Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Ok, so it's not a book. Still, I'm proud to announce that today marks the commercial release of the first CD featuring liner notes I wrote.
A Flock Of Seagulls We Are The '80s is in stores today. This Jive/Legacy release features 13 digitally remastered tracks by the new wave group from Liverpool that unfairly has gone down in history as a one-hit wonder joke band. Yes, their singer had probably the worst hair in the history of popular music. Get past the hair, though, and you'll find a band with several solid songs that epitomized their era.
Don't get me wrong, they're no Psychedelic Furs. But as mentioned in the essay I wrote for this CD, A Flock Of Seagulls made music far more relevant than their much maligned reputation would indicate. Robert Christgau hit the nail on the head a few years ago in The Village Voice when he declared the Flock was "so much better than Duran Duran."
If you are in a position to commission me to write liner notes for CDs, let me know and I will get you a free copy. Everyone else who's not a blood relative or a SONY BMG employee, please buy it at your local record store or purchase the physical CD online; don't buy it from iTunes, or you'll miss out on 750 of the proudest words I've ever written.
Here is the link if you wish to purchase the CD from Amazon, where today it is #132,042 on their music chart!