One of the most original bands to come out of the L.A. glam scene in the late 80’s. Bang Tango blended the glam vocals and attitude with funky bass lines and a streetwise appearance. They showed so much potential that they were signed to a major label before a demo was even recorded.
Current Members (Edit)
- Joe LeSte – vocals
- Mark Knight – guitar
- Kyle Stevens – guitar and backing vocals
- Kyle Kyle – bass and backing vocals
- Tigg Ketler – drums
- Live Injection (1989)
- Psycho Cafe (1989)
- Dancin’ On Coals (1991)
- Love After Death (1994)
- Greatest Tricks (1999)
- Ready To Go (2004)
- The Ultimate Bang Tango: Rockers And Thieves (2004)
- From The Hip (2006)
Live Albums (Edit)
- Ain’t No Jive…Live! (1992)
- Live (1998)
- Untied & Live (1999)
One of the most original bands to come out of the L.A. glam scene in the late 80’s. They blended the glam vocals and attitude with funky bass lines and a streetwise appearance. They showed so much potential that they were signed to a major label before a demo was even recorded.
The band formed in Los Angeles when Rough Cutt’s Amir Derakh introduced Joe LeSte (vocals) to Mark Knight (guitar) and Kyle Kyle (bass). The line-up was later completed with the additions of Kyle Stevens (guitar) and Tigg Ketler (drums). The group was quickly snatched up by Mechanic/MCA and unleashed their Psycho Cafe, an original and unrelenting debut studio album. Singles such as “Someone Like You” brought the band mild success and rave reviews. However by the time of 1994’s Love After Death release, the music scene had changed completely and was unforgiving to band such as Bang Tango. Knowing their time had passed, the group split up and went their separate ways.
Kyle Kyle would team up with Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) in an industrial tinged band called the Newlydeads. However by 1998 he had re-teamed with Joe LeSte for a Bang Tango reunion tour with Mark Tremalgia on guitar and Walter Earl on drums.
The bands heyday has long passed without much fanfare, but they left behind some of the most memorable and distinguishable music of the glam era.
LeSte managed to land another major label deal with the Beautiful Creatures, but also had time to record a new Bang Tango album in 2004. Ready To Go featured a revamped line-up of Alex Grossi (guitar), Anthony Focx (guitar), Chris Roach (bass) and Matt Starr (drums) while 2006’s From The Hip featured Mark Simpson (guitar), Lance Eric (bass) and Timmy Russell (drums). The remaining original members have formed the Worry Beads.