ARTIST: Tickets, The
ALBUM: The Tickets
LABEL: Brewery Records
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Bryan Shaddix - lead & backing vocals, lead guitar * Donald Mabbott - lead vocals, rhythm guitar * Brian Martin - rhythm guitar, backing & lead vocals * Andy Winston - bass * Tim Strope - bass, backing vocals * Marcos De La Cruz - drums, backing vocals
TRACK LISTING: 01 Our Two Hearts * 02 Dream About Me * 03 Way Down Here * 04 Everything * 05 How The Good Things Come * 06 I Don't Belong * 07 Heartland * 08 The One That I Loved * 09 Nothing Else I Can Do * 10 Last Dance For You * 11 She Got Away * 12 Yesterday's Girl * 13 Way Down Here (Alternate Vocal) * 14 I Don't Belong (Alternate Vocal)
It's been a while since I've reviewed a power pop album so without further ado I present The Tickets. Formed in California's Orange County in 1985; the band was in existence for ten fun-filled years, packing them in at L.A. clubs playing crowd-pleasing covers by Nick Lowe
, The Replacements
, The Knack
, Marshall Crenshaw
while working on their own skinny-tied influenced material. In 1986 a single was released 'She Got Away' written by none other than Katrina Leskanich of Katrina & The Waves
and in 1990 the band put out a full-blown cassette only album 'The Tickets Make A Record'. A big collectible, the tape, the single and couple unreleased tracks were smartly compiled by Brewery Records for this self-titled CD.
Sometimes archive releases of this nature can be scatter shot in the quality department but this is a marvelous set sounding very British on opener 'Our Two Hearts' and a whole lot like Squeeze
on 'Dream About Me'. A great start and 'Way Down Here' recalls a jangle happy Tommy Tutone
while slowing down the pace 'Everything' is pure early 80's Elvis Costello
when he was cool before becoming the pudgy and full of himself bore he is today. Never afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves for a good time, The Tickets further into the original tape give up more Squeeze
styled goodness with 'Heartland' and 'Last Dance For You' will surely bring to mind the back to basics Beserkley era Greg Kihn
although my favourite cuts are the aforementioned 'She Got Away' and the 45 B-side 'Yesterday's Girl', both classic power poppers that shouldn't be missed.
Again, a nice package with photos of the band from long ago displayed inside the CD tray and yes, it's still in print although nothing's forever so pick it up while you can.
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