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Arista Singles, Vol. 2

  • 1. Always & Ever
    2. Cool Cool Cat
    3. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?
    4. Teen Canteen
    5. Blue Moon
    6. Really Goin' out of My Mind
    7. Doo Wah Diddy
    8. You Are Love
    9. Multiplication
    10. I Wish That I Could Undo All the Bad That I Have Done
    11. Footsteps
    12. Tribute
    13. Good Timing
    14. You Always Stand Me Up
    15. Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp a Bomp a Bomp)
    16. Do It Again
    17. Goody Goody
    18. I Want You to Be My Girl
    19. Soul and Inspiration
    20. Run for Your Life
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GLAMCD 17

  • Credits

    By the late '70s, rock & roll revivalist Showaddywaddy's entire original audience -- the glam-hungry kids who aligned their retro threads and thunderous beat with an entirely different musical treat altogether -- had long since moved away. But the bandmembers' uncanny ability to wrap the U.K. charts around their little fingers remained undaunted -- and, if anything, only grew stronger as the decade progressed. Even among the glam genre's most sainted survivors, after all, one all-consuming "greatest-hits" collection tends to wrap up everything anyone could want to remember them for. Discounting the wealth of comps that have gone before it, The Arista Singles, Vol. 2 is (as the title suggests) the second collection of Showaddywaddy hits and, while the actual chart-stompers were beginning to wind down, still the group had another three years' worth of smashes inside it. Embracing both the A- and B-sides of every one of Showaddywaddy's post-1979 U.K. singles, Vol. 2 picks up precisely where Vol. 1 left off, with the Top 30 cover of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" -- a song that the group performs so exquisitely that it's difficult to believe it arrived so late in the day. The same can be said for the follow-up, "Blue Moon," while both "Multiplication" and "Footsteps," the last of the band's hits before it jumped ship to RCA, both pack a timeless charm of their own. Flip over each of the singles, too, and Showaddywaddy's B-sides remain as thrilling as ever, locked forever in a world of soda pops and big-finned cars, poodle skirts and drive-ins. It was, of course, a world that was a million miles away from any that the bandmembers themselves had grown up in. But they restored it to neon-lit life regardless. ~ Dave Thompson

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