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Posted - 04/30/2012 : 15:49:36 Hi all,
I've been asked to write a weekly series of articles by RiffRaf (a rock n roll blog) on "Lost Gems". We cover some great songs/bands that were skipped over or lost in the shuffle.
No one is being paid, no sponsors or anything like that. We’re just fans, writing about what we love… music.
The first article features The Cosmopolitans,” (How to Keep Your) Husband Happy”. A new wave band circa 1980, that sounded a lot like the B52’s, recorded some incredibly catchy singles and did a Go-Go girl/ Pompom act on stage. You have to see it to believe it. Only wished they had recorded more music.
Future articles will feature many power pop and new wave artists like The Records, The Producers, The Now, some great bands and songs I wish we could still hear on the radio.
Riffraf’s a pretty cool site. Check out the interviews, one with Photographer Mick Rock (famous album covers for Bowie, Queen, Joan Jett etc.). This week they had Semisonic drummer (“Closing Time”) Jacob Slichter.
Even if you don't want to read the article, listen to to the tracks if you haven't heard them. They deserved a bigger following. Really good.
Posted - 05/07/2012 : 01:58:21 That's great news, rewind, I didn't realize they had released "Wild Moose Party' digitally.
SL, thanks for the "Kleenex" reminder, hadn't thought of them. As for 20/20, they were on the first list I made when I started the series. I own the debut album and love it.
Frank, my favorite part of the Fuzztone Fizzadelic record is the story about them getting together after 27 years, rehearsing for 3 hours and recording the whole thing in 2 days. Not sure if it's true, but it's a great story. Did they rerecord "Development Corporation" and "9 o'Clock" or were the original singles included on the album?
Their story is well documented, so not too much is new if you're a fan. But it's all about beating the drums, so some great music sees the light of day.
I'm glad I discovered this site, I've already learned a lot. Great community.
Posted - 05/03/2012 : 11:45:02 The Now - Fuzztone Fizzadelic is a great CD and comes highly recommended.
SL, agree with you about power pop. Power pop in the UK at the time was the musical equivalent of boarding the Titanic; many got on and not many got off.
Posted - 05/02/2012 : 17:25:27 With regard to The Records, The Producers, The Now, yes please. Power Pop bands were probably the most screwed out of success of all.
I recently asked for and received a copy of the out-of-print debut from 20/20 on this site. If you're not familiar with that album, I urge you post-haste.
Posted - 05/02/2012 : 17:17:25 I don't know the Cosmos, but that one song doesn't sound genetically distant from the post-punk/funk no-wave female bands such as Delta 5, Kleenex or the Raincoats of the late 70's scene.
Always glad to discover a new band in this genre, so thanks for sharing and good luck with the Lost Gems. I think you're on the right site if you want ideas or new readers.
Posted - 05/01/2012 : 19:29:30 Ironically, as of one month ago, this gem is no longer lost. The Cosmopolitans compilation "Wild Moose Party" is now out digitally (the CD had been available for several years). Woo Hoo!