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The Rave-ups


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It’s a familiar story in the record industry. A band overflowing with talent gets signed by a major label, yet despite writing two solid albums for said major, the music never really makes it into the greater consciousness of the record-buying public and band subsequently breaks up. Such is the case with The Rave-Ups. Both of their excellent Epic albums are now out-of-print, but they are not by any stretch of the imagination forgotten.

The Rave-Ups were formed in the autumn of 1979 by Jimmer Podrasky (guitar/vocals), with Michael Kaniecki (guitar/vocals), George Carter (bass, violin, vocals), and T.J. Junco (drums). Several lineup changes and a couple EP releases occurred before the 1985 release of their first full-length LP Town & Country on Fun Stuff Records/Demon Records with that (final) lineup being: Jimmer Podrasky (guitar/vocals), Terry Wilson (guitar), Tommy Blatnik (bass guitar) and Tim Jimenez (drums). The album was met with widespread critical acclaim and sold over 40,000 copies. And the single, “Positively Lost Me,” became a college radio hit. The band was then signed to Epic records where they released an EP; two more LP’s and appeared in the film ” Pretty in Pink” where they performed 2 songs but inexplicably did not appear on the soundtrack. The band broke up in 1992.


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  • aviaryplanetary

    I'm pretty sure they were the live band in Pretty In Pink. Picked up Chance in a used bin and it's damn good.

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Devildom

    Smile <3

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Karoljo

    first heard them on Beverly Hills,90210 :) nice band

    24 May 2009 Reply
  • MichaelAVK

    Just got my CD of Chance from ebay. I have the cassette, but that doesn't do me much good these days. LOVE this album!

    20 Jan 2008 Reply

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