WRATHCHILD: Nukklear Rokket [Bruce Dickinson directed their video clip for this song! It also contains the killer “Trash Queen” and a live version of the infamous “Pretty Vacant” by the Sex Pistols]
Label: Revolver Records – 12 VHF 50
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Rare Black vinyl
Country: UK & Europe
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
A Nukklear Rokket
Producer – Guy Bidmead. Written-By – Wrathchild
B1 Trash Queen
Written-By + Producer – Wrathchild
B2 Pretty Vacant
Producer – Wrathchild. Written-By – Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Book*, Steve Jones
Distributed By – BMG Records (UK)
Distributed By – BMG-Ariola/Aris
Bass [Mutilator Bass] – Marc ‘Stan-Lee’ Angel*
Drums [Skin Shokker] – Eddie ‘Scumbag’ Star*
Guitar [Terminator Guitar] – Lance ‘Killer’ Rocket*
Vocals [Vocal Vandal] – Rocky ‘Wrekkless’ Shades*
Wrathchild (sometimes known as Wrathchild UK in the United States due to a naming conflict with Wrathchild America) were an English heavy metal band. Formed in 1980, the group was an early band of the glam metal genre, starting off about the same time as bands of the genre such as Motley Crue. They are indeed the “”Godfathers”” of the glam/sleaze metal movement back in the early 80s.
In their home country, the bands speciality was in its D.I.Y. aesthetic (common for many NWOBHM bands), over the top stage shows, and striking image. During their early days, they would often play in pubs but still used confetti, pyrotechnics, and dressed in full glam metal gear, including their trademark platform boots and huge, teased hair.
Wrathchild was formed in 1980 in Evesham, England by Marc Angel and Phil “”Wrathchild”” Vokins. They recruited Rocky Shades for lead vocals, and Brian “”Thunderburst”” Parry on drums. Phil Vokins left in 1981 to join Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)in America with a new band Max Havoc and Brian Parry left and returned to his hometown of Chester.
The band soon added two members from the band Medusa; guitarist Lance Rocket and drummer Eddie Star who became mainstays in the band and completed the much recognised over the top lineup for a decade of touring and recording.
After releasing a string of demos, such as Mascara Massacre in 1982, the band was offered a record deal by Bullet Records. On this label the group put out their first official release in 1983, an EP called Stackheel Strutt.
In 1984, the band recorded and released their debut studio album, Stakk Attakk. It would spawn two singles; a cover version of the Gary Glitter classic “”Doing Alright with the Boys”” and “”Trash Queen””.
Unfortunately, just as Wrathchild was garnering success, they came embroiled in contractual problems with their label, Heavy Metal Records. RCA Records, a major label, unsuccessfully attempted to sign the band from Heavy Metal Records in an effort to free them from their contract. Meanwhile, the group released a video War Machine in 1984.
After finally settling the dispute with Heavy Metal Records nearly four years later, the band released their second album, The Biz Suxx, in 1988. The album spawned a single, Nukklear Rokket, which had a promotional video that was produced by Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Bruce plays the protester in the video whilst the performance was filmed in the car park at his home in Chiswick. Ron Kennedy directed and edited the video as well as appearing as the mad professor. Steve Prior was the cameraman.
The band third and final studio album, Delirium, was released shortly after in 1989. It featured Grim Reaper Steve Grimmet on backing vocals. Soon after the release Rocky Shades left to join the punk band Discharge and with the onset of grunge, Wrathchild broke up.