This is no dive
Joker | Michigan | 04/14/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ever been to a motel that's just a "dive"? A "flea trap"? You get the picture - a rundown and neglected motel out in the middle of nowhere where a color TV is modern technology? A place you're forcing yourself to stay at because there's nowhere else to stay in town or you're just trying to save money? A motel that you're finding so dive-ish that it's actually funny? One of those motels that you'll remember 35 years later and laugh about? You get the picture.
The Best Of The Motels: No Vacancy (1990) is a collection of 19 of the best songs by The Motels on one CD. This CD is no dive motel. Instead, it's a 4-star hotel. It's high quality. It's sophisticated. It's a breath of fresh air. The Motels are quite a unique band with a unique sound. Nobody out there sounds like them. Led by lead singer Martha Davis, this band is pop-ish and new wave mostly, but they don't sound like a typical '80s new wave band. They have quite a few songs that have a keyboard or organ that sounds a little on the dark side. They also use the saxophone and light and heavy electric guitar. This band in some ways is like a new wave version of The Doors with a female singer.
Some of the recognizable songs on this CD are Only The Lonely, Suddenly Last Summer, Danger, Little Robbers, Take The L, and Trust Me, but there are a lot of other good songs as well.
If you like '80s new wave once in a while and want to listen to a unique band, then I recommend this CD. The songs have held up very well over time. You'll remember these Motels - in a good way."