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Heaters, The - 1978 The Heaters

ARTIST: Heaters, The
ALBUM: The Heaters
LABEL: Ariola
SERIAL: SW-50032
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Mercy Bermudez - lead vocals, sax, keyboards * Maggie Connell - keyboards, backing vocals * Missy Connell - bass, vocals, guitar * Phil Cohen - drums, percussion, backing vocals * James Demeter - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Put On The Heat * 02 I've Never Been In Love * 03 Guilty * 04 Talk Is Cheap * 05 Powerline * 06 Thief In The Night * 07 Crossfire * 08 New Day * 09 By The One * 10 Steppin' Out At Night

The Heaters story was pretty typical of any band trying to make its mark on the overcrowded but always interesting L.A. scene although dressing in Mod attire fronted by three very young female players gave The Heaters a bump in originality and having been blessed with a booking agent who pushed the band in front of anyone and everyone including Van Halen, Virgin, Nick Gilder, Talking Heads and The Motels at the Whiskey, Starwood and other temples of cool was a big plus. The potential was there although their first real shot at stardom with Ariola was beset with problems including infighting, managerial and producer issues as well as an indifferent label who did very little to promote the group's debut.

The Songs
In retrospect Ariola had nothing to work with as the album was haphazardly produced with a sludgy compressed sound and very little in the way of a sellable single. Owing a big debt to Suzie Quatro and of course The Runaways; The Heaters high-gear energy is infectious and yet unlike their groundbreaking peers the opportunity to show their stuff is wasted on material that barely registers on the wow-o-meter. 'I've Never Been In Love' is good power pop fun and ironically a big hit for Quatro a couple years down the road although tracks like the plodding downer 'Guilty', the bratty girl group throwback 'Thief In The Night' and the record's best cut by a mile 'New Day' suffer from dreary sonics and amateurish delivery.

In Summary
Cross country concert appearances with Cheap Trick and the Climax Blues Band did little to sell the record and a failed second release on CBS 'Energy Transfer' exhausted any hope of The Heaters hitting the big-time. Demos were recorded for Arista that has since been released as a download on their web site, but The Heaters time had passed and for this reviewer they remain a minor anomaly on the power pop grid.

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#1 | super80boy on January 11 2015 16:21:08
The Heaters were some young bucks with bounds of talent. Although the album's subpar production equates to a compressed and flat sound, there is still some redeeming tracks on this debut. 'Put On The Heat' isn't too shabby to start the album. 'Guilty' has guitar snarling that adds some edge to an otherwise gloom soaked tune. Both 'Powerline' and 'New Day' get my vote for the standout tracks. The band's sophomore outing in 1980, 'Energy Transfer', is more of the same, and it's a notch better in the production department. There's also a very detailed band history out on their website with lots of nuggets of information…I can't believe these guys opened for Van Halen at the Whiskey A-Go-Go, but then again it was 1977. An interesting artifact from the late 70's Los Angeles scene.
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