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Face In the Crowd / Gi's It

The Merton Parkas

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The band's sole LP, while certainly flawed, offers a lightweight, novelty approach to the Jam-inspired mod-revival. A little too derivative to be taken seriously, but there are some fun songs nonetheless such as the U.K. hit "You Need Wheels," "Plastic Smile," and the title track.

Biography

Formed: 1978 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Merton Parkas, taking their name from their home in South London (Merton) and the classic mod-wear (the parka), are another footnote in the British mod revival of the late '70s (which itself was merely a footnote in music history). Formed by brothers Mick Talbot (keyboards) and Danny Talbot (vocals) along with Neil Hurrell (bass) and Simon Smith (drums) in 1978, they became one of the first third wave mod-revivalists to release an album, Face in the Crowd, which featured the hit single "You Need...
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