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Repeat When Necessary (1979) - Dave Edmunds

Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary album cover« 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.)

-- March 25, 2011 (DDT)

Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary Original Album Tracks

  1. Girls Talk
  2. Crawling from the Wreckage
  3. The Creature from the Black Lagoon
  4. Sweet Little Lisa
  5. Dynamite
  6. Queen of Hearts
  7. Home in My Hand
  8. Goodbye Mister Good Guy
  9. Take Me for a Little While
  10. We Were Both Wrong
  11. Bad Is Bad
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