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Editors’ Notes

The Plimsouls’ major-label debut shows the L.A. power poppers breaking through to the mainstream at the precise moment they were breaking up. First-time producer Jeff Eyrich gave them a more conventional rock sound, which makes Everywhere at Once a little less nervy than the band’s previous independent releases. But the album compensates with several of The Plimsouls' all-time best songs. “Shaky City,” “Oldest Story in the World," and “How Long Will It Take?” combine teenage momentum with a grownup feeling of poignancy. In this way, The Plimsouls weren't unlike a West Coast counterpart to Minneapolis’ legendary Replacements. The band broke up when frontman Peter Case realized he wanted to pursue a more acoustic-oriented solo career. Maybe because of the timing, their breakthrough hit has always had an elegiac aftertaste. Due to its inclusion on the Valley Girl soundtrack, “A Million Miles Away” became the band’s biggest song. It's also their best. It's everything a rock single should be: urgent, catchy, and nostalgic for the fleeting passions of youth.

Customer Reviews

Good album, but not their best

I remember being vaguely disappointed when I first bought this album back in '83. Yes, it has the Plimsouls' most celebrated song, "A Million Miles Away" on it (but I'd already had that on a 12" single, so I was itching to hear the other tracks). Peter Case, as I recall, had said that they were going for a pseudo-live sound with this album, with just mikes set up and one-take recordings, to capture the energy of a live performance. Well, coming from someone who had seen them live several times -- they didn't really succeed. Instead, they ended up with a heavy-handed, overly trebly and loud production that has the opposite effect of smoothing out all of the punchy, angular edges of their first EP "Zero Hour" and first album "The Plimsouls," and ends up sounded too muddied for its own good. Also, the tunes just aren't up to the quality of the songs on the first album, and the remake of "How Long Will It Take?" is inferior to the original from their debut EP and sort of superfluous here. Everywhere At Once is far from being a bad album -- if you're a diehard Plimsouls fan, you probably already have it, or definitely should get it. For casual fans, though, get "A Million Miles Away" from this album, then buy The Plimsouls Plus, which includes their debut EP and their first album, in one package. Listen to songs like "Zero Hour," "Now," "Women," "Everyday Things," and "Hypnotized," and then come back here if you want to complete your collection. I think you'll thank me.

The Plimsouls - An 80's band Undiscovered

I first heard of this band in the movie, "Valley Girl" and if you are a child of the 80's child, you watched this movie. The best songs are indeed, "A Million Miles Away" & "Oldest Story in the World." On to the actual music and sound of the Plimsouls.... Their music is uncomplicated, easy to listen to. The guitar is achingly riveting as is the harmonica on "Oldest Story..." It makes the song come alive and you can feel the pain or happiness in the music! On "A Million..." & "Everywhere at Once" the intensity is there and the quick beat calls to you to sing along. All in all, the whole CD is great! They are a band that didn't get the recognition they should have in the 80's compared to some of the trash that made it big. The Plimsouls have a great sound, even today!

Everywhere at Once, Plimsouls

How could we forget this great rock n roll record that needs to be rediscovered? Give this one a listen whether you are a forty something remembering past deeds or you are a teenager filling the holes in mom and dad's classic record collection this is the one you've been looking for. Twenty yr old tunes that fuse all great american rock n' roll influences past and present. If that doesn't make any sense then pop this into your library and wear it out. The Plimsouls created a "new wave" sound in the early 80's never quite reaching superstardom. If you like straight forward rock / pop this band is still relevant. More contemporary bands should take this music and run with it.


Formed: 1978 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

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

Formed in Los Angeles in 1978, the Plimsouls merged roots, retro and guitar rock with a ramshackle punk aesthetic. At a time when rock music was shifting gears, the Plimsouls' brand of soul-punk -- a modern take on '60s soul, British Invasion and garage rock sounds -- fit right in with the '80s post-punk American guitar band movement. Known for their kinetic live performances, the Plimsouls had an exceptional frontman in singer/songwriter Peter Case whose decision to pursue a solo career effectively...
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