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The Cretones


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The Cretones were a United States, Los Angeles-based new wave rock and power pop group in the early 1980s. All four band members were of Jewish heritage. Led by singer/guitarist and former Eddie Boy Band member Mark Goldenberg (who also wrote the bulk of The Cretones’ material), the group had a strong sense of melody and a lyrical wit that placed them a cut above most of their new wave peers. Other members were Peter Bernstein (bass, vocals), Steve Beers (percussion) and Steve Leonard (keyboards, vocals).

Both their albums were released on Richard Perry’s Planet Records label. They had one single that charted on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100: Real Love, in the spring of 1980, which was from their first album, Thin Red Line. The song Empty Heart, from their second album Snap! Snap!, was their only other song to receive significant airplay on album rock stations, but it did not chart as a single.

They are perhaps best-known as the group that provided three of the songs on Linda Ronstadt’s platinum-selling 1980 punk rock album, Mad Love. Ronstadt’s success served to introduce and highlight Mark Goldenberg’s aggressive compositions.

After the band broke up, Mark Goldenberg went on to write the song Automatic for The Pointer Sisters , which was a hit in 1984. He later toured with artists such as Peter Frampton and Chris Isaak and had moderate success as a new age instrumental artist in Japan.

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