Just another night
After touring all year as a four piece the band were tight and slick and had a lot of confidence.
They also had the benefit of road testing all the material and everyone agreed that Girls of the World was a hit single in the making so that was recorded alongside Down and Dirty which was a ballsy hard rocker co-written by Mick and Billy that was a massive live favourite. The third song recorded was the power ballad Hold Tight written by Mick and featuring Dee on the piano and synth as well as all the guitars.
The band decided that any venue good enough for a Bon Jovi video was good enough for First Strike so everything was filmed during the recording sessions and finished off with some live footage at the Marquee.
This became the Girls of the World video which was again featured on the Power Hour this time with an interview with Mick and Billy and included a re run of the Nasty video also.
The three songs were later included on a project called 'All Stars' put together by Lea Hart and were released initially in Japan.
The band decided to have another try adding a further guitarist and on the recommendation of Lea Hart Dave Senczak was recruited in September 1990 The band went into Maida Vale studios early in 1991 to record four further tracks:
Love's on Fire, Nasty, Just Another Night and Long Way From Home with this line up which were produced by Mick & Billy.
This line up also recorded a live video as part of a project called ‘Lucky For Some’ which featured up and coming unsigned bands.
With the onset of Grunge in the early nineties the band started to fragment towards the end of 1991 with Billy and Dave Anderson forming a new band Sole Asylum and Mick and Dee returned to Newcastle upon Tyne where they continued to work on material together. Unsure whether to carry on under the First Strike name or push on with a solo career Mick recruited some fantastic musicians and went into Uncle Sam's Studios and recorded four tracks:
'Laydown', 'Walks Like a Lady', 'Love Ain’t No Friend' and 'She's Coming Home Again'
In 2019 Mick and Dee remastered all the First Strike tracks for a release on Steelheart Records as part of the 'Lost UK Jewels Collection'. ‘First Strike - Just Another Night’ features twelve tracks recorded in 1989-1991, the limited-edition CD contains a 16 page colour booklet with liner notes from Rob Evans.
£15 plus £3 P&P