The Philadelphia Reds
:: The Reds - Victims ::
I grabbed this record recently out of a box of stuff my uncle was about to chuck in the trash when he was moving to a new place. I’d never heard of The Reds, but this record is pretty good. It’s their first LP, released on A&M in 1979, and it has the feel of the era that it was recorded in - its sound fitting somewhere between post punk and new wave. That between-ness might explain why they didn’t catch on and, after a follow-up EP with A&M, were dropped. They kept going, mainly as a studio outfit, and put out a few more independent albums over the years. Michael Mann took notice of them, using their music for episodes of Miami Vice and his films, Band of the Hand and Manhunter. And yeah, these guys are yet another band from Philadelphia that I’m putting up, and there will be more to come. But fear not, there shall be no Hall & Oates in our future.