Early years (1986-1990)
Part of the nascent glam metal scene in the late 1980s, Tigertailz first line-up issued debut album Young And Crazy in 1987. The album featured vocalist Steevi Jaimz, guitarist Jay Pepper, bassist Pepsi Tate and drummer Ace Finchum. The debut created interest in the band and spawned the anthemic single Livin' Without You.
As the band toured the album it became clear that vocalist Steevi Jaimz was not as committed to the band as might be hoped, and several instances of fighting due to the influence of drink were recorded. The band felt they had no choice but to part company with Jaimz in order to progress. They recruited Kim Hooker to replace Jaimz in time for follow-up album 'Bezerk' which was eventually released to great critical acclaim in 1990 on the Music For Nations label.
Commercial success (1990-1995)
Hooker's vocals and stage presence took the band to a new commercial level. Prior to the release of Bezerk, the band re-recorded Livin Without' You with Hooker and released it as a single. Bezerk saw the band breakthrough as a headline act, selling out medium sized venues and delivering three singles, Love Bomb Baby, Noise Level Critical and Heaven. The album itself made it into the UK Top 40 and Tigertailz frequently found themselves on the cover of leading rock magazines.
Due to a series of deals gone wrong and the onset of grunge, Tigertailz were effectively on ice for many years. They did, however, release Banzai!, a collection of B-sides and re-recorded tracks, in 1991 in Japan. They also put out Wazbones in 1995, by which time the classic Hooker-Pepper-Tate-Finchum line-up had fragmented but was replaced by a very formidable Hooker-Danahar-Tate-Skinner line up. This line up for many produced some of the best Tailz songs to date. Touring proved successful but there was insufficient long term record company interest to sustain the band.
In 2005 the band reformed their classic line-up, with the addition of former City Kidds drummer Matt Blakout who replaced Andy Skinner. The band won a court order winning ownership of the Tigertailz name from a spin-off band fronted by Steevi Jaimz, with Finchum on drums. Some fans had been confused by the appearance of the Jaimz-fronted Tigertailz, a band that in no way represented the classic Bezerk era. This problem resolved, the real Tigertailz were able to work on the long awaited Bezerk 2.0, recapturing the larger-than-life style that originally made them famous, and featuring a suitably OTT, bombastic production.
They completed a short reunion tour of the UK, culminating in some festival dates in Sweden and Spain, playing to over 70,000 people with bands of the caliber of Whitesnake and Twisted Sister. Kerrang! magazine wrote in praise of the reunion - journalist Steve Beebee describing it as "persistently entertaining, with monstrous melodies that reach delirious peaks".
Bezerk 2.0 was released through Demolition Records on 7 August 2006.
Bass player Pepsi Tate was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. The band signed a new record deal with Sanctuary Records and released new album Thrill Pistol on 27 August 2007, barely a year after their previous album release. This release is in fact a double CD packaged with the original 1992 version of the Wazbones album that had never been officially released. Steve Beebee again wrote in praise of the new album in Kerrang!, calling on fans to "kindly hail this rejuvenated band for the time-defying devils they are."
Following Tate's death in September 2007, Tigertailz continued to tour with former City Kidds and current WarDance lead guitarist, Glenn 'Nailz' Quinn, playing bass. As well as numerous European festival shows, they supported ex-Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley in the UK, and performed at the UK's Hard Rock Hell Festival in both 2008 and 2009.
Bezerk Anniversary (2010)
In January 2010 Tigertailz recruited Sarah Firebrand as their new, permanent bass player.
They also announced that they would be playing their most successful album Bezerk, originally released in 1990, in its entirety and in sequence at some subsequent live shows. Some of these performances were recorded for use as a future live album.
After playing a show at the Fuel Rock Club in Cardiff on April 17 to raise money for the Amser Justin Time charity set up in Pepsi Tate's memory, the band headlined the Stockholm Rock Out Festival in Sweden.
Following further 'Bezerk Live' dates, Tigertailz replaced drummer Matt Blakout with former Rachel Stamp sticksman Robin Guy, a respected musician whose credits include stints with Bruce Dickinson, Dee Snider and Lars Frederiksen, among others. Tigertailz headlined the first night of 2010's Hard Rock Hell and released 'Bezerk Live - Burnin' Fuel' on December 6. They are expected to record their next studio album in 2011.
Kim Hooker - vocal (since 1989)
Jay Pepper - guitar (1987 - 1995, since 2005)
Sarah Firebrand - bass (since 2010)
Robin Guy - drums (since 2010)
Steevi Jaimz - vocal (1987 - 1989)
Cy Dannahar - guitar (1995)
Pepsi Tate - bass (1987 - 2007)
Glenn "Nailz" Quinn - bass (2007 - 2009)
Ace Finchum - drums (1987 - 1993)
Andy Skinner - drums (1993 - 1995)
Matt Blackout - drums (2005 - 2010)
Studio albums and EPs:
1987 - Shoot To Kill (EP)
1987 - Young & Crazy
1990 - Bezerk
1991 - Banzai
1994 - You Looking At Me (live)
1995 - Wazbones
2006 - Bezerk 2.0
2007 - Thrill Pistol (includes the original 1992 version of Wazbones album)
2010 - Bezerk Live - Burnin' Fuel (live)
1988 - Living Without You
1989 - Love Bomb Baby
1990 - Noise Level Critical
1990 - Heaven
- Livin' Without You
- Love Bomb Baby
- Noise Level Critical
- Dirty Needles
- Belly of the Beast
- Falling Down
- Long Live The New Flesh (unreleased)
- I Believe
- Bezerk - Live 1990 (VHS)
- Video Frenzy (VHS)