Updated: Feb 23
Back in the early ’80s you could find Shark Island on the famous Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. They were the house band at Gazzaris before they were signed by Epic Records in 1989. That same year saw the release of their debut album The Law of the Order. An underground Heavy Metal classic. Two songs from the album, “Dangerous” and “Father Time” appeared in the movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Another track, “My City” was featured in Point Break. Perhaps Keanu was a big fan?
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That was it for Shark Island. Rick Black went on to front the supergroup Contraband in 1991. Black’s bandmates were Michael Schenker (MSG), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Share Pedersen (Vixen), and Bobby Blotzer (Ratt). They also had music featured in a movie. “Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild, Wild Livin” appeared in the Richard Grieco film If Looks Could Kill. And that was it for Contraband. After that Rick disappeared from the scene for a while. He reemerged with Shark Island in 2006 with the album Gathering of the Faithful. In 2019 Shark Island released Bloodline, on their own, and with a limited amount. They sold out!