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The Earliest Bird: The Top New Recorded Release 9-24-21 – 9-30-21, The dB’s “Tell Me Two Times” Reviewed

Chris Stamey lefty Athens, GA, soon to be the epicenter of indie music, in 1977, for New York City and became bassist fin Alex Chilton’s band. He formed the dB’s, with Peter Holsapple, the other half of the songwriters, arriving in New York City in 1978 and joining the band’s bassist Gene Holder and the glue of all glues, drummer Will Rigby. The db’s first two albums with Stamey and Holsapple writing, and the third with just Holsapple writing, goes like this:

Stands for Decibels (1981) – A
Repercussion (1982) – A
Like This (1984) – A

And that’s all you need to know except that everything the dB’s recorded from 1978 – 1984 is a must, and soon they will be releasing the New York Rocker demos produced by NYR owner Alan Betrock before their first album dropped, I Thought You Wanted To Know 1987-1981. We have already heard the New York Rocker sessions version of “Bad Reputation”, and it doesn’t differ that much from the Stands For deciBles cut, and here is the second single and I have never heard it before. “Tell Me Two Times” sounds like a Chris Stamey composition with those tonal shifts that leave you feeling woozy (think of “If And When”) and make you think of jazz without thinking it sounds like jazz. Will Rigby is almost trap like in his manhandling of the hi hat and Peter adds his voice to the chorus. The song is just excellent and brings back in a rush my adoration for early dB’s. It’s the best two minutes and eleven seconds of the week.

Grade: A

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