Secret Affair

Glory Boys/Behind Closed Doors

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As far as mod-revival bands go, Secret Affair were probably the purest -- a text book example of all that was good (and bad) about the revival. They could write concise pop songs but in the end, their arrogance and inflexibility doomed them. Glory Boys, the band's first album, was one of the finest albums produced by the revival and the single, "Time for Action," served as a perfect youth anthem. By 1980's Behind Closed Doors (the second album), the band seemed to place a little too much importance on the fad, staying in character even after it was clearly out of style -- at the end of their career, they were veging on the point of parody. As an artifact, this two-fer is quite fun to revisit. As a portrait of the band, this is both the starting and the ending point.

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