Monday, September 03, 2007

The Silencers - 1980 - Rock'N'Roll Enforcers

The Silencers, Pittsburgh started rehearsing in the summer of '79. Their debut album, "Rock 'n' Roll Enforcers," hit the streets in 1980 on Preci- sion/CBS, spawning four local radio hits -- "The Peter Gunn Theme," "Modern Love," "Head On Collision" and "Shiver and Shake".
You don't have to confuse them with the other two Silencers (the Scottish band formed after Fingerprintz) or the middle 90's USA band (trio from Michigan-based surf revival).
"Despite a solid grounding in gritty rock'n'roll and a bit of new wave imagination (mainly expressed in weedy organ), this tough-looking Pittsburgh quintet never got the chance to develop. Caught somewhere between Southside Johnny, the Yachts and the spot later occupied by the Godfathers, these Silencers was naïve enough to buy into lame image-mongering but talented enough to put the derivative material across with superior bar-band panache. The Silencers made two solid (if now-dated) albums — Romanic is significantly superior — with some good songs (like "Illegal" on the first and "1 of Those Girls" on the second) before vanishing. Too bad. These guys coulda been contenders". (Ira Robbins - Trouser Press)

Tracks:

Modern Love / Head on Collision / Remote Control / Illegal / Johnny Too Bad / Peter Gunn Theme / Shiver and Shake / Take Out Service / Cold Sweat / I Can't Believe It

The Silencers - Rock'N'Roll Enforcers
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"Romanic" (their 2nd album) is avalaible at Power Pop! Criminal$ Blog.