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Artist: Problem Child

Title: Smashin Time

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Problem Child Smashin Time Album Cover



Year: 1993

Label: Keyz Ta The Van Music

Catalog Number: PC341993


Darrell Radke lead vocals
Rob Hanshaw bass, vocals, acoustic guitar
Todd A. Marino guitars, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, very high vocals
James S. Winter drums, drum programming, acoustic guitar, additional keyboards
Stevie Rae Draeger guitars, lead guitars, acoustic guitars


1.  I'm Free  
2.  Can't Stop the Shakin  
3.  Big Time Bad!  
4.  Somewhere in America  
5.  Feelin Lucky  
6.  Edge of Town  
7.  Don't Forget My Name  
8.  Camera Ready  
9.  Big Look  
10.  Do Me Right  
11.  In the Hole  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: metalmaniac777 Date: August 11, 2007 at 15:02
One of my all-time favorite indies that unfortunately is harder to find than a brain cell in Britney Spears' head. If Skid Row hadn't gone heavier after their debut, they might very well have recorded something similar to this, which gives you an idea of just how great this album is. Walls of guitars, huge power-hooks, a vocalist with attitude, fist-pumping choruses, and big gang vocals are the name of the game here, all produced crisply and cleanly. Pick this one up for a smashin' good time.

From: juan carlos Date: March 1, 2008 at 21:44
Good indie HardRock but couldīve been better IMO. I love vocals but certain songs do not support that powerful voice. My fav. song is the power ballad "Somewhere in America" as well as "I'm Free" and "Can't Stop the Shakin". 8/10

From: Silverneon Date: March 8, 2008 at 12:38
I had no idea this band was from Milwaukee Wisconsin! Thats where im from! They are doing a show in Milwaukee at Liquor Sweets Party Bar on April 19th!!

From: aorluver Date: January 15, 2010 at 13:06
They kick ass! Heavy and arrogant-reminds me of Skid Row from Slave to the gring era.

From: hair metal again Date: November 17, 2014 at 8:42
excellent hard rock indie by PROBLEM CHILD back in 93!i own the Retrospect rerelease and it s pretty good with all lyrics and photos!this one has superb musicianship,great songwriting and its extremely hard rockin ,groovy and with lots of attitude!i d like the vocs to be less crispy at moments and 1 or 2 more commercial songs in it!"cant stop the shakin","big time bad" and 'feelin lucky" are the highlights of this fine indie!

From: MrMetal Date: January 16, 2016 at 10:13
The lineup of Darrel Radke (v), Robb Handhaw (b), & Todd Marino (g) would return from the band's 1991 debut ("Primitive Attitude")with both Stevie Rae Draeger (g) (ex-WARP DRIVE) & James S. Winter (ex-WARP DRIVE)replacing Brian Locher & L.D. Price respectively (James had already been a part of the act during their earliest incarnation as STILETTO). And while their debut LP was a pleasant surprise of Melodic HR/Hair Metal, they took it a notch higher here while even changing their sound in the process. The group went form sounding like both FIREHOUSE & DANGER DANGER to a heavier direction; along the lines of "Slave To The Grind"-era SKID ROW, SOUTHGANG, SLASH PUPPET, LOVE/HATE, WWIII, EDGE OF THORNS, & MOON'DOC amongst others. Darrell completely changed his vocal delivery, going from a C.J. Snare (FIREHOUSE) style, to a much grittier, ballsy, rough style in line with Jizzy Pearl, Mandy Lion (WWIII), Frank Tyson (KRANK), "Nasti Habits" (DIAMOND REXX), Vic Hix (SHOK PARIS), and...

From: MrMetal Date: January 16, 2016 at 10:20
Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE). He was also able to throw in a dynamic range in line with Jesse Harte (SOUTHGANG). Original copies of the CD go for over $125 nowadays with the more recent "Retrospect" reissue containing alternate cover-art (using the same colorful combination without the stupid sketch of a "problem child" which wasn't in line with Hair Metal art of the period). But for a private offering, this was exceptional and sounded like it had a major label backing. Their style went from nasty to melodic while staying true to the Hair Metal nation. The only issue I had was the inclusion of a hidden passage at the end of the last song where the band screws around singing "We Will Rock You" and also uses vulgar lyrics in a brief blip for a song already on the release. Goofing off was unfortunately very common in this genre, and there was always a delicate risk in doing so (it didn't help their cause here). Otherwise this was a criminally overlooked album (the market for this...

From: MrMetal Date: January 16, 2016 at 10:23
style during 1993 was also a major playing in going against them). PROBLEM CHILD would go on to release one more album titled, "Stories Of The Ape" in 1995, but would begin to stray away from their effective earlier recordings. Bob Davis (g) would ultimately take over most of the guitar parts from Todd Marino on that release (although Todd had contributed to a few of the songs), and it would be the last studio recording to date from an otherwise solid band.

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