THE GO- INSTANT REACTION- WIZZARD IN VINYL-
I just wonder how many bands scattered across the world have named themselves
The Go ? You of course have the Sub Pop/ Detroit band and this band, but this
one has been long defunct. With very little info I can guess where these 4
guys were coming from just by their label (known for old school power-pop)
plus their duds in the photos and their feathered hair as well. In the Summer
of 1979 two guitarist/vocalist buddies Tom Conte and Kenny Dutch got together
with a rhythm section of George Peters (bass) and Joe Brya (drums) in , I’m
guessing ,a Yonkers, NY basement an the rest is…..well, I can’t
say history cos’ not many people were aware of these guys but to those
of us who dig The Jam, The Rasberries and Cheap Trick the simple, catchy 23
songs here are enough. ( www.wizzard-in-vinyl.com )
The Go - Instant Reaction
Japanese import from
Wizzard In Vinyl again and
fans of late 70`s independent skinny tie
power pop will rejoice in yet another obscure find. The Go released one
very strong 4 song 7" EP, which I was lucky enough to find back then
and promptly disappeared. The Go were one of those tape/CD Tree type bands
that power pop folks shared with each other over the years and shared and
who no one had information on. Well, "Instant Reaction" has 24
songs from the band unearthed! They might have disappeared but they worked
hard until they did retire the band. The material here is from 1979-1982
and the styles of power pop covered here will be familiar to collectors
and fans. "Black Vinyl Shoes"-era Shoes, Raspberries, The Action,
20/20, The Nerves(early Plimsouls and The Beat), Bomp Records pop from the
time and The Pop. Those names not familiar to you? Well, listen up to the
soundbites and discover a bit of history. If you know who these folks are,
well, consider yourself well-informed, enlightened and sure as to what`s
going on here!
Even though The Go never got that big `ole record deal, all the tracks here were competently recorded, just like early material from Shoes, on their TEAC deck and a very well recorded for demos and most of the material could have easily been released on singles, EP`s and an album to no problem for fidelity freaks, at the time. Way to go, boys! Extremely Highly Recommended!
Over a year ago I wrote about the power pop band The Go from New York City. They have finally released a CD of their own on Japan's Wizzard's In Vinyl label. (Why is power pop so big in Japan?) This collection takes the rare "Instant Reaction" E.P. - the only vinyl released by the band - and adds 17 other tracks recorded by the band themselves but never released plus 2 radio spots. The CD is loaded with power pop gems that feature jangly guitars and thwacking drums - no small feat for tracks recorded in their garage on a Teac reel-to-reel over 20 years ago. The songs are strong enough to make you wonder why this band never landed on a major label.
The Go were Kenny Dutch : Guitars/Vocal, Tom Conte : Guitars/Vocal, George Peters : Bass/Vocals, Joe Brya : Drums/Percussion. Kenny and Tom still play in a band called Hipripper. My thanks to Ken for allowing me to post the bands music.
Go to the download page to get The Go - "Instant Reaction"
posted by Eric at 9:47 AM 2 comments
Have you ever had one of those bad days when situations at work just snowball out of control? You tackle one problem only to discover another. Well if it were not for music, I don’t know where I would be in this life. Music can fill in large voids and bring you places that most designer drugs makers would only dream that they could capture. This brings me to The Go. I was more than happy to blare this CD on my way home from work; let me tell you!
The Go are one of those great-lost power pop bands that have at last been released on cd. Never failing to excite, this release comes from the great Wizzard In Vinyl label out of Japan (I can?t stop praising this label!).
Jangley guitars and a driving back beat will keep you Powerpop enthusiasts coming back for another dose. Reminiscent of bands such as “The Beat”, The Raspberries, Cheap Trick, and The Shoes etc (I could go on and on-pick your fave Powerpop band and insert here). Yes, The Go are that good.
Now, stop interrupting me and read on! This CD is comprised of the original Instant Reaction 7“ (which probably sells for a hefty sum on ebay), as well as 20 other timeless treasures from the period of 1979 to 1982. The Go fall into the category of one of the bands that got away. Some record label execs were caught snoozing! Powerpop nirvana and definitely a CD to take to a deserted island.
10 striped t-shirts out of 10!
by: Christopher Duda (SugarBuzz Toronto)