306. Social Decay – The Predators

SOCIAL DECAY (1983)

The Predators

I have no idea how I ever got copies of the three albums from The Predators back in the early 80’s. I don’t even know how the were distributed here in the US. I don’t even remember buying them. All I know is that I love all three and this, Social Decay, is just fabulous.

When the dictionary defines “new wave” they should have a picture The Predators. Heavy keyboard dominated dance music with guitar stylings taken straight from The Knack and vocals at times sounding eerily like Bill Walden of early Undercover fame. In fact, the first Undercover album may be a decent comparison, though much more musical and stronger songwriting.But it is not a stretch to hear comparisons to Weber and the Buzztones, Quickflight, Elvis Cotello and even Ishmael United.

There is a great combination of straight ahead evangelical lyrics and thoughtful and vague pop themes, but all with a Biblical worldview. “Man in My Room” has the feeling of a stalker story until you realize the song is about the Holy Spirit. “Stand Up and Be Counted” is a Christian anthem and “Nasty Video” addresses the problem of modern cinema and its impact.

Their catalog is a tough find but worth the effort for those with an affection for early 80’s new wave pop.

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  1. Ted Patterson
    November 8, 2010 at 6:39 am

    You may have gotten the albums from either me when I ordered from an importer or from Radrockers. I never saw a disc for this or any of their albums.

  2. Ted Patterson
    November 8, 2010 at 6:40 am

    By the way, Nice Call !!

  3. October 1, 2011 at 2:58 am

    The Predators are alive and kicking! http://www.preds.eu and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thepreds. New album “Roundabout” released 04 July 2011.

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