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Artist: Vamp

Title: The Rich Don't Rock

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Category: Glam/Hard Rock

Year: 1989

Label: Atlantic Records

Catalog Number: 781 974-1


Tom Bellini lead vocals
Ricolf Cross guitar
Olli Scholz bass
Dicki Fliszar drums


1.  Heartbreak, Heartache  
2.  Like I Want  
3.  The Rich Don't Rock  
4.  Love Games  
5.  Renegade  
6.  All Nite  
7.  Lonely Nights  
8.  Stand By Me  
9.  Bleeding  
10.  Talk Is Cheap  
11.  Shout  
12.  Why  

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From: TIM Date: August 20, 2002 at 11:30
One of my friends told me this band sucks. Anybody agree or disagree?

From: nitrodoll Date: August 20, 2002 at 14:30
actually, there was an american glam band called vamp who had a cd out around 1995 or so and i didn't like it at all. this other band 'vamp' is from germany and made a cool album around 1989 or so.. i have it and i like it; my faves are 'like i want' (great party rocker) and 'renegade', excellent ballad and the cool rocker 'talk is cheap'.. get it if ya can. nitrodoll1974@hotmail.com

From: TIM Date: August 21, 2002 at 1:17
I sent you another email nitrodoll. You misunderstood my 1st email.

From: JizzyJizim Date: August 23, 2002 at 17:26
This CD Rocks, from the first song 'till the last it's good, kinda hard to find though, I got mine on ebay, it's worth it though, the other group, from what I hear called VAMP sucks, but this one is great, but it, you won't be disappointd!!!!

From: Steve T Date: September 6, 2002 at 8:39
No this band don't suck. It's not earth shattering by any means but it certainly doesn't suck.

From: Federico Date: September 8, 2002 at 5:25
This is a very good glam hard rock album. I bought the big vinyl a year ago for a cheap price and I really loved it. You can't go wrong with anthems like Lonely nights and Like I want. They can remind Britny Fox(Bite down hard era). Does anybody knows a glam german band called HELTER SKELTER? They made an incredible video around 1991, called DR. Jackyl. I know they have something to do with Vamp, I try to found somethin' about them since 1991 till now, but nobody knows.

From: Cotton C. Lover Date: October 4, 2002 at 7:54
Totally different band from the other Vamp cd on here.

From: rene engelaan Date: October 13, 2002 at 6:40
About HELTER SKELTER. I have one Ep of the band, from 1988 "Dr.Jekyll and mr.Hyde" of course on vinyl. They came from Germany and the ep came out on the NOISE RECORDS label. Also they released one lp but i dont have that one. They looked great, but there music was nothing special.

From: pipo Date: October 13, 2002 at 17:09

From: luciano Date: January 14, 2003 at 9:55
i have helter skelter album!!! i m italian you con write me at jeff.luciano@libero.it and do you know a band called SHOW AND TELL?

From: TIM Date: January 14, 2003 at 14:56
I'm trying to find Show And Tell luciano.

From: Federico Date: January 14, 2003 at 20:01
Wow! You are a great glam street collector Luciano. I'm sorry I never heard nothing about Show and Tell.

From: anamal Date: February 8, 2003 at 3:16
Tim..i have the Show n Tell lp you are looking for..what do ya got to trade for it???

From: Federico Date: February 21, 2003 at 21:58
About Helter Skelter, thanks to Luciano for them. A very good album of glam anthems, great fantasy and great fun.I never thought to receive them from a person that live 100km from my town.

From: METALFORCE Date: March 17, 2003 at 17:59
Hello anyone who has any info regarding this title, I wanna buy it. On CD of course

From: r.s.-rocks Date: March 19, 2003 at 23:52
hey METALFORCE- check out www.hangloose-records.com it is a german mailorder that has this cd in stock for 30 euro. and a lot of other cool cd`s that were out of print for a long time. by the way- this album is great. so sad that they never make a second one.

From: tomcat Date: November 4, 2003 at 7:50
the songs 'renegade' and 'like i want' are a must...

From: Swizz Mizz Date: December 30, 2003 at 18:32
Do not buy the CD for €30.00 that is a rip off!!! There are enough auctions who would sell for less. I used to hang out woth Vamp and I just love their "Rich don't Rock" CD!

From: Geoff Date: August 25, 2004 at 9:18
So many fillers, but I still find myself really digging this album. The first track is a killer opener - done as good as they could have done, 'Love games' is great commercial hard rock, as is 'Lonely nights' and 'Stand by me' - both melodic gems and I believe I also quite liked 'Why'. Overall, the rest is pretty cool. Whilst I will not deny the fact that there are a lot of fillers, I still think it's a cool CD and well worth a decent price. Good stuff and some genuine killer tracks!

From: wulfpac Date: October 25, 2004 at 10:28
Hi Dudes! Concerning Tom Bellini (singer of Vamp): this US-hotshot ex-ed my girlfriend back in 89 after their gig in Munich! Still heīs a good singer. Concerning Helter Skelter: yes, they used to be called `Vampī before they changed to HS; Angel Schleifer (ex-Pretty Maids,Sinner,now with Sabu)played in that 5 piece outfit from Munich. Their she-manager also promoted the band shown here when they were recording the album and looking for a name - got it?

