At the dawn of the 1990s, The Gin Blossoms catapulted to the top of the Pop charts and shined light on the burgeoning music scene of their hometown, Tempe, AZ. Gin Blossoms founder, hit songwriter, and major architect of the Tempe sound Doug Hopkins was fired from the group at their peak. Hopkins was quick to return to Tempe, team with Lawrence & Mark Zubia and form Chimeras. As the Chimeras rose to prominence, Hopkins tragically ended his life. However, the Chimeras forged on with their signature sound catching the A&R ears of major labels. Ultimately inking with Hollywood Records, they changed their moniker to The Pistoleros securing their place as Tempe Rock royalty. Fervor Records is now honored to take you back to where it all started bringing you the fiercely emotional Chimeras’ inaugural release on March 25th, 2014, Mistaken For Granted.
In 1973 the Lenny Mack Band exploded on the LA scene. From the celeb hideout in Marina Del Ray, The Basement, to The Starwood and The Greek Theater, the band wowed crowds with their over the top Rock N’ Roll prowess. After 2 years of 70s excess and unable to score the elusive major label deal, the band called it quits. However, that was just the beginning of an impressive musical career for band namesake and front man, Leonard Macaluso, aka Lenny Mack. Lenny went on to land the prestigious gig as musical director for iconic diva Tina Turner. He penned chart topping hits for other A-listers including Rebbie Jackson, (You Send The Rain Away), Booker T Jones (Down To The Wire), Rita and Priscilla Coolidge (Down To The Wire), Robin Zander, and Taka Boom (Dancin’ Night). In 1987 Lenny ventured into TV writing You Can Count On Me, the theme song to the NBC hit sitcom My Two Dads. Fast forward to 2014… Fervor Records unearths an unbelievable treasure-trove of lost 1970s recordings from the bands’ sessions at LA’s Golden Sound Studios. Experience the original Rock and Roll Fever of the Lenny Mack Band, available here on iTunes.
YabYum Music and Arts has dubbed Fayuca as their Best Border Blurring Band. The Phoenix based outfit is well known for their genre melding of Latin, Ska, Punk & Reggae. BARRIO SIDESHOW, the band’s first release on Fervor Records, brilliantly demonstrates the bands musical passions and why the group’s lead-off single, Por Que Seguir, landed in rotation on MTV and beyond. Thanks for the props YabYum!Read More
2013 was a stellar year at Fervor Fercords and the nexty promises more. Label exec, Jeff Freindlich, talked with AZ Music Matters to review the year’s highhlings. Check out the full article, Fervor Records Top 5 of 2013.
The Team at Fervor Records wishes all a Happy New Year!Read More
Fans of the 1994 video game Sonic The Hedgehog tie Fervor Records to long standing musical mystery involving the iconic game and the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Video game pioneer, Sega, originally tapped Michael Jackson to contribute music to their flagship Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. Jackson’s involvement has been shrouded in mystery with some fans believing Michael’s song Who Is It served as the inspiration for Sonic’s Ice Cap level, while others attributed the inspiration to Smooth Criminal. The singer’s pending legal woes and conflicting opinions regarding the sound chip in the game system caused Michael to step back from the project but his musical director, Brad Buxer, remained on the gig. Over a decade earlier Buxer was part of the popular New Wave outfit, The Jetzons.
Enter Fervor Records who acquired The Jetzons catalog in 2008. The label uncovered several unreleased tracks in the archives and re-packaged the cult masterpiece as,The Complete Jetzons. Die hard Hedgehog fans discovered The Jetzons’ 1983 song, Hard Times (from the Fervor release), as the obvious basis for Sonic 3′s Icecap level. This dismisses Jackson’s involvement by directly tying Brad Buxer to the much debated soundtrack. The discovery has spread like wildfire on the internet prompting multiple Hard Times/Sonic mashup re-mixes and audio wave analysis. YouTube, gamer boards and blogs continue to light up.
Sonic The Hedgehog now celebrates its 20th anniversary. A re-mastered version launched as an app for both Android and iOS earlier this month. It will also roll out as a new animated series slated for Fall 2014. The Complete Jetzons is available at digital e-railers worldwide.
“Shoot it Up” is available on Fayuca’s release, Barrio Sideshow, on Fervor Records.Read More