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MotelsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Special Products
  • ASIN: B000002TIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Anticipating
2. Kix
3. Total Control
4. Love Don't Help
5. Closets & Bullets
6. Atomic Cafe
7. Celia
8. Porn Reggae
9. Dressing Up
10. Counting

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut for an Excellent Band December 15, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After being a regular at Madam Wong's during 1978 and early 1979, The Motels were signed with Capitol Records on Mother's Day 1979. Recording the song list that had help create a cult following in the L.A. area, the band cut ten songs that encompassed the L.A. sound of that time. New Wave was just emerging, taking the place of disco and punk. The Motels somehow found their way through the crowd of up-and-coming bands with Martha's seductive lyrics and sensual voice. Released in September of 1979, the album and its first single, "Total Control," hit the airwaves. The band began a nation-wide tour. Martha related in a recent interview (found on The Motels website) that the first song of theirs that the band heard on the radio was "Dressing Up" while they opened in Boston. But the album had no chart success -- at least, not in the U.S. In the land "down under," however, "Total Control" went to #7, and Australia began a love affair with the band that would last even to Martha's solo carear in 1987. In the U.S., however, the single only went to #107,but the album did reach gold status in 1980 in the U.S., Canada, and of course, Australia. "Closets and Bullets" was the second single released. The line-up for the band at that time was: Martha Davis (guitar, vocals), Jeff Jourard (guitar), Marty Jourard (keyboards/sax), Michael Goodroe (bass), and Brian Glascock (drums). 1980 would see the departure of Jeff Jourard.Overall, the album is an excellent debut for an excellent band. "Anticipating" and "Atomic Cafe" are timeless, as is Martha's hauting tune "Counting." A must for any Motels fan.-Alan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Motels CD July 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is easily the best Motels CD. Martha Davis's vocals are somewhat subdued and the music is more stark on this CD compared to the more lavish later albums, and it has an edge that the later albums lack. Martha as always is alternately pouty, sexy, even at times tragic. The dark and understated Celia is incredible as is the plaintive Total Control. Porn Reggae is a fun tune countered by Counting which hits the perfect pitch of desolation. Music from the 80's is often ridiculed, and some later Motels songs might deserve it, but this should be considered a classic CD by any measure. Get a copy and you'll see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaga led me to the motel(s)! May 1, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A young friend of mine let me listen to some Lady Gaga on her iPod.
I was surprised to find I really like it. I was more surprised when LGG
began singing "Poker Face." I recognized it and went to the web
to find out more. It was by The Motels on this debut album in 1979.

In 1979, I was a US Marine in Cherry Point, NC. My buddy Chit brought
this album (yes, actually a vinyl album) back from leave and we played
it until the grooves wore out. This album is a great, artistic leap
from other music at the time. It is exceedingly well recorded, and every
track on it is a well-written, cabaret-like past/future time capsule; they
sort of take you someplace away from your everyday world.

I went to Amazon immediately to find this original on CD so I can
take it with me everywhere. It arrived and I ripped it open and have
listened to it everyday. Celia is an awesome cut, Total Contol, Kix,
all great! Lady Gaga's poker face is good, the Motels, Awesome!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have this on scratched vinyl and since joining the internet this is the only product that I have tried to purchase. A superb Album.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEE only Motlels October 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly fun record. The songs all written by the underrated and woefully unknown artist--Martha Davis. She is just unbelievable. The album starts off with Anticipating. Truly strong. When you first listen to it concentrate on Celia, Dressing Up and the beautiful Total Control. Ceila is so darkly funny. Closets & Bullets, talk about a title! It's a record for all rock fans. Head bangers and folk lovers alike. This should have been the start of a new rage. It flopped and they went on to make some pretty awful records. Too bad. Add this, if you can to your collection. Blame me if you don't dig it. Your true friend, Michael Girouard.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT order CDs from Culture Factory January 7, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Do not order any CDs from Culture Factory. The quality of the remasters is below inferior. I sent everyone that I ordered (10) all back. Thank Goodness I have the same CDs in the original version which while not be remastered sound vastly superior.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like it!
If you like the Motels, I don't see how you couldn't like this album, though I've heard people say they struggle to like ALL their music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RON
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw them live at the Golden Bear before the second album came out
Great songs and memories. Always love to hear Martha Davis sing!!! I saw them live three times! Where was Martha when I was single???
Published 10 months ago by TiLeone
4.0 out of 5 stars Throbbing Throbs - "Total Control" Sounds Great
Have to confess that I came to this music from watching a lingerie video on the internet. "Total Control" was the sound track for a number of attractive females modeling "daring"... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joseph Somsel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
The Motels were a "one album wonder" as opposed to being a "one hit wonder". This is a terrific piece of overlooked rock n roll that you should have in your collection.
Published on June 2, 2010 by Daniel Klooster
5.0 out of 5 stars Please forgive me Only the lonely
This is far off as anyone could get as posting about a musical group/ artist as me. The Motels where in the 80's and where was I at then? Read more
Published on September 18, 2008 by Roberta Hotard
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it if only for Dressing Up
I had "Dressing Up" on tape(from Radio) for some 20 years before I even knew who it was or what it was called (Thank's Google for your help). Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by Peter White
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