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Bang Tango is also the name of an unofficial release by Nirvana (US band).
Bang Tango
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hard rock
Glam metal
Funk metal
Heavy metal
Years active 1987–1995
Labels World of Hurt (1989)
MCA (1989–1993)
Music for Nations (1993–1995)
Shrapnel (2003–2005)
Perris (2005–present)

Bang Tango is an American funk-infused hard rock and glam metal band.



The band formed in 1987 in Los Angeles, California and were signed to MCA Records that same year. Psycho Café (the band's debut album) was released in 1989 and, although MTV gave considerable exposure to the single "Someone Like You," the album wasn't able to crossover to mainstream success.

Nevertheless, the group trekked on until 1995 when they split up. Bang Tango then reformed in 1996 only to disband again in 1998. In 1999, the band reformed to mount a national tour, Lesté and original bassist Kyle Kyle (born Kyle Keiderling) joining forces with former bay area S.F. Altar Boys punk rock guitarist Mattie B. The tour was a success and a record was in the works but nothing was released. Lesté reformed the band yet again in 2002, albeit structured around a revolving door of lesser-known musicians. Many of those were also members of Lesté's more modern sounding alt-metal outfit Beautiful Creatures.

Lesté was reportedly briefly hired as singer for L.A. Guns, but no albums were recorded with him. Lesté and Tracii Guns played together on a cover of Def Leppard's "Rock Brigade" on the Def Leppard tribute album Leppardmania and on a cover of Guns N' Roses's "Mr. Brownstone" on the Guns N' Roses tribute album A Rock Tribute To Guns N' Roses.

Kyle Kyle was later in The Newlydeads with Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat fame.

Mark Knight is currently fronting his new project "Gravy" along with Mark Tremalgia. Gravy released their debut album Bones in 2003.

Band members

Former members

(This is a partial list. It does not include all of the members that have toured with the band, especially during the late 80's.)


  • Tigg Ketler (born Robert Ketler)
  • Rob Jones
  • Walter Earl
  • Robert Gibb
  • Glenn Sobel
  • Matt Starr (born Matt Franklin)
  • Timmy Russell
  • Michael Licata


  • Pete Risi
  • Kyle Stevens
  • Mark Knight
  • Mark Tremaglia
  • Dan Aon
  • Mattie B.
  • Michael Thomas
  • Mark Simpson
  • Ray


  • Kyle Kyle
  • Brian Saunders
  • Curtis Roach (born Chris Roach)
  • mike howells


Studio albums

Date of Release Title Label US Billboard Peak US sales
1989 Psycho Café MCA 58
1991 Dancin' on Coals 113
1994 Love After Death Music for Nations Did not chart
September 14, 2004 Ready To Go Shrapnel Did not chart
May 9, 2006 From the Hip Perris Not yet charted

Live and compilation albums

Date of Release Title Label US Billboard Peak US sales
1989 Live Injection (live) World of Hurt 95
1992 Ain't No Jive...Live! (live) MCA 33
November 10, 1998 Live (live) Cleopatra 96
May 25, 1999 United & Live (live) Import Did not chart
November 23, 1999 Greatest Tricks (compilation) Cleopatra Did not chart
August 24, 2004 The Ultimate Bang Tango: Rockers and Thieves (compilation) Lemon Did not chart

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