The BOYS [Lincoln, Nebraska]
Biography People who saw The Boys live at the time remembered this Midwestern band having sort of an English glam look (kind of effeminate or androgonous) while speaking and singing with fake British accents. The singles had somewhat of that glam sound too but they were very catchy, poppish numbers with a teenage attitude. Maybe their look was outdated at the time (think of the "bad side" of The Bay City Rollers, which stands for music as well) when `70s punk rock was beginning to emerge, but listening to their stuff twenty years later, one might think that they were finally ahead of their time (regarding the powerpop "ex/im-plosion" of the early `80s). All the material they released is *very* recommended and a must for vintage 70's powerpop aficionados.
  • 7" « (She's My Girl) She's All Mine » b/w « I'm Not Satisfied » (USA [Outrage #111] 1975) A local paper reported that this single sold about 5.000 copies, mainly through mail orders [x]. This single actually had a picture sleeve. Only a few copies got out, as the band didn't like it and got rid of most of them. It's a 3 panel B&W sleeve on nice, heavy paper w/ 2 additional inserts [jon h.].
  • 7" « You Make Me Shake » b/w « We're Too Young » (USA [Outrage #112] 197?)
  • 7" « (Baby) It's You » b/w « Bad Little Girl » (USA [Titan! #1421] 1979)
  • [Tr] « »« »[ on « Just Another Pop Album » (Titan, 1979)](USA )
  • The BOYZ [?]
  • 7" « Laughs On Me » b/w « Charlotte » (USA [Kiderian Rec #K-45130] 1975)
  • David BRANYAN [Memphis, Tennessee]
    Biography Former member of The Scruffs. When he left the Scruffs (they were in New York at the time), he returned to Memphis and formed a band. and made some recordings with John Fry at Ardent in 1980-1 about 7 songs which survive on tape. However, before he could finish the projects, he attended Yale, then got a degree at Columbia, and in short, never had time to return to music. He now lives in New York and is a writer.
  • [Unreleased] « Scruff City Rocker » (1980-1) Still looking for a label to issue these 7-song recordings. Read the liner notes here. "Never"' will probably appear on Teen Line vol.7.
  • The BRITINS [Milwaukee, Wisconsin]
  • 7" « She Knows » b/w « I Want To Hold Your Hand » (USA [Bananas #BI 1001] 1977) The aerial pop of "She Knows" had a mid-60s West Coast flavour and might bring to mind that blend of folk-pop with Merseybeat.
    Biography Chicago,IL label.
  • 7" « Radio Dial (Don't You Touch That) » b/w « It's True » (USA [Intense Record #4501] 1982)
  • 7" « In Love With Me » b/w « Heartbreak » (USA [Intense Record #4502] 1982)
  • BUDDY LOVE [Long Island, New York]
    Biography BUDDY LOVE Back in 1980, Buddy Love was the powerpop project of Doug Khazzam and Alan Milman, both typical "Long Island Middle Class Jew Boys" as they stamped themselves. A couple of years before, they had recorded a 7-inch EP, "Stitches in my Head" under the name Alan Milman Sect which is now highly sought-after by punk collectors. After having started out another outfit called ManKazaM, they released another EP called Spankathon (ManKazaM, Alan Milman Sect and Buddy Love shared a good bunch of musicians, some of whom played in all three groups at one time or another). They eventually surfaced with the first Buddy Love lineup as it featured on the impossible-to-find 7" single Sheila, released in 1980 on a private tiny label. Two years later a self-titled LP on Davco Records was out and was their last material officially released, although they went on cutting some demos that never came out until the "Sheila And Other Delights" CD. On the East Coast, as Doug Khazzam can remember, "the Punk and New Wave scene was really happening while musicians were convinced that Power Pop was gonna be the Next Big Thing and the bands around town were all ready to be crowned the new Beatles". Buddy Love played Max's Kansas City, CBGB's, Tramps and a bunch of other clubs around NYC. They used to play on the same bill as Justin Trouble, and opened for The Dead Boys and Squeeze. Doug Khazzam plays now with Gary Feldman (who also played bass in ManKazaM during the "ManKazaM Goes Surfin" period), formerly of Radio City and The Breakaways, in a new band named RADIO FLYER. Doug Khazzam regularly updates his own site at http://members.tripod.com/~BuddyLoveToday.
