315. Robin Lane & the Chartbusters – Robin Lane & the Chartbusters
ROBIN LANE AND & THE CHARTBUSTERS (198
Robin Lane & the Chartbusters
On August 1, 1981 a new cable television station launched, dedicated exclusively to the playing of a new musical format, the music video. At the end of the first hour the eleventh video to hit the airwaves was “When Things Go Wrong” by unheralded Bostonian band, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters.
Led by Robin Lane’s husky and earthy vocals, extremely limited distorted guitars, simply drum and bass rhythms, the Chartbusters should have been the next big thing. The fact that their two full length albums are not amongst the classics of the era is a real crime. This is partly due to the thinner production sound on the first album that never captured the energy and passion of the bands live performances. A nearly simultaneously released live album would show the public the power of the band, but it may have been too late.
The band can be described as a female version of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers or the Byrds with simple arrangements to basic rock and roll numbers that leave a lasting impression. But, along with Chrissie Hynde, Lane is a wonderful front person, performer and songwriter. Fans of “Sam” Phillips will find quite a bit to love here with a strong and intelligent female lead vocalist and superb musicianship.
The band would follow up a few years later with an even stronger effort sporting a more authentic sound to the bands live sound as Lane would also do a wonderful 4 song EP that just barely missed making the list. A most definite AYSO. But good luck with that!