Missing Persons

Spring Session M

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In 1982, Missing Persons established themselves on the new wave pop scene by loading up their hair with shocking pink dye and enough hairspray to tear a hole in the ozone layer big enough to poke a small parking garage through, programming a few synthesizers to play hyper dance-pop, scrambling their band name into Spring Session M, and scrawling those words across the jacket of their first full length record. The band scored one hit single from the album, "Walking in L.A.," which is the catchiest effort on the record. The two singles from their self-titled debut EP, "Destination Unknown" and "Words," are both tolerable. But the rest of Spring Session M is somewhat overwhelmed by the Cyndi Lauper screechiness of lead singer Dale Bozzio's vocals, Warren Cuccurullo's wailing guitars, and the relentless chirpiness of the keyboards and synthesizers, of which there are so many that it took three band members (Terry Bozzio, Chuck Wild, and Patrick O'Hearn) to manage them all.

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