Robin Lane and the Chartbusters (from the album Many Years Ago: The Complete Collection of Robin Lane and the Chartbusters available on Blixa Sounds)
The 1970’s music community began to reconstruct sound by stripping back the bloated fat that big Rock used to take over radio and concert stages, bringing bands back to the raw Roots of Rock’n’Roll. Robin Lane began her career in 1960’s Los Angeles in the Folk/Rock circuit, having an album credit as backing vocalist for Neil Young on his Everybody Knows This is Nowhere when she lent her voice to his “Round and Round” cut. Robin left the west coast and landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The music she had been creating in Los Angeles was still with her and Robin Lane began putting together songs for an album staying in the Country Rock model beginning to take shape in California….and then she heard the Ramones.
Partnering with Boston musicians Asa Brebner, Leroy Radcliffe (The Modern lovers), Tim Jackson, and Scott Baerenwald, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters released two albums and a live E.P. before Robin began focusing on solo work and raising a family. Many Years Ago: The Complete Collection of Robin Lane and the Chartbusters collects the two stellar studio efforts of the Boston, Massachusetts-based band. A single (“When Things Go Wrong”) produced by Steve Sharf helped The Chartbusters catch air(waves) on Boston career-maker radio station WBCN, which led to a Warner Brothers record deal, the video number fourteen in line for airing on the first day (August 1, 1981) of fledgling television station, MTV. Many Years Ago remembers the beginnings of a new sound, The Chartbusters guitars playing tag, dueling with bright jangle and feral riffs and forming sharp angles in the beat the lyrics that tear away pretense for niceties to deliver opinions and desires. Robin Lane and the Chartbusters created music that filled two albums, the studio sound capturing the excitement of a live setting and the glory of a rock’n’roll band falling in love with the sounds they are making.
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