Origin: New York (USA)
DRIVE, SHE SAID
|Mark Mangold - Al Fritsch|
- The band was formed in 1986 by the former American Tears, Touch, and Michael Bolton keyboard player Mark Mangold, and previously unknown vocalist/guitarist Al Fritsch. Mangold was also a successful songwriter, co-writing Cher’s hit, ‘I’ve Found Someone’, along with Bolton. After signing to CBS Records in 1988 their self-titled debut album was released a year later in the USA and featured guest appearances by artists such as multi-instrumentalist Aldo Nova and Bob Kulick of Balance and Meat Loaf fame. The collection of light-edged melodic rock songs, which included a reworking of the Touch classic ‘Don’t You Know What Love Is’, was aimed directly at the
American market, but failed to make any significant impact. It sold well on import in the UK, however, prompting the independent Music For Nations label to sign the band for the European market (Mangold reportedly being unhappy at CBS’ marketing attempts). The album was subsequently released in the UK in 1990 and was quickly followed by a club tour. Drivin’ Wheel, a slightly harder-edged album, was released in 1991, preceded by the single ‘Think About Love’, both of which failed to achieve any significant success. Undeterred by the lack of chart success,
they toured the UK with FM in 1992 before embarking on sessions for a third album. -
- A classy New York based, AOR project initially put together as a solo venture by former VALHALLA, AMERICAN TEARS and TOUCH man Mark Mangold. The debut DRIVE, SHE SAID album, released in 1989, features guitar work from SARAYA's Tony Rey and a guest appearance from BALANCE and MEAT LOAF guitarist Bob Kulick. Other contributors include
ex-DUST and RICK DERRINGER and H.S.A.S. bassist Kenny Aaronson, session drummer Kenny Aaronoff, ALDO NOVA, who co-wrote the song 'Love Has No Pride' on the record, BENNY MARDONES and FIONA, the latter co-writing 'Hard Way Home'.
The album was originally released by CBS Records in North America but subsequently bought back from the label. It was then licenced it to Music For Nations in Europe, where it was re-issued with the ground breaking catalogue number of MFN100.
Maintaining the momentum of the debut, the sophomore 'Excelerator' album solidified DRIVE, SHE SAID's standing. The 1991 album 'Drivin' Wheel' sees BENNY MARDONES, ALDO NOVA and FIONA offering their services again. Meantime, former guitarist Ray Ditone joined the formative KILLERS line-up fronted by ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Dianno. -