Friday, June 14, 2013

"Teacher Teacher" by Rockpile

Song#:  0410
Date:  11/22/1980
Debut:  84
Peak:  51
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Rockpile had a bit of an unusual formation and history. The name stems from group member Dave Edumnds' first solo album in 1972 and he used the name for his backing band for that tour. That group disbanded after the tour but after working with Nick Lowe, the band was revived and consisted of Edumuds, Lowe, Terry Williams, and Billy Bremner. Together they recorded material that would be released on albums billed as by Edmunds or Lowe, in addition to supporting each artist's tours. In fact, it was Rockpile that recorded "Cruel to Be Kind," a #12 hit for Nick Lowe in 1979. They had a chance to formally record an album as Rockpile in 1980 when they issued "Seconds of Pleasure." It is the only studio album credited to the band. This first single from the album would be the only Rockpile song to hit the chart, making it halfway up. Unfortunately, issues within the group caused a break-up the following year, but Edmunds and Lowe would work together again later in the 80s.

ReduxReview:  If you just want some good ol' rock n' roll, this is pretty terrific. For anyone who likes Edmunds or Lowe's style of rock, Rockpile will be right up your alley. That is, if you haven't already heard the group. The two musicians are masters at the style of music they write/perform and together they are explosive.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  With the initial pressing of the LP, a bonus EP was attached called "Dave Edmunds & Nick Lowe Sing the Everly Brothers." They covered four Everly songs including "Crying In the Rain" and "When Will I Be Loved." Subsequent CD reissues include these tracks.


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