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Bratz - 1980 Bratz

ALBUM: Bratz
LABEL: Private Press
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Paul Shaffer - lead & background vocals * John Lusitana - rhythm & lead guitar, background vocals * Jack Butler - lead & rhythm guitar, lap steel guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals * Keith Loveland - electric & acoustic piano, synthesizers * Rick Wynne - bass, background vocals * Paul Nichols - drums, conga

TRACK LISTING: 01 City Girl * 02 Last Nite * 03 All I Need * 04 I Don't Want To Be Here * 05 Easy To Be Free * 06 Queen Of The Broken Hearts * 07 Satin Beach Hideaway * 08 Slip Away * 09 It's Too Late * 10 Preseason Rain * 11 Booga-Lou Louie

Formed in 1977 the San Diego based Bratz released two albums, their debut in 1980 and 'Absolute Perfection' in 1983. The band gigged extensively throughout Southern California and opened for several national acts but as hard as they tried never broke out of their regional scene. Splitting shortly after their sophomore album vocalist Paul Shaffer and guitarist Jack Butler had a higher degree of success in the mid-80s as Private Domain; releasing one album on MCA/Gold Mountain and appearing on soundtracks for Jim Carrey's mildly entertaining vampire flick 'Once Bitten' and 1987's stinker 'Back To The Beach'.

The Songs
We're off to an excellent start with 'City Girl' featuring some cool extended soloing from six-stringer Jack Butler but the melodic buzz wears off quickly with the hangover inducing bar band rock of 'Last Nite' which unfortunately covers much of the record's material. Seriously, who let these guys near a studio? Bratz lack of musical direction can be summed up in the awful reggae influenced 'I Don't Want To Be Here' which is proof once again hard rock bands should steer clear of the Ganja and while keyboardist Keith Loveland's use of Arp occasionally brings to mind the pomp greats of the era; he couldn't possibly save tripe like the up-tempo and messy 'All I Need', the banal 'Satin Beach Hideaway' or the tiresome early REO Speedwagon influenced 'Booga-Lou Louie'.

In Summary
I've never heard 'Absolute Perfection' which at a guess from promo shots found on the internet followed a new wave direction but I could be wrong. It can't be any worse than this record. Cool logo though.

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#1 | super80boy on August 28 2013 02:11:14
Standout Tracks: "City Girl", "All I Need", "Queen Of The Broken Hearts". Their follow up Absolute Perfection did indeed take a new wave rock direction, but its quite good.
#2 | Eric on August 28 2013 03:36:46
On the follow-up, I'll take your word for it. This record did nothing for me.
#3 | gdazegod on October 03 2015 02:28:18
The follow-on from the BRATZ which Eric alluded to was the band PRIVATE DOMAIN. They formed in 1985, and released two albums to my knowledge: 1987's s/t album, and a 1993 CD called 'Total Sanctuary'. They have been compared to Beau Coup and The Arrows, though I can't testify to that as I haven't heard either album.
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