Tuff and Tales From The Porn singer Stevie Rachelle to be inducted into WAMI Hall Of Fame
Congratulations to Tuff, Shameless and Tales From The Porn singer and Metal Sludge principal Stevie Rachelle who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Hall of Fame on April 15, 2017.
Rachelle is arguably best known for his role in Tuff. Wikipedia states the following about Tuff:
“The band with its classic line-up consisted of Stevie Rachelle on vocals, Jorge DeSaint on guitars, Todd Chase on bass and drummer Michael “Lean” Raimondo. The band played all over the West Coast and eventually was doing cross country tours headlining clubs. Yet had no record deal. After becoming (in their opinion) the biggest unsigned band in the world that no one had ever heard of, after years of hard work, it never did really pay off.
Tuff was first signed in 1990 by Atlantic Records and released their debut album What Comes Around Goes Around in May 1991, which included the band’s successful power ballad “I Hate Kissing You Goodbye” co-written with Todd Meagher. The video reached #3 on Dial MTV behind Guns N’ Roses & Metallica. In 1994, Tuff independently released Fist First which was eventually reissued by another major label BMG as Religious Fix, in 1995 with the addition of three bonus tracks.
The band was then picked up by IRS Grand Slamm Records in early 1993. The label folded in less than a year with the end of the mother label, IRS Records, which distributed Grand Slamm, and Tuff was without a label again.
After struggling with record labels for years, Stevie Rachelle decided to form his own label for the band and in early 1994, Rachelle officially started RLS Records. The initials had a dual meaning. The first was “Record Labels Suck” & the second was “Rachelle’s Lyrics & Songs“. The offshoot, Cheezee Records, was formed in 1996 to be the home for the singer’s side project, Cheeseheads With Attitude.
Tuff again signed with a record label in early 1995 when BMG/Mausoleum/MMS records picked up the RLS Fist First release after it sold upwards of 10,000 copies. BMG re-issued it as Religious Fix in June 1995 with 3 bonus tracks. The additional tracks were produced by Randy Cantor.
In 2001, Tuff released the compilation CD, The History of Tuff, which included the song “American Hair Band”, a parody of Kid Rock‘s “American Bad Ass” (both of which incorporate the instrumentals of Metalica‘s “Sad But True”). “American Hair Band” made references to numerous similar bands of the era as well as criticizing grunge and alternative rock.
Tuff released What Comes Around Goes Around Again in 2012, which featured four rerecorded songs from What Comes Around Goes Around plus new tracks.”
Rachelle continues to be active in the music world. Tales From The Porn‘s debut album H.M.M.V. reached the #1 spot on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2017 to which Sleaze Roxx stated: “If someone would have told me at the beginning of the year that Tuff frontman Stevie Rachelle would have the #1 album on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2017, I frankly wouldn’t have believed them. But, that is exactly what has happened. While there is no question that Rachelle puts on a clinic for singers on how to really engage the listener with some great lyrics and different vocal intonations, the key to Tales From The Porn‘s successful debut album H.M.M.V. lies with the songs themselves. Quite simply, Tales From The Porn have come up with some fantastic songs and bring a much needed dose of ’80s hard rock and guitar tone to the table. What’s quite interesting about Tales From The Porn is that Brazil based guitarist Andy Sun and bassist Bento Mello started the group, recruited some other Brazilian musicians and after finishing their first few songs, elected to have an American singer from the ’80s scene front the band. What is truly astonishing is that with the advances of modern technology, Rachelle has yet to meet his Brazilian bandmates in person. The title of the opening track “Back To The ’80s” describes to a T what you get from Tales From The Porn on their debut album and that is simply fantastic!”
The following message was posted on Rachelle‘s Facebook page earlier today:
“One month from today I will be inducted into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Hall of Fame.
Is this a big deal to me?
Yes & No.
First off, I say ‘No’ as I think to myself, “Me. Really? Am I even worthy of this?” Lol
On the other hand, I say ‘Yes’ as I am honored. And also proud of many of the little things along the way that brings me to this point.
Sure I’ve never went Gold or Platinum or made Millions.
But for a kid from Oshkosh who discovered #Mtv at 15, I guess I’ve left a little mark.
I went from garage and basement rehearsals in Wisconsin to stages in 25 countries around the world.
I’ve also sang on over 50 related musical releases to date.
And I believe I’ve played more than 1,000 live shows as well.
I’ve been loved, hated, laughed at and cheered for.
In the end, I’m okay with all of it.
Thanks to all of those who have supported or believed in me.
Tales From The Porn‘s “Perfect Love” lyric video:
NEW SONG ALERT!!