The Breaks (1983) S/T (LP) RCA 4675

The Breaks

The Breaks

1983

RCA 4675

produced by Vini Poncia

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This one’s only for fans with a huge penchant for 80s pop-rock fronted by female vocalists, but if that’s your bag, this set is worth a listen, features an LA new-wave sound with the band’s Tennessee roots showing–especially in Susanne’s vocals. This Memphis outfit was fronted by the Taylor siblings, Susanne Jerome the cutie on vocals (and made into a new wave southern belle sexpot on the “She Wants You” video.)

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While she has her right hand firmly planted in the pocket of her cute 80s skirt on the album sleeve, she appears to be flipping the bird. That about says it all, LA trying to make her into a 80s pop tart, but this Memphis girl showing her roots with that twang and attitude in her voice, that grin on her face and that middle finger firmly planted in her pocket.

 

 

Most of the songs are written by the Taylor siblings, the set produced by Vini Poncia (Ringo’s songwriting partner through most of the 70s).  Apparently the rest of the band is made up of siblings, Rob and Russ Caudill providing the rhythm section, and keyboardist Tom Ward showing up on song credits with a D. Ward.  The first side stays upbeat and fairly cute and enjoyable with an 80s power-pop sound, and then after the opener “Wishy Washy,” Side Two–for better or worse depending on the listener–sticks with the ballads and sounds like the party’s over.  And likely the party was over because this is apparently the only album by this outfit.

— winch (author of

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Crass (1977 – 1984) Best Before (LP) Crass Records 5 (1984)

Crass
Best Before
Crass Records (5)
1984
Material: 1977 – 1984
Recorded 1977 – 1984, released July 1984 (UK only)

This double LP collects singles and unreleased material, a nice gesture, saving fans from having to collect all the singles, and packaging the material with killer artwork.  While this might have been better served up as a more concise two-sider, it certainly provides an overview of their history, moving from fairly straight-forward punk to abrasive avant garde. 



For fans, this is essential.  It also serves as a good intro.

— winch

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Agression (LP) Don’t Be Mistaken (1983) BYO 003

Agression
Don’t Be Mistaken
Better Youth Organization 003
Produced by Kenny Felton, Agression, & BYO
Recorded Feb-March 1983
1983
Good Shit *****

What this Oxnard, California outfit lacked in quantity, they delivered with power, as this album shows, kick set of skate speed rock, not a weak moment, concluding with the instrumental “Cat Killer, a great ending to a killer album.

Maybe you have to be a skateboard rider to understand just how much skate-punk kicks ass, doesn’t avoid the political, but never gets bogged down with intentions, and as this set shows, captures the fun, speed and freedom of rolling down concrete.  This is the greatest album that ever came out of California.
— Didn’t you say the same thing about Fear?
— Big deal, it’s still true.

— winch 

Prince: 1999 (LP) 1983

Prince
1999

Warners 23720
Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Prince

Recommended ****
Released February 1983 (US & UK), reached #4 (#30 in U.K.) 

While he’d released four previous sets, this is the one that marked the beginning of his arrival.  He finally got the sound down and started to take over the world.  The Revolution had clearly began.  The four sides could have been cut down to two but even as it sits, it should be listened to as a whole.  While the entire first side has shown up on compilations, lesser-known gems such as “Lady Cab Driver” are also essential.  On that cut especially, several of his many influences can clearly be heard: Sly Stone, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Jimi Hendrix.  Prince’s sound certainly didn’t come out of nowhere, but he brought the influences together and made the thing his own.    

— winch

(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)

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