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Korgis, The - 1979 The Korgis

ARTIST: Korgis, The
ALBUM: The Korgis
LABEL: Rialto
SERIAL: 508599
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1999, Edsel, EDCD 621


LINEUP: James Warren - vocals, bass * Andy Davis - vocals, drums * Stuart Gordon -guitar * Phil Harrison - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Young N Russian * 02 I Just Can't Help It * 03 Chinese Girl * 04 Art School Annexe * 05 Boots And Shoes * 06 Dirty Postcards * 07 O Maxine * 08 Mount Everest Sings The Blues * 09 Cold Tea * 10 If I Had You

The Korgis initially started off as an interesting British duo during 1977, with their heritage going back to cult faves Stackridge. When that band went belly up 1976, James Warren and Andrew Cresswell-Davis (shortened to Andy Davis) teamed up in the West Country of Britain to form the nucleus of The Korgis - incidentally, named after the synthesizer/keyboard company Korg. Warren and Davis added guitarist Stuart Gordon and keyboardist Phil Harrison to complete the initial line-up. Signed to smalltime label Rialto Records (the label of The Korgis management team of Nick and Tim Heath), the band released two singles in early 1979, prompting Rialto to move onto a full LP release.

The Songs
Of those two singles, 'Young N Russian' was released in March 1979, followed soon after by 'If I Had You' which made it to #13 in the British singles charts. Buoyed by this success, Rialto issued the debut Korgis LP which appeared in July 1979. The Korgis have been described as a prototype to 80's synth outfits such as Tears For Fears and a host of others, but their image was caught up in the new wave movement of skinny ties and flash suits. From an AOR/melodic rock perspective, The Korgis sit comfortably beside the likes of The Buggles, and if you want to push the boundary a bit further - then New England circa 'Explorer Suite' might make for a good comparison, as would similar era The Cars. Certainly on tracks such as 'I Just Can't Help It' and the aforementioned 'If I Had You', the softer synth oriented compositions veer down that path, something that British fans of the day would have been oblivious of. They have a knack for the quirky too, the vocoder heavy 'Chinese Girl' and The Cars like 'Art School Annexe', and the synth/bass maxi-pop of 'Boots And Shoes'. 'Dirty Postcards' is whimsical British pop that sounds centered around the early 70's timeframe (check out the wacky lyrics on this one), so too 'Mount Everest Sings The Blues' which is too clever for its own good.

In Summary
The Korgis debut is a good introduction to the band, but things would take off for them during 1980 with their second album 'Dumb Waiters' featuring the mega-hit 'Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime'. The debut was reissued on CD by Edsel Records during 1999, but there are a raft of Greatest Hits packages out there which contains most of their Rialto era material covering their first three LP's.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 22 2011 15:00:42
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#2 | Eric on April 22 2011 17:23:42
On my top 50 albums of all-time list. A brilliant record on every level. 'If I Had You' is primo Beatlesque pop and it's all killer and no filler from start to finish.
#3 | trillion1999 on October 10 2011 20:52:07
I love Young N Russian,I Just Cant Help It,Dirty Postcards,O Maxine,If I Had love
#4 | swazi on November 03 2012 10:56:27
So I finally went ahead any bought this one. It has been on my list for years and years, actually since hearing "Dumb Waiters" .... Smile

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