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Friday, January 29, 2016

Moving Pictures - Days of Innocence

Name : Moving Pictures
Album: Days of Innocence
Year: 1981
Style: Power Pop, New Wave, Monster Ballads
Similar Bands: Journey, White Snake, Billy Joel + Twisted Sister.
One Word Review: Barroom Metal Allspice
Based Out Of: Sydney, Australia
Label: Network
 Days of Innocence - Cover & Record
Days of Innocence - Back & Record

Days of Innocence (1981)
  1. Nothing to Do 3:28
  2. What about Me 3:32
  3. Round Again 4:06
  4. Bustin' Loose 4:37
  5. Wings 4:53 /
  6. The Angel and the Madman 4:28
  7. Sweet Cherie 3:38
  8. So Tired 4:03
  9. Joni and the Romeo 3:31
  10. Streetheart 7:01
Album Rating (0-10): 7.0

Members & Other Bands:
Charlie Cole - Keys, Trumpet, Vox (1927, The Shuffle Kings, Ed Kuepper, Greedy's People, Lovetones, Colin Buchanan)
Paul Freeland - Drums  (Robert Miles)
Garry Frost - Guitar, Vox (1927, Gyan, Roberts Frost)
Ian Lees - Bass (This Side Up, Chasin' The Train, Wild Colonial Boys, Tommy Emmanuel, Mondo Rock, James Blundell, Audrey Auld, Travis Collins)
Alex Smith - Vox, Guitar (This Side Up, Bilgola Bop Band, AS & the Volunteers/DBM, The Blue Liners, )
Andrew Thompson - Sax (Bilgola Bop Band, Elton John, Chasin' The Train, The Flood, Australian Crawl, Reene Geyer,Glenn Terry, Jenny Morris)
Charles Fisher - Producer
David Bianco - Asst Engineer
Steve "Stig" Bywaters - Engineer
Paul Grupp - Engineer, Producer
Colin Stead - Photography, Cover Concept
Rick Sutton - Management
Alan Thorne - Overdub Engineer
Russell Hogan - Crew
James P. Murrie - Crew
Tim Walsh - Crew
Paul Fullbrook - Back Cover Photos
Marc Christowski - Back Cover Photos
Stuart Spence - Back Cover Photos
John Barr - Design

Unknow-ness - I had never heard of this band. The simple image on the front gives a vague idea as to what the band will sound like. The young girl jumping offers a possible energy, although the image more likely supports the album title. There are live action shots on the back, so they lay energetic music, but again, the album art reminds me of power pop bands I’ve reviewed here like Great Buildings. So I’ll guess it will be a power pop, easy listening, AOR style record.

Album Review: The album, first of three, reached #1 on the Kent Music Report in Feb’82, supported by the #1 status of their single What About Me (#29 on the Billboard 100). They have a single that was used in the film Footloose. They broke up in 1987, but reformed in 2011, and are still touring at the writing of this review.

“Nothing to Do” sounds like any typical pub rock song: driving beat with roll-along lyrics, minimal sax and piano accompaniment, and a lighter bridge into a catchy chorus. It builds up into the end, and carries it’s aggression all the way through.
“What About Me” was their second single, reaching #1 in Australia’s Kent Music Report, and second in record sales behind Eye of the Tiger in Australia. And I’ve heard this song. Swirling synth starts it off with punctual percussion behind it. It is a nice piano ballad that could be the soft boy song in any metal band’s record. This is the underdog wanting to dance with the tall cool girl at the middle school dance song. And maybe he gets to here.
“Round Again” is another jolly piano rock song with a bit heavier guitar for the verse. The catchy hook in the chorus feels a little Allman Brothers, southern rock. The tedious part happens when they finally get to the title of the song, it loops to project a feeling or tedious repetition, and it definitely comes through.
“Bustin' Loose” was their first single. Starting off with a jolly Billy Joel piano intro, it then settles into a driving power pop song with lyrics a little like a scratchier Queen. Plus sax.
“Wings” comes in a little lighter and gentle, with delicate vocals and pleasant piano. It kicks up a gear and invoked a simple guitar hook and bouncy bass. These two slow-quick tempo sections make up for a split personality song.

“The Angel and the Madman” begins with a slow awakening, and develops into a training montage in tempo. The two sections rotate, and offer pause for the driving tempo.
“Sweet Cherie” Was also a single. It has a little of a medieval feel to it with sax, perhaps a Dexy’s Midnight Runners style, and then abandons that feel to transition into a mid-tempo 70’s rock song.
“So Tired” continues the brass and sax theme, and another mid-tempoed blue eyed soul track.
“Joni and the Romeo” is a good relationship story song, fitting right in with The A’s and Billy Joel. It is fun with lyrics that roll off the tongue like they were predestined.
“Streetheart” gets off to a slow dark-tones start. It’s slinky and secretive. And the new wave nasally vocals are in full force. The short chorus vaguely sounds like another Aussie band, The Shout Out Louds song Oh Sweetheart. About halfway through, the song starts to wind down, back into the dark sinister beginning, but really, it is just building into the second half of the song, mostly instrumental, bringing reprise versions of the previous two melodies together with an extra stanza. By the end of the song, it feels like they’re just taking up space on the record with some talking and an extended wind down.

Stand Out Track: Joni and the Romeo

Links:
Wiki
Official
ABC Audio Interview
Debbi Kruger Interview
2005 Reunion article
Allmusic
Discogs

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