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Pleasure Thieves - 1992 Simple Escape



ARTIST: Pleasure Thieves
ALBUM: Simple Escape
LABEL: Hollywood
SERIAL: HR-60999-2
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Sinjin William Dolan - lead vocals, acoustic guitar * Desmond McLean - lead guitar * Andy J.G. - drums * Nick Fawcett Kozonis - bass * Matt Everitt - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Turn Me On * 02 About You * 03 Blue Flowers * 04 Beautiful Disguise * 05 Pictures Of Madness * 06 Wild Miracle * 07 My Favorite Drug * 08 You Make Me Feel Right On * 09 Without A Sound * 10 Into The Arms Of Love * 11 Blue Flowers (Orchestral)


Background
Here's another in the long list of band's that got the axe in the wake of the grunge movement, releasing just one album before everyone down-tuned and stopped washing their hair. What a dreadful period looking back, so much great music that was abandoned all because of 'Nevermind' or was it the previous decade's AOR's bloat? Whatever the reason, it sucked and our music was never the same. These lost souls were from Los Angeles, gigging around town in the late 80s as Mystery Theater, eventually changing their name to Pleasure Thieves while landing a cover of The Who's 'Boris The Spider' on the 'Arachnophobia' soundtrack. Remember that one? I don't and sadder still, I've owned the band's only full length release 'Simple Escape' for years and never played the damn thing.


The Songs
There's no time like the present and as it turns out it's a fair to average disc at best and I hadn't missed much. Nothing new here as Pleasure Thieves sound a lot like The Psychedelic Furs, Simple Minds and the long forgotten Canadian band Darkroom for a more obscure reference. All very derivative and it's difficult to understand the Thieves' motives. Did we really need another Psychedelic Furs? Hard to say since I was never a fan and I don't hear a standout single either but apparently there were two - 'Blue Flowers' and the moody 'My Favorite Drug'. Neither charted, but probably didn't get much support from their label I imagine. There are a couple palatable tunes to be found, namely 'Beautiful Disguise' backed by a solid bass line and stabbing keys and the upbeat 'Pictures Of Madness' but overall 'Simple Escape' fails to move me as much as other 'alternative' product of the day such as The Grapes Of Wrath, Redd Kross or even R.E.M. for that matter.


In Summary
The band toured across the U.S., nothing extensive just a few select cities but once dropped by Hollywood Records, they couldn't hold it together and no one in the group went on to anything significant. Depending on your tolerance for 'Pretty in Pink' pop, I suggest approaching Pleasure Thieves with caution.


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#1 | Traveller in time on November 25 2011 17:04:11
"Darkroom" is not forgottenSmile
#2 | Eric on November 25 2011 17:06:39
Glad to hear that!
 
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