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Artist: GUN

Title: Swagger

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GUN Swagger Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1995

Label: A and M Records Ltd.

Catalog Number: 540254-2


Mark Rankin vocals
Giuliano Gizzi guitar
Dante Gizzi bass, backing vocals
Mark Kerr drums


1.  Stand in Line  
2.  Find My Way  
3.  Word Up  
4.  Don't Say It's Over  
5.  The Only One  
6.  Something Worthwhile  
7.  Seems Like I'm Losing You  
8.  Crying Over You  
9.  One Reason  
10.  Vicious Heart  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: David Date: August 19, 2002 at 20:50
This is in my top ten AOR cd's in my whole collection, every song is just amazing. These guys are such good song writers.

From: Kim Date: August 20, 2002 at 8:43
Yeahaaa David. Theyre awesome. I listen to them a lot. Except for their last release, which is a major fuckup.

From: David Date: August 20, 2002 at 8:51
Kim, I love GUN, I haven't heard their latest album but i've heard so many bad reviews on it.

From: MALLORCA´S ROCK Date: December 4, 2002 at 9:36
Vaya pedazo de disco!!

From: Reno Date: June 15, 2003 at 3:30
Too funny!!! I managed to come across this a while back, but haven't really listened to it until now. Nice hard rock version of Cameo's Word Up.

From: Reno Date: June 15, 2003 at 3:31
Just found out that the Word Up song also appeared on the sound track for Barb Wire

From: tomcat Date: October 2, 2003 at 8:20
one word for this cd: AWESOME

From: Scandinavia Date: October 3, 2003 at 8:11
I've just been offered their whole collection...Can anyone tell me what the style is like??? Any comparisons???

From: Jordi Bormann Date: November 7, 2003 at 6:16
Increible. Trallazos melodicos a saco como Don´t say it´s over no se hacen cada día! Y ya lo mas bacilón y exquisito es Seems like I am loosing you. Impresionantes temas junto con Cry Over you. Disco denso e intenso de Hard Rock Comercial con mucha personalidad por parte de la banda escocesa. Ñam Ñam cd!!

From: Cotton C. Lover Date: January 12, 2004 at 17:15
I just got this cd. Can't believe how cool this cover of Word Up is. Incredible. Hated the original, too.

From: tinman Date: January 21, 2004 at 13:38
classic album....highly rcommended. Word up has featured in various other media, notably film and tv where almost always you can hear Marks vocals and Joolz guitar in the background of a strip joint! CSI and barb wire have all used GUN´s version of Word UP. Search for GUN, Mark, Joolz and Dante swagger for more info...

From: Tracey Date: February 3, 2004 at 7:35
i adore this album, it is by far a classic in my opinion. Word Up - great version of a crappy original! Don't Say It's Over - so full of emotion it's great! i bought it when it first came out, and that was on tape cassette!! Then i lost it in a house move ( I really wanna get my hands on it again, but am having trouble finding it anywhere!

From: Cotton C. Lover Date: February 4, 2004 at 20:22
Tracey, this cd's usually on ebay. That's where I got my copy (along with about 95% of the music I buy anymore).

From: MJ (Marla) Date: February 18, 2004 at 19:29
OK...going out on a limb here....I LOVED the Cameo version of "Word Up" so I was skeptical in hearing it done in a different style.....well, I LOVE it!!! I miss the big horns though....but this is a really great version!!! Worth the price of the CD, just for the one song!!! I like this release ALOT better than "Taking On The World" .... MUCH more "attitude" here.....and I like that!!

From: emi Date: April 24, 2004 at 22:46
de lo mejor, hazte con el

From: Jimbo Date: May 3, 2004 at 8:53
Just to let people know that dante and joolz are gigging again with a new band....i think they are called "el presidente" forgive my spelling people

From: Emi Date: August 3, 2004 at 17:29
Nadie o casi nadie valora este disco. y yo pienso que es excepcional, de esos que no puedes dejar de oir aunque pase el tiempo.esta dentro de mis diez elegidos y tengo mas de mil. consigelo,

From: Gazza Styx Date: September 25, 2004 at 16:43
Great Album. This should have been huge at the time but again sadly was overlooked by nearly everybody. I notice their 4th album does not appear on this site. Good. It was total rollocks. It was produced by Andrew Ferris Wheel of INXS and just sounded like them....but worse.

From: Aussie Dave Date: October 6, 2004 at 21:36
Anyone who likes late eighties hard rock, has to own this gem! This album does not have one bad song on here! Seems Like I'm Losing You would have to be one of the great tunes of this era! One Reason and Don't Say It's Over are standouts as well. But every song kicks major arse! This band certainly hit their peak here, as the next album was a dissapointment!!!

From: big stu Date: November 3, 2004 at 5:05
I bought this on the strenght of the comments above and have to say an excellent.Don't say its over and The Only One are my favourites and having only seen them support Def Leppard once what a shame they never made it quite that big. anyone who reads this it is a must buy good solid rock and great vocals

From: Hairspray Date: November 11, 2004 at 8:07
In my opinion, not as good as Gallus. They are trying to be a bit Bon Jovi in places which is a shame. It still rocks though. My favourites are: Stand in Line, Something Worthwhile (brilliant), One Reason, Don't Say... and of course their fuel-injected version of Word Up. Those weak "Faith No More wannabes" Korn have done a version of Word Up and it really is shit.... So, GUN, what went wrong???

