ormer Mr. Teenage America, Mr. Canada and Mr. North America body builder turned singer, Jon-Mikl Thor, took his stage name from a Marvel Comics character. His band consisted of his wife and former model Pantera (Real Name: Rusty Hamilton; vocals), Steve Price (guitar), Keith Zazzi (bass) and Mike Favata (drums). Keep The Dogs Away, their 1978 debut, appeared courtesy of 'Three Hats Records'. The album was nothing more than a basic hard rock and a lame heavy metal affair, which sounded dated even before it hit the street. Lacking Thor's super powers of machismo, or simply wanting a more musical outlook, Steve Price hit the road at this point and was replaced by Karl Cochran.
Unchained, the second effort came after a long break, emerging in 1984. But it was the follow-up, Only The Strong, released by 'Roadrunner' in 1985 that proved to be their most successful. With the claim of, "let's see Michael Jackson do this", Thor's live performance featured him blowing into, and subsequently bursting, a rubber hot water bottle (mere mortals can only do this with balloons after all), staged fights between various Norse gods with Thor himself clad in spiked body amour wielding a bearded axe or plastic broadsword! (All this conducted under the shroud of seriousness too!)
1985 would end off being a very productive year for Thor and his lot, for two singles based on the success of Only The Strong were released titled Let The Blood Run Red, and Thunder On The Tundra. The live album, Live In Detroit (1985), would also appear the same year of his silver screen debut by both writing the soundtrack and appearing in the movie Recruits. Part of that soundtrack would appear on his next and final album Recruits: Wild In The Streets (1986). He would then appear alongside actor Adam West in the movie Zombie Nightmare shortly later. The music industry has never heard from him again; perhaps he sauntered off to Valhalla....
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|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Active Years||1976-1986, 1997-|
|RRCA File Code||REV00263|