The years 1988 and 1989 I refer to as my ‘lost years,’ not so much because I was directionless but rather that I lost crucial momentum. I had just come off touring with one of the biggest bands of our generation and fortunately had built up a cache of goodwill and recognition. Goldmountain Records had informed me they were exercising their ‘leaving member clause’ and would retain my services and fund my next project. All I had to do was put a top-notch band together, write some kick-ass songs, release a record and I should be back to being the rock star I was.
But as we all know, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry and it was nearly 2 years before the highly-praised, but sadly-overlooked debut album from Cold Sweat entitled Break Out was released on MCA Records in June 1990.
Those 2 years turned out to be pivotal, as musical tastes were starting to shift.