Monday, February 1, 2010
Greg Hawkes "Niagara Falls" LP 1983
In '83 keyboardist of The Cars; Greg Hawkes decided to embark on a solo career, and I am so glad he did. This album he released in 1983 is what I could call a "synth masterpiece." The two highlights from this album are "Twenty-Seven Shirts" and "Jet Lag" while the rest of the album still makes for a good listen the whole way through, I have decided those are my two favorite songs on the album.
There was also a music video for "Twenty-Seven Shirts" which can be viewed here on youtube that was kindly uploaded by the user 45rpm80s (Thanks!)
After releasing this one album, Greg Hawkes still played keys for The Cars through their later career. In recent years Greg released an all ukulele album that featured Beatles cover songs.
You can order the CD here: http://www.acousticmusicresource.com/product_info.php?cPath=20&products_id=5471
It is also available on iTunes
He also was touring with The "New" Cars and Flo & Eddie of The Turtles too. Greg Hawkes is a fantastic keyboardist and deserves more musical credit in my opinion. With high hopes we can hopefully see Niagara Falls released on CD soon! I am going to share 2 songs from the album with all of you, "Twenty-Seven Shirts" and "Jet Lag."
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Resistance "She Went Walkin'/Bombs For Peace" 45 1986
Second posting for day 1 of my blog leads us to a band by the name of Resistance. This was their one and only release from the year 1986. It was released on Taboo records out of Los Angeles, CA. "She Went Walkin'" to me sounds like a mimicked Rhyme & Reason-era Missing Persons song. "Bombs For Peace" while similar is a toned down duet track. The band is comprised of Charity James on lead vocals, Ted Steward on guitar/keyboards, Dominic Bakewell on guitar/keyboards, Mary Ann Heimann on bass, and finally Ralph Hale our man on drums. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this record. Enjoy!
She Went Walkin'
Bombs For Peace
Beyond Words are from Maryland, and to the best of my knowledge only released this one 45 in 1984. It was released on Speechless records. It's your typical sound for a record released during this time. The lineup consists of Lisa Matthews on lead vocals, Mike Gehl on guitar, George Kondylas on drums/vocals, Doug Scrivener on sax, synth/vocals, and Mark Evanko on bass/vocals. The band shows characteristics of a cross between Pylon and Rubber Rodeo with a side of Romeo Void. Anyway, you all decide and let me know what you think of this record. I personally favor "Anything Real" over "In My Dreams."
In My Dreams