A compilation of early EPs from 1976-1982, Here to Stay chronicled the Slickee Boys in full new wave/garage rock swing. From the screwy doo wop flavor of "Glendora" to the Rokes/Grass Roots cover "Let's Live for Today," partially sung in Italian by short-time vocalist Martha Hull, the Slickee Boys hadn't yet developed real force or their own idiosyncrasies (the recurring bridge in "Forbidden Alliance," retitled "Forbidden Love," got close to Split Enz but it was still off the mark). Mystery Science Theater: 3000 fans would enjoy "The Brain That Refused to Die," even if most of Here to Stay was diluted and indecisive.
Here to Stay Review
by Dean Carlson