Motels – MotelsVendor: Capitol Records
RARE/2HAND VINYL ON CAPITOL RECORDS 1979
Capitol 1C 062-85999 made in Sweden with original innersleeve.
Vinyl VG+. Cover VG-.
1979's self-titled debut release from the California band the Motels comes across as what a less pretentious Doors might have sounded like had they emerged during the new wave era. The Motels is a fairly cold, almost robotic affair which trades in lyrics that explore the darker side of life in Los Angeles. There are a few tracks that bear repeated listens like the frantic "Kix" and "Celia," a warning to a woman involved with the wrong guy. "Total Control," a big hit for the band in Australia and later covered by Tina Turner, is the album's standout with its menacing lyrics of possession delivered by Martha Davis.
Total Control 5:52
Love Don't Help 1:56
Closets & Bullets 4:21
Atomic Cafe 2:46
Porn Reggae 4:16
Dressing Up 5:02