Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Rubinoos - Back To The Drawing Board (1979)


Released September 1979

Recorded in California

The second and final album for the original line-up of Jon Rubin, Tommy Dunbar, Donn Spindt and Royse Ader, which was a shame. It never got so good again for the Californian band.

The album is more of the same fare as the previous years’ debut - Beach Boys and 60s bubblegum pop influenced “power pop”. They had an ear for a tune and Rubin’s voice is crystal clear again. 

Highlights are the lovely “Lightning Love Affair”, “Operator”, “Promise Me” and the rocking “Arcade Queen”, “Jennifer” and the (almost) hit single “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” (subject of a lawsuit with Avril Lavigne over its similarity to her song “Girlfriend”, which was settled out of court).

An inessential album, but always a pleasure to listen to it again.


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