<center><a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vczE4NS5waG90b2J1Y2tldC5jb20vYWxidW1zL3gxNTgvcm90dGVyZGFtYmFyLz9hY3Rpb249dmlldyZjdXJyZW50PWNvbGxhZ2UxbS5qcGc=" target="_blank"><img src="http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x158/rotterdambar/collage1m.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket" /></a><br /><br />Some of Tyla's artwork. He will have a selection at the gig on Wednesday 22nd April.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/>..<br />TYLA - BLOODY HELL FIRE!<br />THE ART TOUR 2009<br />Dogs D'Amour Frontman<br />Solo and Acoustic<br />at The Menagerie<br />130 University Street, Belfast 02890 235678<br />Wednesday 22nd April<br />Doors open 8pm<br />Support - LOUISIANA JOYRIDE<br />Tickets from <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Lm9sZGZsYXR0b3AuY29t">www.oldflattop.com</a> or <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LnRpY2tldG1hc3Rlci5pZQ==">www.ticketmaster.ie</a> <p><a href="http://www.myspace.com/tylaandthedogsdamour">www.myspace.com/tylaandthedogsdamour</a><br /><p>Tyla will have a selection of art (he paints) and books (he writes) for your perusal.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/></p></p></center><br /><p>The Dogs D'Amour came out of the mid-80's with a unique mixture of glam- and punk-influenced stonesy rock'n'roll and a do-or-die attitude. They've been compared to The Faces and The Quireboys but to me have more of an edge and are lyrically more convincing, not to mention the coolest artwork ever to adorn album covers and sleeves. Their album from 1988, (Un)authorized Bootleg on China Records, is a hard-to-find collector's item with only 2000 copies printed. It's an official compilation of songs they played live since 1983 and before they landed their major recording deal, an answer to the bootlegging that took place back then. The breakthrough was made with the 1988 album In The Dynamite Jet Saloon followed by an acoustic ballad EP called A Graveyard Of Empty Bottles the year after (limited edition of 15'000 copies), which was very representative of Tyla's poetic style of sad romance and booze - it still kills me every time I listen to it. If Charles Bukowski is the prose and poetry of the whores and junkies and lonely hearts, this is their song and music. Lyrics that romanticize the low-life, the blue, sad and forgotten. Fascinating and sometimes mysterious songs about Cigarette Mustang Girls, Baby Monoxide, Firework Girl, Mr.Barfly and such timeless lines as "I fell in love when I fell down the stairs into the arms of a girl that really cared" or "Princess Valium on a stallion through the panavision sunset of my heart". Now legendary Dogs D'Amour gigs are surrounded by tales of debauchery and destruction, unadulterated rock'n'roll antics and excesses.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br /><br /><br />Tyla cartoon art China Records right from start made a practice of releasing an array of limited edition singles, 12"s, picture discs and EPs featuring live and alternate tracks and Tyla's intriguing illustrations, something that was continued through the following album releases: Errol Flynn (renamed to King Of The Thieves in the USA for legal reasons), Straight (produced by Ric Browde) and More Unchartered Heights Of Disgrace. Special Japanese pressings became available. I don't know the band's stand on this type of marketing but I became a sucker for the collectibles as seen in my record collection. In 1997, Nectar Records released a 16-track Dogs D'Amour compilation called Skeletons which musically does not contain any surprises but excels with a booklet of insightful liner notes by Tyla and some nice band photos.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br /><br /><br />Jo Dog cartoon Back in time, a yet unknown Dogs D'Amour played their debut in London, England on April 12th 1983. The line-up consisted of Birmingham guitarist Tyla playing with Ned Christie, drummer Bam Bam, bassist Karl Watson and another guitarist, Nick Halls. Later that year they got to support the Lords Of The New Church after which Nick Halls was sacked and both Bam and Ned also left a couple of months later. Tyla became the vocalist and he and Carl engaged Dave Kusworth and Paul Hornby on guitar and drums. They headed for Finland where a cult following eventually led to a 1984 record deal with Finnish label Kumibeat that spanned a single and