Bram Tchaikowsky - The Russians Are Coming (1980) 1998 Flac
Bram Tchaikovsky (born Peter Bramall) began playing in local pub rock bands in Lincolnshire, England, in the late '60s. He joined the Motors in 1977 and was relegated to mere sideman status by the nucleus of the band, songwriters Andy McMaster and Nick Garvey. While waiting on pre-production work for the second Motors album, Tchaikovsky
took the opportunity to do some recording of his own. The resulting
single, "Sarah Smiles," drew enough interest for him to leave the Motors and form his own band. In addition to its leader, the band Bram Tchaikovsky consisted of Mike Broadbent (bass, keyboards) and Keith Boyce (drums).
They signed to the new Radar label in 1978 along with Stiff expatriates Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. The band showed a great deal of promise with their first album, Strange Man Changed Man,
fitting in nicely with the growing power pop movement. The
unforgettable "Girl of My Dreams," a true high point of the time, became
a minor hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Tchaikovsky continued on through rapid personnel changes for two more albums, The Russians Are Coming (released in the U.S. as Pressure) in 1980 and Funland in 1981. A considerable drop in sales prompted Tchaikovsky to dissolve the band and retire from the music business.
This is the second album by Bram Tchaikovsky and in my opinion it is just a little bit weaker than 'Strange Man Changed Man'. Both are fie Power Pop albums. In the US 'Russians were released as ''Pressure'' and i think the reason was because of the political situation (the cold war). I will post some more stuff of Bram Tchaikovsky in the next days.