Paul Collins, Jack Lee, and Peter Case formed the Nerves in 1975. If only they had managed to stay together until '79 or '80, they could have given the Knack and the Romantics a bit of friendly competition.
Unfortunately, the Nerves disbanded in 1978. Case and Collins briefly formed "The Breakaways", recorded the song "One Way Ticket", and then decided to call it quits once again. Collins went on to form "The Beat", Case went on to form "The Plimsouls", and Jack Lee went solo.
Even though all of the above mentioned groups have a very cool Power Pop legacy, one cannot help but wonder of the impact these three talented individuals could have had on the mainstream music scene, had they only held it together for a few more years!
Back in 1992, a label called "revenge" in France, released a CD called "That's Totally Pop", which featured every track by the Nerves, every track from Jack Lee's solo album, and the Plimsouls original EP. 29 tracks in all. A great compilation to be sure, but good luck finding it!
While this CD is a bit shorter on material than "That's Totally Pop", it's certainly worth buying! 34 years later, the Nerves FINALLY have a full CD all their own!
If you're a fan of The Knack, Romantics, Beatles, Kinks, and other such legendary rock and power pop groups, you really owe it to yourself to buy this CD! A lot of groups failed to "hit" because they didn't have the material. For the Nerves, it was simply a case of "the right thing, at the wrong time". Trust me, you'll LOVE this CD!
I'm amazed that this is finally available!