Tora Tora means
"Tiger Tiger" in Japanese. Neat, huh? Okay, maybe its
not so neat, but consider that "Tora Tora" was a Japanese code
phrase for attacking Pearl Harbor in 1941 and this band's first album,
in 1989, was called
Surprise Attack. By golly,
Sherlock, I believe you are on to something!
Tora Tora, in our opinion, is one of those little known
gems that sprang from the days of metal. The band itself formed in
Memphis, Tennessee back in 1985. After winning a local battle of
the bands and receiving local radio air time, it wasn't long before
their 1989 aforementioned release. The album hit 47 on the
Billboard Top 200 and some of you may remember the song "Dancin' with a
Gypsy", which was featured on the soundtrack for
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
follow up release,
may have not charted as high as their debut, but we are hear to tell you
it was a good album (some of you may know the song "Amnesia"
from this album). The band's third album, Revolution Day,
recorded in 1994, was not released until 2011. The albums Bombs
Away and Miss B Haven are previously unreleased studio
recordings of their first and second albums respectively.
Tora Tora briefly reunited in 2008 and was active at the
time of this writing (2012). The Tora Tora Discography is
currently as follows:1989: Surprise Attack
1992: Wild America
1994: Revolution Day (Released in 2011)
2008: The Warehouse...20 Years Later
2009: Before & After
2009: Bombs Away: The Unreleased Surprise Attack Recordings
2009: Miss B. Haven: The Unreleased Wild America Recordings