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Mystery Spot

by Chris Richards

Power Pop with a dash of melody from sometime Phenomenal Cat and ex-Pantookas singer songwriter.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Is There Anybody Else?
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2. Your First Mistake
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3. By Your Side
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4. She Belongs To Me
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5. Everyday Girl
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6. So Dumb
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7. Gracefully
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8. Gone For Sure
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9. Draining
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10. Doesn't Sound Like You
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11. Come Clean
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12. Don't Forget About Love
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13. She's Just Falling Out Of Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dogbunny Records is proud to present Mystery Spot, the first official solo record by Chris Richards. After fronting power pop bands such as Hippodrome, the Phenomenal Cats and the Pantookas, Richards decided to record the pop record he'd always dreamed of making....that album is called Mystery Spot.

Mystery Spot was recorded at the Tempermill Studio in Detroit Michigan with his longtime producer, Dave Feeny (Blanche, Loretta Lynn).

Mystery Spot features many musicians from Richards past and present including... Keith Klingensmith (Hippodrome/Phenomenal Cats), Larry Grodsky (Pantookas), Todd Holmes (Hippodrome) and Kenny Quick (Pantookas).

Five songs on Mystery Spot feature Richards new line up of Todd Holmes and Larry Grodsky now going under the name of Chris Richards and the Subtractions.

Also in 2004, Richards music will be featured in the indie film "Harvest Moon" as well as have a track featured on the power pop tribute to the Who "Who's not Forgotten" released on Face Down Records along side tracks by Pat Dinizio, Guided By Voices and the Lolas. Chris will also have a track on the upcoming comp for the Carl Cafarelli and Dana Bonn WXXE power pop show called "This Is Rock and Roll Radio Vol 1".


Chris Richards moves to the head of the modern day power pop class with his first solo record, Mystery Spot. His work with the Phenomenal Cats and the Pantookas was solid and engaging pop but this disc moves beyond that and should put him in the big leagues next to guys like Michael Penn, Matthew Sweet and Velvet Crush. He has everything that those
guys do. Hook-filled tunes you will be humming before they are half over, ringing guitars, soaring harmony vocals, heart tugging lyrics about girls, girls and more girls. Although the disc is on a microindie (or maybe because
it is), the production is first rate; Richards and Dave Feeny came up with a guitar heavy sound that rocks but have a light and poppy feel. Hmmm, power plus pop.... That must be where they got "power pop" from back in the day. Tracks like the thudding "She Belongs to Me" and the chunky "Come
Clean" are textbook examples of that sound. Elsewhere Richards conjures the ghost of Marshall Crenshaw on Everyday Girl", drops some sweet pedal steel into the mix on the pair of beautiful ballads "Draining" and "She's Just Falling Out of Love," sits behind the electric keys and
brings it down a bit on the sweet "Gracefully" and rocks quite convincingly on the excellent opener "Is There Anybody Else?". The rest of the album is packed with great tracks, not a stinker in the bunch. If you dig Falkner, Sweet, Keene or any of the other giants of the power
pop continuum, you need to seek this record out.

All Music Guide 2004 (4 1/2 stars!)


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Jeff Milosevich/Real Detroit Weekly

A dreamy little soundtrack for your summer!
Mmm, slide me over a big bowl o' Mystery Spot, I got a hankering for another spoonful of some sunny, energized pop. Some of you may remember Chris Richards from his work with earlier acts like Hippodrome or the Pantookas; the guy's been working his musical tush off for the last 15 years. His latest album is a perfect batch of ditties to tap your toe to under the summer sun like an adrenaline-flavored Popsicle.
Best Listening Experience: "She Belongs to Me," "Draining" and "Doesn't Sound like You."
Reason to Buy: A dreamy little soundtrack for your summer.

Robert Pally

Humming is permitted.........
Indie Pop and especially Power Pop are dead. Every
melody has been played, every guitar riff has been
strummed. But every time one thinks so, along comes
someone that proves you wrong. Chris Richards is
someone like that. The thirteen Songs on his album
"Mystery spot" sound as if he had just invented Power
Pop. The former member of the Phenomenal Cats and the
Pantookas pulls melodies out of his magic hat, that
sound so refreshingly easy and catchy at the same
time. They make you wonder how he does that. And then
this man sings with a voice that makes you shudder. It
rains melodies. Humming is permitted.

zippy

a classic blast of power pop!
A solid effort filled with crafty songwriting and top notch power pop hooks. gems like 'She belongs to me' and 'Is there anybody else' are aces! Mr. Richards packs crunchy guitars, loads of hooks and sweet melody into his songs. Do your ears a favor, grab a mystery spot cd.

JD Raven

WHAT A GREAT CD!
If you like hook filled melodic power pop it simply does not get any better than this. All of the songs here are brilliant. Crunchy guitar pop with angelic vocals. Guaranteed to be one of the best cds released this year (maybe of the decade). Chris' 'Pathetic History Vol 1' is also incredible. Do yourself a favor and get them both. You won't regret it.