Los Angeles-based power pop combo the Cretones were comprised of singer/guitarist Mark Goldenberg, bassist Peter Bernstein, keyboardist Steve Leonard, and drummer Steve Beers. After signing to Richard Perry's Planet Records, the Cretones issued their debut LP, Thin Red Line, in 1980. Linda Ronstadt was so impressed with the record that she covered the cuts "Mad Love," "Justine," and "Cost of Love" on her new wave-inspired album, also titled Mad Love, which additionally featured Goldenberg on guitar. The Cretones resurfaced in 1981 with Snap! Snap! -- although the album was their final recording, they never officially split. For over a decade Goldenberg later served as lead guitarist for Jackson Browne, additionally collaborating with Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, and Chris Isaak; as a songwriter, he authored several hits, including the Pointer Sisters' "Automatic" and the Eels' "Novocaine for the Soul," the latter authored in collaboration with the group's frontman, Mark Oliver Everett.
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