Vain were formed in San Francisco in the mid-1980s: the band were led by lead vocalist Davy Vain (also an accomplished lead guitarist), and in its original guise featured Danny West and Jamie Scott on guitars, Ashley Mitchell on bass guitar and Tommy Rickard on drums. Having established themselves a reputation in the clubs of San Francisco, they were picked up by Island Records, where they recorded their first two albums before Island was sold to Polygram and Vain were no longer bound to Island.
Following the departure of drummer Tommy Rickard, the remaining members of Vain formed a short lived project with Steve Adler of Guns N' Roses fame on drums, named "Roadcrew." When this project had run its course, the band came back under their old name with Danny Fury, formerly of Lords Of The New Church, taking over the drums. They released the album "Move On It" through Heavy Metal Records in Europe, to critical acclaim (Paul Sut, for example, called it "an essential purchase.")
The follow up, "Fade," was released through Revolver Records. The line up that made this album saw Jamie Scott replaced with Sean Rowie on guitar, Tommy Rickard returning to play drums, the addition of Chris Adams on piano, and while Ashley Mitchell remained involved, helping with production and playing some guitar, Louie Senor is credited with playing the bass on this album.
After another short period of absence, Davy emerged once more, this time as a solo artist, to release "In From Out Of Nowhere." This saw his departure from the sleaze rock that Vain had become known for, and in terms of musical experimentation was perhaps his high point. Vain later reformed, and continue to be active today, with four of the original five members still playing (only Rickard is absent.)