  • Doug Khazzam : guitar,vocals (1,2)
  • Alan Milman : words,music,vocals (1,2)
  • Joey Kelly : lead vocals (1)
  • Scott Nevin : bass (1)
  • Rich Starr : drums,vocals (1)
  • Brett Rizzo : bass,piano,vocals (2)
  • Robbie Wise : drums (2)
  • Discography
  • 7" « Sheila » b/w « Party Girl » (USA [Private Label #BL-1] 1980) Led by a carefree saxophone "Sheila" is a great exuberant pop song vitamins-enriched, surfing on the `80s new wave but bursting out with echoes of early `60s wall of sound. It seems that the single got considerable airplay on the Vince Scelsa show on WNEW-FM in New York.
  • LP « BUDDY LOVE » (USA [Davco #1001] 1982) The LP starts out with 50 seconds of "Rock'n'Roll", a Gary Glitter cover, probably to bear in mind that a pop record can't be taken too seriously, and maybe like a deliberate provocation because fun music had been unhip for too long. Next was "Why Can't We Make Believe We're In Love" (which appeared on the Yellow Pills volume 1 CD) that might call to mind a rockiest Joe Jackson. As good as were the opening tracks, the *true* pop songcraft actually appeared on the three next very catchy tracks which followed. "Liar" reveals that Elvis' "This Years Model" was probably (as once admitted Doug Khazzam who appeared on the front cover LP -- with penciled-in mustache!) one of the original template that Buddy Love was stamped out of. In the more powerpop vein were "Dead Ringer" and "Ticket To Your Heart" : imagine the bursting sound of The Knack-meeting-The-Jags mixed with a blend of `60s fun, Nick Lowe's pure pop and late `70s New York beat. Anglophile pop for sure, but worth investigating even 20 years later. A cover of "Who Slapped John?" closed side one. On the flip, "Closer To Heaven", "I Just Wanna Hold You" sounds like Sylvain Sylvain fronting a mod-pop band, accented with Shangri-Las theatrics: an attempt to re-inject fun, innocence and romance in the newborn eighties. "Dream Baby" and the neat glam-ish "Wild Angel" ended up the LP. As Ira Robbins wrote in his Trouser Press review, "Virtually unknown, but great". Yup!
  • CD « SHEILA AND OTHER DELIGHTS » (USA [Rockville Records ##101]1980-1984/1998) The CD includes both sides of the "Sheila" 7", the entire LP as well as a bunch of demos. I'm tempted to say that the inclusion of the impossible-to-find "Sheila" in there is worth alone the price of admission for lovers of the genre ! Among the numerous bonus tracks, "Something In My Eye", "Love Is A Martial Art", "Liar" (second version) are catchy as hell and on par with Buddy Love best early stuff. According to what Doug Khazzam remembered, Liar (version 2) was recorded after the LP ; the band was working with a new producer and he wanted to try out a few of the older songs and that was one of them. This new version was more geared toward somewhat of a `60s intrumentation (as is confirmed by the inclusion of a Knickerbockers' "Lies" cover) and it definitely sounds great.
  • David BURDICK [Tulsa, Oklahoma]
    Biography David Burdick plays now with Sins Taylor, a great band which includes former Jacks members and Trey Garrity.
  • 7" « The Things You Do » b/w « Letters » (USA [T'n't Music] 1983) Another pop obscurity, showing up two very enjoyable Beatles-ish (circa 1965) pop rockers updated with a late seventies tight sound. I'd trade all Matthew Sweet for more stuff like that. Personally I love it.
  • Gary CHARLSON [Kansas City, Missouri]
    Biography One of the TITAN's protégés.
  • EP 12" « REAL LIVE GARY! » : b/w (USA [Titan! #8100] 1981) Live-in-the-studio collection of great covers.
