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by Atlantics

Boston's legendary power pop band recorded live at the Paradise Club in March, 1979. The live set includes most of the songs on the Atlantics' classic LP "Big City Rock." High energy, no-BS pop/punk rock from one of the true pioneers. Play it loud!
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1. Teenage Flu
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2. Television Girl
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3. One Last Night
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4. I Can't Help It
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5. Modern Times Girl
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6. Nowhere to Run
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7. Straight From My Heart
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8. Can't Wait Forever
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9. Jeepster
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10. When You're Young
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11. Big City Rock
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12. Mom & Dad
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13. Be My Baby
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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 Atlantics quickly became an important and authentic part of the emerging punk/new wave movement.

The following spring Ray Boy 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.

In the fall of 1978 the Atlantics were signed to ABC Records, and in December the band recorded their album “Big City Rock” at the Hit Factory in New York. The record was released in March 1979, but a few weeks before the release ABC Records was bought by MCA Records. Their new label, together with Premier Talent, put the Atlantics on a nationwide tour supporting Roxy Music.

On March 25, 1979, the Atlantics played a sold-out show at the Paradise Club in Boston, just prior to leaving on the Roxy Music tour. The concert was recorded by WCOZ-FM for the “Boston Beat” program hosted by Leslie Palmiter. ATLANTICS LIVE presents many of the performances from that evening, without overdubs, and includes many of their most memorable and popular hits. As a bonus track, the CD includes “Be My Baby,” recorded in the fall of 1978 at the Hit Factory in New York.

Review by Carter Alan, WZLX-FM, Boston:

Back in the latter 70’s, when the Boston rock scene had gone ga-ga over punk and new wave power pop, the Atlantics were one of the city’s standard-bearers in the effort to spread the word around the world. This five-piece group fronted by singer Bobby Marron and ably supported on bass and vocals by Bruce Wilkinson and Tom Hauck on rhythm guitar blasted to the top of the local circuit. With sharp and confident leads from Fred Pineau and the steady thump of Ray Fernandes’ drums, the Atlantics long fight to be heard paid off – they signed a major label deal with ABC Records and released their debut studio effort Big City Rock in 1979. After that, the group went on an American tour warming up for Roxy Music and the skies looked bright indeed for this Boston band.

Well, things didn’t quite go as planned, their label went belly up and the Atlantics had to scramble to recover. This they did, playing for several more years and becoming an even better group over time – even if worldwide platinum hopes faded.

This CD has just been released – a concert recorded at the Paradise Theater on March 25th, 1979 just before the group left on its long tour with Roxy Music. Understandably, spirits were high both onstage and in the audience. The show, originally taped by the long-defunct WCOZ-FM has been preserved on reel to reel tape – now it’s available on CD. For anyone who loved this great Boston band – you’ve got to have this disc. As a bonus, there’s also a fine-sounding studio demo included of the Atlantics’ covering the Ronettes 1963 hit “Be My Baby.”

BOSTON GLOBE, January 5, 1981

Rarely will you see a more varied crowd. Old hippies, young execs, spiked- hair punks mingling with blow-dry straights, political radicals and political innocents—all rallying to express hope for handgun control in the wake of John Lennon's death.

"This is what we wanted. We wanted to get all these different kinds of people together," said Tom Hauck of the Atlantics, the Boston band that organized Saturday's benefit, along with a lobbying group known as Citizens for Handgun Control (a newly formed wing of CPPAX - Citizens for Participation in Political Action).

Their new single, "Lonelyhearts," was a crunching rocker with a great hook…
>>>>Steve Morse

BOSTON GLOBE, December 8, 2000

An Atlantic eulogy: This desk was saddened to learn of the death of bassist Bruce Wilkinson of the Atlantics, who died at age 46 on Oct. 5 in Bradenton, Fla., an apparent suicide. He was the main songwriter for the Atlantics, a popular Boston band that won national recognition in the late '70s and '80s and opened concerts for Roxy Music and Cheap Trick.

Wilkinson, according to the band's guitarist, Fred Pineau, wrote or helped write such Atlantics favorites as "Lonely Hearts," "Pop Shivers," "Big City Rock," and "Weekend." Says Pineau: "Bruce was a prolific songwriter. Virtually every time we'd rehearse, he'd have another song ready."

The band's drummer, Paul Caruso (who is now helping to engineer Aerosmith's next album), also recalls how Bruce was a "full-of-life kind of guy" who had the toughness to continue a show at the Cape Cod Coliseum (where the band was opening for Foreigner) even after someone had beaned him in the head with a Jack Daniel's bottle, requiring 15 stitches.

