Thankyou Rev-Ola! Thankyou for making available, at long last, these 22 tracks of pure powerpop perfection by one of rock and roll's most criminally neglected groups.
Being from the LA area, and as a longtime fan of punk rock, I've always loved the early LA groups like The Plugz, Germs, Dils, Zeros, et al. One thing that many of these bands had in common was the Quick as a musical influence. Along with influencing such bands, The Quick would share the bill with some of them at clubs like the Starwood once the punk thing was in full swing. The Dickies were good friends with, and apparently, roadies for the Quick and eventually recorded an excellent cover of "Pretty Please". I'd read about the group in old Slash and Flipside articles and even heard a few of their tunes on my local 3-Watt college radio station (KUCI) as a kid. Yet, the Quick remained something of an enigma to me until I thankfully stumbled onto this CD.
For years, I tried to obtain a copy of the Quick's extremely obscure Mercury LP "Mondo Deco". For years, I waited patiently for a compilation of demo's, live tracks; anything! Unfortunately, nothing surfaced. Nothing, that is, until now.
Musically, The Quick bear more than a passing resemblance to early Sparks, whom they cite as an initial influence. I'd say, however, that the group sounds most like vintage Cheap Trick. Both bands specialized in quirky, Move-influenced powerpop. Both bands were blessed with humorous, intellegent and inventive songwriter/guitarists. Even Quick vocalist Danny Wilde (now a Rembrandt) could pass for Robin Zander's ever-so-slightly less gifted (vocally, that is) little brother. And, as big of a Cheap Trick fan that I am, I'd say that songs like "No No Girl", "My Purgatory Years", "Hillary" and "Pretty Please" are as good as, if not better than, anything C.T. ever recorded. HERESY! you say. Well, just listen to this CD and decide for yourself.
These Demo recordings faithfully capture what The Quick must have sounded like live. No digital multitracking, Pro Tools plastic surgery here. Just "set up a few mikes and let the tape roll". I've always felt that this is the best way of capturing the raw excitement and immediacy of rock and roll. This collection's two live tracks do, in fact, sound as if they could have come from the demo sessions.
If you love powerpop, punk, glam, 60's groups like The Move, Who, and Small Faces- Hell, if you like great music, period- pick up this CD and do it (ahem) Quick. You will not be dissapointed! Now, if only Rev-Ola would reissue "Mondo Deco" and any other goodies that might still be floating around out there.