Thursday, August 29, 2013

"Let Me Go" by The Rings

Song#:  0517
Date:  03/07/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  75
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  This Boston band played their first show in 1978 and began to get a loyal following as they played around town. Eventually they caught the ear of MCA Records who ultimately signed them. Their self-titled debut LP was issued and this first single was a local hit. It got a little bit of national attention as well and it spent a few weeks on the chart. Unfortunately, MCA didn't do much to promote the band nationally and even halted their tour. The group was still able to record and release a follow-up called "Rhythm Method," but without much support from the label, it didn't get anywhere. It was a major disappointment for the group and they were certainly disillusioned by the lack of support and the major label music business. They called it quits soon after the second album's release.

ReduxReview:  It seems this group was often compared to The Cars, which is sort of valid. However, they were not as new wavy as that group. This seems to be more straight-ahead rock with an influence of new wave and some ska. It's not too bad and it has some good attitude, but nothing awesome. Apparently they were a really hot live band, but those days are long gone.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  When the group was first formed, their original name was The Rings of Saturn. This eventually got shortened prior to their debut album.


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