Precious Metal - The Early Days


Precious Metal made quite a name for themselves in the 80’s rock scene of LA’s Sunset Strip.

Together the fearsome five combined glam/rock/pop into a perfect meld of top-tier melodic rock anthems, all while adding their own blend of attitude, hard rock style and of course a dose of glamour. Precious Metal’s well-crafted edgy melodic metal/pop rock proved a successful mix and live they delivered.

Front-woman Leslie Knauer, drummer Susette Andres, lead and rhythm guitarist Janet Robin, rhythm and lead guitarist Mara Fox and bassist Alex Rylance complete the bands original line-up. Then a bit later came Carol Control on Drums.

It wasn’t long before the girls were honing their trademark sound playing LA’s clubs. Word of mouth followed and garnering interest from LA DJ Eddie X, KROQ ho featured the bands demos on all his radio shows! 

That led to a chance hearing by then Polygram/Mercury Records Vice-President Russ Reagan of “Girls Night Out” in his car led him to signing the band in early 1985.

Also signed to a production deal with producer Paul Sabu, Precious Metal’s first album “Right Here, Right Now,” (Mercury/Polygram) was recorded over the fall of 1985 with Sabu at the helm and saw a January 1986 release. 

“Cheesecake” a signature song from the bands live set, was chosen to be the first single, but the was soon overshadowed when another song “Bad Guys” found it’s way onto the soundtrack of a movie of the same name. 

A music video was produced for “Bad Guys” and received much-attention on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and later VH1.

Another appearance in “Scenes From A Goldmine” followed, featuring the bands rendition of the 60s’ classic “Twist & Shout.” 

The following year popular Dutch outfit “The Dolly Dots” would follow in Precious Metal’s footsteps with a cover of their song “This Girl” and a performance cameo in the movie “Dutch Treat.” The song would subsequently chart in the top 10 of numerous European countries.   

1987 saw shake-ups at Polygram, forcing the band to find a new home with Jem Records. A 4 track independent EP “Precious Metal” was recorded which received a limited release yet proved a popular seller on tour.  

In 1988 the band signed a simultaneous recording deal with Savage Records, U.K. and Chameleon/Capitol Records worldwide and in the summer of 1988 began recording their third album “That Kinda Girl.” 

Thanks to the simultaneous record deal, the album received alternate artwork for it’s European release. A single “Moving Mountains,” along with the album, garnered rave reviews from the UK press, while in the US, stand-out track “Sweet Sweet” earned the band a performance on Dick Clark's “Camp Midnight.”


A cameo in the feature film “Rich Girl” followed, all while extensively touring the US through 1989. Westwood One Radio would also feature a prestigious live radio broadcast of the band from Cincinnati, Ohio.  

For the bands soon to be recorded third album, bassist Alex Rylance decided to part ways. An extensive search produced Julia Farey, who entered the fold on bass and joined the girls in the studio to complete the bands third album and final studio album.

“Precious Metal,” was released in 1990 (Chameleon/Capitol Records).

The chosen single, a fun, hard rock version of Jean Knight’s 1971 hit "Mr. Big Stuff”, would enlist infamous real-estate mogul Donald Trump for it’s accompanying music video.

However, his likeness was eventually removed (due to monetary compensation disputes) amidst New York Post headlines reading “Trump Dumped!” Following the Trump fallout, the re-edited video garnered major MTV attention.

An edgy remake of Bruce Springsteen's “Two Hearts”, would receive praise from “The Boss” himself.