Richard Black was once known as the “King of the Sunset Strip”. Shark Island was also the house band at the world famous Gazzaris on the Sunset Strip, Bill Gazzari even helped produce their first single. Signed to Epic Records in 1989 the band released their debut album “Law of the Order”, and also saw the tracks "Dangerous" and "Father Time" featured in the movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, as well as the song "My City" from the movie Point Break.
Richard would go to be part of the short lived supergroup Contraband which also featured Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO), and member of L.A. Guns, Ratt and Vixen. They released one album in 1991 before disbanding.