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20/20/Look Out! [Original recording remastered]

Twenty-Twenty, 20/20Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B008BBSGI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sky Is Falling 7/79
2. Yellow Pills
3. Cheri
4. Out of This Time
5. Tell Me Why (Can't Understand You)
6. Tonight We Fly
7. Remember the Lightning
8. She's an Obsession
9. Leaving Your World Behind
10. Backyard Guys
11. Jet Lag
12. Action Now
13. Nuclear Boy
14. Out of My Head
15. Strange Side of Love
16. Alien
17. A Girl Like You
18. Life in the U.SA.
19. The Night I Heard a Scream
20. Beat City
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Steve Allen and Ron Flynt followed the power pop path blazed by fellow Tulsa natives Phil Seymour and Dwight Twilley when they moved in 1977 to Los Angeles, where they formed (with Mike Gallo) what has universally become one of the most highly-regarded power pop/new wave outfits of the era, 20/20. How highly-regarded? Well, the long out-of-print CD reissue of their two albums on the Portrait label sells for over $50 and that's for a used copy! But we've gone that previous release one, er, two better with the addition of a pair of non-LP single sides, "Child's Play" and "People in Your Life," that have never been on CD in effect, this twofer presents 20/20's complete Portrait recordings. New liner notes featuring interviews with Allen, Flynt and Chris Silagyi, photos and a fresh remastering by Maria Triana at Battery Studios only add to the 20/20 "vision."

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Debut - 5 stars, Look Out! - 3 stars May 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the late 70's, LA was the headquarters for much of the country's punk influenced new wave and pop. From the Quick to the Last to the Plimsouls to 20/20, there was no shortage of great rocking pop coming from California. 20/20 was perhaps one of the best and nowhere did they shine brighter than on their debut. Early singles for Bomp! Records were amazing - seek them out on the Various Artists Roots of Powerpop CD collection - and they followed up those 60's influenced singles with more quirky, modern new wave-y tunes. Most of the tracks on the debut (songs 1-12 here) are keepers, catchy choruses, swirling vocals, all the trademarks of great pop. Look Out!, while containing a few very cool tracks, was unfortunately not quite up to par, a downward spiral that continued when they hit rock bottom on Sex Trap (their planned next release that barely saw the lgiht of day). Anyway, the Look Out! tracks are considerably less traditional power pop and have enough hooks to appeal to more adventurous fans who wished the debut had more new wave appeal. I, however, am on the other side of the fence, loving 20/20 for their moments of gleeful pop glory - fans of the Plimsouls, Beat, Cheap Trick, and Knack will be doing themselves a real favor to pick this disc up.
Best Tracks:
"Yellow Pills" - This song title was used for a 4 disc power pop compilation series (AWESOME CD's) as well as a huge fanzine. It will forever be a classic of 70's power pop and new wave, and with good reason.
"Cheri" - This next track keeps the energy strong after "Yellow Pills". A great, simple guitar rocker.
"She's An Obsession" - This song starts out with a drumbeat that comes out of nowhere, randomly stops, and has NOTHING to do with the rhythm or tempo of the actual song.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
Well I remember sparkin up and listen with "Yellow Pills" in my headphones. I have not touched weed at all in about 15 years, but I still remember this one. Great vocal work, mix is very tight, I remember taking a very very pretty date with me to the STARWOOD club to see 20/20. Later the owner of the club met with an ill fate due to some sort of mob activity and a related murder, if I remember correctly after all those drugs I did as a teenager. The STARWOOD club was shut down. Somehow I survived anyway and my last 20/20 memory was at UCLA where I was attending as an undergrad when 20/20 played live outside on a perfect bright sunny day. Side note I have seen a review on the net that refered to "Nuclear Boys" as something new wave related when it was obviously political, which the record company objected to as it was about Ronald Reagan. The reviewer (Chris Woodstra) completely missed what that song was about, and it did cause the record company to object strenuously I believe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murjani is waiting for you! May 1, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
(The 5 star rating applies to the album "Look Out")
The second album on this CD, "Look Out", to me lives up to the idealized version I have of what newer rock/pop music sounded like in the very early eighties (but in most cases didn't). I'm probably in the minority, but I think "Look Out" is a much better effort than the self-titled "20/20". I also think people should try and find the vinyl copy of "Look Out" if they don't already have it. To me it sounds better than the CD. (GEMM has any used album you could want). But of course we can't listen to albums in our car, can we. This, unfortunately, didn't become part of the American Dream.
Speaking of American Dreams, "American Dream", the final song on "Look Out" is one of the best pop songs out there. Period. (What a segue). The lyrics cast a critical eye on the American consumer culture, while the music paints a beautiful, dreamy landscape....
Such a pretty wife and the house has a microwave
Chinatown rock when a kid's gotta have his way
Murjani waiting for you
Go buy it, what can you lose?
Don't you want to be a part of anything?
Don't you want to be a part of the American Dream?
(A consumer culture that has only gotten worse since this album was released in 1981...)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tracking my high school days May 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'll never forget the first time I heard 'Yellow Pills' - my first exposure to the 'angular' power pop scene. I couldn't really afford to buy records, so I either had to tape LPs off friends or wait until a birthday or x-mas and nag my grandmother. I got this for my birthday in 1979, and formed a band about 6 days later. But, just to be perverse, the only track we ever played from the record was 'Leaving Your World Behind'...

