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Wilde, Danny - 1986 The Boyfriend

ARTIST: Wilde, Danny
ALBUM: The Boyfriend
LABEL: Island
SERIAL: 90497-1
YEAR: 1986


LINEUP: Danny Wilde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica * Phil Solem - lead guitar, backing vocals * Sig Emerson - bass * Pat Mastelotto - drums * Martin Briley - backing vocals on 'Body To Body'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Isn't It Enough * 02 Body To Body * 03 Restless Heart * 04 Angel (This Must Be Heaven) * 05 Hold Out For Me * 06 The Sound Of My Heart Breaking * 07 Katherine * 08 He Can Have You * 09 Criminal Mind * 10 The Boyfriend


This album might be tagged as a Danny Wilde solo album, but really, the tandem of Wilde and guitarist Phil Solem might have you thinking that it's nothing more than The Rembrandts with a bit of window dressing over it. Not so. Despite the fact that the duo formed said band in 1990, the duo's musical partnership goes back much further than that, or this album - if we skip through the history books. Many of you might not be familiar with Wilde and Solem's first attempt at stardom, with their early 80's outfit Great Buildings. For Wilde, history goes back even further.. with his participation as the lead singer in a long-lost power-pop classic band called The Quick, who released a great LP called 'Mondo Deco'. Hardly anyone will remember that one, with probably our very own Eric being a major exception. Back to 1986, 'The Boyfriend' is Danny's first solo record, but the album lineup is impressive. Musically, it's jangly, but it also has a cranky attitude too. I only wish a guy like Billy Squier could have followed a similar path to Danny during this same timeframe, as I feel he got the recipe 'just right' for this album.

The Songs
If you take a dash of Billy Squier, a dose of Stage Dolls plus Danny's own veritable style, then this is what is delivered on 'The Boyfriend'. The opening pair of 'Isn't It Enough' and 'Body To Body' were both low-key achievers for Danny on rock radio at the time. 'Isn't It Enough' would also appear on former Scandal singer Patty Smyth's LP 'Never Enough' the following year. The tick-tock rhythm of 'Restless Heart' is a combination of mid-west jangle with the smooth delivery of a Stage Dolls tune. 'Angel (This Must Be Heaven)' reminds us of Wilde's power-pop leanings from the past, this one could sound quite appropriate with the skinny-tie brigade circa 1979-1980! 'Hold Out For Me' is a pretty good upbeat urgent rocker with a superb chorus, not unlike the following track 'The Sound Of My Heart Breaking' has a nifty power-pop/guitar rocker edge to it. A very likeable track! 'Katherine' is a lovely mid-tempo breath of fresh air, which exudes all the confidence and style from a guy well averse to the singer/songwriter concept. The jangly guitar melodies are superb. 'He Can Have You' is the sort of 80's radio drama best found on a Donnie Iris album, the arrangement is so similar you'll be breaking out those Cruisers albums to do an identity test! 'Criminal Mind' is a tough guitar rocker with ample melody lines and enough attitude to sound convincing out on the backstreets, while the album closer 'The Boyfriend' is the driftaway ballad of the album, taking us out on a cushion of air rather than a blaze of glory!

In Summary
'The Boyfriend' is an album that never made it to the CD format, as Danny departed Island Records soon after the release of this, and high-tailed it to Geffen Records instead. Island, in their infinite wisdom and seeking some sort of retribution conveniently ignored it forever after. Wilde would release two more studio albums during the 80's: 'Any Mans Hunger' in 1988, where Danny went over to Dave Edmunds Rockfield Studios in Wales to record it, plus 1989's self titled album. There is also a 1988 Live Westwood One Recording featuring eight tracks out there as a file share, for those that are interested. Of course from 1990 onwards, Danny and Phil Solem created The Rembrandts legacy, which would result in the hit single 'I'll Be There For You' which was the theme song to the show 'Friends', but it ultimately became a millstone around their necks and eventually proved the undoing of the band and the duo in 1997.

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#1 | Eric on May 09 2008 18:19:02
Phil Solem grew up just a couple blocks from where I live and recently played a rare live gig here in the Twin cities. The Quick do have a CD out, but it's a rather punkish affair and nothing like thier candy coated album- 'Mondo Deco'.
#2 | george_the_jack on June 07 2008 12:16:08
Thanx a lot George The album is great in high quality format! I really enjoy it!
#3 | gdazegod on June 07 2008 21:55:36
Actually, you will find that I raised a forum post on Danny Wilde back on April 26, advising the availability of his free album on his website. This is what prompted me to review it a week later on May 6th.

[url=]Click here[/youtube].

#4 | rostoned on October 25 2008 14:20:38
Danny's recordings with Great Buildings can be heard here http://greatbuild...index.html Not sure if the LP is available for download on file share/blog sites.

A few tracks of The Quick are available for streaming on their MySpace page http://www.myspac...k1976mondo, full album can be downloaded easily, check the forum on this site Grin

Uk cult label Rev-Ola released a CD collection of the demos of The Quick produced by Kim Fowley which landed them their deal, and post album recordings produced by Beck's father David Campbell. It's still available http://www.revola...
#5 | Eric on October 25 2008 17:06:10
I have the Rev-Ola CD, not nearly as good as 'Mondo Deco'...
#6 | LALOROCK on March 13 2010 16:43:59
Great album,Isn't it enough,Body to Body,Restless Heart,all the songs are catchy in the vein fo BRETT WALKER's Nevertheless,some label reissue please!Shock
#7 | swazi on September 20 2011 22:36:33
What an awesome album! Rock Candy, could you PLEASE hurry up ?!?!
#8 | swazi on October 04 2012 08:23:38
One year later and still nothing ... Sad Has this one disappeared from Rock Candy's agenda ??
#9 | gdazegod on September 05 2016 10:57:34
Danny Wilde - 1986 Isn't it Enough
YouTube Video:

[url=]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]

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