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Koo, The - 1988 The Koo

ARTIST: Koo, The
ALBUM: The Koo
LABEL: Delta Records
SERIAL: 11 109
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Bob Hayman - guitars * John Powell - vocals, drums * Tony Mgrdichian - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Got To Get Together * 02 Runaway * 03 Standin' In The Rain * 04 On My Way * 05 Strike * 06 The Edge * 07 1000 Radios * 08 Work It Out * 09 Killin' Time * 10 Shame Shame * 11 Maybe Right

Dopey name for a band right? Just as bad as Coney Hatch or Cirith Ungol! This trio came from the late eighties, and should not be confused with another band from Nashville currently doing the rounds with the same handle. Not a lot known about this trio, but it's clear their music wouldn't have been able to survive outside of the eighties due to its inherently decade-challenged characteristics. You could toss a few names in the ring when comparing this band. Up All Night, Bystander, The Producers, Bryan Hughes Group. At given moments during the playing time, these influences and more - are detected. It's AOR, it's pop rock, it's a merger of the two. No doubt you might hear your own influences in there other than those which I've mentioned above.

The Songs
Vocally, the lead singer John Powell has an Aldo Nova flavour about him, and this permeates throughout the album, obvious on some songs less obvious on others. Starting out with 'Got To Get Together', its mid paced stuff reminiscent of The Producers circa 'Run For Your Life'. Second up 'Runaway' is an album highlight, the energetic pop rock driving home in the direction of Urgent for example. 'Standin' In The Rain' is a pumping Bystander sounding track, and generally is pretty good except for those inkly little keyboard patterns which annoy the hell out of me. By the time we get to 'On My Way' we are reduced to go-slow mode. Hayman and Powell also contributed the track 'Strike' to the movie soundtrack 'Friday The 13th Part VIII', alongside other notables such as Stan Meissner. Mixing hi-tech and disco-techque is 'The Edge'. If this was 1992 we'd be comparing this to the band C'vello. The other stand-out cut on the album is '1000 Radios' which is more hi-tech mayhem. The other cuts continue in this vein but don't really do a lot for my ears unfortunately.

In Summary
Because of its hi-tech nature and the fact that it is based in the eighties, The Koo will get some of you excited. Others less so. Remember though, this is an independent release, but don't let that deter you from seeking this out. It has its moments, and though it hasn't aged that well over time, it ain't the wimpfest that many have unfairly landed on this lot.

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#1 | KurtmanJP on March 20 2008 20:09:46
Bystander, you say? Well, if that's the case I guess this is worth checking out. Does it get as poppy and hi-tech as Balanx in parts, though?
#2 | richardb on March 20 2008 21:08:27
hmm! Not bad, but just a little too clinical, even for a self-confessed lover of wimphem like myself.

#3 | jefflynnefan on March 25 2010 03:11:39
A cd of this just went for $202.00 on Ebay. I listened to a song on Youtube awhile ago, not bad. The Aldo Nova comparison sounds intriguing but heck $202! Is it that good?
#4 | gdazegod on March 25 2010 03:48:39
At $202? No.
#5 | swazi on January 25 2012 18:22:43
A friend of mine has the original CD and made me a copy, so I am set. $200 is way too much for me, but I think in these days it will even fetch much more.
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