The Romantics

Posted August 14, 2008 in

Detroit power poppers The Romantics will forever be known for their 1980 evergreen anthem “What I Like About You”—but it wasn’t until 1983 that they released their only chart-topper, “Talking in Your Sleep,” effectively and forever tossing them into the new wave category. Clad in black leather pants and pointy shoulder padded pleather, and sporting hugely sexy bouffant, the Romantics were smoldering targets of teenage lust, and soon joined their wildly successful peers Cheap Trick and the Knack on super-sized band posters that hung over the flowery beds of valley gals (and dudes). Embroiled in a decade-long lawsuit with their management, the Romantics dropped off the mainstream scene until the legalities were put to bed in the mid-’90s. During those years, while they toured sporadically and added legendary Blondie drummer Clem Burke to their lineup, they were unable to publish new material or regain their early ’80s stardom. Now free from restraints and churning out songs once again (they released 61/49 in 2003), it seems a perfect time for their resurgence—the hottest of the young indie bands are drawing from the new wave pallet like a siphoning garden hose in your gas tank, and even though the kids think it’s all brand new, the Romantics can certainly give them a history lesson. (Stacy Davies)


The Romantics at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, 49500 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, (951) 755-5391; Saturday, August 16, 8PM. $9.95 at door; 18+



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