ARTIST: Paul Collins’ Beat
TITLE: The Beat
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Let Me Into Your Life, Don’t Wait Up for Me, Rock ‘N Roll Girl
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None, but I mixed You Won’t Be Happy a million billion times
LINEUP: Paul Collins, Steven Huff, Larry Whitman, Michael Ruiz
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A slice of power-pop heaven from one of the Nerves. It fell to almost deaf ears.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Despite appearances on American Bandstand, and a lot of critical acclaim, this outstanding power pop record didn’t sell or make many dents on FM radio airplay. The question of why needs to be answered, but there’s no accounting for taste.
Through the grooves (and now digital bits), Paul Collins and his band (which initially was The Beat just like the UK ska-band, thus forcing a Paul Collins Beat moniker here and an English Beat moniker there) plays through these power pop songs with gusto and verve. Melodies, harmonies, and hooks are in abundance. Many tracks leave you singing or humming them well after the record is done.
There’s one misstep here, a slow piano ballad which sounds like it should be on a Journey album or something. Aside from that, there’s not a miss as the catchy songs roll past you in a rush.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He was part of the Nerves with Peter Case and Jack Lee. The Nerves more famous for being namechecked by every Power Pop historian than anything they recorded (which was only four songs).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: One extra track that should have replaced the ballad.
GRADE: A: What Power Pop could be!