Sheriffis a band which is associated with British heavy metal. The group was formed in 1975 and they opened for punk bands such as The Stranglers and The Morders. Their single, On and On, was a big hit. They call their style of music as “Athletic Rock”. John Gallagher and his brother, Mark, formed the group. They mixed reggae rhythms and Motown horns in their songs. Their drummer was Rob (Wacko) Hunter. They had a style of their own and music written in their own style also. They dressed up in helmets, guards, and plates from different sports such as hockey, baseball, and others. They mixed this with the playing of their instruments and designed a performance all their own. They used elbow pads to strike the cymbals as one example. The sports equipment was incorporated to make their act unique and there was none other like it. The band signed with Neat Records, which was a low budget metal label in the Netherlands. Within the first year with them, they released two songs, Rock Until You Drop, and Wiped Out. Their songs made a very good impression on the U. K. Charts. They were given exposure of their songs in the United states and they signed with Megaforce Records in New Jersey.They issues their next recording in the United states and it was called, All For One. They toured extensively in the United States with other Megaforce bands such as Metallica and Anthrax.The manager of Megaforce, Johnny Zazula, thought that Raven had major talent and should be signed on with one of the larger recording companies so they kept them touring until one of them noticed them. The Atlantic records label signed them to a worldwide contract after they had a minor bidding war for them.
They released, Stay hard, in 1984 and it was a minor hit. The band released two LPs and a Mad EP before Atlantic let them go. They released, Life’s A Bitch, and toured to promote it. After that, Wacko left the group so he could spend time with his new wife and family. He later went on to become an audio producer and engineer. Joe Hasselvander replaced him on the drums. The band dropped their armour (knee and elbow pads, helmets, etc.)and became more of a denim and leather band. This was done for their 1988 release of, Nothing Exceeds Like Excess. The band continued to record and tour until 2001. They had a total of 18 albums released.
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