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Proof, The - 1980 It's Safe
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on July 28 2008, In 1980 Articles , 0 Comments , 1876 Reads , Print

ARTIST: Proof, The
ALBUM: It's Safe
LABEL: Nemperor
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Tom Cohen - lead vocals, guitars * Michael Hommel - bass, vocals * Michael Newman - guitar, vocals * Jeff Cohen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stay Sixteen * 02 First Rate * 03 I Would Be There * 04 Won't Give You An Inch * 05 I Want You * 06 It's Safe * 07 No Answers * 08 Crazy Nites * 09 Hello * 10 That's That * 11 Love In A Hurry * 12 Does It Show

In 1980 the world didn't need another power pop band in an already crowded field bursting at the seams, or so we thought. As it turns out, skinny tie rock had a couple good years left with many excellent releases to choose from including The Proof, who like so many other good bands released one record, only to see it buried by the label and an indifferent public never to be heard from again. Their story is as old as time and their bio is something of a mystery; although we do know they were from somewhere in the Eastern half of the U.S.

The Songs
Staying true to the long player's title, The Proof do play it safe and there's nothing here you haven't heard before on any Off Broadway, Pezband, 20/20 or early Joe Jackson LPs, but it's a fun ride overall and some of the best power pop you never heard. Much of 'It's Safe' is fast paced and supercharged and I imagine they went over well on the live circuit with songs like 'I would Be There' and 'I Want You' and I detect a bit of the good old British punk influence ala The Buzzcocks and the much missed The Yachts on the title track. More of the same on side two and while I admit a little more variety might have helped The Proof get some deserved attention from radio programmers, 'It's Safe' is just fine the way it is thank you very much!

In Summary
Not a hard record to find, although listening to this again reminds me how much we need a power pop reissue label whose focus is solely on lost gems of the past. Too much of this music like The Proof, is crying out for digital treatment and the attention of a wider audience.

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