New Releases For August 9, 2011

The Motels

The Motels - Apocalypso

30th Anniversary of the lost album, Apocalypso, available on CD and LP with the first 1,500 copies pressed on translucent orange vinyl. Also available, a special 5 track digital EP

In 1981, Los Angeles band the Motels convened to record the follow-up to their 1980 release Careful. 'When we were convinced we had amassed the perfect collection of what were obvious hits or at least great album tracks, we went to the label,' says Davis. 'When Capitol heard the album the reaction was something like, 'We'll release it if you really want us to, but the promotion department will not work it,' says Davis. Davis sums up what happened next: 'After the bruising of egos, and some time to reflect, it was apparent that this was actually a good thing.'

The band went back to work and the resulting album All Four One was released in 1982 as the Motels' official third studio record. It was the band's first commercial success, featuring the timeless 'Only The Lonely,' which would go Top 10 on the Billboard charts; the subsequent video would become a staple of rotation on the burgeoning music television network MTV. 'With the hindsight that only 30 years can bring, I hear Apocalypso as a sort of wild sonic ride,' says Motel Marty Jourard. 'All Four One was our first real commercial success, but it was born of these sessions.' 'All Four One came out, and we had our first real chart success in the U.S. - we were mainstream, baby... But something was lost with Apocalypso, the album that got away,' says Davis. 'I look at it as the last time the Motels were uninhibited, wild, and not worried about our place on the charts. In my heart, I think I've always liked Apocalypso more.'

Listen Now!


"Only The Lonely (4-Track Demo)"


  1. 1. Art Fails
  2. 2. Tragic Surf
  3. 3. Only The Lonely
  4. 4. Schneekin'
  5. 5. So L.A.
  6. 6. Apocalypso
  7. 7. Mission Of Mercy
  8. 8. Lost But Not Forgotten
  9. 9. Who Could Resist That Face
  10. 10. Sweet Destiny
  11. 11. Art Fails (Alternate Acetate Version)
  12. 12. Don't You Remember (4-Track Demo)
  13. 13. Tragic Surf (4-Track Demo)
  14. 14. Fiasco (4-Track Demo)
  15. 15. Obvioso (4-Track Demo)
  16. 16. Only The Lonely (4-Track Demo)

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • Jul 05
    Chicago, IL, US The Motels at Chicago Ribfest
  • Jul 07
    Minneapolis, MN, US The Motels at Dakota
  • Aug 02
    Coney Island, NY, US A Flock of Seagulls, The Motels, Farrington & Mann, The Vapors, and 4 more… at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
  • Aug 03
    Peachtree City, GA, US A Flock of Seagulls, The Motels, The Vapors, Naked Eyes, and 4 more… at Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
  • Aug 08
    Chicago, IL, US A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, The Tubes, The Motels, and 3 more… at Aragon Ballroom
  • Aug 10
    Greenwood Village, CO, US A Flock of Seagulls with Wang Chung, Missing Persons, The Tubes, and 9 more… at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
  • Aug 22
    Houston, TX, US A Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, Wang Chung, John Parr, and 5 more… at Arena Theatre
  • Aug 31
    Saratoga, CA, US A Flock of Seagulls with Missing Persons, Wang Chung, Musical Youth, and 7 more… at The Mountain Winery
  • Sep 01
    Lincoln, CA, US Rewind Fest '19 - Lost 80's Live 2019
  • Sep 07
    Las Vegas, NV, US A Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, The Tubes, Wang Chung, and 11 more… at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center - DLVEC
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