Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Only the Lonely" by The Motels

Top 10 Alert!
Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  1000
Date:  04/24/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  9
Weeks:  23
Genre:  Pop

**Milestone! This is the 1,000 song to hit the chart in the 80s and therefore, my 1,000 song posting. How fitting that it lands on one of my all-time favorites songs from the decade. With still over 7-1/2 years yet to cover, I've got a long way to go. But I've made it this far and I have really enjoyed the journey. I hope it has provided some kind of entertainment for others out in the inners-nets as well.

Pop Bits:   An early version of The Motels formed in Los Angeles in the late 70s and they were offered a contract from Capitol Records. The group ended up declining the deal and then disbanded. In 1978, the band's lead singer and songwriter, Martha Davis, revived The Motels name and a new group was formed. Offered another contract with Capitol, this time they signed and a self-titled debut came out the following year. While not a significant release in the US, the LP was a hit in Australia as was their follow-up, "Careful," which ended up cracked the US Top 50. They were poised for a breakthrough and they did with their third album, "All Four One." Thanks to this Top 10 lead single, the album reached #16 and went gold.

ReduxReview:  Oh how I loved this song - and still do. Martha Davis' voice is one of those that just hits me. It resonates with emotion and the tone is deep and rich. She would go on to write some terrific songs, but she knocked it out of the park with this one. I have never gotten tired of the song and just hearing the opening riff is enough to melt me. One of my absolute favorites of 1982, if not the decade.


Trivia:  When sessions for their third album began, Davis and Co. wanted to expand artistically and the results became "Apocalypso," an LP with a heaver tone and atmosphere. Produced by Val Garay ("Bette Davis Eyes"), the band submitted the album to Capitol. The label balked calling it weird and not commercial enough. The Motels headed back to the studio and re-recorded six of the "Apocalypso" tracks while added four new songs. The resulting "All Four One" went on to became the band's biggest album. Shelved for years, the original "Apocalypso" album finally saw the light of day in 2011 on the Omnivore label.


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