Classic & Current Contemporary Non-Schlock-Rock Metropolitan Music
Repeat When Necessary (1979) - Dave Edmunds
The first time I heard of Dave Edmunds was around 1970 when he had a hit with "I Hear You Knockin'." That had caught my ear because I knew the Fats Domino version from when, as a little kid, I used to play with my mom's awesome collection of vintage 45s. I didn't hear of Dave Edmunds again until we received his album Trax on Wax 4 at WFDD in 1978.
But it wasn't until Repeat When Necessary that I truly rediscoverd Dave Edmunds. His music was all rolled up with newly-hip-to-Deaconlight UK artists such as Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, and Graham Parker. There was a lot of "inbreeding" with these artists' music. The lineup on Repeat When Necessary is essentially the band Rockpile - Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Terry Williams, and Billy Bremner. "Crawling from the Wreckage," was written by Graham Parker. The album opens with a cover of Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."
The last track on the album, however, was written by an American singer/songwriter. Hughie Lewis (yeah, that Huey Lewis) penned "Bad is Bad" and plays harmonica on the song. (Lewis's band Clover - sans Lewis - backed up Elvis Costello on his debut album, My Aim Is True.)
Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary Original Album Tracks