Trouser Press Tuesday: RAVE-UPS

April 28, 2009

Class Tramp EP (Fun Stuff) 1984
Town + Country (Fun Stuff) 1985
The Book of Your Regrets (Epic) 1988
Chance (Epic) 1990

At the time they were being touted as the next big thing to erupt from the LA club scene, the Rave-Ups were working in the mailroom and warehouse of A&M Records. Although launched by singer/guitarist Jimmer Podrasky in Pittsburgh, the group on the 1984 EP was a quartet he assembled in California. Class Tramp is a mighty impressive debut: a hook-laden six-song rocking pop collection that reveals Podrasky as an inventive, commercially minded songwriter with a wealth of ideas and a fresh lyrical perspective. Richly multi-tracked guitars, crisp rhythms and easy-to-like vocals buttress original tunes that deftly sidestep power pop and other pigeonholes. (…)

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