- Peter Loran – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
- Steve Brown – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
- P.J. Farley – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Mark Scott – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
- Trixter (1990)
- Hear! (1992)
- Undercovers (1994)
- Best of Trixter (2009)
- Alive In Japan (2008)
Trixter is an American glam band formed in 1983. The band’s peak of success came in the early 1990’s. Soon after, they disbanded with the rise in popularity of grunge music.
The band was formed in Paramus, New Jersey, by Steve Brown and Peter Loran. About a year later, the band added drummer Mark Gus Scott, and they started playing live gigs. When bassist, P.J. Farley joined in 1988, the line-up was finalized; and in May of 1989, they band was signed to Mechanic / MCA Records.
The band released their debut album called, Trixter, in 1990. The album went Gold and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album contained the singles, Give It To Me Good, which peaked at number 65, Surrender, which peaked at number 72, and One In A Million, which peaked at number 75.
The band recorded a music video for the song, Give It To Me Good. Within a week, the song was number 1 on the MTV top 10 video countdown. The video stayed at number 1 for five straight weeks.
Still on tour, the band recorded a live music video for the song, One In A Million. The video was number 1 on MTV for 3 weeks in a row.
The third and final music video for the album was, Surrender. The song peaked at number 1 on MTV for two straight weeks.
After touring for 2 years with Stryper, Don Dokken, Poison, and the Scorpions, the band released their second album on October 13, 1992. The album was called Hear!. It peaked at number 109 on the Billboard 200 charts. The first single was, Road of A Thousand Dreams, which did well on rock radio. The next single, Rockin’ Horse, had a video to go along with it. To start touring for this album, the band opened for their idols, KISS. Then the band began a headlining club tour called, The Hear Club For Men Tour.
During the time the album was released, the grunge movement was taking off. Due to that, the album did not do well commercially. At this time, MCA Records dropped Trixter from their line-up.
In 1994, the band released, Undercovers. The album contained only cover songs. The album failed to chart because of the rising success of grunge music. To date, this was the last studio recording from the band.
After this album did not go well, the band went on hiatus.
In 2008, the band announced that they would be reuniting for the, Give It To You Good Tour. The tour started with the band headlining the Rocklahoma Festival and ended by selling out a headlining show in their home town.
A live album from the band was released in 2008. The album, Alive In Japan, was recorded from the two gigs in Japan the band had in support of the, ‘Hear’ tour. The album also had two new tracks, You Got It, and, When You Close Your Eyes.
In 2009, the band released a compilation album called, Best of Trixter. The album contained all the band’s biggest hits remastered.
The band has said that they are in the studio working on a new album due out in early 2010. This would be the band’s first studio album since 1994.
Some awards the band has gotten over the years is Best New Band by Hit Parader Magazine, Best Concert by Metal Edge Magazine, and The 29th Greatest Hair Band of All Time by VH1.
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