  • 7" « Real Life Saver » b/w « Not The Way It Seems » (USA [Titan! #8914] 19??)
  • 7" « Shark » b/w « Brown Eyes » (USA [Titan! #1420] 197?)
  • [Tr] « »« »[ on « Just Another Pop Album » (Titan, 1979)](USA ) Shark is different from LP version
  • [Tr] « »« »[ on « Waves : An Anthology Of New Music Vol.2 » (Bomp, 1979)](USA )
  • 7" « It's Your Move » b/w « A Guy Like Me » (USA [Wasp #CHT-001-SP] 1982) Probably released on the band's own label.
  • CHEESE [New York City, New York]
  • 7" « She Said » b/w « The Kids Don't Mind » (USA [?] 1980) Up to a certain point, Cheese shared with Cheap Trick some influences (Entwistle-esque vrombing bass, pounding drums and clear vocals for a Move-y pop). Those who would have loved to hear Cheap Trick with a rawer sound should consider this 7" which showed off two decent tracks. The single had a rather nice review in Trouser Press, April 1980. Good but nothing astonishing in my opinion.
  • Alex CHILTON [Memphis, Tennessee]
  • EP 7" « SINGER NOT THE SONG » : « Free Again »« The Singer Not The Song » b/w « Take Me Home & Make Me Like It »« All The Time »« Summertime Blues » (USA [Ork #81978] 1977)
  • 7" « Bangkok » b/w « Can't Seem To Make You Mine » (USA [Lust/Unlust] 1978)
  • LP « BACHS BOTTOM » (Ger [Line Records #LILP 4.00091J]sept. and oct. 75/1980)
  • The CICHLIDS [Dania, Florida]
  • EP 7" « Lifeguard Dan » b/w « Tourist Are Pink »« Bubblegum » (USA [Bold] 1980)
  • LP « BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL » (USA [Bold #306] 1980)
  • CINECYDE [Detroit?, Michigan]
    Biography Cinecyde was definitely not a powerpop band and most of their material was somewhat affected new wave with a punk attitude (the track "Gutless Radio" is quite good though). Their few attempts at writing or performing pop-oriented songs (a cover of DC5's "Anyway You Want It") were quite interesting. The twisted "Tough Girls", that appeared on their fourth 7", might appeal to open-minded pop freaks. See punk guides for their entire discography.
  • 7" « Tough Girls » b/w « You're Draggin'me Down » (USA [Tremor #TR-010] 1981)
  • CD « YOU LIVE, YOU LIE, YOU'RE GONNA DIE · SINGLES AND E.P.'S » (IT [Hate Records #3]1977-1980/1995) recommended for "Gutless Radio", "Anyway You Want It" and "Tough Girls".
  • CLICKS [Massachusetts]
    Biography Featuring Jimmy Vigtone. Including Gary Tashian (bass), Dave Rosenberg (guitar), Scott Hoffman (drums)
  • 7" « I Should've Told You » b/w « She's On Time » (USA [Alpha-media Rec. #AMR 007] 1984) Very good Rickenbacker pop !
  • CLUB WOW [Cleveland, Ohio]
    Biography CLUB WOW 1982-1984. This Ohio band included former Dead Boy Jimmy Zero and Blue Ash Frank Secich (who also worked with Stiv Bators during his Bomp-period) as well as popster Billy Sullivan, better known in pop hard-core circles for the songs he wrote with ex-Action Brent Warren for the great Scott McCarl's CD "Play On...". Club Wow only recorded one 7" even if they showed great powerpop potential. They also did some nice demos (including a TERRIFIC track called "Norman Green") [x]. I've read that Jimmy Zero repudiates now the band ("I was doing it for all the wrong reasons, and I was miserable"). Sullivan is putting finishing touches on his solo CD that should be released sometime in 2001
  • 7" « Prettiest Girl » b/w « The Nights Are So Long » (USA [Criswell #NR13626] 1982) "The Nights are So Long" is a great song [pierre]. "The Nights are So Long" actually ended up re-recorded on that terrible Dead Boys reunion EP[HS].
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