Autograph Bio

AUTOGRAPH

DISCOGRAPHY:
1984 – Sign In Please
1985 – That’s The Stuff
1987 – Loud And Clear
1997 – Missing Pieces
2003 – Buzz
2003 – More Missing Pieces
2011 – The Anthology
2016 – Louder

HISTORY:
Autograph group photo 3Known almost exclusively for their massive single “Turn Up The Radio”, Autograph was never able to match the success of that debut single and slowly faded into obscurity.

Vocalist Steve Plunkett formed Autograph in Los Angeles, California in 1983 while working with Silver Condor. Feeling stifled creatively in that unit he recruited friends and former bandmates Steve Lynch (guitar, ex-Looker), Randy Rand (bass, ex-Wolfgang), Keni Richards (drums, ex-John Doe) and Steven Isham (keyboards) to record a demo cassette. With the help of Andy Johns (who helped record a new and better sounding demo) and David Lee Roth (who got the guys an opening slot on Van Halen‘s 1984 tour, despite not having released an album), Autograph got their foot in the hard rock door.

Autograph group photo 5Signing with RCA during the period of the Van Halen shows, Autograph left the tour and went to L.A. to record the debut that would be titled Sign In Please. Both the album, which went on to be certified gold, and the accompanying single “Turn Up The Radio” shot into Billboard’s Top 30, garnering Autograph instant success. But the following albums, That’s The Stuff and Loud And Clear, were commercial failures compared to the debut and by 1989, the band members went their separate ways due in part to little record label interest.

Plunkett released a solo album entitled My Attitude in 1991 and wrote songs with several hard rock bands around at the time. Lynch‘s solo debut didn’t see the light of day until 2004 and Richards helped form the short lived Dirty White Boy. In 1997, Autograph released an album entitled Missing Pieces, which consisted of tracks that would have made the band’s fourth album in 1989. That album was later re-released in 2003 as More Missing Pieces with seven additional tracks. In 2003, Plunkett resurrected the Autograph moniker one more time with a new group of musicians featuring T.J. Helmerich (guitar), Lance Autograph group photo 2Morrison (bass) and Matt Laug (drums) for the album Buzz, which satisfied fans but went largely unnoticed. By 2005, the Plunkett led Autograph line-up stopped touring.

In 2011, original band members Lynch and Rand reconnected at a NAMM convention and decided to reform the group. With Plunkett too busy with his own business but providing his blessing for the band to continue, Lynch and Rand recruited original drummer Richards and Jailhouse singer and guitarist Simon Daniels for a revamped more guitar oriented Autograph line-up. Richards had to bow out due to health issues and drummer Marc Weiland joined the band. Since the beginning of 2014, Autograph have been touring once again including playing a number of festivals such as the M3 Rock Festival in 2014, Firefest in 2014 and Cathouse Live in 2015. The new line-up released three singles in 2015: “I Lost My Mind In America,” “You Are Us, We Are You” and “Every Generation” with all three singles as well as the new song “Watch It Now” and a live version of their hit “Turn Up The Radio” being packaged as a new EP entitled Louder in early January 2016.

TRACK LIST AND BAND MEMBERS PER ALBUM:

Autograph Sign In PleaseSign In Please (1984) Track List:
01. Send Her To Me
02. Turn Up The Radio
03. Night Teen & Non Stop
04. Cloud 10
05. Deep End
06. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me
07. Thrill Of Love
08. Friday
09. In The Night
10. All I’m Gonna Take

Band:
Steve Plunkett – vocals, guitar
Steve Lynch – guitar
Randy Rand – bass, vocals
Keni Richards – drums
Steven Isham – keyboards, vocals

Autograph That's The StuffThat’s The Stuff (1985) Track List:
01. That’s The Stuff
02. Take No Prisoners
03. Blondes In Black Cars
04. You’ll Get Over It
05. Crazy World
06. Six String Fever (*original ‘red’ release*)
06. We’re An American Band (*second ‘blue’ release*)
07. Changing Hands
08. Hammerhead (instrumental)
09. Built For Speed
10. Paint This Town