Wilkinson, who attended Tufts University after growing up in Clifton, N.J., was also in the band Ball and Pivot, which had a late-'80s run. Wilkinson then did some acting on Cape Cod, before moving to Florida, where he acted and taught music.
>>>> Steve Morse

CD Reviews—April 2008

ABC Records
Big City Rock [remaster]

Here are ten songs, and nary a wasted one, of what must now seem to some, at the very far remove of nearly thirty years, as music from a fabled realm of yore. Some of these songs now smell like new-wave classics (“When You’re Young”), others now reek of riff-tastic heavy-metal knuckleheadedness (“Television Girl”). Still other songs bring to mind the types of three-chord garage muck of celebrated garage bands writ large the likes of the Troggs, the Pretty Things, and even the Rolling Stones. Exhibits A, B, and C: “I Can’t Help It,” “Teenage Flu,” and “Modern Times Girl.” The melodramatic nature of “One Last Night” and the anthemic brio of the title track might strike some present-day would-be sophisticates as a bit overwrought and goofy; truly, you can’t go home again. But for those who never left, this seminal recording will bring back all sorts of memories. (Francis DiMenno)


Big City Rock [remaster]
 10-song CD
ABC RECORDS (Bootleg⎯sorry, not commercially available)

Well, this is certainly interesting: a record that comes with a disclaimer questioning its own legality. An accompanying note cites ABC records as the label, Universal/ MCA as copyright holders (hence no mention above, as it is unsanctioned), that an “anonymous benefactor” sprang for all this, and that it’s not even for sale (promo only. Shit, should I even submit this? Hey, someone sent it in). All that said, it’s fucking wonderful. One of my all-time fave LPs, from 1979, by an all-time fave live act, but which suffered from weak production, now beefed up nicely with a thicker bottom end which the original sorely lacked. These are some of the greatest power-pop tracks ever committed to tape, from here or anywhere. There’s one cover (Martha & the Vandellas’ “Nowhere To Run,” which they handle just finely). Only “Modern Times Girl” doesn’t quite work, with its slower tempos, which just wasn’t their thing. Kinda always struck me as Huey Lewis trying to do the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” Fans/ archivists should note that there’s also a recent release of their “lost”/ unreleased/ whatever second LP which never came out, and is equally astounding (and sonically more masterful). If you like this kinda stuff, you’d be a serious dick not to seek it out. (Joe Coughlin)

Editorial review

In early 1979, as Joe Perry was preparing his temporary exit from Aerosmith and the Cars were busy recording Candy-O, the Atlantics were poised to become Boston's newest export. ABC Records had signed the band in the fall of 1978, and debut album Big City Rock was released the following March (albeit under the ownership of MCA Records, who bought out ABC several weeks prior). That same month, the Atlantics left New England for a nationwide tour supporting Roxy Music, but not before playing one last hometown show at Boston's Paradise Club. Originally recorded by WCOZ-FM for the Boston Beat program, the performance is captured in its near-entirety on Live. This is the band's second posthumous release, and it's consciously aimed at those fans who tirelessly supported the Atlantics during their brief tenure as Boston's biggest little band. In the months following this sold-out performance, Big City Rock would fail to chart, the apparent victim of MCA's limited expertise with new wave marketing. Nevertheless, the Atlantics were the hottest ticket on the evening of March 25, 1979, and there's much more than archivist appeal to these analog, overdub-free tracks. Take kick-off song "Teenage Flu," which filters Eddie Cochran's rockabilly through a mesh of proto-punk influences. Frontman Bobby Marron alternately grunts and croons, eventually dissolving into a series of grizzled yelps as the song careens toward a guitar-filled outro. This affinity for early rock & roll surfaces often, particularly in the band's raucously spot-on rendition of Motown staple "Nowhere to Run." Elsewhere, the Atlantics' power pop sensibilities take center stage: Bruce Wilkinson's surprisingly melodic bass on "One Last Night"; the band's liberal use of three-part harmonies; guitarist Fred Pineau's muscular, hook-driven riffs. In one sense, Live is nearly thirty years too late, as it makes a strong case for a band that, at the time, could've used an extra push to enter the mainstream. Still, it's a tuneful tribute to five musicians who deserved much more, and a thrilling listen for those who weren't along for the joyride. ~ Andrew Leahey, All Music Guide


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Edward Westcott

Great CD!
Stumbled upon the Atlantics while surfing CDbaby. I'm a big fan of pop/alt rock, from Offspring and blink 182 back to Ramones and MC5 and NY Dolls and Cheap Trick. ATLANTICS LIVE has everything - raw sound, killer tunes, and Bobby Marron is a great undiscovered vocalist. Standout tunes are Television Girl, Teenage Flu, Nowhere to Run, Jeepster, Modern Times - in fact there is not a dud in the set. Stereo seperation is good and you can hear the twin guitar attack of Hauck and Pineau, a duo as good as any other rockers. They play chunky rhythm parts as aggressively as the leads, a la Keith Richards and Angus Young. I also recommend the studio Atlantics CD - different tunes, more complex arrangements, but still kickass rock from beginning to end.

David D.

