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The ‘80s New Wave band the Motels originally hailed from the Los Angeles area. They are perhaps best known for their songs “Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly, Last Summer,” and “Total Control.”

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Although they had existed earlier, the second incarnation of the band was the most successful one. This incarnation was formed in the late 1970s by Martha Davis and guitarist Jeff Jourard, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. After holding auditions, they were able to recruit Jourard’s brother Marty, who played keyboards and saxophone, as well as bassist Michael Goodroe and drummer Brian Glascock. During this period, the band shared a rehearsal space with the Go-Go’s in the famous punk rock basement the Masque. On Mother’s Day 1979, the Motels scored a record deal with Capitol and released their debut album in September of that year. Their second single, “Total Control,” would prove to be the Motels’ international breakthrough hit. It did well on the charts in both France and Australia.

In recent years, Martha Davis has reformed a new version of the band called The Motels Featuring Martha Davis. She continues to perform and record under that name, with a revolving cast of back up musicians.

The albums of the Motels include Motels, Careful, Apocalypso, All Four One, Little Robbers, Shock, Policy, No Reservations – The Best of the Motels, No Vacancy, All Four One – Expanded, Anthologyland, Classic Masters, The Best of the Motels, So the Story Goes, The Motels Essential Collection, and 2007’s Standing Room Only.


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