:: Rock The Nation ::
As they say, the dollar bins are full of dashed rock & roll dreams, and my guess is that Dick Coulson & Letter O's are among them. I have not been able to scrounge much info about these guys, except that they were apparently from Detroit and this 5 song mini-LP, release by Polydor in the early 80s was their big shot. It was not a bad shot, but it missed.
Producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon) executive produced this sucker, which probably made Dick and the boys feel even more hopeful that their future as rock gods was assured. The songs were decent, cookie cutter, post-classic rock - somewhere in between new wave and Bryan Adams style early 80s pop. Lord knows a lot of this kind of stuff was doing brisk business in 1983, but a national following for Letter O was not in the cards, which makes the lyrics to "Rock The Nation" somewhat ironic.
Hindsight is easy, so let's indulge, shall we? Perhaps Dick Coulson & Letter O was not the best possible band name. Even without Dick, Letter O is not so good. Next, take a look at the guys on the cover. It's easy to tell which one's Dick, and he's the coolest looking of the bunch. The other guys give new meaning to the term, "regular guys", although the one on the left does his best to emphasize the muscles in his arms (nice 'stash too!), and the guy on the right (not Dick, but the balding guy with the blue sweater) has a nice package.
Dorkiness aside, these guys may have simply been one of too many bands that sounded like this back then, and it makes me wonder, where are they now? 23 years on, I hope they all found happiness and meaning in life. And baggier pants.