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Blind Date - 1979 Blind Date



ARTIST: Blind Date
ALBUM: Blind Date
LABEL: Windsong
SERIAL: BXL 1-3403
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dane Bramage - vocals, bass, keyboards * Arnie Badde - vocals, guitars * Brad Billion - vocals, guitars * Pinky Chablis - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Boys Will Be Boys * 02 Baby Goodbye * 03 Do You Love Me * 04 All Of You * 05 Twin Engines * 06 I'll Take You Anywhere * 07 Hollywood Girl * 08 Trouble Maker * 09 Midnight Imagination


Background
Produced by Jeff Glixman, Blind Date released just one album with an eye catching cover of a green woman on a telephone. Very new wave or 'Star Trek' depending on your persuasion, but taking the over the top quirkiness one step further, the band members used fake names like 'Brad Billion', 'Dane Bramage' and my personal fave 'Pinky Chablis'. Now while this is a common practice among musicians to this day, its hell to find any information on the band, who exactly they really were, their history etc... In other words, I know nothing about Blind Date other than from the album cover sitting in front of me and the LP spinning on my turntable.


The Songs
Oh yeah, did I mention the group's label - Windsong was created by the late John Denver? Rocky Mountain high indeed and how they ended up on the same imprint that brought you Starland Vocal Band's incredibly syrupy 'Afternoon Delight' is a good indication someone was smoking something! Thankfully Blind Date had nothing to do with Country music or folk rock and more to do with power pop in the tradition of Cheap Trick. Yes, Blind Date tried very hard to find their place in the power pop sweepstakes of the day, but the problem is the record's material never quite gets off the ground. They had the chops with some hot guitar work by.. wait for it.. Arnie Badde (!), but nothing on the LP jumps out and slaps you on the face. I do like 'I'll Take You Anywhere' which reminds me of Gulliver, the ELO-ish 'Trouble Maker' is fun and the instrumental 'Twin Engines' is sort of neat and the heaviest tune here, but the rest of the album is very forgettable and to be honest, rather bland.


In Summary
Dane Bramage, Badde, Billion and Mr. Chablis; if you are reading this, let us know who you are and tell us the story of Blind Date. I would like to believe there was more to this LP than meets the eye!


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#1 | gdazegod on June 18 2007 21:36:35
Brad Billion's real name is Brad Wilson. He appeared in the bands Shame and Mystery City after BD. Thanks to Kelv Hellrazer for the heads up! Refer his website: www.bradwilsonlive.com.

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#2 | vinyldinosaurus on January 29 2008 18:13:17
This album is criminally underrated. I think it is much better than Eric's review leads readers to believe. Not a bad song to be found here - one of the best power pop albums I've ever heard! It's a shame they recorded a second album that will never see the light of day...
#3 | airborne on January 25 2012 19:51:41
I agree. There is a lot here, to please the listener. Would make a good re-issue, though, can`t see it appening.
#4 | super80boy on December 07 2014 15:43:45
Blind Date was originally called The Ratz and hailed out of San Francisco. They eventually moved to Los Angeles, captured a record deal and changed their name. The band didn't quite hit on the levels of their more popular mainstream competition of the day, but for an underground/obscure release, it's an admirable job with a decent share of hooks. Standout Cuts: 'Boys Will Be Boys', 'I'll Take You Anywhere', 'Midnight Imagination' and the impressive hard rock instrumental 'Twin Engines'. Supposedly a second album was recorded, but shelved and never released.
 
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