Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Motels: The Most Underrated Band of the 80s

Martha Davis can sing.  Boy, can she sing.

The first time I heard the Motels was probably the same for most people when their single, "Only the Lonely" was released in 1982. It had heavy radio and MTV air-play.  That song, though, appeared on their third album.

Yes, the Motels had two albums before "Only the Lonely" was released. In fact, the band was formed int he early 70s.  And they produced some great stuff that is hard to classify, as it spans genres and styles.  Perhaps that is why they weren't necessarily promoted like they deserved. Most wanted to pigeon-hole them as a "New Wave" band. but they were much more than that.

Their self-titled debut album came out in 1979 on Capitol Records and it was ahead of its time.

The last song on the album is "Counting." To me, this is a song that fits in just as well today as it did back in '79.  It is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the week.

Join us for the song on the week at 10 am and 10 pm (Central, -5 GMT) on Wednesday, July 19 and throughout the week.

By the way, Martha Davis is still touring with the Motels and can be seen this summer. Click here for more information.

Watch as an new copy of the song is played for the first time on original vinyl.


  1. Yes! Agreed 100%. I've always loved The Motels. I just recently started to collect their catalog on vinyl. I've got albums 2-4, but the debut is actually my favorite, which I will get soon. Counting is actually my favorite track. I'll follow you on YouTube. Cheers!

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