Jimmie Spheeris

Spheeris

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Jimmie Spheeris wasn't a huge name in pop/rock, but he did enjoy a small cult following. While the singer/songwriter never headlined Madison Square Garden, the people who believed in his music really believed in it, and they were sorry to see him without a record deal in the late 1970s and early '80s. After recording no albums from 1977-1982, Spheeris made a long overdue return to the studio in 1983 and 1984 and recorded the excellent material heard on Spheeris. Tragically, he didn't live long enough to see the material released, Spheeris was killed by a drunken driver in 1984, and Spheeris wasn't released commercially until 2000. This CD points to the fact that Spheeris was quite willing to forge ahead in 1983 and 1984--"You Got," "Afternoon: Forever Afternoon," "You Will Be Coming Back," and other selections underscore his interest in the popular new wave sounds of the time. No, Spheeris wasn't trying to be Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, or Soft Cell; rather, he updates his sound by incorporating new wave elements and does so in an organic, unpretentious fashion. The album never sounds forced or contrived, and Spheeris gives the impression that he really believes in the songs. Had Spheeris been released commercially in 1984 and had the singer/songwriter not met an untimely death at the age of 34, perhaps he would have been become better known. But that's only speculation; what we know for certain is that Spheeris is a pop/rock jewel.

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