Re: 30+ Year-Old Bands
posted at 3/13/2013 1:06 PM EDT
Donnie Iris and the Cruisers have been recording since 1980.
Most people would identify Donnie Iris as a "one hit wonder" , on the assumption that 'Ah , Leah' is the only song that ever got noticed by anyone, so therefore the only meaningful music he ever was involved in.
Those people would be wrong as Donnie Iris wrote the hit song from his former group the Jaggerz....'The Rapper'...a hit song still played on some oldies stations today. Also the follow up album to Back On The Streets ( the LP that included 'Ah, Leah') called King Cool is a terrific LP that yielded no signicant chart success, but is IMO a superior effort.
Donnie and the Cruisers stiil play and record, not many of us are aware of it though , this type music has been replaced years ago by Grunge, Rap, Hip Hop , teeny- bopper pop and various other types of music that makes more money for agents, record companies , etc.
It's too bad, a few really interesting artists got introduced to us in the early 80s, Power Pop ( I like so much of that style),,,but it got pushed aside rather quickly. The Poper Pop era was very short-lived.