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PowerPop

by Atlantics

Seventeen rare demos and hit singles from Boston's legendary power pop band, 1977-1982. These high-energy tracks represent the golden age of 1970s pop/punk/new wave in Boston. Digitally remastered from the original analog tapes. Play it loud!
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. When You're Young
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2. Teenage Flu
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3. Pop Shivers
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4. Playing Telephone
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5. Stolen Face
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6. We're Not Too Young to Fall in Love
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7. Turn It Off
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8. Where Would I Be Without Your Love
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9. Television Girl
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10. Mess Age
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11. Dangerous Smile
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12. Mondo Rondo
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13. Who's Been Fooling Who
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14. Ten to One
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15. I'm Hooked
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16. Thrill of a Lifetime
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17. I Can't Help It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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THE ATLANTICS 1976-1983

The Atlantics were formed in January 1976 by guitarist Tom Hauck and bass player Bruce Wilkinson, two students at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. A mutual friend introduced them to drummer Boby Bear and lead guitarist Jeff Lock. To complete the lineup Bruce recruited singer Bobby Marron, a friend from his hometown in New Jersey.

The Atlantics played their first show in the spring of 1976 at The Rat in Kenmore Square. In May of 1976 they scored the opening slot for the Ramones, who were playing two nights at The Club in Central Square. The band made their first trips to New York in the summer of 1976, playing at CBGB and Max's Kansas City. The band quickly became an important and authentic part of the emerging punk/new wave movement.

The following spring Ray Fernandes replaced Boby Bear on drums. In the summer of 1977 the band recorded its first independent 45 on Jukebox Records, “When You're Young” by Bruce Wilkinson, backed with “Where Would I Be Without Your Love,” by Jeff Lock. A thousand copies were pressed but never released, and the single is now considered a collector’s item.

In the spring of 1978 Jeff Lock left the band and was replaced by Fred Pineau. That fall the band was signed to ABC Records, and in December the band recorded their album “Big City Rock” at the Hit Factory in New York. The record dropped in March 1979, but a few weeks before the release ABC Records was sold to MCA Records. Their new label, together with Premier Talent, put the Atlantics on a nationwide tour with Roxy Music, followed by a regional tour throughout New England. The band performed with artists including The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Boston, The Cars, Graham Parker, and many others. The single “One Last Night” by Bruce Wilkinson received regional and international airplay, and the album garnered a glowing review in Rolling Stone.

In the summer of 1979 Paul Caruso joined the group as drummer, and the band came back in 1980 with what was to become one of New England's biggest indy singles, “Lonelyhearts,” written by Tom Hauck. It was the flip side to “Can't Wait Forever,” a Motown-flavored song by Bruce Wilkinson. “Lonelyhearts” rocketed to the top of New England radio and dance charts, and was one of the most-played rock singles in Boston.

During the next two years the Atlantics released several more songs on tape to Boston radio stations, including “Pop Shivers,” “Wrong Number” and “Weekend.” In June 1983 the band played their final show at the Channel in Boston.

“PowerPop” presents a collection of 17 previously unreleased or limited-release tracks recorded between 1978 and 1982. They include both sides of the classic Jukebox Records single “When You’re Young” b/w “Where Would I Be Without Your Love.” Other highlights include tracks recorded at Downtown Studios with producer/engineer Phil Adler; versions of tunes found on the “Big City Rock” LP; and some of the band’s early demos. The tracks were meticulously re-mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M Works, but have been left in their natural state with no overdubs or enhancements. As a result, the audio quality may vary from track to track, but the performances are truly outstanding.

“PowerPop” is the third Atlantics reissue, following the self-titled “Atlantics” and “Atlantics Live.” With Bobby Marron’s unforgettable vocals and classic songs by Bruce Wilkinson, Jeff Lock, and Tom Hauck, the Atlantics CD collection stands as an indispensable part of the punk/pop explosion that swept the music industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and whose descendants can be heard on alternative rock radio today.


