.
Ironically, while many grunge and alternative music bands signed contracts with major record labels, many hair-metal bands, once considered proponents of “corporate rock,” signed with small, independent labels, and found niches; for example, CMC International released the music of Slaughter, Warrant, and others.
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