The Nailswas a New Wave band which had six members and was formed in Boulder, Colorado, in the mid 1970's. They were originally known in Colorado as The Ravers. The group moved to New York and began playing in the clubs to gain recognition. They released an EP called, 88 Lines About 44 Women, in 1984 and it drew the attention of RCA Records. The Nails signed up with RCA Records label and their song was re-recorded and re-released with the RCA label. It was also included on their album called, Mood Swing, which was their debut album. Two years later they released the album called, Dangerous Dreams. Both of the albums reached the Top 200 Album chart. The Nails were dropped from RCA after the release of Dangerous Dreams. RCA didnít release either album on a compact disc.
The members of The Nails consisted of Mark Campbell (vocalist), George Kaufman (bass guitar player), Douglas Guthrie (saxophone player), Mike Ratti (drum player and known as Dennis McDermott on Mood Swing), Dave Kaufman (keyboard player), and Steve OíRourke (guitar player).
The band regrouped in 1988 without Douglas Guthrie and Dave Kaufman, and recorded their third album called, Corpus Christi. The album was not released until 1993 and was not very successful maybe because it did not get much exposure. In 2007 the band got their Mood Swing and Dangerous Dreams albums from the RCA Parent Company, Sony - BMG Entertainment, and released them on compact discs for the first time. The CDs are available to the public now. ** Lines About 44 Women appeared on compilations 20 years after it was first released and it was also featured on a Mazda television commercial which aired in the late 1990's.
The Nails released a total of about 22 CDs and compilations during their musical career. Many times the previous musical artists will make a comeback and regroup to record, release or perform more material. Time will tell if The Nails will ever resurface. They had gained many fans and will be remembered by them whether they make a comeback or not. They have succeeded in the music business where many others have failed. There are many people who have dreams of becoming famous in the music industry and many of them will but more of them will not. Becoming famous takes much more than just the dream to be successful. It takes much patience, persistence, hard work, and it helps to become acquainted with another artist, manager, record company, etc. It helps to be in the right place at the right time. If you have ever heard that it depends on who you know, you have heard right.
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