And so we say goodbye to the Rollers and watch Eric and Woody just before they drift into nostalgia Rollerworld with a perfectly fine collection of power-pop, rock anthems, and prog vibes. Is this the way it ends? With an album that you just can’t help imagining woulda coulda shoulda, if Clive Davis had any more interest in them. Dave Thompson of AllMusic’s review (here) wittily wondered if they’d have been better off changing their name to Cheap Trick, and he has a point.
The well crafted 1981 Ricochet is better than we could have hoped for, I put it up around their first three albums, the first side has three Eric Faulkner tracks and two by Les McKeown replacement, Duncan Favre, the other side has a mix of Woody-Eric-Duncan, and solo and twosomes, and also Faulkner taking lead vocals on one song on each side. The first side is a landscape for a future never reach with one of the Rollers best songs ever, “Life On The Radio” – a signature tune that isn’t. As much as anyone, the Rollers can claim to have spent their life on the radio, from bubblegum rockers to power poppers, they had a good coupla years before they just couldn’t get out of their past history and though stuff like “Doors, Bars, Metal” might be too artsy for their own good, “Roxy Lady” has a keyboard hook that propels the song and a strong and smooth vocal.
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But over the album, the lack of memorable tunes is a real problem, if you want to play power pop you must have the melodies down to an art and the segue between art rock instrumental title track and the coulda been a contender “Won’t You Come Home With Me” with its classicist piano, is harmed by simply not being memorable enough.
The Rollers released Ricochet as The Brown Bag Album in Canada, the cover art is below
It was the end of the Rollers, of course, what came next was a mining of their early 1970s. And why not?
Wanna get fucked up the ass? Get famous.
a form of personal jesus
something he learned from his legendary uncle
how little this list has in common with the prior ones
a disquieted sadness permeates
Someday they will match TM and AEG as one of the big three
The 2021 “Legends Of Vinyl’s “Gala Awards Night” New York DJs and Artists Hall Of Fame, Tuesday, September 14th, Reviewed
we will pass, disco will live on with lov
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play around with the different stems
Live Review: SohoJohnny Presents The Let Me Help, Inc 9/11 Fashion and Music Celebrity Benefit Gala Concert @Rumi Event Space 9/11/21
The star studded, Red Carpet Let Me Help, Inc benefit was a celebration of New York City fashion week, as well as a tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.