In 1980, Code Blue, a no-nonsense power trio featuring Dean Chamberlain
of The Motels, released its first studio album. Although commercial
success on a grand scale was not to be, the band's potent melodic
concoction remains one of the most original sounds of the New Wave era.
While attending Berkeley in the early '70s, Chamberlain formed the group
that would become The Motels. Soon after relocating to L.A., the unit
fractured as singer Martha Davis became the primary focus, attracting
attention from none other than Phil Spector. Chamberlain left to form
Skin with drummer Randall Marsh and bassist Michael Ostendorf. Soon they
had a record deal with Warner Bros. and a new name, Code Blue. Nigel
Grey, fresh from work on the first two Police albums, signed on as
producer, and Gary Tibbs of The Vibrators replaced Ostendorf on bass.
After initial sessions at the legendary Olympic Studios in London and
overdubs at Grey's studio in the south of England, the band broke with
the producer and continued in L.A. with engineer Mike Stone. Released in
1980, Code Blue harnessed the raw, melodic spirit of the New Wave
without relying on its musical clichés. While not as emblematic of the
'80s as some of their contemporaries, Code Blue brought their delightful
"Whisper/Touch" to the classic teen film Pretty In Pink, cementing
their place among the finest the decade had to offer.
Also featured on this expanded, remastered edition are 12 bonus tracks,
including demos, live performances, and 2003 remixes of "Whisper/Touch"
and "Hurt." (rhino)
A lot of people call it New Wave/Power Pop and maybe that's the right designation for the band's sound. But in some songs it's more fresh powerful new wave sound with a share of power pop than pure power pop. Anyway, powerful record in the tradition of (in my ears) english punk/new wave bands of the time then.
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