From: Rene Date: November 18, 2004 at 11:10
This is just a very very good album with great songs. Pure melodic US hard rock even if the band came from Germany(something i didnt know till today). I have it on vinyl and i always told they were from the U.s. MELODIC HARD ROCK WITH BALLS AND ATTITUDE(very important in the 80s of course)

From: Blue Tequila Date: December 1, 2004 at 13:44
Just got this and I have to say I was disappointed after hearing it. The band's sound is like a combination of Helix and Europe which is an interesting but cool mix. However, there just aren't any stand out tracks. The music is good but not memorable and IMO not worth the price it's going for on eBay.

From: ninjapeter Date: March 29, 2005 at 19:34
Great band. I like it a lot. Melodic and enjoyable. Feel good glam rock.

From: z4roxx Date: April 1, 2005 at 9:27
Excellent melodick glam metal,stunning production,good vocals and ideas...really a good disc!8.5/10.

From: AORLover Date: June 18, 2005 at 10:20
I won't really call this glamrock ;-) , its just straight feel-good late 80'ies melodic hardrock with good vocals... 9/10

From: dave Date: July 31, 2007 at 13:09
One of my top 10 favorites albums of all time geat vocals

From: dan Date: July 31, 2007 at 14:14
Awesome, excellent 11/10

From: shoemaker Date: August 8, 2007 at 10:02
Geoff hits the nail. Brilliant tracks beneath some fillers. Not to mention, the singer has a unique, cool voice. Sharp and a touch of roughness!

From: Japangea Date: November 18, 2008 at 3:35
If you like late 80's - early 90's German melodic bands such as Pink Cream 69,Vice,Fair Warning and Casanova,it's worth while owning a copy in your collection.

From: metalhead4life Date: September 1, 2009 at 11:49
Pretty good late 80's glam rock. Pretty solid all the way around and pretty good production. Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 stand out for me. With "Love Games" being my favorite; Love Games, it's only gonna bring you down, only gonna make ya lonely" - so true. They have some nice catchy hard rock with some keys but this one is mainly just straight forward hard rock with a little balls. 78/100; almost made 80/100 but not quite. The singer is good but if he was a little better it would get a higher rating.

From: SteveDeluxe Date: January 7, 2011 at 12:46
Love Games is a good song. Not much else on this album did it for me but it's worth checking out as it has good production and features some pretty good heavy melodic hard rock.

From: shoemaker Date: March 10, 2011 at 14:08
"Renegade" kicks!

From: andi Date: May 24, 2012 at 11:14
This is one of the best Hardrock Albums iīve ever heard....I canīt understand why they leave the World!!!this Album and Band will be allways in my Memories and Rockheart!!!

From: hair metal again Date: November 26, 2012 at 23:38
whenever German bands crossed the Atlantic ,the result was pretty good!VAMP is no exception and with the help of Tony Platt they release some straight hard rock musicwith huge riffs and anthemicdirection.i d prefer a more commercial approach overall but the result is ok and you will surely enjoy the power and the energy of it!"heart break,heartache","the rich don t rock" and "renegade" are the highlights and i would love to hear a 2nd from these guys!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 17, 2013 at 16:04
German band that wanted to sound L.A a hundred percent and it quite did ...there's a recent double CD deluxe edition of this album with tons of demos and different versions of some of the songs of the album...the best shot for me is the one that closes the release named "Why" plus these other fine moments in tracks such as "All Nite"(rocks!),"Lonely Nights"(the AORish one)& "Talk Is Cheap"(rocks!)...enjoyable is the least you can say about this record....85/100

From: MrMetal Date: September 24, 2014 at 8:10
Everything about this band was exceptional, and I'm not sure how anyone on this website would have any issues with what was on display here. This was arena-worthy material as were their Demos (both as ROXX & VAMP). Dicki Fliszar left the band to tour with Bruce Dicknson in 1990 which caused them to play with Shawn Szoke while they were in the States. They would begin recording sessions for their intended follow up album to be titled, "One Smack Killer" which unfortunately never saw the light of day (the Demos from those sessions on the recent reissue were also fantastic).A couple of members would remain in the States while the others returned back home to Rheinkulter, Germany. Every song here had big choruses, catchy hooks, & stellar vocals in the realms of BONFIRE, QUIET RIOT, AUTOGRAPH, ICON, & HELIX. Their label (Atlantic) wanted to steer them in a heavier direction which I think also benefitted their sound. You can't ask for any more than this in the Hair Metal world.

From: MrMetal Date: September 24, 2014 at 10:54
Actually, I'm fairly certain that it wasn't the 1986 ROXX Demo that was included on the recent reissues. I believe the Demos that were included with the 2CD package were also from 1986 under the VAMP moniker with their new vocalist Tom Bellini. I'm fairly certain that the ROXX Demo from 86' had a different singer & they then auditioned a few more (according to liner notes), so there's likely incorrect information out there indicating that the ROXX Demo was included on the reissue.

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