TYKETTO got their start in the late 80’s and by the time their debut came out in 1991 the scene was already shifting to grunge and Alternative.
Singer Danny Vaughn had debuted on WAYSTED’S “Save Your Prayers” in 1986 and impressed a lot of people. He’s got a special voice that was influenced by folk rock as much as it was Hard Rock. His work on the WAYSTED album was amazing. It led to them having their highest charting album, but it didn’t get them to the next level, unfortunately TYKETTO never got that change to shine either.
The single ‘Forever Young’ did get some airplay, but the album suffered from a lot of cliché’s and average songs. They SOUNDED great, the band was talented, but it just lacked that magic that it takes to break into something bigger.
The track ‘Seasons’ was a great song, amazing lyrics, but it sounded more late 70’s than early 90’s. “Wings” was also a strong track, but it was quickly sounding out of place on the radio. You had bands like RTZ and ALIAS out around the same time, but they had established band members from Boston and Sheriff so they weren’t exactly working to establish a name for themselves.
Despite all these things working against them they have managed to carve out a nice cult-following and are highly respected in the AOR community. “Don’t Come Easy” will always be known as a strong debut for TYKETTO as it showed great potential for the band.