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Apart from the Crowd

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Great Buildings rose out of the legendary L.A. band The Quick, signed to CBS Records, and in early 1981 they released this power pop love letter to the tradition of The Hollies, The Kinks, and The Beatles as filtered through the sunny L.A. suburbs. The album did nothing chart-wise, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that it slams with the stuff great pop albums are made of: muscular power chords, open-sky harmonies, weighty key changes, and an overall sense of escapist bubblegum positivism (both “Dream That Never Dies” and “Hold on to Something” feel like rushes of sugar and Paxil). Elsewhere, there are sing-song war metaphors for troubled relationships (“Combat Zone”), punchy odes to boredom and indecision (“Another Day in My Life,” “One Way Out”), and a little anthem for outsiders (the title song). The band featured Danny Wilde and Phil Solem, who in the '90s found chart-topping success with The Rembrandts. (That duo's claim to cultural fame will forever be the authorship of “I’ll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts' Monkees-esque theme song to Friends.)

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A hidden gem

A truly wonderful power pop album from the guys who went on to become The Rembrandts (Friends theme). So many great hooks and songs that are almost instantly singable. Glad to find it again. My LP is worn out.


Formed: 1980

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Great Buildings were a power pop/new wave group formed in the early '80s by Danny Wilde (vocal/guitar), Richard Sanford (drums), Philip Solem (guitar/vocals), and Ian Ainsworth (bass/keyboard/vocals). They recorded one album for Columbia in 1981 before breaking up a short time later. Wilde went on to release one solo album in 1989 for Geffen before teaming up again with Solem to form the Rembrandts the following year. The Rembrandts released three albums between 1991 and 1995 and...
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