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The Motels

Led by the charismatic Martha Davis, the Motels were one of the most successful and acclaimed bands to emerge from the fertile Los Angeles new wave scene, reaching the Top Ten in 1982 with their biggest hit, "Only the Lonely." Davis formed the group in 1972 while living in Berkeley, California, recruiting guitarist Dean Chamberlain and bassist Richard d'Andrea; originally dubbed the Warfield Foxes, they became the Motels upon relocating to L.A., but despite interest from a number of record labels, the group suffered through endless lineup changes, finally disbanding in 1976. Davis soon formed a new Motels roster with guitarist Jeff Jourard, his saxophonist/keyboardist brother Marty, bassist Michael Goodroe, and drummer Brian Glascock; signing to Capitol, in 1979 the group issued its self-titled debut LP, scoring a minor hit with the ballad "Total Control." Guitarist Tim McGovern, formerly of the Pop, replaced Jeff Jourard prior to the release of the 1980 sophomore effort Careful. After Capitol rejected the Motels' third album, Apocalypso, McGovern exited, and the group re-recorded the album with guitarist Guy Perry and assorted session musicians.

This time the label relented, releasing a retooled version of Apocalypso called All Four One in 1982. The album eventually went gold on the strength of the atmospheric "Only the Lonely," which ascended to the number nine spot. The evocative "Suddenly Last Summer," the lead single from the Motels' 1983 follow-up, Little Robbers, reached number nine as well a year later, yielding the Top 40 entry "Remember the Nights." Issued in 1985, Shock generated the band's final hit, "Shame." A cancer scare prompted Davis to dissolve the Motels in 1987, the year she made her solo debut with Policy. In mid-1998 she re-formed the group, touring under the name the Motels Featuring Martha Davis. A half-dozen compilations were released from 2000 to 2007, and in September 2007 a new album titled Clean Modern and Reasonable became available. The lost album Apocalypso would finally see release in 2011, thanks to the archival label Omnivore. ~ Jason Ankeny
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susanfine346 3
The Motels Featuring Martha Davis are currently touring and it is a show that is not to be missed. New music too!
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Perfect for me.
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LA in the early '80s...prett y happening. Hope I get to hear 'Suddenly Last Summer' before long. Great movie too by the way.
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Love the 80's, best times of my young adult life.
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Great song and it's hard to believe I haven't heard this in forever
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The Lonely CAN play
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njhkp7
Well that and Remember The Nights
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njhkp7
Shame.....th e i r best tune
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So mellow
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So underrated.
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Favorite Motels song.
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Memories of summers growing up in So. California when it was still a great place. Lots of sunsets to this song in the 80's. Great band and sweet song. Marth still rocks today!
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geisha_grl1
The fearless 80's
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Nothing better than the 80s, i wish i could back in time to live them years all over
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One summer never ends..... Brings me back to my younger years in the late 80's
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mororles0058
80's music. can't beat it!
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performed @ Hollywood Bowl Last Summer!! really Cool!
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I love her voice.... and her great band. My favorite of the 1980s. I am still listening to her to this day.
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I don't like this new version. Some things shouldn't be redone.
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Brings me right back to Santa Monica Blvd (that's right,,, in Santa Monica) circa early 80's ... Hey where Tampico Tilly's go???
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cool songs that withstand the test of time. Everything on No Vacancy is great. Especially Celia and Total Control.
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WOW! Early 80's flashback!! Miss those days......
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going to see them tonite in Lake Arrowhead, can't wait!
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alohamermaid 0 0 7
Martha Davis still rocks. Fully re-live the late seventies, early eighties when I hear The Motels.
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Great singer.. Very talented
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bucks4home
JUST SAW THEM AT THE CANYON CLUB. STILL HAS THE VOICE AND A DECENT BAND.
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A band called the Lines from Boston did "Total Control" right, but nothing when compared to Martha's voice.
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Had never heard the stripped version of "Only The Lonely." Wow. Very soulful.
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Gotta be one of my all time favorite songs. Love it:)
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Gotta love Martha's voice. Please contct me for any ADT SECURITY NEEDS!
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dmlp1960
The Motels made some great music.
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hmjsr
Only rock concert this country folk ever attended in Dallas, Texas- Only the Lonely- loved the experience.
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West Coast 80s girl bands (WHAT A FLASH-BACK)
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thevanman552
Martha Davis, the sexiest pipes of the 80's by far.
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pnkfldlvr
WOW THIS SONG TAKES ME BACK:>
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Now I get it - Jimmy Iovine's pejorative quip to Tom Petty: "That's it! You guys are gonna sound like The Motels." Well done Jimmy. Well done.
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maxxwedge
I once dannced with martha
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Good song, brings back memories. =;)
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bridgesimpso n 1
love this song~!!
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Thanks for this one! I had,"Only The Lonely" stuck in my head forever. Please play more of their songs because I miss hearing them.
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oui33
An iconic 80s band--great stuff!
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Martha I Miss Your Singing!
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Love them.
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I remember the video! wow i must be old
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Good band, shame that we never heard much from them after the song only the lonely.

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