Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"Love and Loneliness" by The Motors

Song#:  0168
Date:  05/17/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  78
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This British pub rock band came together in 1977 and had some early success in the UK with their single "Dancing the Night Away" (later covered by Cheap Trick in 1983) and the #4 "Airport." But the band splintered in 1978 with two original members continuing on to record a third Motors album, "Tenement Steps" The first single from the album was this song which was their only US chart entry. The Motors called it a day for good in 1982.

ReduxReview:  This is an interesting song. It's like a mash-up of Springsteen, Blondie, and Styx that works pretty well. There are crashing guitars, loud keyboards, and a Spector-ish sound that push the amps to eleven. Some of their other tunes are quite good as well and different from this - "Forget About You" is 60s pop while "Tenement Steps" is practically Broadway. I like this group and they may need further exploration.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Band member Bram Tchaikovsky started a solo career after leaving the group and briefly had success with his album "Strange Man, Changed Man" in 1979. The album peaked at #36 and he got a Top 40 hit from it with the #37 power pop song "Girl of My Dreams."


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