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Saad, Sue (And The Next) - 1980 Sue Saad And The Next

ARTIST: Saad, Sue (And The Next)
ALBUM: Sue Saad And The Next
LABEL: Planet Records
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Sue Saad - vocals * Tony Riparetti - guitars, vocals * Billy Anstatt - guitars * Bobby Manzer - bass * James Lance - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gimme Love Gimme Pain * 02 It's Gotcha * 03 Prisoner * 04 Young Girl * 05 I I Me Me * 06 Your Lips - Hands - Kiss - Love * 07 I Want Him * 08 Cold Night Rain * 09 Won't Give It Up * 10 Danger Love

From Los Angeles, this is one band who had potential but didn't have the longevity to continue beyond a debut album. Formed from the ashes of the band called Calliope, the band crossed genre's with their one and only release. New wave, power pop and rock audiences all found something to like with Sue and her Saad bunch. With acts like The Knack, The Romantics and Pat Benatar all influential reference points during this era, it was only a waiting game before the pretenders came along by the bucketload. Soon after we had Laurie And The Sighs, Spider/Shanghai, Quarterflash and Scandal, who would all leave their mark in some way or another. Richard Perry, head of Planet Records heard the band at one of their LA gigs, and signed them up. The album was co-produced by Perry and drummer James Lance, Sue's husband.

The Songs
The band deliver a mainly high-energy set. With songs such as 'It's Gotcha', 'I Want Him' and strangely titled 'I I Me Me', they pitch themselves in the dead center of power-pop territory. Their first single 'Your Lips Hands Kiss Love' is perhaps their most melodic, the chorus very accessible. I'd previously heard reports that Sue Saad And The Next were a new wave band. I don't get this impression at all, though in saying that, I'm certain NW fans would warm to them. They are definitely pop/rock, but they can also mix it up, with a ballad such as 'Prisoner', a sub-reggae/rock thing called 'Young Girl', or something a little more subdued with a blues tinge like 'Cold Night Rain'.

In Summary
Though the band were shortlived, the main duo of Sue Saad and James Lance continued on within the musical industry, participating in music soundtracks and motion pictures. No recorded product from the pair has been sighted for many years, nor even a re-release of this album. No doubt you can obtain it as a vinyl rip somewhere.

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#1 | Eric on June 14 2007 12:01:32
A major cut-out bin item here, the group did open shows for both The Babys and UFO believe it or not, and released a lone single in 1981 called 'Looker' (not sure of the 'b' side?) which if I remember correctly was the theme song to a movie of the same name.
#2 | reyno-roxx on April 05 2017 20:51:18
This appears to have gained a limited release on Rennaissance in 2013. It is quite pricey though. It sounds great and features four bonus tracks taken from soundtracks that are of lesser quality both in terms of songwriting and sound (possibly transferred from cassette). An unreleased album is available from Amazon US as a CD-R to order but I cannot justify paying the postage to the UK right now.
#3 | rostoned on April 27 2017 11:11:51
There seems to be at least 2 other Sue Saad And The Next unreleased tunes in circulation, NOT included among the bonus tracks on the Renaissance reissue: 'Kamonbaybeh' (B side of a few editions of the Gimme Love/Gimme Pain single and also of the Won't Give It Up US one) and 'Double Yellow Line' off the Roadie OST!

To set the record straight, Saad's contributions to the Looker OST (Looker single and its b side Highwire) and the Radioactive Dreams OST (4 tracks) were all credited to Sue Saad only, not SSATN.

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