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    Artist: Vandal
    Release: Demo 1987
    Genre: Heavy Metal / Hard Rock
    Country: USA (Chicago, IL)
    Bitrate: 256kbps
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    The first recording of this Chicago band.

    Lance Thomason - Vocals
    Dan Donegan - Guitar
    Bob Feddersen - Bass
    John Sullivan - Drums
    1. Sweet Revenge
    2. Burning Up the Night
    3. Center of Ridicule
    4. Fake Reality
    5. If You Want It
    6. Playing With Your Life
    The main sources of my uploads are from blogs (mostly lockjaw - R.I.P.), myspace, youtube and other outlets. Many thanks to the original uploaders for sharing their music with us.
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    Mega thanx FRANK!! They contributed a song in Chicago Metal Works #7 in 1991(not from this demo)!! By the way ,can anyone upload
    the Chicago Metal Works #3,#4,#5 compilations!!IT WOULD BE AWESOME!! All the best from Greece!!! porosimetal
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    Vandal - You Want It? You Got It!, CD Compilation 2013


    Tracks 1-6 from "Under Arrest" mini-album (1987)
    Tracks 7-9 from "3-Song Demo" (1989)
    Tracks 10-15 from "Vandal" mini-album (1990)
    Track 16 "Working Class Blues" (2013).

    1. Sweet Revenge
    2. Playing With Your Life
    3. Center Of Ridicule
    4. U Want It? You Got It!
    5. Fake Reality
    6. Burning Up The Night
    7. City Girl
    8. Down and Out
    9. Working Class Blues
    10. Sweet Revenge
    11. Misery Loves Company
    12. When The Looks Are Gone
    13. Last Laugh
    14. Better Off Dead
    15. Torn
    16. Working Class Blues (2013 Recording)

    Vandal is:
    Bob Johnson - Vocals (1987)
    Stacey Thomason - Vocals (1989)
    Lance Thomason - Vocals (1990)
    Mark Jurczeski - Guitars (1987)
    Dan Donegan - Guitars (1989, 1990)
    Kurt Bonomo - Guitars (1989, 2013)
    Bob Feddersen - Bass (1987, 1989, 1990)
    Steve 'Fuzz' Kmak - Bass (1989,1990, 2013)
    John Sullivan - Drums & Vocals (1987-Present)

    When growing up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a suburb just south of Chicagoʼs Midway Airport,
    it is almost a foregone conclusion that one would be into Led Zeppelin, The Beatles,
    Rush, and the like. Bassist Bob Feddersen and drummer John Sullivan were no
    exception. Since the seventh grade, they, along with guitarist Kurt Bonomo had played
    in a band that played everything from the Beach Boys to Black Sabbath - anything that
    would get them booked at gigs, parties, churches, weddings; the more, the merrier.
    By the time they were in high school, they had built a nice following among their
    classmates and neighborhood friends, and they began to get bigger and better
    bookings. One of these was opening for a local band named ʻFuryʼ at Moraine Valley
    Community College. Never before this fateful evening in 1984 had the band heard
    music from Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, or Dio. How had they never heard these amazing
    songs before now? After the shock of what they had just witnessed (as well as the
    shock of being blown off the stage) wore off, the band started listening to these groups
    and others, many coming out of Hollywoodʼs Sunset Strip scene. Eventually, the band
    rechristened themselves with a new name and sound. It was now 1986. From now on, it
    was all about the metal. From now on, it was all about VANDAL.

    Bob and John got a tip on a killer singer who had just left his previous band. They were
    told he hung out at Sinbadʼs Arcade. “Uh-Oh, that place was where troublemakers and
    badasses hung out”. Sure enough, they pull up to Sinbadʼs, and a dude that looked just
    like Vince Neil (in full metal attire, nonetheless) was doing skateboard tricks in the
    parking lot. “Hey dude, are you Bob Johnson?” they asked sheepishly. “Who the fuck
    wants to know?” he shot back. “Uh, well, weʼre in a band called Vandal, and Linus from
    (the band) Nineteen said we should find you to join our band.” “Yeah I heard of you
    guys, letʼs jam Tuesday”. Sweet! When Tuesday came around, Johnson belted out an
    ass-kicking ʻRun to the Hills, and they knew they found their singer. So did the 40
    friends that piled into Johnʼs bedroom to witness the audition!

    With the eventual addition of Mark Jurczeski on guitar (and later, Gino Buonamici, then
    Jeff Ernst), VANDAL began writing songs and playing gigs. The main hub of the
    under-21 music scene was ʻKatzʼ, a club in Chicagoʼs south suburbs that featured many
    of the areaʼs metal bands that would go on to play at the Thirsty Whale and other ʻlegitʼ
    venues. The band began packing the place and became a force to be reckoned with,
    playing with more ferocity and attitude than your average ʻglamʼ band. After they
    released their 6-song demo, ʻUnder Arrestʼ, they were considered by fans and bands
    alike to be among the best around town.

