Thursday, September 04, 2008

Deep Thoughts

Artful Dodger. "Honor Among Thieves." Live, in 1980.



Can somebody explain to me why these guys weren't huge fricking stars? Frankly, I'm baffled.

[h/t Ken Fox]

9 comments:

Brooklyn Girl said...

Shitty management?

steve simels said...

I can only guess.

Seriously -- they're the Raspberries with sex appeal. They had it all, seemingly....

Anonymous said...

It's the Sergio Valente pants.

steve simels said...

Actually, I'm thinking maybe the bass player's mustache, which is truly heinous in a porn movie sort of way.

Still...great song, and the singer's got it.

Kid Charlemagne said...

These guys were huge in the Cleveland are. I've seen them dozens of times during their hayday. They always seemed to be opening for a national act.

Anonymous said...

Brooklyn girl's right, must have been lousy management.
Something I know a lot about.

ROT(Plumber)

Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy said...
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Walt said...

I remember them playing in Pittsburgh a lot. Saw them a couple of times and they always impressed.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the management (Krebs) was the same as Aerosmith and the New York Dolls...
One theory is Columbia Records emphasized mainstream artists and sales reps focussed on artists they knew they could make big money off of (Steisand, Springsteen, Joel). Only one rep who's beat was the midwest (Cleveland/Columbus/Pittsburg area) really pushed the band at local stations in that area. So after 3 albums with Columbia, the band left them and shopped for a new label. Agora records (part of Ariola/Arista) picked them up and the band put out "Rave On". A very strong album, but some touring company issues and Ariola not pushing them as strong as "New Wave" bands eventually did them in, and they called it quits. It's funny, because you look at the success of the Knack's debut and listen to "Rave On" which came out a couple months before it, you wonder why things didn't happen for them. It's great that American Beat Records is taking interest and reissuing their music. Also, Goldmine Magazine did a story on them in August 2008.