From: Sergio Date: November 20, 2004 at 9:41
No sabria decir cual de los tres es mejor, cada uno tiene lo suyo. Este tiene una de las mejores baladas que escuché: THE ONLY ONE. Otros temas muy, pero muy buenos son: WORLD UP ( rapeado, moderno y bien pesado ), DON'T SAY IT'S OVER ( comercial, tipo BRYAN ADAMS ), VICIOUS HEART y la mejor CRIYING OVER YOU ( también pesada, comercial y súper-emotiva ). 9/10 Mejor olvidar el cuarto, porque es increíblemente pop ordinario, totalmente sin gancho y sin fueza. HORRIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Geoff Date: February 14, 2005 at 19:48
Their first three CDs were all about natural progression, and this saw album number three reach the pinnacle of their greatness. This is, IMO, their best release. 'Don't say it's over' and 'Seem like I'm losing you' are sensational melodic rockers of the highest calibre, 'One reason' and 'Viscious heart' are gems too, and although there are fillers here the best tracks are just sensational. This was the last real Gun CD, the next is bad beyond comprehension. Great CD, this one.

From: Erik Date: February 16, 2005 at 2:40
Geoff excellent decription of what this band is/was all about. Couldnot have said it better and you also were spot on with the best songs on each of these 3 great releases( we forget their 4th cause that sucked in a big way). Great band !

From: RAMYLARSON Date: April 14, 2005 at 16:34

From: Lovedrive Date: January 6, 2006 at 7:04
Este y el primero: IMPRESCINDIBLES

From: Figge Date: October 25, 2006 at 13:14
A sensational album!!! One of the best melodic hard rock albums I've heard in my whole life, seriously. A great band and this is as stated above, their best effort. Tracks like "Don't Say It's Over" and "Seems Like I'm Losing You" are hard to beat. Only complaint I have (and used to have) is the unnecassary and quite annoying rap in "Something Worthwhile".

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 7, 2008 at 20:23
I do not know how this album is considered AOR.Honestly a Rock album with solid tunes!.The only song that can be called an AOR one is "Don't Say It's Over" which is great!.Of course the Cameo's cover "Word Up" is the highlight of the album or apparently was the one that got more attention from the media.Anyway good album from a band that disbanded after the release of this album...shamely....80/100

From: juan carlos Date: July 2, 2008 at 23:43
Mostly agree with all of you. Great Melodic HardRock with great production and a stunning singer. "Taking On The World"(my fav album) and "Swagger" are their best albums for me. There are fillers like tracks 6, track 1,5 and 8 are just good/ok. 8.8/10

From: CC Date: March 1, 2009 at 9:21
This is another case of a British band achieving some big success in their home country, then pissing it all away just like Little Angels. The first two albums had a few minor hit singles, but nothing to write home about, but this one was way off the chart compared to them. Word up went high in the charts, so suddenly everyone knew who they were, so it was actually followed up with quite a few successful single releases, so what did they do after that? Completely change their style and release a turd instead of a new album. They quickly split after that. I have no idea why bands like Gun and Little Angels spent years toiling away in (relative) obscurity, and when they finally hit it big, they just fuck everything up! Pretty sad really!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2009 at 13:09
You are quite right CC...these 2 bands were meant 2 be huge but somehow they went down the hill with or without a major reason...now GUN has come back with none other than Mr Toby Jepsen (former Little Angels frontman!!!)and they are touring again...as it goes for Mark Rankin,i've heard that he is working in a management department of a big record label/company and also 100% dedicated 2 his family with no expectation of coming back as a singer(solo or with a band)shamely...

From: CC Date: March 8, 2009 at 9:21
Not 100% sure why Gun called it a day other than the last album being a stinker, but Little Angels were all fighting eachother by all accounts (which I think explains the difference in the material they all released after the split). I did find it kinda humours when Toby joined the reformed Gun, as they seem to have walked a very similar career path except Little Angels kinda went out on a high, unlike Gun.

From: MHR Date: July 3, 2011 at 9:17

From: gallus1992 Date: September 30, 2012 at 19:53
This album is amazing because of all of the different styles explored on here. Word Up is given whole new life, as the original version sucked so bad, i don't even wanna get into it. My favorite song on here though is "Dont Say Its Over" which has a driving rhythm, but the lyrics are so emotional and heartfelt. I have read in various place that Alex Dickson, who really shone on 1992's GALLUS album, was involved in this, but not credited, as he was touring and recording with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden in 94. Overall a highly recommended album.

From: hair metal again Date: June 3, 2013 at 4:31
excellent band ,excellent release once again!GUN always deliver and always are updated!a great 90 s vibe all over this time with many good songs ,many hooks and sensational vocals by Mark!"don t say it s over","seems like i losing you" and "one reason" are great ones and i can recall "word up" getting much airplay back in the day!GUN is a unique band and i highly recommend their 3 first ones!

From: Leykis101 Date: September 7, 2013 at 0:20
Fucking awesome album, and I noticed they even broke out the Gun version of Word Up to play during a frat party during the opening intro of the american tv show House, that really blew my fucking mind, but what a good choice it was, this is the last good Gun disc to ever be released, buy this one, and enjoy the hell out of it, even though I never did think it was anywhere as good as Gallus, it still fucking kills most shit out there.

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