“The Disregard Of Timekeeping” was released in 1989. People expected big things from the son of John Bonham.
I remember seeing a few video clips of Bonham and thinking the songs are pretty cool, but with funds being limited, thought nothing more of it at that time, but when i saw the album at a heavily reduced price of $1 in a second hand record shop, i thought why not.
“Wait For You” has this Faith No More intro (like “Epic”) before it morphs into a Led Zep like verse and chorus.
“Guilty” for such a clichéd title, sounds massive. And that Chorus deserved a top 10 placement on the Billboard charts.
The funny thing is that Winger played a similar brand of rock music to Bonham. Both bands had serious musicians who paid their dues in other bands. But Winger had greater commercial success than Bonham.
“Holding On Forever” to me captures the Bonham sound. It doesn’t sound like a Led Zeppelin cut (but it has Led Zep influences), nor does it sound like a song chasing some commercial dream (although it has some elements) and it has a solo section/chorus that reminds me of the LA scene. It’s these kind of songs which didn’t get released as a single by the label that define a band’s sound.
The label marketed “Guilty” and “Wait For You” as the singles.
And by 1989, the music buying public had burned out on Led Zep Clones. So if you didn’t have the album, you wouldn’t be able to get in deep and find songs like these.
Then they released “Madhatter”.
I didn’t buy it, nor did I find a copy of it via the record fairs or second hand record shops many years later.
But I did find a CD single of “Change Of A Season”.
You get one album track and three non-album tracks.
And “Change Of A Season” is a great track. A track good enough to promote the album. And I called it up on Spotify today.
My favorite tracks are “Change Of A Seasons”, “The Storm”, “Ride On A Dream” and “Chimera”. All of em are a bit more experimental than the standard verse and chorus fair.
The band was building their style and it’s a shame they didn’t get a chance at a few more albums.
And for those record label suits today who still reckon a sale equals a fan.
The album I have was purchased by a music consumer, who then heard it and traded it in to a second hand record and book store. I guess this official fan didn’t like it.
And then when I purchased it, I guess I don’t count because my purchase is off the books. But I played it once and put in away for many years until I pulled it out recently to hear.
And the single was never meant to be sold as its stamped promotional copy. But it got sold and purchased unofficially.
So how would the record label suits account for these?
By saying the band is in debt.
2 thoughts on “The Record Vault – Bonham”
This album went Gold in Canada and the States. I bought it for two reasons.
1- The Zep vibe
2- The singer was a Canuck!
I occasionally will play this on the iPod. I liked it as it had that big Ezrin production throughout. The songs were good and Bonham kept his shit together and didn’t overplay on any of this stuff.
When Madhatter dropped in 92 for some reason I bypassed it. Why I have no idea perhaps maybe as you said the whole Zep vibe had run its course I dunno really.
The singer Danial McMaster actually many years after Bonham ended actually moved here to Thunder Bay where he eventually passed away which was sad as he had a great set of pipes.
Can’t believe this album is 30 years old ….haha…I feel old now!
Thanks for sharing your story Deke. The album got no attention in Oz. But you are right, Bonham did keep his shit together and played for the song. Not like some of the Appice albums I’ve heard recently.
I Didn’t know that Daniel McMaster had passed away. RIP