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3-D - 1980 3-D

LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6254
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Rick Zivic - lead vocals * Keiv Ginsberg - guitars, vocals * Ted Wender - keyboards, vocals * Nick Stevens - bass, vocals * Mike Fink - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Telephone Number * 02 It's No Fun * 03 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow * 04 Pin Up Girl * 05 Back To You * 06 X-Ray Eyes * 07 All American Boy * 08 Carnival * 09 All Night Television

Like a bolt out of the blue, New York based power pop band 3-D released two albums just months apart in 1980 and disappeared almost as quickly. Their lack of success is difficult to pin point since these guys got a pretty big promotional push from Polydor and their all-star booking agents at Premier Talent. Jump over to any of the power pop blogs for bits of information and you'll find the band's biggest claim to fame was U2 supporting 3-D on the young Irish group's first U.S date ever, as well as a host of opening act slots with J. Geils Band, Eddie Money, The Fabulous Poodles, The Cars and even Poco, not to mention a coveted appearance as musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' and yet nothing on the how and why 3-D split-up.

The Songs
Perhaps 3-D was just a little too generic. Released at a time when skinny ties and drain pipe pants were all the rage and The Knack were starting to suffer serious backlash, 3-D didn't sound that much different than other major label power pop contenders The Cretones, The Elevators or The Elektrics; all of which had albums released the same year. Vocalist Rick Zivic sounds like Elvis Costello on the new wave cliche that is 'Telephone Number' and like magic - Ric Ocasek on The Cars clone 'It's No Fun. 'X-Ray Eyes' is fast paced and fun reminding me of Ian Hunter's solo work from the same period and 'All Night Television' while bringing to mind The Cars once again, has enough of a hook and lush keys to give it a pass as one of the LP's better tunes.

In Summary
The production is sluggish and with just a handful of so-so tunes, 3-D's first effort just doesn't sound as good as it did thirty years ago, having owned the album for that long myself. The group's second effort 'See It Loud' is more of the same and both records while short of classic power pop status are for a little nostalgia, worth snapping up cheaply.

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#1 | super80boy on January 04 2014 22:08:56
Fairly consistent power pop new wave with synth tweaks and quirks along the way. The clear standouts are 'X-Ray Eyes' and 'All Night Television'. U2 as an opening act…who would have thought, but everyone has to start somewhere…
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