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One Way Ticket

The Nerves

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The Nerves were a great band with lousy timing -- they were a top-notch power pop trio who emerged on the L.A. rock scene in 1977, just as punk was becoming the next hipster sensation and about 18 months before the hookier end of new wave would have given them a shot at the big time. Peter Case went on to a memorable career fronting the Plimsouls and as a solo act, Paul Collins made a pair of great records as the leader of the Beat, and Jack Lee's tune "Hanging on the Telephone" became a hit for Blondie, making it abundantly clear that the Nerves' potential was very real and all three members could write and sing great songs, but during their all-too-brief existence the band self-released just one 7" EP and supported it with a D.I.Y. tour before falling apart. One Way Ticket is by no means the album the Nerves never got to make, but at least it gathers the scraps the band left behind in one convenient package. The four songs from the legendary Nerves EP are all here, along with two other studio tracks intended for a follow-up single that was never released, another stray studio recording, a pair of home-recorded demos, and seven rough but exciting live tunes from a Nerves gig in Illinois. A Case and Collins living room tape, a pair of relevant post-Nerves tunes by the Jack Lee Band, and an embryonic version of the Plimsouls round out the package. Several of Collins' songs would later appear on the first Beat album, and Case's tunes show the smarts and energy he'd bring to the Plimsouls, but it's Lee's work that's the real standout on this disc, and it makes one wonder how his career fizzled out after just one solo album. The piecemeal nature of One Way Ticket makes this a somewhat uneven listening experience, but the high points are pure, hooky bliss; the first seven songs sound like the first side to a terrific album, and the live recordings confirm that this band knew how to make their music work on-stage. One Way Ticket is a fine tribute to a band that came and went too quickly, and if you love '70s power pop, this is archival stuff that practically demands a place in your library.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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One Way Ticket
00:02:13

Peter Case, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Trumpet Blast Music admin. By Music and Media Inc, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Trumpet Blast Music admin. By Music and Media Inc, BMI

2
Paper Dolls
00:02:27

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

3
Hanging on the Telephone
00:02:04

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

4
When You Find Out
00:02:00

Peter Case, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Trumpet Blast Music admin. By Music and Media Inc, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Trumpet Blast Music admin. By Music and Media Inc, BMI

5
Working Too Hard
00:01:53

PAUL COLLINS, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Paul Collins Music, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Paul Collins Music, BMI

6
Give Me Some Time
00:01:57

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

7
Walking Out on Love
00:01:35

PAUL COLLINS, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Paul Collins Music, Cruisin Music, Bug Music BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Paul Collins Music, Cruisin Music, Bug Music BMI

8
Thing of the Past
00:02:12

Peter Case, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Nerves, MainArtist

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Copyright Control

9
It's Hot Outside
00:02:30

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Copyright Control

10
Many Roads to Follow (Demo)
00:02:14

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Nerves, MainArtist - Peter Case / Paul Collins, Composer

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Copyright Control

11
Are You Famous? (Live)
00:01:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Copyright Control

12
Why Am I Lonely? (Live)
00:01:50

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

13
You Won't Be Happy (Live)
00:01:16

PAUL COLLINS, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Paul Collins Music, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Paul Collins Music, BMI

14
Any Day Now (Live)
00:02:11

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

15
Letter to G. (Live)
00:02:12

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Copyright Control

16
Come Back and Stay (Live)
00:01:53

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

17
I Need Your Love (Live)
00:02:18

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

18
Stand Back and Take a Good Look (Demo)
00:02:06

Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist - Chrysalis Songs, BMI, MusicPublisher

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Chrysalis Songs, BMI

19
Are You Famous? (Demo)
00:01:54

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Copyright Control

20
Letter To G. (Demo)
00:01:36

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jack Lee, Composer - The Nerves, MainArtist

2008 Alive Naturalsound 2008 Copyright Control

Album Description

The Nerves were a great band with lousy timing -- they were a top-notch power pop trio who emerged on the L.A. rock scene in 1977, just as punk was becoming the next hipster sensation and about 18 months before the hookier end of new wave would have given them a shot at the big time. Peter Case went on to a memorable career fronting the Plimsouls and as a solo act, Paul Collins made a pair of great records as the leader of the Beat, and Jack Lee's tune "Hanging on the Telephone" became a hit for Blondie, making it abundantly clear that the Nerves' potential was very real and all three members could write and sing great songs, but during their all-too-brief existence the band self-released just one 7" EP and supported it with a D.I.Y. tour before falling apart. One Way Ticket is by no means the album the Nerves never got to make, but at least it gathers the scraps the band left behind in one convenient package. The four songs from the legendary Nerves EP are all here, along with two other studio tracks intended for a follow-up single that was never released, another stray studio recording, a pair of home-recorded demos, and seven rough but exciting live tunes from a Nerves gig in Illinois. A Case and Collins living room tape, a pair of relevant post-Nerves tunes by the Jack Lee Band, and an embryonic version of the Plimsouls round out the package. Several of Collins' songs would later appear on the first Beat album, and Case's tunes show the smarts and energy he'd bring to the Plimsouls, but it's Lee's work that's the real standout on this disc, and it makes one wonder how his career fizzled out after just one solo album. The piecemeal nature of One Way Ticket makes this a somewhat uneven listening experience, but the high points are pure, hooky bliss; the first seven songs sound like the first side to a terrific album, and the live recordings confirm that this band knew how to make their music work on-stage. One Way Ticket is a fine tribute to a band that came and went too quickly, and if you love '70s power pop, this is archival stuff that practically demands a place in your library.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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