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Durocs - 1979 Durocs

ARTIST: Durocs
ALBUM: Durocs
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-11981
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Scott Mathews - lead & backing vocals, drums, percussion, pedal steel, guitar, fretless bass, keyboards, saxophone, durophone, vibes * Ron Nagle - lead & backing vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, percussion * John Blakeley, Chris Michie - guitars * Phil Aaberg - piano, synthesizer, clavinet * Maurice Cridlin - bass, accordion * Steve Douglas - saxophone * Larry Blackshire - vibes * Larry Reed - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hog Wild * 02 Lie To Me * 03 Don't Let The Dream Die * 04 We Go Good Together * 05 No Fool, No Fun * 06 It Hurts To Be In Love * 07 Seeker (You Be Sucker) * 08 True Love * 09 One Day At A Time * 10 Saving It All Up For Larry

What's a Duroc you might be asking? From the album sleeve: 'A breed of large red American hogs, noted for superior intelligence and exceptionally large ears and genitals. Huh? Fortunately what we have here has nothing to do with barnyard commodities but a top notch pop album from two San Francisco song writers Scott Mathews and Ron Nagle whose previous credits include music for the film 'The Exorcist' and songs recorded by diverse artists such as The Tubes and Barbara Streisand. Mathews and Nagle at the prompting of legendary producer Jack Nietzsche recorded just one album as Durocs with little if any support from Capitol or for that matter the band.

The Songs
What a shame too, since the Durocs album deserved far better treatment than it received although I do remember reading a decent review in Billboard at the time, not that Billboard was ever a great taste indicator, but it was something at least. Deliciously quirky and clever Durocs music can best be described as Utopia and The Tubes meets the art pop of 10cc and The Korgis with a unique Mathews and Nagle twist, although the opener 'Hog Wild' bares more than a passing resemblance to Mott The Hoople! Yeah, Durocs is a difficult album to categorize but a charmer to say the least. The following 'Lie To Me' is a nice little pop number that would have fit nicely in any play list at the time, but Capitol chose two other songs for singles - the rollicking 'It Hurts To Be In Love' which reminds me of Nick Lowe at his best (always a good thing) and the curiously titled 'Saving It All Up For Larry' which featured a mono version of the same song on the flip. Of course neither song failed to do much, if anything in the sales or airplay department and it didn't help Durocs never went out on the road to support the records, so who could blame the label for not giving them a promotional boost? Other highlights include the ELO-ish 'Don't Let The Dream Die' and 'True Love' which sounds like Alessi backed by Todd Rundgren.

In Summary
This is one of those records that have gained a small cult following over the years, but has yet to be released on CD. I am guessing it's only a matter of time but do seek out a copy on LP or download, and while you're at it hop over to Youtube for a couple of Durocs videos. The Durocs LP is still an eleven on my wow-o-meter all these years later and of course receives my highest recommendation.

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#1 | Eric on May 20 2012 14:33:10
Out on CD from Real Gone, apparently main man Scott Matthews formed the band Ice with pre-stardom Steve Perry!
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