What we love: The Romantics
The story of The Romantics is distinctly rock ’n’ roll. It involves a rise, a fall, a rise again, a shakeup in lineups, latter day critical acclaim, a reunion of original members, and a band, that through it all, keeps on going.
The Romantics, appropriately, played their first show on Valentine’s Day 1977. The four-piece band often performs straightforward rock ’n’ roll, but also had their hand in new wave and '80s pop. Their first major success was “What I Like About You,” a song as prevalent today in pop culture as it was when it was released in 1980. Television, video games, movies, anything involving a party—this song is sure to be there. It almost seems impossible that it only peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
A bigger single, “Talking In Your Sleep” reached all the way to No. 3 in the United States and No. 1 in Canada. That song remains a staple of rock and pop radio.
The Romantics had to take a long break to settle a lawsuit in which they were fighting their management for misappropriated funds and musical licenses. The band won and returned to the scene in the mid-'90s.
Now featuring three members of the original lineup—singer Wally Palmar, lead guitarist Mike Skill and bassist Rich Cole—along with drummer Brad Elvis, The Romantics continue to bask in '80s nostalgia and keep the party going.
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