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Twisters, The - 1982 All Night

ARTIST: Twisters, Thes
ALBUM: All Night
LABEL: The Goods Records
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Mike Wainwright - lead vocals, 12 string guitar * Fred Grabert - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals * Jason Hickman - lead guitar, backing vocals * Phil Gilbreth - bass, backing vocals * Richard Paine - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Night * 02 There's Something About You Baby * 03 Ladies Of The Night * 04 Find You * 05 Star Spangled Baby * 06 Don't Turn It On Me * 07 Media Man * 08 Get Lost * 09 Saturday

I found out about these guys accidentally through Discogs, so went on a mission to track it down, which took all of two minutes. It's great when you know where to look! The Twisters are from the late great 80's, in our favourite year of our Lord - 1982. However, they go back a handful of years, to the start of the new wave era (1977), well in the USA at least. From the south-side of Los Angeles, The Twisters were the brainchild of Mike Wainwright (originally from England) and Fred Grabert. They eventually recorded an EP for Rhino Records as a result of their local exposure around town, but this did not result in a record deal. The band remained unsigned for a period, and joined an unwanted list of best L.A bands yet to find a record label, alongside The Plimsouls, Shandi and Paul Warren and Explorer among others. By the early 80's, the band had signed a management deal, and were then picked up by Goods Records (an MCA offshoot) to record their sole album 'All Night'.

The Songs
'All Night' is the very pleasant self-titled track which opens the album's account, the neat synth pattern, and strong vocal harmonies on the chorus all indicate good things. 'There's Something About You Baby' is another easy on the ear ditty, while the ballad 'Ladies Of The Night' could've been sourced from an early Styx album. Surely not? 'Find You' is another pleasant melodic outing, in fact, the whole album has a surprising smooth melodic sheen, which may have been at odds with their original harder new wave style. 'Don't Turn It On Me' sees the band increasing the heat by a few degrees. It also shows their strength in a live capacity too, this song being a good example. From this point on the album, the remaining songs all appear to be recorded live, with one of their better known songs 'Get Lost' being a highlight.

In Summary
The LP come from an era of shorter songs, perhaps exemplified in the new wave/power pop genres, which when listened to decades later is a refreshing approach. Sometimes 'less is best'. Around this era, The Twisters shared the stage alongside The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hiatt, Berlin, The Troggs and interestingly.. Quiet Riot? There is a lot of Twisters material on YouTube, but don't confuse them with a band of the same name and same timeframe who were a bunch of rockabilly rebels from Finland. The Twisters also had their songs on the 'Zapped' soundtrack, the movie featuring former TV and movie hottie Heather Locklear and the much-maligned Scott Baio. The band have made the odd reunion appearance over the years. Nice to see. Definitely, the late 70's L.A music scene wouldn't be worth its salt without mentioning the name The Twisters.

Twisters, The - 1982 All Night

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#1 | Explorer on January 17 2018 18:38:39
Thanks for the download you put up on here George, a smashing listen it is too...nice one!
#2 | chrismayek on January 18 2018 22:36:20
It was Heather Thomas in Zapped, not Locklear
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