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Steven T - 1978 West Coast Confidential



ARTIST: Steven T
ALBUM: West Coast Confidential
LABEL: Dream Records
SERIAL: DA 3500
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steven T. - guitars, lead & background vocals * Leland Sklar, Wilton Felder, Mike Porcaro - bass * Mike Baird, Hal Blaine, Willie Ornelas, Emil Richards - drums * Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour, Dan Ferguson - guitars * Rick Henn, Jai Winding, David Foster, Mike Melvoine, Dave Carr, Becky Hobb - keyboards * Mary Hylan, Chris Darrow - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Outskirts Of Town * 02 Sweet Delight * 03 L.A. Blues * 04 These Are My Life And Times * 05 Number One * 06 Face In The Crowd * 07 Things Ain't Like They Used To Be * 08 Blood And Sand * 09 West Coast Confidential * 10 Sons And Daughters


Background
Steven T. is Steven Tetsch formerly of L.A. punkers Venus And The Razorblades and the short-lived pop outfit The Dreamers; both under the influence and direction of Kim Fowley. Of the two The Dreamers are of more interest to GD readers and featured Steven T. with Dyan Diamond and Tommy Knight both of which recorded respectable power pop albums and Laurie Bell of future MCA legends The Orchids. Sadly the group demoed but never released anything officially although there is a clip on YouTube of 'Can't You See The Love In My Eyes' which was very cool and a window into what could have been one of Fowley's more successful ventures. Further Google searching and sifting through yellowed magazines doesn't turn up much on Steven although his label's blurb in Billboard's full-colour advertisement for 'West Coast Confidential' is hilariously heavy on the bullshit.


The Songs
The majority of the tunes are co-writes with Fowley which doesn't make a lick of difference since much of the record is a big bore. Working the same territory, 'West Coast Confidential' has a lot in common with the late Jeff Conaway's sole album and Arlyn Gale's little heard jewel 'Back To The Midwest Night' but other than two or three tracks, this baby's nothing to write home about. Obviously Bruce Springsteen had a big influence on the record and the vibe is more eastern grit than slick west coast but just how much of this direction was Steven's or more finger-in-the-pie dabbling on Fowley's part is questionable. The best songs are 'Outskirts Of Town'; a well-crafted pop rocker laced with 'Love Boat' styled strings which works for dramatic effect and the delightful mid-tempo ballad 'These Are My Life And Times', sounding very much like the aforementioned lost cut from The Dreamers. Elsewhere Steven T's just a little too much a well-dressed working class rocker, hardly believable with Fowley's involvement and done so much better by Springsteen and to a lesser extent by one-hit wonder Steve Forbert who championed the same street-wise blue-collar style a year later.


In Summary
These days Steven T. plays in a newly reformed Venus And The Razorblades with his solo career a distant memory. I personally would love to see an archive disc of The Dreamers material and maybe, just maybe, the YouTube clip will spark some interest in such a project. Stranger things have happened..


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