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Billy Rancher

Billy Rancher

Billy Rancher


In 1981 the world was on the brink of change. Punk had given birth to a new wave of modern music and MTV was ready to launch. All across America, music flowed from the clubs with a energy that had been missing for years. In Portland, Oregon a phenomenon was about to explode. ----- BILLY RANCHER & THE UNREAL GODS ----- THE GREATEST BAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD ----- ----- Before the Gods played their first gig, they captured the medias attention and were heralded as The Next Big Thing. Read more on Last.fm
In 1981 the world was on the brink of change. Punk had given birth to a new wave of modern music and MTV was ready to launch. All across America, music flowed from the clubs with a energy that had been missing for years. In Portland, Oregon a phenomenon was about to explode.

----- BILLY RANCHER & THE UNREAL GODS ----- THE GREATEST BAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD ----- ----- Before the Gods played their first gig, they captured the medias attention and were heralded as The Next Big Thing. ----- Early shows were a resounding success. The band exceeded the hype. ----- Billy's songs and the bands presentation drew from the swagger of the Rolling Stones, the modernism of David Bowie propelled by the rhythms of Jamaican SKA and Reggae music.

----- September 81 - 3-months after their debut Billy Rancher was diagnosed with Lymphatic Cancer. ----- October 81 - 30 days after major surgery removing most of his lymph nodes, Billy was back and the band was better than ever. The audiences grew, spreading north to Seattle. ----- August 82 BOOM CHUCK ROCK NOW, The Unreal Gods first album is released.

----- October 82 - The band travels to the East Coast, recording at New Yorks legendary Power Station studios. ----- February 83 The band films its first video in Los Angeles for the song, POLICE TOLD ME. ----- August 83 Arista Records President Clive Davis flies to Portland to catch the Gods in front of a sold-out hometown audience. Billy Rancher is signed to Arista.

----- July 84 Billy and the band travels to Los Angeles to record their first release for Arista. During recording, Billy falls ill and is diagnosed with a relapse of the cancer he had beat 2-years earlier. Production is put on hold. ----- February 85 The Unreal Gods play their last show.

Tore apart under the weight of Billys illness and the whirlwind pace of 200 plus shows a year, over 100 original songs and general craziness of life on and off the road, the Gods disband. ----- December 2nd 1986 Billy Rancher succumbs to the cancer he fought so bravely against. ----- BILLY RANCHER & THE UNREAL GODS THE LAST OF THE ROCKERS! From www.myspace.com/Billyrancher Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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