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Who's Your Fave Rave: Teen Idols 1959-1981

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With a title like Who's Your Fave Rave: Teen Idols 1959-1981 should be a fun look back at the heyday of teen heartthrobs, but the collection doesn't quite live up to its promise. Some of the tracks are right on the money -- Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man," Bobby Sherman's "Julie, Do Ya Love Me?," Leif Garrett's "I Was Made for Dancin'," and Shaun Cassidy's "Hey Deanie" are great singles by singers that defined the sound and look of teen idols. Likewise, Rick Springfield's "I've Done Everything for You," John Travolta's "Let Her In," the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night," and the Monkees' "Daydream Believer" uphold the teen idol tradition of cute guys singing cute, catchy pop songs. But the Cowsills, the Mamas & the Papas, Sonny & Cher, and Alice Cooper -- all of whom have tracks on this collection -- might have been popular with teens, and singles like "Hair," "I Saw Her Again," "I Got You Babe," and "I'm Eighteen" are definitely worthwhile, they just aren't teen idol material. The inclusion of those tracks is even more frustrating considering that teen idols such as Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Bobby Rydell aren't on the album. Though it includes plenty of memorable pop songs from the '50s, '60s, and '70s, Who's Your Fave Rave is a conceptual failure.

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