Thursday, October 7, 2010

TVD's Obscure Alternatives

It's week #4 our semi-new Thursday fix, culled from the rare and (ultra) obscure crates of 80’s vinyl, curated by our pal Gil:


Created in the late 70’s New Jersey new wave skinny tie circles, Quincy was formed by two sets of brothers who met in high school. After playing the local club scene, the group hooked up with the owner of legendary club fixture CBGB, Hilly Kristal, who would then assume the role of band manager. Quincy would go on to play regular gigs at the club for a period of time.

Due to this favorable club exposure, the band was contacted by Columbia records and subsequently signed an album deal. Their debut self titled album was released in 1980 to favorable reviews and enthusiasm at radio stations and in the press. The listener is treated to a fiery blend of Elvis Costello, Roxy Music, and the Cars with consistent UK and US new wave power pop influences.

Shortly after this first album came out, Quincy Jones sued them for using his name. CBS Records did not help the band with the lawsuit, but both parties ended up settling out of court. This was a bad omen and the band could not get things going again.

One of the main leaders left the band so the rest of the guys soldiered on and formed another outfit called Lulu Temple. In addition to a new name, the band took on a new musical direction adding horns and percussion and a more layered approach. Without the support of their label and the lack of press, even the band's loyal fan base didn't know of their new record.

The band dissolved in the mid 80’s with the members drifting into other facets of the music business. Quincy’s first and only full length album is full of infectious new wave tunes that have aged well over these last few decades.

Quincy - Critics Choice (Mp3)
Quincy - Dime Store Lies (Mp3)
Quincy - Don't Knock on My Door (Mp3)

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