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Along with bands like the Knack and the Plimsouls, the Hawks combined the melodic songcraft of Badfinger with the angular immediacy of the bourgeoning '80s new wave sound. Despite being signed to Columbia and garnering a loyal cult following, the Iowa band never achieved great success with their 1980 self-titled debut and 1982 follow-up, 30 Seconds Over Otho, eventually fading into obscurity. Fortunately, Not Lame Recordings created a third Hawks album of sorts, proving the band had much more up its sleeve. Compiled with the assistance of the band, Perfect World Radio features various demos and unreleased tracks. Sounding something like Dwight Twilley meets Styx, the collection paints the picture of a talented band too quirky and intelligent for mainstream radio and conversely too slick for the underground of college rock. What is also apparent is that lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Steen, vocalist/keyboardist Dave Hearn, vocalist/guitarist Kirk Kaufman, vocalist/bassist Frank Wiewel, and drummer Dolor Larry Adams knew how to craft an immaculate pop song. It's hard to believe that the driving "Only Love Is Real" couldn't have competed with any Cars classic and that one couldn't at least argue that Steen's Rupert Holmes-like "Roxanne" is as good a use of the name in a pop song as Sting's. The album also attempts to put to rest the argument that the band became too commercial on 30 Seconds while sacrificing their jangle pop roots. Here you find a band equally adept at 12-string Rickenbacker folk-isms as it is at synthesizer-laden stadium anthems and sounding great at both. If Wiewel's "Right Away" sounds better than anything Badfinger released in 1979, than Steen's "The Show Is Over" is the best Who song you never heard. Barring a complete reissue of the Hawks' studio albums, Perfect World Radio stands as long overdue pop justice.

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The 3rd piece of the puzzle

Hawks was a darn good band when they appeared in the early 80s. If you enjoy guitar pop with echoes back to the British Invasion this one is for you. This album gives you a couple of tunes from the debut album along with many unreleased songs. Many orginally appeared on a cassette only release entitled Hawks III on the Junior's Motel label. Missing from that release are Streets Are Dancing, When It All Comes Down and Somebody's Gonna Cry, but you get the additions of tracks 1, 3-5, and 8-11 not on the cassette release. The only negative I can think of is some of the tunes sound a bit unfinished compared to the first two albums - I'm going by the cassette release on that. Still worth the money though. Now if they would only release the infamous Dead Baby Float - a pre-Hawks tune - along with other earlier stuff I'd be even more happy. Which brings to mind the post Hawks album "Happy" by Junior's Army, another great album if you enjoy the songs here.

Great band! But this is not their best album.

Where is the debut album?

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