Missing Persons

Destination Unknown/Walking in L.A.

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This record, which appeared in stores just before the release of Missing Persons' first full-length album, Spring Session M, is unusual in that it contains not one but two of the singles from the record. Odder still, the bigger hit of the two, "Walking in L.A.," is the B-side selection. This flies in the face of the first rule in the conventional wisdom regarding singles: don't give away the store in one shot. If consumers want both songs, they'll have to pick up the album or buy both singles. The B-sides are generally expected to be otherwise unavailable tracks or second-rate album tracks. Perhaps Missing Persons thought they could score points with listeners by bucking the convention, but they ended up proving its wisdom. These songs are about as much Missing Persons as any reasonable listener can be expected to stomach. They are catchy, attractively crafted pop songs that display just enough of Dale Bozzio's hiccupy vocals to make them seem charmingly quirky. Listening to the album in its entirety has the effect of revealing just how confoundedly irritating they really are.

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