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Look, The - 1984 Everybody's Acting



ARTIST: Look, The
ALBUM: Everybody's Acting
LABEL: Fantasy
SERIAL: F-9631
YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dave Edwards - vocals, guitar * Sam Warren - guitar * Randy Volin - guitar * Chuck Mosses - bass * John Sarkisian - drums

Additional Musicians: Tim Gorman - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Memories * 02 Cold Cold Cold * 03 The Way You Do The Things You Do * 04 You Can Do What You Want * 05 Don't Give Up * 06 Who Knows Me * 07 I Can't Wait * 08 Come Back * 09 Here We Go Again (Tonight)


Background
Not to be confused with the British band of the same name, The Look were a Detroit band formed in the late 70's playing in a radio rock come new wave style. I tend not to follow this sub-genre too much, as much of the material is very derivative, but I'll make an exception in this case. The band membership had come together from many Michigan based outfits, with musical and professional hook-in's to second and first tier bands such as Grand Funk Railroad, The Rockets and Mitch Ryder. The Look became a popular draw on the Detroit circuit, and local radio was a major step-up the ladder to regional success. The band released two albums on A&M from 1981 and 1982 before signing to Fantasy Records, home of fellow new wave crossover act Taxxi.


The Songs
Mostly a guitar pop/rock band (three guitarists), 'Everyone's Acting' proved to be the nail in the coffin for the band. The LP producer Phil Kaffel changed the sound of the band by employing drum machines and completely rewriting (or fucking up) the songs in conjunction with John Sarkisian. He bought in The Who session keyboardist Tim Gorman, and The Look became totally alienated from their own songs. So too the local Detroit fanbase who weren't impressed by the change. The rest of the band (other than Sarkisian) were locked out of the studio.. apparently. I haven't listened to the first two albums, but after listening to 'Everyone's Acting', perhaps there is some merit in those earlier recordings. The Look could be compared to outfits such as Tommy Tutone and Photograph, and as such, the material isn't half bad.


In Summary
The Look and Fantasy Records parted company soon after. The 5 album, million dollar deal went by the way of the toilet, and so too went band leader Dave Edwards who by this stage had enough of the BS, and needed a job which paid better than The Look gig. Also leaving were drummer John Sarkisian and guitarist Sam Warren. The band obviously must have done something right during their time together, as they were voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame in 2015. Not quite sure what status this entity has. They may be significant, then maybe not. [word count 382]


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#1 | super80boy on February 27 2016 15:34:09
The band had definitely morphed into a more new wave oriented sound, especially with the introduction of keyboards. Lead off 'Memories' stays strictly in the new wave arena with subtle synth stabs and a catchy melody/chorus, this was the album single and received radio air play. The guitar rocker 'Come Back' harkens back to their first two albums sound. The rest of the album is competent mid-paced melodic new wave rock. There's no doubt this 3rd album was a departure from the guitar led rock on the band's first two albums, Their 2nd album, 1982's 'Look Again' is their best effort and most commercially successful. Time to pull that one off the shelves…
 
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