HEAVY PETTIN’ – Best Of Heavy Pettin’ [Cherry Red Records remaster] (2020) *EXCLUSIVE*
Cherry Red Records has released this “Best Of Heavy Pettin’“, a collection of remastered versions of songs selected by drummer Gary Moat reflecting HEAVY PETTIN’ at their best, including the singles that charted: ‘Love Times Love’, ‘In And Out of Love’ and ‘Rock Me’.
The cover artwork is a previously unseen photo by David Plastik taken at The Breaking Sound festival in France in 1984, while other unseen photos of the band have been used for the booklet to showcase HEAVY PETTIN’ at their prime, plus liner notes from renowned Ross Muir.
Scotland’s answer to Def Leppard, as so many people thought from Leppard’s manager Peter Mensch, who booked them as tour support for none other than AC/DC, to Polydor Records, who signed them after a major label bidding war for their 1983 debut “Lettin Loose” – with Queen guitarist Brian May on board as co-producer!
Following more tours supporting Kiss, Ozzy and Whitesnake along with festival appearances at Reading and the Breaking Sound festival in France among others, Heavy Pettin seemed unstoppable with their winning mix of ballsy riffs, catchy melodies, marketable looks – and a drummer who was more than happy to smash it out on a pair of double bass drums.
Sadly, despite releasing two follow up albums, Heavy Pettin didn’t crack America and by the late ’80s it was all over. But, as history shows, the band were never forgotten by its fans and even the members themselves, with vocalist Steve ‘Hamie’ Hayman and guitarist Gordon Bonnar restarting the band in 2017.
Drummer Gary Moat, however, went solo, this time taking up lead vocals to front his own band, Burnt Out Wreck, that has released two full length records and tours.
That said, it comes as no surprise that Moat has worked for many years to secure the rights to Pettin’s albums. This “Best Of” 14 track compilation culled from all three of Pettin’s albums tells the tale, and the transition of a band through the ’80s in fine style and at last through the band themselves, as represented by Moat.
But for myself and others, who were in the crowds, the “Best Of” goes well beyond a nostalgic trip to our youth in hearing music that should never be forgotten as it’s still as grabbing today as it was then. Equally, the songs that appeal to us the most are those from the debut “Lettin Loose” simply because to this very day, they prove you can be heavy and rock like a mutha while still incorporating catchy melodies, high vocals and lush harmonies into a commercial package – without wimping out.
As such ‘In And Out Of Love’, with its teasing licks and stirring melodies that go straight to the heart that only melts further thanks to Hamie’s passionate croons in building up to the almighty chorus, is as unforgettable as is ‘Love Times Love’ with its catchy commercial rock but featuring the fiery axe work of Bonnar and Punky Mendoza presenting a difficult challenge for any rock adverse radio station to refuse.
With its power-soaked riffs and Moat’s heavy drums driving another catchy groove, even the commercial chorus to ‘Devil In Her Eyes’ has a hard edge thanks to the wailing tremolo guitars, while the catchy thumping beat to the anthemic ‘Rock Me’ with its shouted-out chorus gave any stadium rock band a serious run for its money back in the day.
Pumped by Moat’s double bass drums, ‘Hell Is Beautiful’ speaks for itself, a massive rock out of power riffs and spirited singing from Hamie through lines like ‘…Hell’s a bad place (depends on who you are), It’s a bad place (it’s where they burn up their guitars), You’ve got a bad face (hell is beautiful)…’ completed by ripping breaks and rock god solos from Bonnar and Mendoza – unforgettable!
This is a great Best Of, with a crisp remastered sound.
01 – In and out of Love
02 – Sole Survivor
03 – Born to Burn
04 – Northwinds
05 – Love Times Love
06 – Lonely People
07 – Devil in Her Eyes
08 – Two Hearts
09 – China Boy
10 – Dont Call It Love
11 – Rock Me
12 – Throw a Party
13 – Rock Aint Dead
14 – Hell is Beautiful
Hamie (Steve Hayman) – vocals
Punky Mendoza – guitar, backing vocals
Gordon Bonnar – guitar, backing vocals
Brian Waugh – bass
Gary Moat – drums, backing vocals