A Tribute To The Jetset
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the Mod/Powerpop scene of the eighties, the Jetset was built around the songs of their multi-instrumentalist, Paul Bevoir, releasing five albums during it's lifespan. There have been numerous re-issues and compilations ever since, particularly in Japan. Bevoir went on to work with other groups including Small Town Parade and wrote for numerous artists including Ed Ball, Roy Hamilton and Japanese duo Puffy. He's also a well respected sleeve designer working on covers for everyone from Yes to Fleetwood Mac. But it's that first stab at international renown that has cast the greatest shadow.
The Jetset's songs have now made an impact on several generations of artists and Do You want To Be In The Show showcases this spectacularly. Highlights include The Eddies (U.S.) neo-psychedelic take on "Colour My World," Rinaldi Sings (UK) dynamic blast on the title track and the Cola Jet Set's (Spain) wistful rendition of "The Man Who Lives Upstairs," but there is no shortage of top tracks to be found on this disc.
Hearing these tracks leaves you with no doubt that Bevoir is one of the most talented and underrated songwriters to emerge from the eighties, with a catalog full of gems ripe for rediscovery. Whether you listen to the original Jetset classics or these new versions from today's up and coming pop scenesters, you'll agree these are great songs that hit all the right targets, full of brash youthful energy, intricate arrangements, harmonies and a surplus of melody.
This is the second in a series of tribute albums from Twist/Blindspot dedicated to some of power-pop's best loved combos, from the seventies to the early nineties. The first volume, featuring groups performing the classic songs of UK Mod sensations Squire, was released in 2005. Upcoming editions include titles dedicated to UK trio The Risk and American power-pop legends 20/20.
1.The Eddies - "Colour My World"
2.The Shambles - "Hard To Say Goodbye"
3.Yeh Yeh - "Does it Look Like Rain"
4.Jeremy - "Every Little Moment"
5.Herb Eimerman - "You Should Know By Now"
6.Russ Schneider - "Jetset Theme"
7.Mega Super Ultra - "What A Way To Go"
8.The Che Men - "Wednesday Girl"
9.The Ringles - "What Can I Say"
10.The Spring Collection - "The Other Side Of Joe"
11.Ed James - "Welcome To The Bomb"
12.The Risk - "Judy's Toybox"
13.Rinaldi Sings - "Do You Wanna Be In The Show?"
14.Hanna Trance - "Happy In My Mind"
15.Richard Fairclough - "Mr. Maybe"
16.Tetters Plays Pop - "Vaudeville Park"
17.Cola Jet Set - "The Man Who Lives Upstairs"
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