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Attention Shoppers!

Starz

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Arguably, pop-metal is a form of power pop, or, at the very least, the two have some things in common. Like the Raspberries, the Go-Go's, or Blondie, a pop-metal act will typically blend rockin', guitar-powered aggression with pop sensibilities. Cheap Trick and Sweet, in fact, are perfect examples of bands that are relevant to both pop-metal and power pop. So it seemed logical when Starz provided a big dose of outright power pop on its third album, Attention Shoppers!. The band didn't eliminate the pop-metal factor on this 1978 LP; "X-Ray Spex" and "Good Ale We Seek," for example, are the type of pop-minded hard rock items that one expected from Starz. But tunes like "I'll Be There," "She" (not to be confused with the Kiss favorite), and "Hold on to the Night" are power pop ditties that wouldn't have been out of place at a Raspberries session; this isn't to say that Attention Shoppers! is in a class with the Raspberries' best work. Starz's third album isn't a masterpiece, but it's competent and enjoyable. Further, Starz deserves credit for trying something different and not turning this LP into a carbon copy of Starz or Violation.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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Hold On To The Night
00:03:18

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Jeffrey Warren Grob, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

2
She
00:03:19

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Third Times' The Charm
00:04:36

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

4
(Any Way That You Want It) I'll Be There
00:03:24

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Waitin' On You
00:03:17

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

6
X-Ray-Spex
00:03:29

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Good Ale We Seek
00:04:42

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Don't Think
00:03:45

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Johnny All Alone
00:07:33

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Texas
00:03:57

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1977 Starz

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Arguably, pop-metal is a form of power pop, or, at the very least, the two have some things in common. Like the Raspberries, the Go-Go's, or Blondie, a pop-metal act will typically blend rockin', guitar-powered aggression with pop sensibilities. Cheap Trick and Sweet, in fact, are perfect examples of bands that are relevant to both pop-metal and power pop. So it seemed logical when Starz provided a big dose of outright power pop on its third album, Attention Shoppers!. The band didn't eliminate the pop-metal factor on this 1978 LP; "X-Ray Spex" and "Good Ale We Seek," for example, are the type of pop-minded hard rock items that one expected from Starz. But tunes like "I'll Be There," "She" (not to be confused with the Kiss favorite), and "Hold on to the Night" are power pop ditties that wouldn't have been out of place at a Raspberries session; this isn't to say that Attention Shoppers! is in a class with the Raspberries' best work. Starz's third album isn't a masterpiece, but it's competent and enjoyable. Further, Starz deserves credit for trying something different and not turning this LP into a carbon copy of Starz or Violation.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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