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The Motels


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Berkeley, San Francisco CA, United States (1971 – 1976, 1978 – 1987)

There are three bands called The Motels.

1) An 80s new wave band from Los Angeles, California.

2) An alternative/indie band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3) A punk/funk band from Glasgow, Scotland

1) The Motels are a New Wave music band from the Los Angeles area best known for Only the Lonely and Suddenly, Last Summer, both of which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 and 1983, respectively.*

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Formed in 1971 in Berkeley, California, the band (then called The Warfield Foxes) moved to Los Angeles by 1973 seeking a record deal. The band consisted of Martha Davis on vocals and guitar, Dean Chamberlain on lead guitar, Chuck Wada on 2nd lead guitar and others. While in L.A., the band changed its name to “The Motels” and the line-up consisted of Martha Davis, Dean Chamberlain, Chuck Wada, Robert Newman on drums and Richard d’Andrea on bass. Both Martha Davis and Chuck Wada contributed original songs to the repertoire.

The Motels and two other local bands, The Pop and The Dogs, kicked off the local band scene with a hallmark concert at a self-produced show, ‘Radio Free Hollywood’ held at the venerable old theatre, Troupers Hall. (Prior to this show, few if any unsigned bands played local high profile clubs like the Whisky and The Roxy.) The band guested on Rodney Bingenheimer’s popular radio show.


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