What Happened to the Band Brick?
In the early 1980s, Brick’s career began to unravel. While the group had success with “All the Way,” their commercial momentum began to slow. They had their last Billboard chart appearance in 1980. In 1982, they collaborated with R&B singer Ray Parker Jr. to release the song “Sweat (Til You Get Wet). During their heyday, Brick performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Among them were Marvin Gaye and Lionel Richie. Later, the band split with Stormspell.
Brick’s career unraveled in the 1980s
In the early 1980s, brick’s career was in tatters. The emergence of mass production and a shortage of labor caused the city’s bricks to lose their luster and become unfashionable. However, in the late 1980s, brick’s reputation was once again revitalized, and the city’s brick stores are now the envy of the world.
The band’s reunion with guitarist Regi Hargis
The late guitarist Regi Hargis, who was a founding member of the funk band Brick, has passed away. Brick was a quintet from Atlanta that blended soul, funk, and jazz. It was one of the great acts of the 1970s. In addition to Hargis, the band had other key members including bassist Greg Williams and drummer Don Henley.
The band’s fifth and sixth albums were given the two-for-one treatment on the Funky Town Grooves label. Summer Heat (1981) features arrangements by Gene Page and co-production by Ray Parker, Jr. The follow-up album, After 5, features arrangements by Phil Benton. Neither record has had a hit single, but they did reach the top ten R&B charts.
The band is a long-running tradition for fans of funk music. In addition to performing classic funk and jazz songs, the band has a long history as a touring act. Their most famous single was “Dazz” which reached the top ten on the U.S. R&B chart and the top thirty on the UK Singles Chart.
The band’s split with Stormspell
If you’re a fan of classic metal, you’ll enjoy Brick’s split with Stormspell. The band from West Virginia originally released a few demo tapes and quickly gained fame, but never landed a record deal. After Stormspell split with Brick, the two groups remained friends and stayed in touch via social media.
The earliest recording on the disc is “Fight to Be Free.” This track is a demo that was sent to concert booking agents and club owners in 1988. The song demonstrates the band’s musical development. The lead singer Dave Queen’s voice sounds like a cross between Halford and Dickinson.