12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Plimsouls’ major-label debut shows the L.A. power poppers breaking through to the mainstream at the precise moment they were breaking up. First-time producer Jeff Eyrich gave them a more conventional rock sound, which makes Everywhere at Once a little less nervy than the band’s previous independent releases. But the album compensates with several of The Plimsouls' all-time best songs. “Shaky City,” “Oldest Story in the World," and “How Long Will It Take?” combine teenage momentum with a grownup feeling of poignancy. In this way, The Plimsouls weren't unlike a West Coast counterpart to Minneapolis’ legendary Replacements. The band broke up when frontman Peter Case realized he wanted to pursue a more acoustic-oriented solo career. Maybe because of the timing, their breakthrough hit has always had an elegiac aftertaste. Due to its inclusion on the Valley Girl soundtrack, “A Million Miles Away” became the band’s biggest song. It's also their best. It's everything a rock single should be: urgent, catchy, and nostalgic for the fleeting passions of youth.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Plimsouls’ major-label debut shows the L.A. power poppers breaking through to the mainstream at the precise moment they were breaking up. First-time producer Jeff Eyrich gave them a more conventional rock sound, which makes Everywhere at Once a little less nervy than the band’s previous independent releases. But the album compensates with several of The Plimsouls' all-time best songs. “Shaky City,” “Oldest Story in the World," and “How Long Will It Take?” combine teenage momentum with a grownup feeling of poignancy. In this way, The Plimsouls weren't unlike a West Coast counterpart to Minneapolis’ legendary Replacements. The band broke up when frontman Peter Case realized he wanted to pursue a more acoustic-oriented solo career. Maybe because of the timing, their breakthrough hit has always had an elegiac aftertaste. Due to its inclusion on the Valley Girl soundtrack, “A Million Miles Away” became the band’s biggest song. It's also their best. It's everything a rock single should be: urgent, catchy, and nostalgic for the fleeting passions of youth.

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About The Plimsouls

Formed in Los Angeles in 1978, the Plimsouls merged roots, retro and guitar rock with a ramshackle punk aesthetic. At a time when rock music was shifting gears, the Plimsouls' brand of soul-punk -- a modern take on '60s soul, British Invasion and garage rock sounds -- fit right in with the '80s post-punk American guitar band movement. Known for their kinetic live performances, the Plimsouls had an exceptional frontman in singer/songwriter Peter Case whose decision to pursue a solo career effectively ended their '80s run, but whose songs have kept the group's slight catalog and legacy in the public eye.

Case came to the Plimsouls with experience, having previously collaborated with Jack Lee and Paul Collins in the Nerves, a precursor-to-punk D.I.Y. group with a 1976 single, "Hangin' on the Telephone" (later recorded by Blondie). Living in L.A., Case started to play with locals Louie Ramírez (drums) and Dave Pahoa (bass) in 1979, and within the year Eddie Muñoz (of Austin's the Skunks) joined them on guitar. After recording one EP, Zero Hour in 1980, and a self-titled album in 1981 that contained the now classic power pop anthems "Zero Hour" and "Hush, Hush," the group self-financed a single, "A Million Miles Away." The jangling guitar song was picked up by influential FM station KROQ and thanks to trend-setting DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, the song became a local smash, catapulting the Plimsouls toward wider recognition. The inclusion of "A Million Miles Away" on the soundtrack to the cult film Valley Girl cemented the band's reputation as power pop icons and remains a timeless classic.

An album for Geffen, Everywhere at Once, followed in 1983 but ultimately, the liaison with the label was not a lasting one and the Plimsouls broke up shortly after its release. A testament to the band's stage power is the live document, One Night in America, released in 1988. Following the group's dissolution, Case went on to record a solo album for Geffen; he remains a critically admired and influential artist with a large folk, blues and rock repertoire. In 1995-1996, the band, sans Ramírez, re-formed and played a few reunion dates with former Blondie drummer Clem Burke and released a new studio LP Kool Trash in 1998. In 2005, Oglio Records reissued One Night in America; the original lineup (with Bryan Head on drums) remains together and continues to perform wherever and whenever there's a demand for their unique soul-punk sound. ~ Denise Sullivan

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1978

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