Nasty Idols


Gigolos On Parole

The band first formed in 1987 with the lineup of Andy Pierce (Vocals), Jonnie Wee (Lead Guitar), Dick Qwarfort (Bass), George Swanson (Drums), Roger White (Keyboards) and were more of a straight up Glam Metal in the style of bands such as Mötley Crüe, Poison & Hanoi Rocks. Their first gig was played at a local festival in Sweden taking inspiration from such acts as early Mötley Crüe, Kiss, Sweet and Alice Cooper. After the release of their self financed single Don't Walk From Love/Easy Come, Easy Go they signed to independent label HSM/CBS Records. Their debut record was released soon after in 1989 named Gigolo's On Parole which then followed by more Shows and an ever increasing fan-base.

First Line-up Changes

Changes were soon made in the band's line-up resulting in Peter Espinoza coming into the line-up to replace Jonny Wee on (Lead Guitar) which lead to recording of some of the first tracks for their next record. In 1991 the band released Cruel Intention which was greeted by a number of high rating reviews from numerous Magazines. Cool Way Of Living, Can't Get Ya' Off & Trashed N' Dirty had music videos recorded for them and were played heavily on MTV's Headbangers Ball. The album was soon released afterwards in Germany and Japan.


1993 came and the band released their third record entitled Vicious. The album didn't do as good as their previous record; due in part to the decreasing hold the Glam Metal sound was having at the time over the Mainstream. Interest was moving more to the new sound of Grunge popularized by bands such as Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Soundgarden. Most Hard Rock bands resorted to changing their core sound to more of a darker and heavier tone as an attempt to pique interest in the genre. An Example being of Skid Row's second and third record's Slave to the Grind and Subhuman Race which were heavier and more abrasive than the former sounds that made them popular in the beginning. Head's Down (In Tinseltown) and Ain't Got Nothin were made as video's; the latter being a much darker one than previous releases.

Nasty Idol's Demise

By 1994 the Grunge wave had all but created a mass of lost interest in the Glam Metal genre which increasingly made life even harder for most band's. Some even resulted in using drugs a lot more as band's weren't making much money from gigs or record sales. Peter Espinoza left the band at this time to move on with other projects that he had. A fourth record was known to be under development at the time named The Fourth Reich but the label soon went bankrupt before the record was finished. The record would later be released in 2002 as Heroes For Sale by Perris Records. The band split up in 1995.

Other Projects

The band's remaining members tried their best through the years to survive through a more degrading music industry. The most notable band being Majestic Peter Espinoza's brainchild which enjoyed success in Japan and vocalist Andy Pierce's band Machinegun Kelly and later United Enemies. American label Perris Records later in 2002 re-released all of the band's studio record's including a best-of and 1995 record The Fourth Reich renamed as Heroes For Sale.


As 2006 came the band was announced as playing a reunion gig at the Sweden Rock Festival and was seen by many as successful. This was later followed by the release of The Rejects on the Road tour. Throughout the same year the band played numerous shows in Sweden which were then followed by playing gig's and touring in Italy and the UK. The band spent much of 2008 recording their follow-up to Vicious and Heroes For Sale named Boys Town. The 12 track album was later released on April 27, 2009 through Metal Heaven records. The record was met with a warm reception from fan's and some percentage of the media that still knew of the band outside of Sweden.

Nasty Idols' 6th Album in the Making

The band went for a short break in 2010 to ready themselves for a comeback with them of played a few shows in the year. The band themselves promise a "Down N' Dirty Sleaze Piece". Album "Kalifornia" was released on 28th of August in 2012, later in September video for the title song were premiered.


Andy Pierce - vocals (since 1987)
Peter Espinoza - lead guitar (since 1991)
Dick Qwarfort - bass (sinse 1987)
Rikki Dahl - drums (since 2006)

Former Members

Roger White - keyboards (1987 - 1993)
George Swanson - drums (1987 - 1993)
Jonnie Wee - lead guitar (1987 - 1990)
Stanley - drums (1993 - 1995)


Studio albums

1989 - Gigolo's On Parole
1991 - Cruel Intention
1993 - Vicious
2002 - Heroes For Sale
2002 - Best of Nasty Idols (compilation)
2002 - The Refused And Lost Tapes (compilation)
2006 - The Swedish Sleaze Collection (compilation)
2009 - Boys Town
2012 - Kalifornia


1988 - Don't Walk From Love/Easy Come Easy Go
1990 - Alive N' Kickin
2012 - No More Rules


1991 - Cool Way Of Living
1992 - Can't Get Ya' Off My Mind
1992 - Trashed n' Dirty
1993 - Ain't Got Nothing
1993 - Head's Down (In Tinseltown)
2009 - Method To My Madness
2012 - Kalifornia


2007 - Rejects On The Road