'80s metal act Seduce - Q: Who's the biggest band in Detroit? A: Us

Today we are here to praise Detroit '80s metal act Seduce, who released two albums and never achieved the stardom they deserved. I love this photo of them above. They look lie the cutest little back alley racoons, don't they? You just want to pinch their cheeks (because you know you can't come close to touching that hair!) and say, Who's da cutest widdle metal band? You are, Seduce! You are! Poochy poochy kooo.

To quote Brett Callwood in his definitive piece from four and a half years ago for MT on the band
There's a scene in the 1988 movie The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years where Seduce guitarist David Black — looking every bit a Joe Perry-esque rock 'n' roll star — is asked by director Penelope Spheeris, "Who's the biggest band in Detroit?" to which he answers "us." And that was no lie. The band was huge in Detroit. Elsewhere in the same movie, Black says, "I'm busting my balls at this. Of course, I wanna make it. Whatever it takes, last drop of blood, because I'm in it till the death."

The metal wiki has this to say about the act: 

Seduce formed in Detroit in the early 1980s. They built a bit of a following playing clubs in town and released their self-titled debut in 1985. When movie producer Penelope Spheeris made The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years documentary, she put Seduce in it, which, due to their part in the movie and ensuing interviews in the press and all, resulted in pre-release orders of their second album of Too Much, Ain’t Enough to be in excess of 25,000 before it was even released.

The album – released by I. R. S. Metal – even though it was not as heavy as their debut, would arguably have a better production and song quality, cementing the trio in the power metal world for the time being, as their songs of “Any Time or Place” and “Watchin’” got plays on heavy metal radio Z-ROCK and they opened for metal guitarist Vinnie Vincent during a tour.

Unfortunately, even though they were planning on making a third album, they broke up for whatever reasons not long afterwards.

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Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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