While doing a little background research on these guys, I learned that the voice actor who plays SpongeBob, Tom Kenny, was (still is?) in a Syracuse, New York-based band called The Tearjerkers. They’re pretty good, too — very Beach Boys-esque pop-type stuff. Sorry to disappoint, but this is not SpongeBob’s band, although I will post some stuff by them soon.
These guys are from Ireland and their style is more late ’70s/early ’80s power pop. Even though they toured with some big acts at the time like Rachel Sweet, Dexys Midnight Runners, and even the legendary Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy, they never really gained much success here across the pond.
Power pop bands were a dime a dozen at that time, so to really make it, you needed to stand out and have some decent label support. A lot of great bands got lost in the mix along with crappier groups that big labels were essentially just manufacturing and pumping out with little to no marketing or promotion. Lack of this kills the band.
DB Cooper is a great example of this and were a criminally overlooked Santa Barbara, California-based band in the ’80s. Signed and then just basically forgotten about — no marketing, promotion, nothing — by Warner, they never had a chance really. If there ever was a power pop masterpiece, their first album from 1980, Buy American is it. Their second effort, Dangerous Curves was good as well, but Buy American is where it’s at, folks.
Funny how this whole thing turned into an article that has little to do with the band it’s supposed to be about… Oh well, I’ll post some stuff by DB Cooper soon, but for now, enjoy “I’m Sorry” by the Tearjerkers (U.K.). If you’re diggin’ it, you can learn more about them by hitting the Wikipedia link below.
The Tearjerkers are a five piece power pop band from Northern Ireland. Formed at the height of the punk rock boom in Ulster in the late 1970s, the band were composed of members from other Northern Irish groups namely Cobra, Midnight Cruiser and The Detonators…[read more]