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Rox (USA) - 1981 Rox




ARTIST: Rox (USA)
ALBUM: Rox
LABEL: Boardwalk
SERIAL: FW 37070
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mike Rox - vocals * Snuffy Walden - guitars * Dan Schmidt - keyboards * Kevin James McCormick - bass * Ralph Muscatelli - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 DDDDDDDance * 02 That's What Your Girlfriend Said * 03 Death Of A Teenage Girl * 04 Breakaway * 05 But Tonight * 06 Cartoon People * 07 The Last Time * 08 Nervous Energy * 09 I'm No Elvis Costello * 10 Zizi's Love


Background
Here's a fun album! Nothing too serious about these guys with a colourful album cover featuring 'The Rockettes', 'Rocky Road' ice cream, a drink 'on the rocks' a Rocking Horse and a 'Rock Lobster' with a nod to the B-52s among other photo associations. I'm not sure if Rox ever made it out of the studio, or if they received proper promotion from their label, although my guess is probably not since copies of this record were plentiful in cut-out bins way back when. Whatever the case, it's an album worth seeking out for lovers of quirky pop.


The Songs
Rox were a cross between The Cars and the All Sports Band with slight Max Webster tendencies for lack of a better description. AOR meets power pop if you will and kicking off the festivities is the groups single with no less than seven D's- 'DDDDDDDance'; a terrific song that really didn't make a big dent on the charts but should have with its tantalizingly catchy chorus. 'That's What Your Girlfriend Said' is hugely influenced by The Cars in the same way as The Rings or The Sinceros although decidedly light hearted in comparison. They would have to be with a song title like 'Death Of A Teenage Girl' with it's throwback to 1950's pop. Side two's 'Cartoon People' is as strange as you might imagine as is 'Nervous Energy' with it's weird electronic and voice effects sounding almost out of place, but the hilarious 'I'm No Elvis Costello' brings us back to earth with a classic power pop chorus ala Cheap Trick. Fabulous!


In Summary
This is an album that belongs in every collection no matter what your musical persuasion and for those interested in such things, bass player Kevin McCormick would go on to play with Nils Lofgren, Melissa Etheridge and appeared on Steve Perry's 'Street Talk' album while guitarist Snuffy Walden has numerous Emmy nominations for his television scores including 'Huff' and 'The West Wing'.


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#1 | rostoned on April 24 2008 17:19:35
this LP has something in common with THE VILLAGE PEOPLE, ELP and CASABLANCA RECORDS! How come? Answer: the production team (Morali and Belolo), guitarist Snuffy Walden (ex member of heavies Stray Dog on english supergroup's Manticore label) and the Boardwalk label founder (Neil Bogart - ex Casablanca). Odd or what?
#2 | sabace on May 15 2013 14:26:01
snuffy walden is also original member of stray dog the band put out two excellent lp's in the early 70's
#3 | super80boy on September 21 2014 15:20:50
This one is definitely a choice likable affair for the power pop rock collectors in search of the more obscure bands from the early 80's, when power pop was just starting to wind down from its glory years. I actually found a couple of copies of this in the dollar bins and its well worth the nominal investment. 'Death Of A Teenage Girl' should have been the album's single.

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