The Romantics

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": 80s new wave rock power pop pop classic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This US band’s career falls into two distinct halves; the Knack -like pop of the 70s dressed in tight red leather pants, and the near stadium rock-like success of the early 80s. The Romantics started out as four factory workers from Detroit, Michigan; Wally Palmar (vocals/guitar), Mike Skill (guitar/vocals), Rich Cole (bass/vocals) and Jimmy Marinos (drums/vocals). They originally formed in February 1977, releasing their debut single, ‘Little White Lies’/‘I Can’t Tell You Anything’, on their own Spider Records. It was followed by ‘Tell It To Carrie’/‘First In Line’ on Greg Shaw’s Bomp Records label in 1978. The music was uptempo and pop-like, much in the vein of the Flamin’ Groovies or the Raspberries, epitomised by the euphoric ‘What I Like About You’. In the 80s the Romantics developed a much more sophisticated, and familiar, US rock sound. Coz Canler (guitar/vocals) was brought in to the...

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