Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Missing Persons/The Motels - Back 2 Back Hits (1997)


In the late '90s, EMI-Capitol Music had the brilliant idea of putting together these budget discs consisting of 5 hits each from various acts that weren't consistent chart-toppers, but weren't one-hit wonders, either. A great way to hear the songs you know without having to go deep into the artists' catalogs for the sake of filling out a disc. For this particular release, the label has paired two early '80s Los Angeles-based new wave groups.

Tracks: Of the 5 Missing Persons cuts, we get their 3 hits from the Spring Session M LP: Destination Unknown, Walking in L.A., and Words. All very similar, but if you like them, that's a good thing. The remaining two tracks, Windows and Give are from the group's 1984 album, Rhyme and Reason. Windows isn't too bad, I may remember it from the radio.

I was familiar with all The Motels cuts even though I never owned one of their records. Suddenly Last Summer is my fav. The song Take the L has hilarious lyrics ("Take the L out of lover and it's over"), but it is sung with such earnestness that it makes me chuckle. I think singer Martha Davis has a great voice for pop music.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: When I was about 17 or 18, I tried a project similar to this CD project but with one difference - I was going to listen to all of my record albums in their entirety, but in alphabetical order. I think Spring Session M had such awful filler tracks that I gave up on the project after forcing myself to listen to that album. That's the main reason why I'm not listening to these CDs in alphabetical order.

2 comments:

  1. Seems like I remember a Motels song called Total Control (I'd sell my soul for total control). That made an impression on me. Missing Persons, not so much.

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  2. Love love love the song with the "hilarious lyrics" and earnest vocals. The whole All Four One album was the shiznit for a brief period (Spring of Sophomore year, 1982) in my life and I still drag it out on occasion. "Only The Lonely" is another great tune from the album.

    Jim is spot on - they had an earlier song called "Total Control" and served it up with a sax solo.

    As for Missing Persons, I picked up their original 1980 EP(not the Capitol re-release in 1982) based on cover and $1.99 price at Al Bum's in 1981. Love me some "Mental Hopscotch" and "Destination Unknown". When Spring Session M (anagram title to boot) finally came out in 1982 it included only "Destination Unknown" from the EP. The CD was later re-issued with bonus tracks of "Mental Hopscotch" and "Hello I Love You" from the EP though. And a later re-issue of Rhyme & Reason featured a live take of the sole remaining unissued EP track "I Like Boys".

    Even if I am not a fan of Lady GaGa's many many many looks, I think the cover of Spring Session M could be her.

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