With every retro resurgence, there comes a point where it’s abundantly clear that what was once considered cool is now completely overdone. Whether it’s Target promoting its overstock in leg warmers or the movie remake of Knight Rider, it’s becoming understood that the 1980s resurgence has peaked – and it’s a long way down from here. The Lovemakers add to this overkill with Times Of Romance, becoming one of the first bands to copy Debbie Gibson in this new century.
In what sounds like a drunken night at the local karaoke watering hole, the members of the Lovemakers are introducing themselves to the public with a thirteen-song debut that would have been lucky to shake a suburban roller rink in 1987. The trio – Oakland, California residents Jason Proctor, Lisa Light and Scott Blonde – hit a lot of buttons, but few are the right ones. The album sounds overly synthesized and far from the quirky-yet-funky take on the 1980s that Adult. and Miss Kitten popularized years ago.
On stage, the trio creates a rather performance. Proctor plays the cold, cool, collected man behind the synthesizers while Blonde and Light romp around stage oddly flirting and disrobing. Sounds interesting, right? But none of that comes with the recorded product. “Dance” sounds like the preprogrammed-beat function on a Radio Shack keyboard accompanied by overly effected vocals. Opener “Prepare for the Fight” sounds like a poorly imitated Fischerspooner song with its Cracker Jack chorus, “I’ll lift you up inside/ I’ll be right by your side/ All into the night/ Prepare for the fight.”
As the 1980s resurgence slowly comes to a close, there are sure to be more bands like the Lovemakers clamoring for attention. As always, it seems that this sound is now doomed to close out its short-lived existence amongst a handful of major labels searching for the newest trend, even if it’s no longer new. The members of the Lovemakers have big business on their side, so despite the fact that Times of Romance misses the mark, at least there’s the hope of payola.
The Lovemakers’ Web site: http://www.thelovemakers.com
“Prepare for the Fight” stream:
“Shake That Ass” stream: