THE ROLLERS – “WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY” (ARISTA) 1979

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THE ROLLERS – “Turn On The Radio” / “Washington’s Birthday” (Arista 259) May 1979 

I bought this single by The Rollers on a whim. I was poking around on eBay the other day and decided to buy a record from a seller and as is the rule, I checked out his other records for sale. The Rollers “Turn On The Radio” jumped out at 50 pence.

“Turn On The Radio” is a very basic power pop tune with a catchy beat and repetitive dumb lyrics. Perfect Radio One day-time fodder. The Rollers quite rightly wanted a hit after dropping the ‘Bay City’ from their name and replacing singer Les McKeown with Duncan Faure. 

The style is similar to a lot of those ‘tight suit and skinny tie’ sounding bands from American during the late seventies such as The Cars, The Knack and The Romantics.

I’m much more interested in the B-side “Washington’s Birthday” which is a strange one to describe. It’s a big production, melodious pop rock number with a steady drum beat, piano, layered harmonies and tasty lead guitar which is quite heavy but not distracting.

What strikes me though is the flow into a semi-psychedelic guitar noise / harmony fest as the song fades out. I just wish that they stuck with this kind of noise for another thirty seconds or more.

A good sound and a good song.

THE ROLLERS – “WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY”

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