Formed in the D.C. area in 1987 by college buddies Ted Warren, Tom Heyman, Christopher Horner, and Keith Donnellan, Go to Blazes recorded and released their self-titled debut, a revved-up rockabilly LP, in 1988 and quickly moved north to Philadelphia. Many whiskey-soaked nights playing in all kinds of places in Philly and New York City toughened up the band considerably. Their 1991 follow-up, Love Lust and Trouble (produced by Ben Vaughn), was light years ahead of their first release. With almost every hint of rockabilly behind them, the band just got tougher and tougher, finally hooking up with producer, vibe-man, and father figure Eric "Roscoe" Ambel. From there things took off. The addition of Ted Pappadopoulos on bass solidified the lineup, and a deal with roots rock label ESD led to 1994's Anytime...Anywhere, their classic. With Ambel once again in the producer's chair, the band followed it up with the quieter GTB...And Other Crimes, also a winner. The album was mostly cover tunes and was recorded in one night.
The band had developed a following in Germany and toured there extensively. Glitterhouse released most of their catalog there, as well. In 1997 their final disc, Waiting Around for the Crash, was released on the about-to-go-under ESD. It marked continued improvement in sound and songwriting, but still didn't top Anytime...Anywhere. GTB held their "final clearance sale" in 1997. A posthumous release, Almost a Decade (the title is a tribute to their hero, Neil Young), combined unreleased demos, live tracks, and B-sides. ~ Geoff Ginsberg
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