20 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1977, Paul Collins (the Beat) and Peter Case (the Plimsouls) formed the Nerves, and released but one perfect 7” EP before imploding. Those songs (the first four tracks here) pretty much laid the groundwork for the burgeoning power-pop scene sprung from the loins of punk. Along with Case (bass/guitar) and Collins (drums), Jack Lee’s barbed, melodic guitar and own songwriting talent shined; he gave “Hanging On the Telephone” (a hit later for Blondie) a bit of cow-punk twang, and other Lee tracks like “Paper Doll” had a wiry, punk energy. If the Zombies were part of the new wave, they would have sounded like “When You Find Out.” The live version of “Walking Out On Love” hinted at the glorious, brief future of the Beat, and you can hear the fomenting of both the Beat and Plimsouls in this rendition of “Working Too Hard.” Alive Records has blessed us with the original EP, plus a bulging collection of live takes, demos and an unreleased single (tracks five and six).  One Way Ticket is a truly historic document. (Check out Case/Collins’ brief outing as the Breakaways, represented on Walking Out On Love: The Lost Sessions.)

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1977, Paul Collins (the Beat) and Peter Case (the Plimsouls) formed the Nerves, and released but one perfect 7” EP before imploding. Those songs (the first four tracks here) pretty much laid the groundwork for the burgeoning power-pop scene sprung from the loins of punk. Along with Case (bass/guitar) and Collins (drums), Jack Lee’s barbed, melodic guitar and own songwriting talent shined; he gave “Hanging On the Telephone” (a hit later for Blondie) a bit of cow-punk twang, and other Lee tracks like “Paper Doll” had a wiry, punk energy. If the Zombies were part of the new wave, they would have sounded like “When You Find Out.” The live version of “Walking Out On Love” hinted at the glorious, brief future of the Beat, and you can hear the fomenting of both the Beat and Plimsouls in this rendition of “Working Too Hard.” Alive Records has blessed us with the original EP, plus a bulging collection of live takes, demos and an unreleased single (tracks five and six).  One Way Ticket is a truly historic document. (Check out Case/Collins’ brief outing as the Breakaways, represented on Walking Out On Love: The Lost Sessions.)

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1:53
1:57
1:35
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2:12
1:53
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About The Nerves

They could've been contenders had they stayed together long enough, but the Nerves, despite their brief existence, were one of the most exciting bands in power pop. Formed by Jack Lee, Peter Case, and Paul Collins in 1975, their career was over by 1978, but they produced a great EP that featured the power pop classic "Hanging on the Telephone," which was later recorded (and wonderfully so) by Blondie. Ultimately, having three talented songwriters in one band hurried the demise of the Nerves, and all three principals found greater happiness and success with their new bands; although Jack Lee (arguably the most talented songwriter of the three) had the shortest career and eventually dropped out of sight after a fine solo record (Jack Lee's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1) in 1981. Case went on to form the Plimsouls, who recorded two good records and a transcendent pop song, "A Million Miles Away." After breaking up in 1984, Case recorded as a roots rock solo act for the rest of the decade and into the '90s. Collins would later go on to form the Beat (also known as Paul Collins' Beat).

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