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Editors’ Notes

As the title reveals, budget beverages and Harley Davidsons weren’t Milwaukee’s only cool exports. Lost Hits also makes good on its claim by compiling an impressive 20-track collection of The Shivvers’ self-released 45 vinyl, live recordings taped off soundboards, random demos, and previously unreleased studio sessions. The Shivvers were an anomaly in the power pop realm. Fronted by singing keyboard player Jill Kossoris, The Shivvers stuck to their power pop guns even when it was more fashionable (and lucrative) for female-fronted bands to hitch a ride on the neon bandwagon at the dawn of the early-'80s new wave movement. This may have kept The Shivvers from churning out radio hits, but songs like the confectionary “Teenline” and the catchy “No Substitute” suggest the band was aiming to craft perfect guitar-pop melodies. The Shivvers were really good at blending '60s British Invasion guitars (dig the Rickenbacker and Vox-amp combo in “Please Stand By”) with energetic, American teenage urgency (check out Kossoris’ raspy sneers in “When I Was Younger").

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