a now rare and sought-after album called The State We're In. In 1985 and back in the UK, they supported Johnny Thunders and Bam returned to replace Paul Hornby. Jo Dog took over for Dave Kusworth and the band signed a contract with the Japanese label Watanabe which, however, didn't result in any releases. Carl left and Mark Duncan came on, replaced again soon by Mark Drax for some gigging in Paris. Drax had a visa problem and in early 1987 Steve James superseded him. Finally, some major labels took notice of the band and long negotiations started during which the band issued self-financed singles which finally received airplay. Subsequently, China Records offered a firm deal.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br />Thus, the Dogs D'Amour surfaced with a line-up of Tyla (vocals, guitar), Jo Dog (guitars), Steve James (bass), Bam (drums) and ended with Darrell Bath (guitars) replacing Jo Dog on their last official album.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br /><br /><br />Tyla self-portrait with Gretsch Tyla continued and continues as a solo artist with performances primarily in Europe and steady releases of solo albums. I've also noticed him credited on the "Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth: Jacobites" USA album The Ragged School (1986, Twin Tone Records) and he contributed "Teenage Lament" to the Alice Cooper tribute double album Welcome To Our Nightmare (1993, Triple X Records).<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br /><br />As for the other band members, Dave Kusworth teamed up with Nikki Sudden and also lead and leads his own bands, The Bounty Hunters and The Tenderhooks. Darrell Bath and Mark Duncan can be found on "The Crybabys" album Where Have All The Good Girls Gone (1991, Receiver Records) together with Honest John Plain formerly of The Lurkers and The Boys. Mark also appeared on several Vibrators albums. Darrell (with Honest John and his former Boys bandmate and ex-Hollywood Brats Casino Steel) later played on Ian Hunter's Dirty Laundry (1995, Cleveland International). Bam was part of the original Wildhearts lineup and appears on Ric Browde's book/CD combination While I'm Dead...Feed The Dog (1997, Coment Publishing).<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br /><br /><br />Tyla boot art There is one Dogs D'Amour bootleg album I know of called "Another Girl, Another Planet" (after a song title by The Only Ones) but I'm sure there are many more as well as video bootlegs. Both the band and Tyla have been officially captured on video too: A hodgepodge release by the fan club, a special CD/VC edition of More Unchartered Heights Of Disgrace with a 15-minute tape titled "Visual Delights Of Honour & Obedience" and a Tyla acoustic solo gig in New York titled "More Acoustic Heights Of Disgrace - Live In New York" (distributed by himself). Also, a Dogs D'Amour video clip and two Tyla interviews can be found on volumes #3 and #13 of the "Hard & Heavy" video magazine (the one on #13 is longer and more interesting).<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br />Tyla's solo efforts focus on honest, dark and sad ballads about life and feature more of his artwork and poetry. He also made it a habit to put a personal, insightful message on the inner sleeves of his solo releases.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/><br /><br /><br />Bam, Steve, Tyla, Jo Dog I'm kinda bummed never to have seen The Dogs D'Amour in their prime - it seems as if their risen star has crashed and burned in only a few years - but I continue to cherish their albums, style and class. Bam, Jo Dog and Paul Hornby now live in Los Angeles. Dave Kusworth is still Nikki Sudden's other half in The Jacobites. Bam formed a new band called Bubble with wife and former Vixen bassist Share, Jo one called Sonic Boom after doing some sessions with Gilby Clarke and touring with Andy McCoy and Junkyard. Darrell recently worked on a blues project with ex-Quireboy Spike called "Take Out Some Insurance". Steve James is in England where he roadies for "The Levellers" and builds his own line of guitars. Tyla got married and after spending time in Sweden has moved to Barcelona, Spain while still touring, writing, recording and painting.<br style="display:none" gauntlet_tokenizer_reserved=""/></p>
This was a great night.
The man's got charisma coming out of his ears.
"I haven't been here in 20 years... sorry I'm late"