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FOUR EYES - Anthology 1977-1990
Another lost skinny tie, power popping band that so few have heard of but sure do merit attention now. Mark DeCerbo`s band Four Eyes has a rich, deep legacy - much of it captured here on this anthology of 22 songs, a very healthy sampling I have put below because I want to make sure you check this unknown treasure out. Like recent reissues like The Wigs and Doug Derek & The Hoax, even the most ardent power pop fan `back in the day` might not have heard of Four Eyes but if distribution of information had been different in the late 70s, we sure would have. Well, sometimes these things take time and in 2009, that problem is rectified. Listen to the samples below and hear the sounds of Shoes, The Deal and Phil Seymour(listen to track #1 below) and The Romantics (Listen to #5). As the band moves into the 80s, the embrace the indie rock sounds of the times(echoes of, say, The Rainmakers in some areas) with skill and good taste(anotherwords, they avoid the nasty gated drum sounds wisely). There is mention of Greg Kihn and Dane Conover of the obscure early 80s fave futu-pop band, Trees, appearing on some of these tracks, too. Beginning To End, Four Eyes is a really wonderful find for many of you there. Listen for yourself right here, right now!
Song #1 - mp3
Song #2 - mp3
Song #3 - mp3
Song #4 - mp3
Song #5 - mp3
Song #6 - mp3
| Customer Reviews|
|Four Eyes--Anthology 1977-1990|
|Reviewer: Steve Thorn|
|There are two possible approaches to take when listening to this anthology. Four Eyes` core audience from yesteryear will find pleasure in recalling the power pop band in their salad days. The yet-to-be-converted will find music of two or three decades ago sounding quite vibrant.
From the earliest band practices, Four Eyes have been the vehicle for Mark DeCerbo`s songs to be heard. Whether it`s the pristine sounds of "Dis-engaged" (that was the way the title was spelled on the original Killer-Fish Records label, a bright yellow 45 RPM slab of vinyl) and "Contagious," or the rawer demo material that appears on the anthology, DeCerbo`s propensity for creating seductive opening hooks and sing-along choruses delighted record buyers and club patrons alike.
The CD concludes in the year 1990; happily, the Four Eyes story does not. The band found a new following after creating a buzz at the International Pop Overthrow music festivals in Los Angeles and San Diego and positive critical reviews followed the release of 2005`s Sweet on the Vine CD.
Whether the listener is getting an introduction to Four Eyes or a sentimental reacquaintance, Anthology 1977-1990 is one of the best anthologies to appear in quite some time.
San Diego Troubadour|