|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new wave 80s female vocalists pop rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in Berkeley, California, in the early 70s, the early line-up of the Motels, originally known as the Warfield Foxes, comprised Martha Davis (15 January 1951, Berkeley, California, USA; vocals), Dean Chamberlain (guitar), Robert Newman (drums) and Richard DAndrea (bass). Relocating to Los Angeles, the band recorded a demo tape for Warner Brothers Records in 1975, but internal disagreements led to their break up. A new line-up, comprising Jeff Jourard (guitar), his brother Martin (keyboards, saxophone), Michael Goodroe (bass) and UK session drummer Brian Glascock (ex-Toe Fat), assembled for appearances at Hollywoods Whiskey club throughout July 1978, attracting a modicum of music industry interest in the process. In 1979, their stunning debut album was issued by Capitol Records. Like its remaining tracks, the hit ballad Total Control was produced by John Carter and composed by central figure Davis, whose eclectic tastes included blues,...