Molly Hatchet was one of many great blue-collar, southern rock bands from Florida. Formed in 1971 by Dave Hlubek, they are best known for their hit song, Flirtin’ With Disaster. The band has seen many line-up changes over the years. My favorite membership included Danny Jo Brow (Vocals), Dave Hlubek (Guitar), Duane Roland (Guitar), Steve Holland (Guitar), Riff West (Bass), and Barry Borden (Drums). For me, it would just be hard to follow Danny Jo Brow’s great stage persona, gruff voice, and cowboy horse-whistling.
Molly Hatchet took its name from a prostitute who, rumor has it, mutilated and decapitated her clients. The band also had some of the coolest album cover designs ever, often featuring heroic fantasy art by such artists as Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and Paul R. Gregory.
In the 1980s, Molly Hatchet shed its southern rock persona and shifted to a straight-ahead rock and roll sound with the release of the 1981 album Take No Prisoners. I really thought that was a shame. I liked the earlier Southern rock sound, and soon lost interest in the “new” Molly Hatchet.
Oh well … stuff happens. Here are a couple of my favorite Molly Hatchet songs from the earlier days.
Flirtin’ With Disaster (Live)
Bounty Hunter (Capitol Theater, 1978)
Dreams I’ll Never See (Live)
And, about those album covers …
Molly Hatchet was great cruising music. Just unroll the windows on a summer day, crank up the vintage Craig Power Play stereo system connected to those Jensen Triaxial speakers, and let the tunes play!
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