The Motels


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This two-fer from Berkeley, CA-based new wave outfit the Motels features the band’s 1979 self-titled debut and its 1980 follow-up, Careful. Of the pair, the latter includes more hits than misses, boasting a trio of quality singles in “Bonjour Baby,” “Danger,” and “Crybaby,” while the debut, which is far darker and more menacing than anything the band would put out in the future, features the song “Total Control,” which charted in Australia and was later covered by Tina Turner.

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