Fort Worth five-piece Fate Lions just dropped a new three-song 7-inch and and are celebrating with a show at the Kessler on Friday. With that in mind, I asked guitarist Jerko Dabelic and singer/guitarist Jason Manriquez about some of their favorite 45s growing up.
Barry Manilow "A Nice Boy Like Me"/"I Write the Songs" At two years of age I can remember sitting transfixed and running around the house chanting, "I write songs, I write songs..."
The Turtles "Happy Together"/"Like the Seasons" To this day I can hear the hiss and crackle from my folks' worn disc.
The Mamas & the Papas "California Dreaming"/"Somebody Groovy" Growing up in California, I'd always wondered at the mystique and allure of a state that seemed to hold such a varied mix of people.
The Carpenters "Ticket to Ride"/"Your Wonderful Parade" Actually my first exposure to this Beatles classic. We owned many Carpenters LPs but had this 45 for whatever reason and I loved Karen's voice on this.
Crystal Gayle "Somebody Loves You"/"Coming Closer" Couldn't get enough of that "Na na na na" outro.
Weird Al Yankovic "Eat It"/"That Boy Could Dance" It was funny, my friends dug it and it was the first disc I paid for myself when I was 11. Met him years later at a Renaissance fair. He was cool.
Velocity Girl "My Forgotten Favorite"/"Why Should I Be Nice To You?" My tastes began to be influenced by college radio and magazines like Option.
Bauhaus "Telegram Sam"/"Rosegarden Funeral of Sores" Where glam and goth meet.
Kenny Rogers "Coward of the County"/"I Want to Make You Smile" Love the song's story except for the rape. Young guys think revenge is cool.
Bikini Kill "Rebel Girl"/"New Radio" Raw three chords and the truth sort of thing that gives me goosebumps to this day. Love, love, love it. Joan Jett produced, so there you go.
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Murray Head "One Night in Bangkok"/"Merano" This was the first 45 I ever bought. The synths with the bass hooked me instantly. I never understood what the hell the song meant at a young age, but I didn't care. I liked the juxtaposition between the tin-canned phone-line rapped verse vocal and the chorus line.
The Cars "Tonight She Comes"/"Just What I Needed" Another favorite from my youth. It's about as perfect a pop song as anyone could hope to write. I love the ambiguity of the title. You don't know if she's going to climax or she's meeting you for dinner and a movie. "And sometimes she passes through me just like a breeze," is a lyric I wish I would have written. Elliot Easton's guitar solo is sublime.
The Cure "Fascination Street"/"Babble" The Cure taught me the importance of mood and how to use the opening of a song to set it. The lyrics don't come in until one minute and 20-something seconds into the song. Simon Gallup's bassline is epic and Robert Smith weaves his guitar majestically. The B-side, "Babble," always makes me feel claustrophobic. The Cure have always been masters of the art of the B-side.
Tripping Daisy/Centro-matic "Bedhead"/"Love Has Found Me Somehow" Listening to the Daisy song makes me feel nostalgic for a bygone time and a bygone band that was just reaching their full potential when Wes Berggren died. The song ends abruptly, much like Tripping Daisy did. The Centro-matic tune is a feel-good gem from Will Johnson that they like to close their sets with, and is only available here on wax.