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Elton Motello (the band’s name, not a specific person) toed the line between punk rock and new wave. Fronted by the charismatic Alan Ward who used to sing for the glam-punk band Bastard, Elton Motello recorded two albums and three singles between 1977 and 1980 before disbanding. Jet Boy compiles 18 Elton Motello recordings beginning with the risqué title-track. “Jet Boy” is a gay-punk anthem originally titled “Ça Plane Pour Moi” and recorded in 1977 by Belgian musician/producer Plastic Bertrand who sung the song in French. For his English-sung rendition, Ward hired the same studio musicians to back him and kicked open his closet door with rewritten lyrics about a young boy’s interesting love life. The pointed “In the Heart Of the City” and “Queen” both show a Devo-esque angular vocal approach and analog electro flourishes.

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Treasure trove

This album has some really great tunes. I've always loved it, even though I've mostly listened to it when no one else was around. If you've got a copy, you know what I mean. I only wish he'd never released jet boy. What a diversion. Try 20th century fox. This guy sure understood glam. What ever became of him?

Interesting Ride

This collection is better than I thought it would be. I was familiar with Jet Boy but mostly from later covers which I didn't understand the lyrics. They're really funny! Howl-like in that they mince words about gay love in the 70s but is also pretty tongue in cheek. The other songs such as Apocalipsitc fall firmly in the category I call damaged Glam that quite a few bands had right as punk broke but sort of disappeared as the anger and nihilism took over. Then of course there's the stuff thats more keyboard driven which approaches New Wave. There's a lot going on here even a Pipeline cover which makes sense considering the drummer from Pink Fairies was involved in this band too. If you're a fan of any of the aforementioned sub genres there's no reason why you shouldn't buy this record if only to fill out your playlists. I deem Elton Motello "The Pouch"!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Alan Ward had originally been the singer with punk hopefuls Bastard, which also included in its ranks future Damned guitarist Brian James. After the band split Ward assumed the pseudonym of Elton Motello, alternating between England and Belgium, where he had built up associations touring with Bastard. He made his debut appearance at the end of 1977 with ‘Jet Boy, Jet Girl’, first in Belgium on Pinball, followed a month later by a UK release on Lightning. The track achieved international success with...
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