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C**k Robin

During the early '80s, the American charts were subjected to a second British Invasion. Bands such as Duran Duran and Culture Club seemed to dominate, and from this, a new breed of U.S. new wave act emerged, including, among others: the Motels, Cyndi Lauper, 'Til Tuesday, and C**k Robin.

Led by singer/songwriter Peter Kingsbery, who also played bass and keyboards, C**k Robin was complemented by singer Anna LaCazio, guitarist Clive Wright, and drummer Louis Molino III. Like their contemporaries, C**k Robin matured fast. From the sleeve of their first album, the four members looked to imitate the mix of romanticist art rock (Roxy Music) and disco-funk (Chic) that Duran Duran had blended not so long before them. LaCazio looks like the proverbial high school prom queen, however by the time of their final record in 1989, she had transformed into a sophisticated woman.

Their first self-titled album on CBS from 1985 was produced by Steve Hillage and proved to be the most basic outing. Tracks like the opening 'Thought You Were on My Side' ooze all the charm of a band in the studio together for the first time. The sparkling single 'The Promise You Made' became an instant hit in Europe -- where they became huge -- and gave them their only British hit (number 28 in May 1986, though it did hang around for 12 weeks). They fared little better at home -- only number 35 with "When Your Heart Is Weak." From this point on, C**k Robin were essentially the duo of Kingsbery and LaCazio. (Mysteriously, Wright appears on every succeeding album sans First Love: Last Rites as a session player!) Opening their second album, After Here Through Midland was the single "Just Around the Corner," which again did nothing aside from Europe, where a steady fan base had been built up, especially in France. A grittier sound was evident, a hallmark of producer Don Gehman (renowned for his work with John Mellencamp).

The third, final, and most impressive of C**k Robin's albums was 1989's First Love: Last Rites, this time mastered by veteran producer Rhett Davies (Roxy, Eno, Icehouse). Guest musicians included drummer Pat Mastelotto (Mr. Mister, the Rembrandts, and later XTC and King Crimson) and the Mariachi Horns, who helped authenticate a Latin pop/rock blend as featured on the gorgeous closing single "Worlds Apart." Once again, a sense of space was a prominent feature of the album sleeve, which also boasted a poem by writer Charles Bukowski. One more single, "It's Only Make Believe," graced the greatest-hits package The Best of C**k Robin, which also included a live performance of the Bob Dylan song "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." In their wake, Kingsbery went on to produce several fine albums, vastly different from his previous work. In 1992, he contributed to Tim Rice's adaptation of the stage play Tycoon, guesting alongside Cyndi Lauper, Nina Hagen, Celine Dion, and Tom Jones. ~ Kelvin Hayes, Rovi
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The second wave of British Invasion bands in the 80's mostly sucked. They were products of the whole MTV influence which promoted style over substance or stupid haircut bands or even worse, stupid haircut glam metal bands where poseurs all wore makeup, permed their hair, and tried to look tough on the album covers. What a joke.
ksmith078
I've seen names published that are worse than this one. I think they are great, and wish they could be found easier.
caravancara8
I didn't know the name was bleeped. Too bad. Love Peter Kingsbury's voice. So unique.
Get over the name slight and listen to best music you've never heard. This also goes for Butch Walker. Go check him out. Now. You're welcome!
syrups9907
Using the same logic every time a Peter,Dick or Rod pop up then Pandora needs to take a knife to them (metaphorica l l y speaking,of course).
mummylaunche r
I feel robbed
This was one of my favorite groups from the 80s. Catchy music with thoughtful lyrics and great vocals. It is too bad the comments have been relegated to how their name doesn't fit in to this PC world.
the worst name I have ever heard in my short life so far.
"Don't be c**k robin now!" HAHA
hahahaha! C0ck is bleeped out!

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