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Golde, Franne - 1980 Restless

ARTIST: Golde, Franne
ALBUM: Restless
LABEL: Epic/Portrait
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Franne Golde - lead and backing vocals, piano * Peter McIan - keyboards, backing vocals, production, arrangements * Eric Scott, Eric Nelson - bass * Craig Krampf - drums * Billy Steele - guitar * Kim Bullard - synth programming * Phil Kenzie - sax * John Townsend, Jon Lind, Max Gronenthal, Tommy Funderburk - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING:? 01 Lookin' For The Stranger * 02 Natives Are Restless * 03 Run For Your Life * 04 Survivor * 05 Stranded * 06 Cool Kids * 07 Shadowland * 08 I Do Love * 09 Sailin'

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She is the owner of three LP's from the 70's and 80's and a truckload of songs that have appeared on many many records. Originally from Chicago where she learned her craft from the studio digs of Chess Records, she eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1978 to strike up a songwriting partnership with Richard Perry's publishing arm BrainTree Music. Perry of course was the founder of Planet Records (Pointer Sisters). Franne's debut was in 1976 while still in Chicago, it came out on Atlantic Records. Her second came out in 1979. 'Frannie' was a product of its time, and if you were into crossver disco acts like Desmond Child And Rouge or Group With No Name, then that was a good fit. I think her third album 'Restless' from 1980 would interest GDM readers much more, due to it's shift to a rock orientation, and a harder sound ideal for FM radio. The album is produced by Peter McIan, well-known for his production work on Men At Work and The City.

The Songs
Let's set the framework first. Other artists who operate in the same zone would include the likes of Ronni Spector, Rachel Sweet, Cindy Bullens, Teri DeSario and Ellen Shipley. The album gets off to a crackin start with the top-tapping 'Lookin' For The Stranger', a rousing opener with the sax giving it a 1980 seal of approval. 'Natives Are Restless' sounds like a female fronted version of the Michael Stanley Band, but it's surpassed by 'Run For Your Life' which is top-notch AOR, and sounds like something from the 1982 era not 1980. Whatever the timeframe, this is really good. 'Stranded' is also another little beuaty, co-written by Franne, Peter and Scott English, the bloke responsible for the 1971 hit single 'Brandy' (or in Barry Manilow's universe - 'Mandy'). Franne does a version of 'Cool Kids', the very same track which Kix did on their album of the same name in 1983. Just when you thought we had reached the peak, along comes 'Shadowland', which will leave you gasping for superlatives.

In Summary
Without doubt, this is much better than her first two albums; it's a pity it didn't take off. Beyond this album, which wasn't a commercial success, Franne drove hard into the songwriting world, and her list of accomplishments is many and varied. Refer her Wikipedia page for more. Due to the downturn in the music industry, Franne has shifted her interests toward fashion and clothing design; her website is an outlet for her current activity. Good on her!

Franne Golde - 1980 The Natives Are Restless

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#1 | rostoned on November 19 2017 08:38:36
It is weird that her first and second album were credited to Frannie and not Franne, the second was even titled "Frannie" ! Wonder why she dropped the "i" for the third opus.... o_O
#2 | gdazegod on November 19 2017 08:48:34
Well her real name is Francine. So Frannie, Franne, or Fran would be no big deal to her.
#3 | reyno-roxx on November 20 2017 22:14:14
Maybe Franne was friends with Franke Previte??!
#4 | Eric on November 20 2017 22:54:36
Guys she's on Facebook, I've been 'friends' with her for at least 6 years and I'm sure she would love to hear from you.....
#5 | reyno-roxx on December 12 2017 19:41:45
Was listening to this on the train today and the opener was very familiar. "This was covered by Pat Benatar". Indeed it was, on 'Get Nervous' and retitled as 'Looking For A Stranger'.
Great record. Needs to be on CD.
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