Today’s selection goes back to the heyday of the 1980s mod/garage thing, in which my friends and I were marinating.
Thanks go out to Mr Luther for putting some of the Jetset’s songs on a mixtape way back when.
Formed in the early 80s, the Jetset were remarkable not only for writing great, catchy, 60s-sounding pop songs, but for operating under the conceit that they were a Monkees-esque, pop art, fully expanded, fully branded, uniformly-costumed, chased by packs of girls, unit.
When you pick up their first album, ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’, you are looking at what appears to be the soundtrack to a (non-existent) film, with cartoon versions of the band, a Jetset-mobile and a band factsheet complete with teenybop-friendly band favorites.
It’s the kind of postmodern schtick that you’d expect from a band today, but seemed really fresh and unusual back in the mid-80s.
That the Jetset were able to back up the put-on with well crafted songs was a bonus.
Today’s selection is the opening track from ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’, the self-explanatory ‘Jetset Theme’.
One of the things I find interesting about the Jetset is that although they came up right in the middle of the 60s-revival scene, and their songs are definitely working that side of the street, the production is pretty straight-ahead 80s.
‘Jetset Theme’ is filled with groovy hooks, an anthemic chorus and feels a little like a Jam tune, but not so much that it irritates me (since I’m pretty much alone in my peer group in not digging the Jam all that much).
The Jetset went on to release four more albums between 1986 and 1988, with leader Paul Bevoir going on to the group Smalltown Parade and solo albums into the 2000s.
I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you all next week.
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