Monday, December 03, 2007
Power Pop: Walking Out On Love
Had Paul Collins’ sole contribution to music been writing Working Too Hard and playing drums for The Nerves' eponymous ep in 1976, his place in rock history would be assured. That Collins then formed The Beat – aka Paul Collins’ Beat – and made one of the strongest albums of the power pop genre in their 1979 self-titled debut, should have made him a household name.
For proof, listen to Walking Out On Love, one of the many classics – all about gurls, lust and cars (that's what it feels like, anyway) – on The Beat. It was later covered by the Velvet Crush on a 1990 flexidisc and Chris was very keen to hear it. So I said I’d upload it. And I did.
Paul Collins is still writing and recording. You can find out more about his current work here. If you do ever see The Nerves’ ep (and have a lot of spare cash) – also featuring the original (and best) version of Hanging On The Telephone, and Give Me Some Time (both written by guitarist Jack Lee) and When You Find Out (written by bassist Peter Case, later of The Plimsouls) – grab it because it really is something quite special. Or just badger me until I upload it.
Posted by Fire Escape at 5:11 p.m.