Band:
Steve Plunkett – vocals, guitar
Steve Lynch – guitar
Randy Rand – bass, vocals
Keni Richards – drums
Steven Isham – keyboards, vocals

Autograph Loud and ClearLoud And Clear (1987) Track List:
01. Loud And Clear
02. Dance All Night
03. She Never Looked That Good For Me
04. Bad Boy
05. Everytime I Dream
06. She’s A Tease
07. Just Got Back From Heaven
08. Down ‘N’ Dirty
09. More Than A Million Times
10. When The Sun Goes Down

Band:
Steve Plunkett – vocals, guitar
Steve Lynch – guitar
Randy Rand – bass, vocals
Keni Richards – drums
Steven Isham – keyboards, vocals

Autograph Missing Pieces cover 3Missing Pieces (1997) Track List:
01. All Night Long
02. Heartattack
03. When I’m Gone
04. I’ve Got You
05. One-Way Dead-End Street
06. Sanctuary
07. Sweet Temptation
08. Love Comes Easy
09. Angel In Black
10. Turn Up The Radio
11. Angela

Band:
Steve Plunkett – vocals, guitar
Steve Lynch – guitar
Randy Rand – bass, vocals
Keni Richards – drums
Steven Isham – keyboards, vocals

Autograph BuzzBuzz (2003) Track List:
01. Break A Sweat
02. Shake The Tree
03. She’s The Reason
04. Fed Up With Being Down
05. That
06. Party Like We Did
07. Buzz
08. Like It Hot
09. Heart Raper
10. Can’t Stop Rockin’

Band:
Steve Plunkett – vocals, guitar, keyboards
T.J. Helmerich – guitar
Lance Morrison – bass
Matt Laug – drums

Autograph More Missing PiecesMore Missing Pieces (2003) Track List:
01. All Night Long
02. Heartattack
03. When I’m Gone
04. I’ve Got You
05. One-Way Dead-End Street
06. Sanctuary
07. Sweet Temptation
08. Love Comes Easy
09. Angel In Black
10. Turn Up The Radio
11. Angela
12. Nothin To Lose
13. Reason To Rock
14. Send Her To Me
15. Nighteen And Nonstop
16. Friday
17. Deep End
18. All Im Gonna Take

Band:
Steve Plunkett – vocals, guitar
Steve Lynch – guitar
Randy Rand – bass, vocals
Keni Richards – drums
Steven Isham – keyboards, vocals

Autograph The Anthology cover 3The Anthology (2011) Track List:
Disc 1: Studio Demos 1983-1988
1. Turn Up The Radio
2. Send Her To Me
3. Nineteen and Non-Stop
4. Deep End
5. Friday
6. All I’m Gonna Take
7. Cloud 10
8. In The Night
9. Angel In Black
10. All Night Long
11. Heartattack
12. When I’m Gone
13. I’ve Got You
14. One-Way Dead-End Street
15. Sanctuary
16. Sweet Temptation
17. Love Comes Easy
18. Angela

Disc 2: Buzz & Beyond
1. Break A Sweat
2. Shake The Tree
3. She s The Reason
4. Fed Up With Bein Down
5. That
6. Party Like We Did
7. Buzz
8. Like It Hot
9. Heart Raper
10. Can’t Stop Rockin
11. Turn Up The Radio (Unplugged)
12. Turn Up The Radio (Alternate Electric Version)

Louder (2016) Track List:
01. You Are Us, We Are You
02. I Lost My Mind in America
03. Every Generation
04. Watch It Now
05. Turn Up The Radio (Live)

Band Members:
Steve Lynch – lead guitar
Randy Rand – bass
Simon Daniels – vocals, rhythm guitar
Marc Wieland – drums

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