Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Moondogs: That's What Friends Are For (1981)



Supposedly, The Moondogs (whose pop-glam-punk sound was discussed previously HERE) didn't even know their lone album, the Todd Rundgren produced That's What Friends are For (1981), was actually released until someone showed them a German pressing years later.




The album does sound unfinished, not so much like demos, but like an ambitious but then rushed out project, comparable to the Ramones dalliance with their own celebrity producer on End of the Century. There's at least another great pop single here, say "Schoolgirl Crush" b/w "I Wanna be a Popstar", but without a vision beyond punked-up bubble-pop the band hit the wall that was the thin-and spacey-sounding 1980's. So, for a long time, they laid low awaiting a more fitting time to return.



Also, if you want to hear the band's Peel Sessions go visit Gobshyte! For the rest of MRML's series on The Moondogs go HERE!




Let us know what you think of the Moondogs in the COMMENTS section
(which is where you'll find the "That's What Friends are For" L.P. link).


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5 comments:

  1. IF

    YOU

    LIKED

    THE

    MOONDOGS

    STUFF,

    NOW'S

    YOUR

    LAST

    CHANCE

    TO

    SAY

    SOMETHING!


    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?pazb7je03lfmecb

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  2. Love the Moondogs & always wanted to hear the album.

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  3. great stuff! they've always reminded me of a little less punky Starjets, not that THEY were all that punky but mining the same vein, y'know? thanks from Boston USA!!! jim

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  4. Loved the Moondogs posts. Any chance of live Moondogs stuff?

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  5. Skip
    Let us know what you think.

    jim
    Yup Starjets would be a good frame of reference - so much of the Irish had such a delightfully wussy take on punk rock.

    Mr. Crass
    I'll keep my eye out for some.

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