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Cassidy, Shaun - 1980 Wasp

ARTIST: Cassidy, Shaun
LABEL: Warner Bros
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Shaun Cassidy - vocals * Todd Rundgren - guitars, vocals * Kasim Sulton - bass * Roger Powell - keyboards * Jon Wilcox - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rebel, Rebel * 02 Cool Fire * 03 The Book I Read * 04 Shake Me, Wake Me * 05 It's My Life * 06 So Sad About Us * 07 Wasp * 08 Selfless Love * 09 Once Bitten, Twice Shy


Those of you of a certain age will remember Shaun Cassidy (David's little brother) and wondering why the hell we are reviewing him here. In fact, while starting this review my wife asked me who I was writing about and when I told her, she broke out in a fit of laughter! Yeah, Shaun had some identity issues and yet few could touch him commercially back in the late 70's. Cassidy had it going on with the pre-teen set and his boyish good looks along with his high profile on the TV show 'The Hardy Boys' pushed some serious sales numbers for his records which included two hit singles written by none other than Eric Carmen; 'That's Rock N' Roll' and 'Hey Deanie'. His image might have been nauseating, but he had good taste and by 1978 was trying to break away from the teen scene offering up two good pop records 'Under Wraps' and 1979's 'Room Service' although neither album sold very well. I guess the little girls really didn't understand. A naff live album followed and it appeared perhaps Shaun was yesterday's news when low and behold his final album 'Wasp' appeared in 1980 produced by the illustrious Todd Rundgren and featured none other than Utopia as his back-up band.

The Songs
A stroke of genius if you think about it, a former teen idol teaming up with a pop music visionary and one of the most musically adept bands of the time, the results had to be good and 'Wasp' holds up as one of the more interesting albums of the 80's. Now like most Shaun Cassidy albums, much of the material comes from outside sources but on 'Wasp' the choices are exemplary, including David Bowie's 'Rebel, Rebel' which could easily pass for Devo or not surprisingly 80's Utopia and there's the rub. Rundgren's influence is so strong on this record it could easily pass a Todd solo or Utopia album since Rundgren contributes a handful of tracks interspersed between the Ian Hunter, David Byrne and Pete Townshend covers. My favourite cut here is 'It's My Life' which was made popular by The Animals, but Cassidy sings like he's pleading for his life and blows away the more popular version with a dark twist. Of the Rundgren tunes, the ballad 'Selfless Love' stands out but they are all superb really, proving once again he is one of the finest song writers of the rock era.

In Summary
'Wasp' nears the top of my list of great albums that have yet to be reissued on CD and need to be. The album sold next to zero copies at the time, but remains a satisfying if a bit quirky listen that continues to charm this reviewer. Todd Rundgren and Utopia fans should seek out a copy if at all possible and trust me when I say 'you won't be disappointed'.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on December 23 2007 17:49:06
I have to admit that I've never listen to this one. And that's surprising because I was married to a Shaun Cassidy/David Cassidy, BCR and Bee Gees fanatic! If I see this album somewhere I'll pick it up. One thing that really impresses me about Shaun is his TV work. Anybody remember the sci-fi tv series called 'Invasion'? It was great and I highly recommend that you watch it . It ran from 2005-2006, about a season and a half before it got cancelled. But it was great and it was created and written by Shaun Cassidy! Also in 1995 Shaun had another short lived series that he created called 'American Gothic'. It has become a cult classic and no doubt 'Invasion' will as well. Thanks for the review and I'll give this a listen if I can find it.
#2 | Eric on December 23 2007 19:55:37
Cassidy also created and produces 'Cold Case' on CBS. Talented guy!
#3 | gdazegod on December 23 2007 21:02:48
I am definitely interested in hunting this album down.
#4 | DEMONAOR on December 24 2007 12:17:16
Great album just downloaded it from
#5 | jefflynnefan on December 25 2007 02:10:58
Thanks for the link. They even had the 1973 Orphan album.
#6 | DEMONAOR on December 25 2007 10:10:59
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