One Way Ticket

One Way Ticket

by The Nerves


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The Nerves were a great band with lousy timing -- they were a top-notch power pop trio who emerged on the L.A. rock scene in 1977, just as punk was becoming the next hipster sensation and about 18 months before the hookier end of new wave would have given them a shot at the big time. Peter Case went on to a memorable career fronting the Plimsouls and as a solo act, Paul Collins made a pair of great records as the leader of the Beat, and Jack Lee's tune "Hanging on the Telephone" became a hit for Blondie, making it abundantly clear that the Nerves' potential was very real and all three members could write and sing great songs, but during their all-too-brief existence the band self-released just one 7" EP and supported it with a D.I.Y. tour before falling apart. One Way Ticket is by no means the album the Nerves never got to make, but at least it gathers the scraps the band left behind in one convenient package. The four songs from the legendary Nerves EP are all here, along with two other studio tracks intended for a follow-up single that was never released, another stray studio recording, a pair of home-recorded demos, and seven rough but exciting live tunes from a Nerves gig in Illinois. A Case and Collins living room tape, a pair of relevant post-Nerves tunes by the Jack Lee Band, and an embryonic version of the Plimsouls round out the package. Several of Collins' songs would later appear on the first Beat album, and Case's tunes show the smarts and energy he'd bring to the Plimsouls, but it's Lee's work that's the real standout on this disc, and it makes one wonder how his career fizzled out after just one solo album. The piecemeal nature of One Way Ticket makes this a somewhat uneven listening experience, but the high points are pure, hooky bliss; the first seven songs sound like the first side to a terrific album, and the live recordings confirm that this band knew how to make their music work on-stage. One Way Ticket is a fine tribute to a band that came and went too quickly, and if you love '70s power pop, this is archival stuff that practically demands a place in your library.

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Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Alive Records
UPC: 0095081009028
catalogNumber: 90
Rank: 50995

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One Way Ticket 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Rockmaven More than 1 year ago
This CD is essential listening for fans of pre-new wave power pop from the 1970's, as well as anyone looking to explore the music of that era. The Nerves imploded before they ever released a full album, but their legend and influence remains intact. Their credibility extends beyond "Hanging on the Telephone" (a Nerves original made famous by Blondie), over to the many great songs they penned during their brief time together. It doesn't hurt that this band also launched the career of Peter Case, first as a member of the Plimsouls and then as a solo artist. Get this CD and enjoy some lost classic music from a bygone era.
Michael-moviebuff More than 1 year ago
The Nerves were the great should've beens of the LA Powerpop scene. Originators of the classic single, "Hanging on the Telephone," later fameously coverd by Blondie, The Nerves burnt out before they could build an audiance, or release a proper album. This collection is the closest we will ever get to a Nerves album. Buy it, and hear what could've been. This collection of singles, demos, and live tracks is pure power pop bliss.