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Dads, The - 1984 The Dads

ARTIST: Dads, The
ALBUM: The Dads
LABEL: CBS, Estate Records
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: David Ayers - lead & rhythm guitar * Bryan Harvey - lead & background vocals, bass, keyboards * Kevin Pittman - lead & background vocals, guitar, keyboards * Michael Tubb - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rhythm Master * 02 Imagination * 03 Wonderworld * 04 Radio 101 * 05 I Heard The News * 06 Amnesia * 07 Do What You Wanna * 08 Man With Machinery * 09 Souvenir * 10 Four Walls

Built on Tobacco and nearly burned to the ground during the waning days of the Civil War; Richmond, Virginia is a sleepy Southern city with stifling heat and from what I can glean when visiting my family who live in area; a small but dedicated local music scene that on occasion will produce a major label contender. GWAR and Lamb Of God are two modern day exports, but who knows what the hell to make of them? Going back into the GD time machine to a more comfortable period there was Til Tuesday's Aimee Mann and Ten Ten who I thought had serious potential with their 1986 `Walk On' album but sadly failed to make a mark commercially.

The Songs
And then there were The Dads who were tremendously popular in colleges and clubs up and down the Eastern seaboard. Labels as they always do when they smell a crowd started knocking on The Dads door, eventually hooking up with CBS and veteran songwriter and producer Paul Leka. For those unfamiliar with his work, writing The Lemon Pipers smash 'Green Tambourine' and Steam's hugely popular 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye' as well as co-producing the first two REO Speedwagon albums put Leka on the pop map. Unfortunately The Dads would not benefit from the renowned producer's magic touch and were largely ignored by both the label and general public. Who was to blame? Fingers pointed everywhere and apparently The Dads didn't care for the recording sessions which they felt were rushed and unrepresentative of the band's live sound. Having not seen them in person, what I hear is a cool power pop band with similarities to Candy, Elvis Brothers, Romantics and The Plimsouls and I really can't complain. Catchy with a jangly, almost U2-ish undercurrent, in particular the record's only single 'Imagination' which really should have been all over the airwaves. The album's pace is relentless but always melodic and while some of the songs do sound alike, closer 'Four Walls' is a bit different, a sweet mid-tempo ballad that recalls both The Beach Boys and The Police.

In Summary
The Dads frustrated and lacking the will to carry on, disbanded in 1985. Band leader Bryan Harvey went on to record four discs with the rootsy/ alternative band House Of Freaks but was tragically murdered with his wife and two young children on New Year's Day 2006 in a random home invasion. What a world.

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#1 | super80boy on January 04 2014 00:47:08
The lead off 'Rhythm Master' is not a good start with its 50ish rockabilly vibe, but they quickly settle in with some catchy new wave fare for the rest of the proceedings. A good pace and melody change up occurs with 'Man With Machinery' and 'Souvenir'. My vinyl copy that I acquired a decade ago came with a flyer which had all their concert venues and dates on one side. They were indeed busy promoting this LP, playing in VA, NC, MD, GA, NJ and TN.
#2 | gdazegod on August 03 2016 22:35:57
Mark Lewis, from Ten Ten, was also in this band during their early 80's period.
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