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The Shirts

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Regulars at CBGB's at the height of the scene, but, somewhat
like Talking Heads or Television and a few others, not because they were especially "punk" in thier presentation, but more, actually, because they happened to be in the neighborhood. Power-poppish danceable stuff, highlighted by the angelic vocals of the wonderful Anne Golden.

Couple of nearly forgotten gems from the band, their self titled debut (1978) which features track after track of Annies sooooooo sweet vocals on great stuff like "Tell Me Your Plans", "Teenage Crutch", and "Running Through the Night", hidden among other seemingly radio-ready tracks.....why this band didn't hit it big mainstream is hard to say, you just never, ever know.......

The second album ("Street Light Shine", 1979) is perhaps even better, with more creative songwriting and many more shoulda-been hit singles ("Laugh and Walk Away", "Starts With a Handshake", "Triangulum").....again US success was not forthcoming, although the band did enjoy some European success.......

I understand that a third album exists, "Inner Sleeve" from 1980, I have never seen or heard a copy, if this sounds like a job for Doug from Northern Ohio who has seemingly every recording ever made, if you have it Doug, please share, but not a big deal.....I think these two albums presented here are a perfectly fine representation of what this band was/is about......also, they seemingly reformed in the 1990's or so, and, really, I think, most likely the less said about THAT, probably the better.

Let me know what you feel about these forgotten mini-gems of the late 1970's.....it had been a while
since I had listened to them, but those sweet vocals of Annie Golden will NEVER get old, and these records have aged in quite a fun,enjoyable way.......see what you think about maybe the leasat appreciated of the CBGB classic bands!

SELF TITLED-01 Reducded to a Whisper/02 Tell Me Your Plans/03 Empty Ever After/04 Teenage Crutch/05 10th Floor Clown/06 The Story Goes/07 Lonely Android/08 Running Through the Night/09 They Say The Sun Shines/10Poe

STREET LIGHT SHINE-01 Laugh and Walk Away/02 Love is a Fiction/03 Don't You Hesitate/04 Milton at the Savoy/05 Ground Zero/06 Triangulum/07 Out on the Ropes/08 Starts With a Handshake/09 Can't cry Anymore/10 I Feel So Nervous/11 Outside the Cathedral Door/12 Kensington Gardens

Good albums.......hope they are something new to you, or, either spark some old memories for you guys my age!

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