Kings of Powerpop
A truly great record from Boston's Kings of Powerpop. Teenage Flu kicks off with a tribute to Eddie Cochran. Television Girl sounds like the Stones meets Roxy Music. I Can't Help It rocks like the Kinks in overdrive. One Last Night is spectacular. Modern TImes Girl is a big theme piece done long before Jesus of Suburbia. Can't Wait Forever is a soulful, rockin' version of the same song on the studio CD. Nowhere to Run is a killer version of the Martha & Vandellas classic. Straight From My Heart sounds like a Motown classic you never heard. Jeepster is a cool choice and ballsy. When You're Young and Big City Rock are legendary punk/pop classics. Mom & Dad is a quirky surprise. And Be My Baby is a good clean version of the Ronettes classic. An outstanding package. Sound quality is very good, and the performances are tight. Sounds more like a live-in-the-studio recording except for the audience. An indispensible CD for any rock fans collection.

Linda Derocher

Almost like being there
Great album! Love ya!

Ricki C.

Boston, 1979
There were a lot of things I loved about Boston in 1979 - The Neighborhoods & The Atlantics were chief among them. I lived very briefly in Boston in the early 70's, playing the rock & roll and starving. After I moved back to Columbus, Ohio, I'd return to Boston as often as possible to visit and to see bands. There was an airline back in those days that offered incredibly cheap flights called People's Express, the original no-frills airline. They didn't even have chairs in their waiting area at Logan Airport, people were just strewn around everywhere, leaning on the walls or sitting on the carpet. It was kinda the Greyhound Bus Lines of air travel. People don't believe me when I tell them, but one time when I flew People's an East Indian gentleman tried to bring a live chicken on the flight. It was like that subway scene in Borat, I swear to God. But back to The Atlantics. I feel really great about getting this CD. The Atlantics first album on ABC Records was such a weak representation of what they were capable of, it's great to have this spark-spitting testament to their rock & roll. (Now, if only somebody could unearth & release a live show of their Boby Bear/Jeff Lock period.) Plus I love the no-frills aspect of the release: no overdubs, no correcting the vocals, no fixing the guitar solos; just young hearts, throats and fingertips pinning our ears back with the power & the pop in equal and sublime doses. I recently got a dub of a WCOZ show featuring The Neighborhoods from February 1980, a searing pop-punk testimonial. The Atlantics & The Neighborhoods live in their heyday. On this Sunday night I feel truly blessed with and by the rock & roll. People's
Express, I'm ready to fly.


I don't have this CD yet, but I remember The Atlantics playing at The Channel in Boston. We used to go see them every chance we could. WOW!!! We loved them!!!!!!!


AMAZING show from Boston's Best !!!
I happened to be at this show at the Paradise. It was latter re-broadcast on WCOZ and I gor it on tape. The Atlantics blew the roof off the club with their Big City "Spunk Rock". They were the Best in Boston at the time and this CD is a perfect time-capsule. The CD is a pure gem for your collection. THANKS for producing this recording and letting us own a piece of Boston Rock history.


Rock classic
I saw the Atlantics with Cheap Trick in 1979 and again with Squeeze at the Bottom Line in NYC... this CD captures the incredible energy of their live show and has all the hits from their LP "Big City Rock." Buy it today.

Philly Guy

Great CD
Saw an ad on Magnet and bought the CD... great stuff! Lots of live energy, good sound quality for a club recording, and great songs. Standout tracks are "One Last Night," "Television Girl," and a hot version of Martha and the Vandellas' "Nowhere to Run." I'm a total fan... any chance of a reunion?

Tom Whowasthere

They rocked Boston
If you experienced the Atlantics in Boston in the late 70s - early 80s (at the Rat, the Paradise, wherever), you knew what it was like to fall in love -- with rock 'n' roll in all its romantic, riff-roaring glory, with a non-stop catalogue of hook-happy songs like 'When You're Young' and 'One Last Night,' with five guys onstage who clicked in a chemistry of giddy optimism that you would be hard-pressed to see matched anywhere. The live record captures most of the thrills. The opening one-two punch of 'Teenage Flu' and 'Television Girl' is a head-snapping knockout. If you were there that night, it will give you chills and take you back to that younger time. If you weren't, well it's not too late. Be the first kid on your block....The Atlantics were pop classicists, a group that embraced the past with a twist on the future, a grossly overooked band that could have been -- should have been -- gigantic. These recently released CDs are everlasting proof that every once in a while the record industry simply doesn't have a clue. At least we now have the music. Rest in peace, B. and Paul.

Suzy G.

A Gem!
A terrific complement to the Atlantics studio CD. It's hard to believe this was taken off a radio broadcast... sound quality is very good! The Atlantics ruled Boston and this CD shows why. Solid guitars, classic songs (including "When You're Young," which predates Blink 182 and Green Day and dozens of other 90s teen pop bands). If you love the Ramones, Cheap Trick, Iggy, XTC, Dictators, and new bands like Foo Fighters and Killers, you owe it to yourself to get this CD!!!
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