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It’s one of music's great mysteries that Off Broadway’s first single (1979’s “Stay in Time”) didn’t rule the pop charts. The tune, off the band’s Atlantic Records debut, would’ve sounded perfect alongside The Knack’s “Good Girls Don’t” on any pop radio format. And kinky-haired singer Cliff Johnson looked like Roger Daltry’s kid bro but was blessed with a poppy tenor that recalled John Wicks from The Records. So Chicago’s Off Broadway should’ve been huge. Songs shore up their Move-Beatles-Raspberries influences and often chew up Cheap Trick–styled power bubblegum (“Full Moon Turn My Head Around,” “Drop Me a Line”) or motor along like The Cars (“New Little Girl,” “Bad Indication”). Chicago was known for producing great power pop bands in the late '70s (see The Shoes, Pezband, Material Issue, Enough Z’Nuff), even if most floundered in the shadow of Cheap Trick (from neighboring Rockford, Ill.). So it’s no wonder this album sold a few hundred thousand copies in the Chicago area alone. But an album like this shouldn’t been lost to anyone’s shadow, because every song could’ve been a single.

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On - Off Broadway

Another great Chicago band that just didn't get all the props it deserved. Album not only brings back memories, but is a great collection of some very solid song writing. Good writing, playing and vocals. A true joy to listen to in today's mess we call the music industry. If you can only afford $1.98 - download Full Moon and Stay in Time. Enjoy!

Off Broadway - On

I was so excited to find this album! I've been looking for years! This was one of my favorites in grade school. Great snappy tunes!

Can't believe it's here!

My college buddies and I used to jam to Off Broadway all the time in the late 80's. If they came to the University of Wisconsin to play, we were right up front slam-dancing. Great time. Stay In Time, Bad Indication, Hang On for Love and Full Moon Turn My Head Around are tunes that I'll never forget. Enjoy!

Biography

Formed: Oak Park, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Off Broadway was a late-'70s power pop group from Chicago. That put them in a position roughly equivalent to that of Shaquille O'Neal's backup. In this case O'Neal was Cheap Trick and Off Broadway was doomed to obscurity. Much like Cheap Trick, Off Broadway played a quirky hopped-up blend of Beatlesque melodies and Move-like power. They didn't rock quite as hard and vocalist Cliff Johnson had nowhere near the style and range that Robin Zander did (then again, how many vocalists do?), but they wrote...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Vocal
  • Released: 1979

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