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Song of the Day 5/14/09

Every day, our top 666 songs of alltime countdown gets one step closer to #1. Thursday’s song is #440:

Robin Lane & the Chartbusters – Send Me an Angel

 

The water runs deep

Under the cold concrete

Empties all its waste

Into the harbor

 

Beyond the music, you know what else is great about punk and new wave and so many bands of the era? The relevance. The fearlessness, the unwillingness to look away, to confront the ugly reality.  This is a Boston band, of course. Chanteuse (and ex-Neil Young pal) Robin Lane was an early 80s star in New England, foreshadowing the janglerock era by a few years. This minor radio hit ‘s ominous, hypnotic, repetitive opening riff and Lane’s throaty, passionate vocals are typical of her other work, and with the twin guitar attack of Asa Brebner and Leroy Radcliffe (from the Modern Lovers), the band was killer. Lane and Brebner each continue to perform around the Boston area. From the Imitation Life lp, 1981; mp3s are out there, but you’ll have to dig.

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