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Kathleen Hamilton

PowerPop Rocks!
Hot guitars, soulful vocals, skinny ties, big beats, hook-filed tunes, and punchy production all add up to a slice of 1978 that stands out above the rest. Bobby commands the songs as if Van Morrison woke up one morning as a bona fide rock singer. Solid rhythms filled out by guitars that evoke Ritchie Blackmore and Jack White sitting in with the Beatles. The range is tremendous, from the Ramones pop of "When You're Young" to the snakey blue-eyed soul of "Dangerous Smile." Check out the confident swagger of "Pop Shivers," probably one of the best pop songs ever written about pop music. PowerPop is a definitive punk/pop/new wave/70s CD!

Francis DiMenno

Review: THE NOISE, Rock Around Boston, Sept. 2009
On the one hand, the folks at Something Hot may have gone to the Atlantics well once too often. However, what justifies this project is a chance to hear a rare single (“When You’re Young”/“Teenage Flu”) as well as some very early unreleased Altlantics demos, such as the gloomy “Ten To One,” and the telegraphically jumpy and lurching “I’m Hurt.” There are also alternate takes of previously released songs; of these, most noteworthy is the demo of “Pop Shivers” an intriguing (but somewhat underproduced) sketch of the extraordinary version heard to brilliant effect on The Atlantics (2006). Other highlights are the sizzling guitar break on “Turn It Off,” and the magnificent jolting power pop of “Who’s Been Fooling Who.” On the other hand, songs such as “Where Would I Be Without Your Love” show that from the outset, the Atlantics compared favorably to such stalwarts as Queen, the MC5, the Raspberries, Big Star, the Move, and the Flaming Groovies. By 1982 and the end of their career, they were beginning to transcend their milieu and forge a new sound. Some of these tracks can be heard here for the first time, notably, “Dangerous Smile” and the infectiously catchy “Playing Telephone.” This is highly recommended for Atlantics fans and a must for Atlantics completists. (Francis DiMenno)

Fizzy

coooool!
teenage flu, televison girl, pop shivers, turn it off..... too many hot cuts to mention. saw the atlantics at the channel circa 1980.... they blew the roof off the place! the next week i saw the clash and my life was complete. well not really but you get the idea.....

Paul P.

History in the Making
I first saw the Atlantics open for the Ramones in 1976 at The Club in Cambridge, MA. It was the dawn of the punk/new wave era. Incredible excitement! They were like rock 'n roll re-invented. In those days you could go to the Rat in Boston and see the Police, Talking Heads, Blondie, the Cars, Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics, Dead Boys, Reddy Teddy, the Atlantics, the Jam, the Go-Gos, the Romantics, the Heartbreakers with Richard Hell and Johnny Thunders... so many great bands! This CD brings it all back. A rock revolution, and you are there.

charlie s.

awesome!!!
killer cd with 17 great trax that will blow you out of yer seat.... these guys practically invented power pop. biggest surprise are the smokin hot guitars by tom, jeff and fred... check out playing telephone and thrill of a lifetime for chops equal to anyone. i never saw the atlantics play live cuz i was too young to get into the clubs so this is the next best thing.

Howard Dolnez

Incredible!!!
Holy cow!! I own the self-titled "Atlantics," but who would have thought that Boston's punk/pop pioneers from the daze at the Rat would have 17 more killer trax! Sharp vocals, razor guitars, snappy tunes and dandy swagger--it's all here and in your face. Buy this CD today and get transported to a cool world where Brian May plays guitar for the Ramones and Keith Richards writes songs for the Beatles. If you dig nouveau popster punks like Franz Ferdinand, the Killers, and Kings of Leon, go to the source....and PowerPop gets you as close as you can get!

Kat Hamilton

Power Pop Kings
Back in 1978 no one did it better... what a treat to have this collection finally available on CD! So many great tracks... "When You're Young" is a classic teen anthem that sounds like the Ramones meets The Who. "Pop Shivers" is here in a take that is even better than the version on the "Atlantics" CD. "Where Would I Be Without Your Love" is sweet but with a bite thanks to Bobby's vocal and sleazy fat guitar by Jeff Lock. The rock-hard "Television Girl" could be a bonus track on the Stones' "Aftermath." I could go on and on... "PowerPop" is an indispensible CD for anyone who either was in Boston in the early 1980s or who loves high-octane ass-kicking guitar pop!!!