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The Motels “All Four One” « Cool Album of the Day

The Motels “All Four One”


Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#557 in the Series) is The Motels, All Four One

There were a ton of acts that were tossed into the catch-all genre of “New Wave” during the decade of the 80s.  Many of them, quite frankly sucked.  Why, because if you had a little hook, you could play a good day’s worth of new wave with-out needing a whole day’s worth of talent.  What that did however, was allow the bands that had superior talent to really climb above the rest. I’m of course referring to bands like Missing Persons, Split Enz, The Cars, Haircut 100, the Furs etc. They had loads of talent.

So did The Motels. Martha Davis was (actually that should read “is”) a killer vocalist, and she was also surrounded by some great players. On this album they were, Tim McGovern and Guy Perry on guitar, Marty Jourard on keys and sax, Michael Goodroe on bass and Brian Glascock on drums.  Waddy Wachtel also made an appearance as well.

Martha Davis also wrote most of these tracks, including the band’s huge hit single, “Only the Lonely.”  She did get some co-writing help on a few of the songs. There is one cover tune, that being “(He Hit Me) and it Felt Like a Kiss.” That was a hit way back in 1962 for The Crystals.  It was written by the great songwriting team of Carol King and Gerry Goffin.

Besides the big hit ballad, “Mission of Mercy” a rocker, got some air play as well, as did “Take the L.”

Martha continues The Motels to this day. It seems like they’re still always touring. She also has a weekly podcast that’s pretty cool. You can find it at “HotTalkLA.com” and on iTunes. It’s call “Between the Sheets.”

— Larry Carta

Here’s a good interview that Martha Davis did with Ginger Coyote. 

Track Listing

All Songs Written By Martha Davis, except where noted.

Side One

  1. “Mission of Mercy” (Davis, Jourard)
  2. “Take the L”
  3. “Only the Lonely”
  4. “Art Fails” (Davis, McGovern)
  5. “Change My Mind” (Davis, Steve Goldstein)
Side Two
  1. “So L.A.”
  2. “Tragic Surf”  (Davis, McGovern)
  3. “Apocalypso”
  4. “He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)”  (Gerry Goffin, Carole King)
  5. “Forever Mine”


The Motels

  • Martha Davis: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Tim McGovern: Lead Guitar
  • Guy Perry: Lead Guitar
  • Marty Jourard: Keyboards, Saxophone
  • Michael Goodroe: Bass
  • Brian Glascock: Drums

Additional Personnel

  • Bryan Garofalo, Bob Getter: Bass
  • Craig Hull, Waddy Wachtel: Guitars
  • Craig Krampf: Drums, Percussion
  • Kobla Ladzekpo: Percussion


Official Website of The Motels
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Listen to a bunch of the record here by clicking play. 

Posted by Larry Carta

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