The Atlantics have been shaped in January 1976 by bass participant Bruce Wilkinson and guitarist Tom Hauck, two college students at Tufts College in Medford, Massachusetts, simply outdoors Boston. They wee joined by drummer Boby Bear and lead guitarist Jeff Lock. To finish the lineup Wilkinson recruited singer Bobby Marron, a good friend from his hometown in New Jersey.
The Atlantics performed their first live performance within the spring of 1976 at The Rat in Kenmore Sq.. In Might of 1976 they carried out because the opening act for the Ramones, who have been taking part in two nights at The Membership in Central Sq.. The Atlantics made their first journeys to New York in the summertime of 1976, taking part in at CBGB and Max’s Kansas Metropolis. The band shortly grew to become an essential and genuine a part of the rising punk/new wave motion.
The next spring Ray Fernandes changed Boby Bear on drums. In the summertime of 1977 the Atlantics recorded their first unbiased 45 on Jukebox Information, “When You are Younger,” written by Bruce Wilkinson, backed with “The place Would I Be With out Your Love,” written by Jeff Lock. A thousand copies have been pressed however by no means launched, and the one is now thought of a collector’s merchandise. Within the spring of 1978 Jeff Lock left the band and was changed by Fred Pineau of the Bonjour Aviators.
The Atlantics have been signed to ABC Information that summer time, and in December the band recorded their LP BIG CITY ROCK on the Hit Manufacturing facility in New York. The album was launched in March, 1979, simply after ABC Information was offered to MCA Information. Their new label, along with Premier Expertise, put the Atlantics on a nationwide tour with Roxy Music, adopted by a regional tour all through New England. The band carried out with artists together with The Ramones, The Automobiles, Low cost Trick, Boston, Graham Parker, Speaking Heads, and plenty of others. The one “One Final Night time” by Bruce Wilkinson acquired regional and worldwide airplay, and the album garnered a glowing evaluation in Rolling Stone.
In the summertime of 1979 Paul Caruso joined the group as drummer, and the band got here again in 1980 with what was to change into one among New England’s largest unbiased singles, “Lonelyhearts,” written by Tom Hauck. It was the flip facet to “Cannot Wait Ceaselessly,” a Motown-flavored track by Bruce Wilkinson. “Lonelyhearts” rocketed to the highest of New England radio and dance charts and stayed for months, and may nonetheless be heard on Boston radio stations together with WFNX-FM.
Throughout the subsequent two years the Atlantics launched a number of extra songs on tape to Boston radio stations, together with “Pop Shivers,” “Fallacious Quantity” and “Weekend.” In June 1983 the band performed their remaining present on the Channel in Boston.
The unique analog tapes of lots of the Atlantics hottest songs have been consigned to storage. In 2006 these tapes have been recovered and 13 tracks have been digitally restored for the ATLANTICS CD. These tracks have been recorded between 1979 and 1982 in studios within the Boston space, and haven’t any overdubs or different alterations. In 2007 the Atlantics launched a stay set from the Paradise membership in Boston. ATLANTICS LIVE was recorded in March, 1979 and options lots of the songs from BIG CITY ROCK. Atlantics CDs can be found at CDbaby and at Newbury Comics.
In October 2011, the Atlantics have been honored to have the “Lonelyhearts” single cowl included in an exquisite new ebook by Matthew Chojnacki – ” Put the Needle on the Record.” It is a assortment of over 250 single covers by artists starting from The Ramones to Pat Benatar to Run-D.M.C. The covers are accompanied by feedback from the artists. The “Lonelyhearts” cowl was designed by Tibor Kalman, who had not too long ago began M&Co, which grew to become a number one design agency. When the band first met with Tibor, he had a number of different concepts; one among them was to cowl the sleeve with sandpaper (the tough facet out!). The band thought this was a cool concept however it could not endear them to file retailers or radio stations. The duvet idea that they went with – the rows of tiny pictures of members of the band – was an instantaneous hit, and fortunately the track was too.
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