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Ten Ten - 1986 Walk On




ARTIST: Ten Ten
ALBUM: Walk On
LABEL: Chrysalis
SERIAL: CHR 1532
YEAR: 1986

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mark Lewis - vocals, guitar * Don Ruzek - keyboards * Peter Bell - bass * Lee Johnson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 When It Rains * 02 There Goes Everything * 03 Rags * 04 The One In You * 05 Where The Flowers Grow * 06 One Life * 07 Beyond Me * 08 Walk On * 09 Million Miles Away * 10 Silver Heaven


Background
This is a band hailing from Richmond Virginia. The musical landscape from that region was a rich hubris of new wave and power pop, with many good bands emanating from Richmond, Norfolk and down to the North Carolina border. One such band The Dads were to feature prominently during the early 80's, so too The States. The talented Mark Lewis would move on from The Dads to form Ten Ten. Their privately released 1984 LP 'Ordinary Thinking' would eventually land Ten Ten with a major label record deal with Chrysalis.


The Songs
That label would try to break Ten Ten into the German market where the LP was given a local release. Their move to try and position Ten Ten as the American version of U2 was a bit questionable, the band had good songs - but they were never in the same league. The lead off single 'When It Rains' was aired on MTV during 1986, but the album didn't go anywhere fast, despite having a number of catchy tunes.


In Summary
There is some suggestion that the band might reunite for a one off gig in their homestate of Virginia during late 2010. Lewis these days is a producer/engineer based in New York. For those of you into 80's new romantic/AOR crossover, then Ten Ten might just interest you.


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#1 | Eric on July 24 2011 15:06:34
Good band and deserved better...
#2 | super80boy on July 31 2016 16:10:07
The band's major label release Walk On cranks up the production values a few notches from their private debut, especially with having Stephen Street on board - who had been doing engineering and production work for The Smiths. They also abandon the intricate new romantic arrangements that were hallmarks on their debut Ordinary Thinking in favor of driving arena-like new wave rockers. Along with the opening album single 'When It Rains', both the title song and 'Rags' are excellent melodic new wave cuts. The band could have done without the Plimsouls cover of 'Million Miles Away', a very over played song, even back then. Obviously not at the levels of U2 or Simple Minds, but well worth an investigation!

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