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Throwing this talented, yet unknown, American band in the studio with established producer Alan Winstanley (who, with his "other half," Clive Langer, produced some of the finest albums of the '80s including all of Madness' albums) was a brilliant idea. The Doctors' had three fine songwriters in their ranks (bassist/vocalist Cal Everett and guitarists Jeff Severson and George Pittaway), and, as a whole, the Doctors (and Winstanley) crafted an album of songs that were stylistically varied but were absolutely POP to the core. Although the album itself was geared toward a younger crowd, the Doctors' inventive arrangements were more mature than "clever," creating an album that was more "timeless" than "of it's time." Of course, there were attempts to turn the Doctors into a new wave band (just listen to the quirky spy-themed "Danger Man" for proof) but their keen sense of melody saved the day. In fact, the Doctors were classic songwriters, putting as much into the verses, bridges, and middle eights as they did with their choruses. Lyrically, they were clever, not relying too much on the normal new wave themes of the time (though both "Modern Man" and the aforementioned "Danger Man" do allude to their times). The centerpiece of the album is two rockin' songs linked together that close the first side of the album, "Opus 10" and "I Want Her," both rather basic in formula but powerful in their delivery and placement on the album. A touchingly endearing album with more heart than you'd expect. ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee, Rovi


Formed: Washington, D.C.

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Washington, DC-based, new wave/power pop outfit 4 Out of 5 Doctors formed in the late '70s around the talents of guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Severson, guitarist George Pittaway, bassist/vocalist Cal Everett, and drummer Tom Ballew. Though they only recorded two albums, an eponymous 1980 debut and 1982’s Second Opinion, the band’s penchant for pairing immaculately produced, hook-filled guitar/keyboard pop (Madness, the Cars) with inventive arrangements (Squeeze, XTC) won them a small but devoted following....
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