In my case, power pop through the ages is a nearly surefire traditional favorite, guaranteed to please and satisfy. In terms of the late '70s leading into the early '80s, such music continues to be a gift that keeps on giving, as new discoveries seem to lurk in corners of pop music history that I previously imagined to be thoroughly explored. American band Off Broadway enjoyed a criminally brief period of success between 1979 and 1981, releasing two major-label studio albums before abruptly fading away. Still, that doesn't take away from the punchy, immediate appeal of "Stay in Time," a truly signature melodic rock tune that completely ignores the emerging new wave aesthetic in favor of old-fashioned directness. This song reached its modest top peak of No. 51 on the Billboard pop charts in late 1979, but Illinois-based Off Broadway's debut LP, simply titled On, continued to attract attention well into 1980. Perhaps the band's unwillingness to court the skinny-tie trend in a more commercial fashion led to its premature fizzle, because a lack of power pop-inspired, muscular delicacy is certainly not the culprit. So here's to a different kind of holiday savoring this weekend: all of the pleasure and none of the guilt.
- Sample or download "Stay in Time" here.
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