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States, The - 1979 The States



ARTIST: States, The
ALBUM: The States
LABEL: Chrysalis
SERIAL: CHR-1229
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jimmy McDonnell - vocals * Barry Scott - guitars, vocals * Stephen Chandler - guitars, vocals * Robert Schindler - keyboards * Dominic Germano - bass * Jimmy Wilkins - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 My Latest Girl * 02 Not Another Night * 03 Much Too Young * 04 Never Change * 05 Fire * 06 Cry If You Want (Over The Edge) * 07 Baby Don't * 08 Lies


Background
Apparently The States were a local legend of sorts in their native Norfolk region of Virginia. At the time they drew some infamous praise from The Rolling Stone Record Guide, who described the band as 'tedious uninspired radio fodder'. I'm not sure they truly deserve that reputation, as it's still listenable even all these years later. Lets face it, we don't have to be rocket scientists to see what market they're aiming at. It's unabashed power pop, like Cheap Trick meets The Knack, though in some places they prescribe a metallic brand of pop similar to a band like Susan for instance. Jimmy McDonnell, the vocalist sings with a high pitched voice like Dennis De Young or Geddy Lee, though not as 'off the planet' as David Surkamp from Pavlovs Dog..


The Songs
Of the songs, they aren't too bad, but not stunningly spectacular either. Styx comes to pay a visit on the intro of 'Much Too Young' and you'd swear the keyboardist has had 'The Grand Illusion' pasted permanently onto his turntable in repeat play. Overall though, the track is a pleasant enough romp threough seventies pop. In the main, I prefer those tracks on Side Two, such as 'Cry If You Want', the pumping 'Baby Don't', and the aggressive tones of 'Lies'. Must be something about that particular song title huh?


In Summary
They were dropped by Chrysalis soon after, but re-signed with CBS/Boardwalk for the release of their second (and supposedly better) album 'Picture Me With You' in 1981. Apart from that pair, they also released two indie albums! The only guy to go onto anything significant since was Barry Scott, who formed his own band The Barrys (coincidence with the name?). I am interested in those indie releases.. Hmm, anyone out there who can help me track them down?


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