This 1979/1980 self titled release by The Romantics is one of the finest powerpop releases of the last 30 years. The track "What I Like About You" has risen to the status of legend and has become one of the most played and recognizable rock 'n roll anthems of all time. "What I like About You" exists in the same timeless and cherished rock 'n roll universe as songs like "you really got me", "louie louie" and "wild thing". But, before you label the Romantics as one hit wonders you'll need to get your facts straight;
"What I like about you" never reached the top 40. The highest billboard chart position of the song was #49. The album itself, while considered mildly successful, did not have a stellar chart performance. They finally DID have TWO top 40 hits from their 1983/84 album "In Heat" ("Talking in Your Sleep and "One in a Million"). So it's rather funny to hear of the Romantics referred to as "One Hit Wonders", when the "hit" referred to was not actually a "hit" and they had TWO other top 40 tunes.
The fact that the song "What I Like About You" has become a Rock 'n Roll standard, is a testament to the raw talent and songwriting brilliance of the Romantics. There are too few happy endings in Rock, but for the Romantics it was DESERVED and certainly EARNED. It's an absolute shame that the Romantics are continually neglected in various rock 'n roll guides, books, and by many so-called "authorities" and "critics" of rock.
The Romantics may have been off the mainstream radar for the majority of their career, but they have continued to grow and tour for over 30 years. When sampling the groups catalog you'll find "hit worthy" songs by the truck load. From sweet powerpop, raw garage rock, funky R&B tinged rock, a few Motown inspired efforts, British invasion inspired tracks, and blues based rock.
This release can stand solid next to the best efforts of the Kinks, Who, Stones and Beatles. In an era ruled by disco and dinosaur rock, the Romantics had the heart, vision and talent to bring the Rock 'n Roll dream back to life! If you claim to be a collector of REAL rock 'n roll, your collection will not be complete without this CD.
*** TEN STARS ***