Vain came out of the San Francisco hard rock scene of the mid 1980's and was led by singer Davy Vain. The band formed in 1986 and played regularly in San Francisco and Los Angeles before signing a contract with Island Records in 1988. Vain's debut album, 1989's No Respect was a solid initial effort and reached #154 on the album charts. Although the single, "Beat the Bullet" did generate some airplay on MTV, it did not chart.
The group returned to the studio to work on their second LP, titled All These Strangers, but were dropped by their label when Island Records was acquired by PolyGram. Vain then joined forces with ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler to form Road Crew and recorded an album that generated some recording label interest. Unfortunately, Adler's drug problems soon put an end to the project. The band then returned to the Vain moniker and has continued to record and perform to the present day.