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Cats - 1980 Cats

LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 6E 275
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Michael Corr - lead vocals * Peter Keltz - lead guitar * Danny Weston - guitar * Fred Zarra - keyboards, vocals * Dennis Tilli - bass * Tommy Stewart - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 On The Prowl * 02 One Last Look * 03 It Doesn't Matter Anymore * 04 You Gotta Smile Again * 05 Go Bother Someone Else * 06 Goodbye Again Forever * 07 Minus 10 * 08 Just Broken Up Love Affair * 09 (He's Got) The Rest Of His Life * 10 The Woman In White

Cats were an Eastern Pennsylvania band that landed some support slots with The Cars 'Panorama' tour and mercifully disappeared. That's about all I know about this ill-fated one off that received some decent reviews (much to my surprise) back in the day including Billboard magazine's 'Pick of the Week' for the single 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore'. An obligatory seek and ye shall find on the trusty internet doesn't reveal much more other than guitarist Peter Keltz still seems to be active in the Pennsylvania scene.

The Songs
This is one of those bands that couldn't figure out what or who they wanted to be and suffered for it ten fold. From the pomp/new wave of the opener 'On The Prowl' which sounds like a ball-less version of 'Dream Police' era Cheap Trick to 'One Last Look' which apes The Cars and is beyond pointless. This record is as derivative as it gets. The aforementioned single again worships The Cars on both knees and I question Billboard's motives for its recommendation although the song did get airplay and in fact I remember hearing it once or twice. Thats was it. 'You Gotta Smile Again' is a step up coming across a bit like The Tubes although without the talent naturally. Side two's 'Goodbye Again Forever' has some pomp qualities but really never takes off. The same story for the drippy ballad 'Just Broken Up Love Affair' which tries it best to mix REO Speedwagon and Queen with disastrous, near laughable results. I am not even going to bother with the final two cuts which are equally embarrassing.

In Summary
My best guess is Cats were a bar band that got lucky. I am wondering when Elektra signed these guys, what potential did they actually hear? How much booze 'n blow did it take to get them to pull out a contract? Striking cover art, strikingly bad album. Avoid.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on July 17 2008 12:25:51
Pretty good album
#2 | BLACKHEART on June 04 2010 04:06:32
I remember one reviewer labeling this 'pussy rock' at the time this album was new. I think it's pretty standard 'new wave' circa 1980, with a few interesting moments. 'On The Prowl' still sounds good to me. I saw the Cats open for Van Halen in the summer of 1980 and they really weren't too bad live; a little tougher than one might expect from this album.
#3 | gdazegod on September 20 2011 11:37:12
'On The Prowl' is the best thing on this album, which is new wave meets pop rock. Has its moments, though can't really understand what Elektra saw in this lot. The lead singer is awful.
#4 | super80boy on January 26 2013 22:18:33
'One Last Look' is also quite catchy new wave and Side 2 does veer slightly into the AOR arena. Fantastic cover art.
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