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Missing Persons: Spring Session M

Album Notes

Missing Persons: Warren Cuccurullo (vocals, guitar); Terry Bozzio (vocals, keyboards, drums); Dale Bozzio (vocals); Chuck Wild (keyboards); Patrick O'Hearn (synthesizer, electric bass);

Recorded at Chateau Recorders, Los Angeles, California.

The full-length debut by L.A.'s Missing Persons--their excellent five-song self-titled EP is currently unavailable on CD--was a massive MTV-spawned hit. It garnered an almost immediate backlash from the hip cognoscenti, who thought that this band's roots in Frank Zappa's late-'70s lineups and UK progressive rock were betrayed by the slick, commercial pop contained herein. Listening to SPRING SESSION M--an anagram of the band's name--with hindsight, though, the album's innate oddness is palpable.

The first thing you notice, of course, is Dale Bozzio's bizarre hiccupping babytalk voice, which was rivaled only by that of Altered Images' Clare Grogan during this era. The second is the way that even effortlessly poppy tunes like "Destination Unknown" have a tangible tension about them. Missing Persons' other two albums were less successful, artistically and commercially, but SPRING SESSION M deserves a better rep than it has.


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