LRI: I understand the band’s biggest hit 'Turn Up The Radio' almost didn’t make it onto the album which sounds crazy to most people. What was it about the original demos for the song that kept it from standing out initally?
Randy: "Well, the original recording was good but the lyrics weren’t quite there yet, you can hear the original demo on the Missing Pieces album. To tell you the truth, by this time so much was happening it’s a little foggy!! I’m sure the drugs and alcohol at that point didn’t help my memory either (laughs). All I remember is we got signed at Madison Square Garden on the 1984 tour. Then we went crazy, REAL crazy. Some things I remember and some things I don’t. Rock n' roll! (laughs)."
LRI: Did the problems on RCA begin when they didn’t pursue other singles or avenues to promote Sign In Please after the success of 'Turn Up The Radio'? Do you think if more time was spent pushing other songs off of the debut album that it would have changed the rest of Autograph’s career?
Randy: "Yeah. I was upset with RCA because they fuckin dropped the ball. They didn’t have faith in 'Turn Up The Radio' either, to tell you the honest to god’s truth, if it wasn’t for all of those great DJ’s that loved the song it wouldn’t have happened. So I thank you guys, you know who you are! Also, thanks to the people got a chance to hear it and liked us!"
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Norway's Metal Express Radio recently issued the following Autograph update:
"Towards the end of 2011, Deadline Music released a two disc set of AUTOGRAPH music entitled The Anthology. The two CD set includes a bunch of studio quality demos, most being available on 1997's Missing Pieces release, the full 2003 Buzz release by a different Autograph line-up, plus two alternate versions of 'Turn Up The Radio'. Overall, the release benefits mostly Americans as the quite good Buzz release was originally released in Europe only, and the hard to find Missing Pieces are now here at a reasonable price."