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Seven Year Itch: 1982-1989

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Album Review

Fueled by a mingling of new wave and rock and doused with the sounds of keyboards and electronic drums, Toronto's Platinum Blondes scorched '80s radio in Canada, at times neck and neck with Bryan Adams in popularity. Their debut album, 1984's Standing in the Dark, posted four strong singles, looking and sometimes sounding like Duran Duran but distinct enough to gain a modest crowd following in their country. Seven Year Itch is a greatest-hits package that covers all of their singles, and is the only material that's available from Platinum Blonde on CD. The cuts from their first album are the sturdiest, especially both "Standing in the Dark" and "Doesn't Really Matter," each brimming with '80s rock spiritedness, even if their cold war threats are outdated. Alien Shores, from 1985, gave them a number-one hit on the Canadian charts with "Crying Over You," which also put the album in the number-one spot for a week. "Somebody Somewhere" and "Hungry Eyes" had the band sounding less edgy and more polished, caught in limbo during a rapidly changing music scene. The three songs from their last album, the uninspired and flavorless Contact release from 1987, represents a last-ditch effort at maintaining their survival with the band trying to push their formula, only coming off weak and overly thin. Not only is Seven Year Itch the only source of Platinum Blonde that's out there, it's also a worthy summation of their five year existence.

Customer Reviews

Seven Year Itch

I always wondered, with dismay, why Platinum Blonde is so generally unavailable, including on iTunes (unitl now, at long last). This outstanding recording being the only one of theirs on CD certainly explains that, but it doesn't ease the pain.

Talk about an iconic Canadian band whose music will stand the test of time . . .

Many listeners will no doubt sample some of these songs and say "Oh, ya -- I remember that song! I never knew who sang it!"

Good ol' rock and roll at its best, with a distinct hint of vintage 80s. Excellent guitars and a great singer -- and awesome drums to boot (the solo in It Doesn't Really Matter is classic). Platinum Blonde featured a terrific combination of talent that easily rivaled the very best bands of their time.

This band deserves so much more recognition and visibility. Maybe now they'll get it.

Seven Year Itch is a phenomenal collection of outstanding, down-to-earth music with none of the electro-techno babbling that permeates mainstream music today. There is a very good reason why these guys topped the charts when they were still around -- the quality of their product is real.

There are a lot of really great songs here. "Hungry Eyes" is absolutely tops in my books. Love it. An all-time favourite and genuine masterpiece. "Somebody Somewhere" and "Sad Sad Rain" are also exceptional.

Great Collection!!

This is a great collection of songs. I remember listening to the album many years ago. Forgot about some songs such as "hungry eyes". Must have as part of your collection. To bad the further we came to today less bands like this survived. More crap seems to make it now! Enjoy!!!

awesome

I wasw 8 yrs old when I saw them at expo'86. This is defenatly the best hits of PB. I actually would have liked to have seen "Video disease" "Temple of the new born" & "Red light" on the album myself. I have no compliants.

Biography

Formed: 1981

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Platinum Blonde was formed in Toronto, Canada in 1982 between the end of the disco boom and the beginnings of glammy hard rock. New wave was in its commercial glory and bands like the Police, Duran Duran and Billy Idol were combining fashion and sound to cash in on the new art form of music video. Vocalist Mark Holmes, guitarist Sergio Galli, bassist Kenny MacLean and percussionist Chris Steffer were Canada's answer to those bands. In 1983, Platinum Blonde released its debut album, Standing in the...
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