These guys were the soundtrack of my early-mid teens. Saw 'em three times (a riot in San Diego, in a barn in Escondido, and in San Francisco), one show for each of the first three albums. Different drummer each time, too. Fantastic live band; the harmonies in particular were superb.

You will like this if you like pop with an edge. The first album is more traditional power pop, the second is more new wave-ish. But both records have a terrific combination of good melodies, great harmonies, dirty guitars and the odd synth. Although a lot of people felt let down by 'Look Out!', I cannot IMAGINE why 'Nuclear Boy' wasn't released as a single. It's like 'My Sharona' written by someone who isn't a pederast...should have been huge. I wore out two copies of that LP in the end...remember how crap vinyl really was?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An awesome band from a great time growing up in the OC...
Published 2 months ago by Mark Emerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Power Pop Album Ever?
20/20's eponymous first album has to be one of the greatest power pop albums ever. A little thin on production (this first album could use a little remastering), but 12 slices of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Randolph Dilda Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Vison
20/20 were one of those millions of pop bands that was springing up around the same time as Motels, Plimsouls, The Knack and the whole high-energy scene. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tim Brough
3.0 out of 5 stars Half a loaf. But what a great half-loaf.
Apart from a couple of filler tracks ("Action Now" and "Tonight We Fly"), the first 20/20 LP was brilliant through and through -- one of the best "powerpop" releases in the late... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Peter Olafson
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful music
If you haven't heard 20/20 before, and are curious about this CD reissue, don't even hesitate: get it! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TIMLESS power pop reissue
Bought this when it came out back in 1979, along with other great releases like Shoes, The Records, Romantics, The Pop, The Knack, Code Blue, and it hasn't dated at al.... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Punk Gold
20/20 are one of the best new wave bands to have existed. Here are the ultimate tracks from the four albums I own: Yellow Pills - Cheri - She's An Obsession - Backyard Guys - Jet... Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Joseph McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 2 on 1, 20/20 and Look Out!
These Oklahoma kids, Steve Allen and Ron Flynt went to Los Angeles, California in 1977, to live out there rock 'n roll dreams. Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop that lasts
A classic album. Former member Chris Silagyi is now a member of Marty Zucker & the Falcons.
Published on September 14, 2009 by zuckmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars 20/20 Debut Album a Masterpiece
20/20 must have been festering in the power-pop green room, honing their sound, for a time that was not long but was significant. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by Jeff Lopes
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