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Sheriff, Jamie - 1980 No Heroes



ARTIST: Sheriff, Jamie
ALBUM: No Heroes
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1- 6280
YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jamie Sheriff - lead vocals, piano * Geo Conners - guitar * Danny Carey - guitar, vocals * David Platshon - drums, tympani, percussion * Phil Jost - keyboards, vocals * Curtis Tilton - bass, vocals

Additional Musicians: Ronnie Montrose, Paul Warren, Win Landureth - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 My Car * 02 Coming Attraction * 03 Could It Be Love * 04 Too Late For Siouxsie * 05 Sexy Thing * 06 No Time For Heroes * 07 All Shot Down * 08 Soldier * 09 Waitress In A Diner


Background
As far as I can tell Jamie Sheriff sneaked his way incognito through the L.A music scene. Really, I've never found anything on this guy in all the years I've owned one of the 80's best one-off's and there's next to nothing the always handy internet other than Sheriff providing the music for the 1983 Slasher flick 'Slumber Part Massacre 3' (must of missed that one!) and a long forgotten 1989 western 'Bad Jim' as well as some synth programming for portions of Stevie Nicks' over produced 'Rock A Little' album. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine although apparently he did play out in the Los Angeles area supporting what would be his only album although where he is now remains a nagging mystery.


The Songs
Simply put this is an ear-catching pop record that should have been on the top of everyone's play list in the sweltering summer of 1980. Instead, the albums edgy lead off track and only single 'My Car' never charted and well... You already know the rest of the story. Ultra-melodic, Jamie Sheriff sounds a lot Like Nick Glider backed by 'Night and Day' period Joe Jackson with an album that is an amazingly well-crafted and a non-stop joyride. 'Could This Be Love and the straight-between-the-eyes pop of 'Too Late for Siouxsie' find Sheriff tapping into piano-fueled melodies that are flat-out brilliant. The title track and what might be the album's standout reinvents the Supertramp sound with delectable new wave nerviness while guitar-god Ronnie Montrose provides some seriously cool work on 'Soldier' and again Nick Gilder is a good if not dead-on point of reference.


In Summary
Hopefully you get the picture, groovy pop that's nearly damn near perfect and shame on Polydor for snagging Jamie Sheriff and letting him slip away. Record companies?


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