Saturday, November 24, 2012

"Real Love" by The Cretones

Song#:  0151
Date:  05/03/1980
Debut:  98
Peak:  79
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Power Pop, New Wave

Pop Bits:  L.A.-based Cretones were signed to Richard Perry's Planet Records and release two album in the early 80s. Although they had a good following it didn't translate well to national sales or recognition. However, they became a cult band for power pop enthusiasts and at the time gained one very important fan - Linda Ronstadt. She used three songs from the Cretones debut album, "Thin Red Line," for her foray into new wave, "Mad Love." All three songs were written by band member Mark Goldenberg. This was their first single and the only one to hit the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  The Cretones are a really good band and they put out some good, catchy power pop. They should have caught on more than they did. In the link above, "Real Love" is followed by "Mad Love," which is one of the songs covered by Linda Ronstadt. I like the crunchy "Mad Love" a bit better, but both are good tunes and if they turn your crank, you should check out more of The Cretones.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After the Cretones, Goldenberg went on to perform with several major artists, including Jackson Browne, and write songs for other artists. Among the hits he wrote or co-wrote are "Automatic" by the Pointer Sisters, "Along Comes a Woman" by Chicago, "Soul Kiss" by Olivia Newton-John, and "Novocaine For the Soul" by Eels.


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