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Editors’ Notes

Never mind that the Yardbirds-ish '80s classic “What I Like About You” became a ubiquitous tune used in TV advertising to pimp everything from beer to sleepwear to cars to pro baseball teams. It’s actually one of the lesser songs on this incredible debut. Produced by Pete Solley (Procol Harum, Terry Reid), the album filters bands like The Kinks, Dave Clark Five, The Who, and The Move through British pub rock (Dave Edmonds), punk rock (The Jam), and Detroit garage (The Rationals), blasting it out in three-minute sing-alongs with lots of bashing guitars and Beatle harmonies. From the should-of-been-huge opener (“When I Look in Your Eyes”) to the Merseybeat-styled heartbreaker (“Tell It to Carrie”) to a mad little rave-up (“Little White Lies”) to a pure power popper (“Keep in Touch”), you can hear how the band was a vestige of the generation weaned on the British Invasion along with in-the-flesh exposure to ’60s Detroit music. This 1980 album captures the unmistakable sound of a young, shaggy-headed combo starting to live out a rock ’n’ roll dream.

Customer Reviews

Classic (If Homogeneous) Power Pop

The Romantics fashioned a classic power pop sound out of the post-Revolver/early Kinks sound that was steeped in catchy, twangy guitar with a melodic approach to the vocals and harmonies. This album has some wonderful, forgotten moments like "Tell It To Carrie" and "First In Line". "What I Like About You" is an unrefutable classic, but that does not forgive the Romantics for re-writing it three or four times on this album. In fact, for all intents and purposes, "When I Look In Your Eyes," Hung On You," and "Gimme One More Chance" sound almost EXACTLY like "What I LIke About You," a song that is really just an inspired reinterpretation of the Kinks "You Really Got Me Now". I'd recommend buying track by track to escape the general homogeneity of this album.

Just one song? No way!

I bought this album when it first came out....long before "What I LIke About You" was a hit. "When I Look In Your Eyes" was the song I bought it for. I played the first side of the album until I wore it out. About 5 years later, Budweiser made "What I Like About You" a hit. That's when I flipped it over and discovered a gem like "Till I See You Again". If you're here to download just the one song, that's a mistake. You owe it to yourself to discover the whole record.

Totally 80"s

This album sums up 80's new wave power pop for me. Although originally released in 1979 on Nemperor Records, the Romantics finally made their "national breakout" in the early 80"s. I've still got the vinyl, well worn from lots of dance parties. I listen to a few of the tracks on my iPod while working out in doors over the long cold Wisconsin winters. Towards the end of a long treadmill session try "Girl Next Door" to help you finish strong. From start to finish the tight harmonies and jangly guitar riffs are sure to please.

Biography

Formed: 1977 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Such power pop founders as the Raspberries and Big Star may have been woefully underappreciated during their initial run in the early '70s, but by the end of the decade, several of their offspring had taken the style to the upper reaches of the charts — including Cheap Trick, the Knack, and the Romantics. But what set the group apart from their similarly styled peers was their inheritance of the high-energy attack of their Detroit forefathers, as well as their affinity for bouffant hairstyles...
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