Showaddywaddy

The Bell Singles, 1974-1976

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As it includes both sides of their first ten singles, all but one of which charted in Britain, this could be considered almost as a best-of for Showaddywaddy's early years. "Hey Rock and Roll," "Sweet Music," "Three Steps to Heaven," and "Under the Moon of Love" (the last of which was originally recorded by Curtis Lee) were all Top Ten hits in the mid-'70s. The band actually usually recorded pastiches rather than bona fide '50s rock & roll covers, coming up with a peculiar '50s rock revivalism tinged with hollow-reverbed glam pop production (particularly in the Gary Glitter-type beats). It's not much to get excited about, with Buddy Holly an obvious big songwriting influence in both the melodies and the frequent use of hard acoustic guitar chords to drive the songs along.

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