Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lambrettas - Beat Boys In the Jet Age - 1980

I discovered the Lambrettas about the same time I discovered the Merton Parkas and Nine Below Zero.  I had a tough time categorizing these bands as, at the time, I had no idea what Power Pop was.  Hadn't really heard of it before.  I mean, it wasn't New Wave, it wasn't Classic Rock, it sounded a little like Garage Rock (whatever the hell that's supposed to be).  So, when I heard someone classify them as Power Pop, it hit me as to how perfectly accurate it is.

Great bands like the Lambrettas really seemed like bands out of time.  I think the whole Power Pop movement got smothered with New Wave, Disco, and the Rock that we now call Classic Rock.  I know that they are something of a revival from the 60s, but I think given the time and exposure, we could have heard a hell of a lot more and better from them and a lot of the Power Pop acts out there.

I don't want to say the Lambrettas were the best of the best, but they were pretty damn good.  This is an active, sing-a-long, toe-tapping set of tracks that are in a style similar to New Wave, but minus the keyboards.  All of the tracks from this album, including the b-sides, have already been compiled previously, with the exception of one track.  SO, essentially, I made this set for one more track.

Have fun listening to this one.  It may surprise you, just as it did me.

2 comments:

  1. POWER POP, YEEEEEEAH! You've tapped into my absolute favorite genre of music right here! And I actually had this on vinyl when I was in high school. I think it's a great little album, and one of the first records that got me interested in power pop music.

    This is one of those bands who, in a perfect world, should have been HUGE. It's a shame that they weren't given more attention. They certainly deserved it!

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  2. Thanks!!! Memories of yesteryear.
    Agree with the above. The Jam were SO massive (rightly so too) but bands like The Chords, Secret Affair & The Lambrettas should have been up there too.
    Nick

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