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Saturday, December 04, 2004

The Revelons 'Anthology'

It's puzzler, how did a band so poppy, so accessible, that was poking around the biggest media market in the entire world, during the heights of a movement, and rubbing elbows with so many scenesters, remain almost unknown? I did a half-assed Google search and didn't manage to get any insight, and the liner notes aren't especially helpful. With all the bandwidth destroyed singing the praises of The Mentally Ill Reissue, or the more interesting to read about then actually listen to Zolar X, there is a legitimate find floating around which hasn't received the acknowledgment that it deserves.

Unlike many '77 punk reissues, with a track listing that resembles to following:

1. The One Good Song The Band Did, You Know, The One On KBD?
2. The B-Side, Not Bad, Though In No Way Comparable To #1.
3. Another Version Of A Song You've Heard Covered A Dozen Times.
4. Something Vaguely Resembling A Song Culled From A Practice Tape.
5. A Barely Completed Demo Of #2
6. Stereo Version Of #1
7. A Barely Audible Live Track Of Unidentifiable Song
8. A Barely Completed Demo Of #3
9. An Okay Demo Of #1
10. A Half Finished Version Of #1 From A Practice
11. Another, Different Mix of #1 From Some Other Compilation
12. Audio Of A Band Member Talking At A Show

The Revelons 'Anotholgy', with the exception of two not-bad, but ill advised tracks modern tracks recorded in 2002, contains no filler. It's the kind of record where you could get in an argument comparing your favorite songs. It's got elements of The Cars (who I was never especially fond of), The Talking Heads (likewise), and the usual Glamsters, but it doesn't sound precocious or harmless in the least. It's what I thought The Real Kids sounded like before I'd actually heard them. Infectious, creative songwriting, hooks galore, and great production. Choruses that just soar, and songs that escalate into moments of pure lovely pop...

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