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  • The Motels

    Best known for their early-’80s hits “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” the Motels remain one of the most popular bands to come out of the Los Angeles new wave scene. The group was initially formed in 1971 by frontwoman Martha Davis; however, it wasn’t until 1979 – after numerous line-up changes, a complete disbanding, and a reformation featuring Davis, Jeff Jourard (guitar), his brother Marty (keyboards, sax), Michael Goodroe (bass), and Brian Glascock (drums) – that the Motels would release their self-titled Capitol Records debut. This was followed by 1980’s Careful, 1982’s smash hit All Four One, 1983’s Little Robbers, and 1985’s Shock – the Motels’ final release of the ’80s. Their pattern of line-up changes, dissolving, and regrouping would continue into the ’00s with Davis releasing solo albums as well as new albums with a reformed Motels. The one thing that hasn’t changed, however, is how awesome this band sounds on vinyl.
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