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Coulson, Dick (And Letter O) - 1983 Dick Coulson And Letter O

ARTIST: Coulson, Dick (And Letter O)
ALBUM: Dick Coulson And Letter O
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 811821-1
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Dick Coulson - lead and background vocals, guitars, drums * Gary Sussman - lead and background vocals, guitars * Dan Logan - bass, background vocals * Joe Resnick - drums * Ben Grosse, Art Vartanian - keyboards * John Johnson - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock The Nation * 02 Telephone Ring * 03 Steady Like You * 04 Where's My Angel * 05 Downtown

Detroit power pop with connections to Marshall Crenshaw going way back with the nearly unpronounceable '70s band Astigafa which included Dick Coulson, Gary Sussman and Crenshaw which never went beyond the bar band circuit of Southern Michigan. After Marshall left the motor city to fill John Lennon's shoes in 'Beatlemania' and power pop sainthood in the 1980's, Coulson and Sussman formed Radio City - with an obvious nod to the Big Star album of the same name, yet for some reason changed their name to Dick Coulson & Letter O for this their only recorded work.

The Songs
With just five cuts, the EP features Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon) as producer on 'Rock The Nation', 'Telephone Ring' and 'Downtown' with modern rock guru Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Marilyn Manson) sitting behind the mixing board for 'Steady Like You' and 'Where's My Angel'. There is a noticeable difference between the producers, but in the end it really doesn't matter since the album as a whole is average at best. Bryan Adams meets Off Broadway on side one with 'Rock The Nation' the better of the two. The second side is a little easier to take and 'Steady Like you' will appeal for those who took a shine to the sound of the first two Bryan Adams records although I do wonder what their old buddy Marshall Crenshaw thought of 'Where's My Angel', since it's almost an exact rip-off of his trademark sound but what are friends for? 'Downtown' closes the EP with a mundane pop cut and cheesy sax solo that just doesn't stick in the memory. It's no wonder Polydor left this slab of plastic to die with little if any promotion.

In Summary
Not a clue what happened to Coulson and the boys after this effort although I imagine power pop followers who have to own everything remotely connected to the genre will want this while everyone else should save their money.

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