In 1988, Mark
Slaughter and Dana Strum left the Vinnie Vincent Invasion to
start their own band in Las Vegas, and we are guessing that Mark
Slaughter won the coin toss. Rumor has it that Chrysalis Records
took a four million dollar record deal out of the hands of Vincent, and
gave it to Slaughter and Strum instead. Evidently execs were upset
with Vinnie for spending too much money.
Interestingly enough, the Chrysalis gamble paid off.
Slaughter's first release in 1990,
It to Ya, feature three Billboard Top 100 songs:
"Fly to the Angels", "Up All Night", and "Spend My Life". The
band's second release, The Wild Life, was not as successful as
their first, but still hit "Gold" status and featured the hit song "Real
Love". Slaughter continued producing throughout the
90's, but like many metal bands, the music climate had shifted.
The popularity in the US quickly waned, but the band continued to
be a huge hit in Japan. In 1998, one of the band's guitarist, Tim
Kelly, was killed in an auto accident. All things considered, few
metal bands made it past 1992 or had hits in the early 1990's, so
Slaughter actually did very well.
As the years went on, Slaughter could be found playing
for at mega-rock festivals like "Rock Never Stops" and Rocklahoma. If you like Mark Slaughter's voice and can live with
Vinnie Vincent's guitar solos, we recommend checking those
albums out as well by following the Vinnie link above to our
Vinnie Vincent page. At the time of this writing, the Slaughter
Discography was as follows:1990: Stick It to Ya
1992: The Wild Life
1995: Fear No Evil
1999: Back to Reality