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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Up ahead there's trouble"

Roger Joseph Manning Jr (that's a mouthful) was the man behind bands like Jellyfish and Imperial Drag, bands that I have a general knowledge of but haven't really listened to all that much. He's known for his ultra-catchy, prog influenced pop songs, and Down In Front is no exception. What makes this track ultra-irrististable, though, are two things. First, from the beats to the melody, it sounds like a good old fashioned glam track. I could imagine a band like Sweet recording this. Second, about halfway through, these massive synths come in and morph the song into something totally overblown and memorable. It's a pity this track, along with the album that goes along with it, will probably be relegated to cult-status. I would love to hear a band like Melody Club record a track like this and rocket it to the top of the charts.

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear, support the artists. Buy the album here.)


Blogger Gumby said...

I knew you couldn't resist a good glam-throwback. Glad you enjoyed the track.

9:49 PM  

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