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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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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. I too like some songs better than others but I haven't heard one song yet that I just don't like. I think it's fun to listen to.
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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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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" lingerie - and the visuals and the music worked well together.

While I haven't purchased any lingerie (yet), I did go to Amazon and order this CD album, just on the basis of "Total Control." The song is basically a sexy female singing (or wailing) over a throbbing guitar and bass backup. Fortunately, the lyrics are not over-written and you're left with serious female horniness.

I was richly rewarded! As an audiophile I invest in the best sound system so that I can hear and experience music with the most veracity and emotional impact possible. This is a 96/24 digital remaster of what I presume was an analog tape master recording. That is substantial upgrade over the CD's tech specs. These don't always pay off in better, more involving sound on a CD, but this one sounds great! Culture Factory, the US label for the re-release, is showing some real skill with this CD.

While I love "Total Control," the content of the rest of the album is difficult to listen to except "Counting" which is decent. That's a very subjective opinion and generally applies to most "New Wave" stuff so your appreciation of this musical style may be greater. And perhaps you won't hear the improved sound quality on your playback system that I enjoy on mine.
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By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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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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