Thursday, February 5, 2015

"She Looks a Lot Like You" by Clocks

Song#:  1158
Date:  08/28/1982
Debut:  86
Peak:  67
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This Witchia, Kansas, band played around the northern US and even into Canada and gained a good following. With a growing mailing list, the band decided to record a single that they would make available to fans before Christmas. Unfortunately, by the time they got the recording done the holiday had past and they were stuck with a 4-song demo. They decided to pass it along to a few connections and soon they were signed to a management company. That lead to a deal with Boulevard Records (CBS) and the band went on to record their self-titled debut. This first single spent a few weeks on the chart but couldn't make it out of the bottom third. It would be the band's only chart entry. Sadly, the label was having issues and the band's second album didn't get picked up.

ReduxReview:  Here's a good lost song from the decade. Although I missed it back in the day, I became familiar with this song thanks to a couple of 80s compilations. It's a shame it didn't do better. It's a solid, catchy song that falls in line with the likes of Cheap Trick and others. If you like good pop/rock with a new wave edge, check out their album. I wouldn't say it's a lost treasure, but it's certainly something that is ripe for rediscovery.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Although their debut LP would be their only album from the time period, many years later they were able to release a second one. Steve Swaim, the band's drummer and main songwriter, was in declining health in the early 2000's. This prompted the band to mend fences and reunite to play some shows again. They were also able to record a new album in 2004 titled "The Black Box." Unfortunately, Swaim would succumb to liver failure in 2006.


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