|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new wave 80s rock power pop pop classic rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Artist Compilations:||Ruby & The Romantics|
This US bands 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 Cant Tell You Anything, on their own Spider Records. It was followed by Tell It To Carrie/First In Line on Greg Shaws 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...