Moon Martin - Street Fever (1980)
01. Five Days of Fever
02. S.O.S. (Signal for Help)
03. Pushed Around
04. Love Gone Bad
06. Breakout Tonight
07. Bad News
08. No Dice
10. Cross Your Fingers
11. Rollin' in My Rolls
Produced by Moon Martin & Warren Dewey .
Moon Martin : vocals & guitars + The Ravens : Dennis Croy : bass / Rick Croy : drums / Jeff Fargus : keyboards & backin' vocals .
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Initial plans to record a solo album in 1974 with noted producer/arranger Jack Nitzsche failed to pan out, but several of Martin's original compositions began to be used by other recording artists, including the Nitzsche-produced Mink DeVille (the track "Cadillac Walk" subsequently became a moderate hit), as well as Michelle Phillips and Lisa Burns. By 1978, Martin (who by this time was known simply as Moon Martin) was finally ready to launch his solo career with his look and music often compared to such new wave hit makers as Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. A total of five albums in a five-year span followed, including such titles as 1978's "Victim of Romance" EP (whose track, "Bad Case of Lovin' You," would become a hit when covered by Robert Palmer), 1979's "Shots From a Cold Nightmare/Escape From Domination" (which scored Moon his sole hit single, "Rolene"), 1980's "Street Fever", 1982's "Mystery Ticket", 1985 's "Mixed Emotions" (only available on lp & released in France) all of which were issued on the Capitol label. Martin then dropped out of the music scene for the rest of the '80s , before resurfacing in 1992 in France with "Dreams on file" (FNAC Music) followed by a live album "Bad News Live" in 1993 (also on FNAC Music) . "Cement Monkey" and "Lunar Samples" were released in the U.S on the Core Records with same songs . The same year, the British label Edsel reissued Martin's first four full-length releases as two for one CDs ("Shots From a Cold Nightmare" being paired with "Escape From Domination", while "Street Fever" was combined with "Mystery Ticket") .In 1999, "The Very Best of Moon Martin" (...but with no new or unpublished songs !) collects Moon's finest moments. Magic pop sounds as fresh today as it did many moons ago . The same year , Moon Martin recorded his last album "Louisana Jukebox" on Eagle records ."Moon could turn out three minute pop novels like few others, and did so with excellence on his Capitol albums. Moon's music was extremely accessible, and 7 or 8 tracks from each album could easily have been singles. However, in the realities of the record business, having talent and producing great records does not necessarily equat commercial success..." Liner notes from the cd "The very best of Moon Martin"