    Although VANDAL was gaining momentum and recognition, it was always a band filled
    with friction and trouble. Even at their young age, the band was partying hard,
    seemingly using Motley Crueʼs ʻUncensoredʼ video as the blueprint for their lifestyle. In
    1988, After their one-millionth fight about who-knows-what, Feddersen and Sullivan
    parted ways with Johnson, and re-grouped with their old friend Kurt, and two new
    friends from the band ʻApparitionʼ that they had been hanging out with - guitarist Dan
    Donegan and singer Stacey Thomason.

    These were fun times for VANDAL, and though there is not much in the way of recorded
    material besides a 3-song demo, this was the longest lasting and most productive years
    for the band. They were packing the thirsty Whale and the Gateway Theatre, winning
    battle of the bands, getting played on WVVX, winning over new fans, and having a great
    time. Stacey and Dan were a lot of laughs, fun to work with, and also proved to be quite
    handy, building a KISS-style light-up VANDAL sign. John added some pyro to the mix,
    lighting his gong on fire, and building homemade flash-pods with a friend. There were a
    few small fires here and there, but in the late 80ʼs, this was still considered somewhat

    All fun aside, by early 1990, VANDAL could not figure out how to get to the next level,
    and although they were doing everything humanly possible to promote the band, they
    were still young (19 to 21) and had no idea what to do next in order to achieve their
    dreams of fame and fortune. The band felt like they were spinning their wheels. At that
    same time, Stacey was having voice-related issues. The band turned to Staceyʼs
    younger brother Lance Thomason, who was becoming quite the well-known rocker
    himself, to join the group in place of his older brother, and hopefully give the band the
    shot in the arm it needed.

    Within a short period of time, Feddersen, Sullivan, Donegan, and Lance Thomason had
    re-emerged with a leaner, meaner sound, and cut the 1990 release simply tiled ʻVandalʼ.
    The band began storming back in the clubs, and getting on local radio. But it was shortlived.
    The band was featured on the January 1991 cover of Chicago Area Music
    Monthly (CAMM Magazine), and by the time the issue came out, Lance had already left
    VANDAL to join Sandra Dee.

    After trying out various singers, and for a short time reuniting with Stacey on vocals
    (with longtime friend Steve ʻFuzzʼ Kmak on guitar alongside Donegan), it was clear that
    the band had run its course. John left the band to join up with Lance and Sandra Dee,
    now named ʻGrooveyardʼ, who had relocated to San Francisco, and the other members
    went off as well to pursue their own musical interests. It was the end of an era.
    Interestingly enough, many of the members of VANDAL went on to have successful
    musical careers (in varying degrees). John Sullivan and Bob Feddersen eventually
    reunited to form LOUDMOUTH, who were signed in 1998 to Hollywood records after
    some public support from Metallica. The bandʼs song ʻFlyʼ appeared in the movie Varsity
    Blues, and made it to number 7 on the Billboard charts. The soundtrack earned the
    band a gold record, and they toured with the likes of Godsmack, Black Label Society,
    Megadeth, and Kid Rock.

    These days, Sullivan And Kurt Bonomo play together in the Chicago-based cover band
    80ʼs Enough. They do 30-40 shows a year, and recently opened for Bret Michaels and
    Styxʼs Dennis DeYoung. John also has a band that plays his original material (John L.
    Sullivan and the Ragged Glory). His song ʻGhost Townʼ took first place in the ʼGreat
    American Songwritersʼ Contest, and his band played at SXSW, and was the featured
    artist on WXRTʼs ʻLocal Anestheticʼ show.

    Dan Donegan and Fuzz, of course, went on to form the multi-platinum metal group
    ʻDisturbedʼ. (Warner Bros.) They have sold out arenas and stadiums worldwide for over
    10 years, and have had four consecutive #1 albums, a record shared in the U.S. with
    only Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band. They have appeared on countless
    magazine covers and in music videos. They have outlived most of their peers that
    emerged in the nu-metal era, and have survived and thrived in an era of declining music
    sales and increasingly short lifespans for bands and artists. They have truly achieved
    the Rock and Roll dream.

    Recently, Sullivan, Bonomo, and Fuzz re-recorded an old VANDAL song, ʻWorking
    Class Bluesʼ at Fuzzʼs studio, United Technique Recording, in Chicago, which is
    included with this release. Bob Johnson, who originally wrote the lyrics, came by the
    studio to offer his blessing and support, and was the catalyst and originator of this whole
    re-issue project.

    So thatʼs the story of VANDAL, at least the parts that can be remembered. Itʼs basically
    the story of a bunch of crazy kids from the south suburbs of Chicago that loved Heavy
    Metal, loved playing in a band, and did the best they could with what they knew.
    Although VANDAL never got to ʻthe next levelʼ, there will always be a ton of great
    memories - friends made, friends lost, the shows, the parties, the chicks... But you know
    how it is - thatʼs Rock and Roll! At the very least, VANDAL was the beginning for other
    stories that will be told in the future, and maybe will be considered a tiny leaf or bud on
    that great big Rock and Roll family tree that keeps on growing, and, with a little love and
    attention, will hopefully continue to grow for generations to come.
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