“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!
If you listened to album rock radio at any point in 1981, you remember the Dutch band Diesel. I’d say that “Sausalito Summernight” is an unforgettable power pop masterpiece, but unfortunately most people actually seem to have forgotten about it. I love playing the song for friends and watching their eyes immediately light up in recognition of this classic song from their teenage years.
I have a challenge for you: play “Sausalito Summernight” (loudly!) and try to be in a bad mood afterwards. You simply can’t do it. The song peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981, but it was on FM album rock radio where “Sausalito Summernight” really made its impact. The group’s vocal harmonies often drew comparisons to the Steve Miller Band, but overall Diesel’s sound was much more akin to Cheap Trick (“Alibi”) and Big Star (“Bite Back”) to my ears. No matter the influences, Watts In A Tank is a power pop classic that has been out of print on CD for way too long. All aboard!
Diesel: Watts In A Tank
Regency Records, 1981
1. “Sausalito Summernight” (Boon/Vunderink)
2. “Goin’ Back To China” (Koopman)
3. “Alibi” (Boon/Vunderink)
4. “My Kind Of Woman” (Koopman)
5. “All Because Of You” (Boon/Vunderink)
6. “Down In The Silvermine” (Boon/Vunderink)
7. “Good Mornin’, Day” (Boon/Vunderink/Koopman)
8. “Ready For Love” (Koopman)
9. “The Harness” (Boon/Vunderink)
10. “Remember The Romans” (Boon/Vunderink)
11. “Bite Back” (Koopman)
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Steve Miller Band: “Rock ‘N Me” (Miller)
From the album Fly Like An Eagle
Capitol Records, 1976
Steve Miller Band: “Swingtown” (Miller/McCarty)
From the album Book Of Dreams
Capitol Records, 1977
Cheap Trick: “On The Radio” (Nielsen)
From the album Heaven Tonight
Epic Records, 1978
Big Star: “In The Street” (Bell/Chilton)
From the album #1 Record
Ardent Records, 1972