Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Proof - It's Safe (1980)

I was damn-near surprised to see that this gem of an album never caught the watchful eye of some of the kingpin power-pop blogs out there. Surprised if only for the fact that The Proof's It's Safe album was released under the auspices of a major label no less, in this case the venerable CBS Records. To be more precise, It's Safe was born into the world on a tentacle of CBS, Nemperor Records, most notably home to power-pop, leather-tie traditionalists The Romantics.

The Proof's lone-lp is overflowing with spunky (not punky), rhythmically aware new wave-inflected pop, that could have easily gone head-to-head with such period contemporaries as The Hawks, Quincy, and to a lesser extent 20/20. Assuredly, this quartet was yet another major-label fatality of their era, right along with some of the aforementioned. For shame...

01. Stay Sixteen
02. First Rate
03. I Would Be there
04. Won't Give 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

15 comments:

stheabo said...

This was one of my favorite LPs from the new wave era, thanks much!

WayneAH said...

Very Tasty. Thank You.

spavid said...

Glad to hear that I was able to fulfill a request. I was unfamiliar with The Proof album when I bought it, rather I just heard highly of it.

rjbs said...

the proof were a great band from New Jersey they recorded a never realeased follow up with Mick Ronson as the producer. Three members later went on to form Private Sector a New Order infuenced pop dance band that was very popular on the Jersey shore for much of the eighties

lowenschranze said...

I'm delighted the Proof's not completely forgotten. Actually, the "follow up" was only a four-song demo and it was co-produced by Mick Ronson and Eddie Offord (I hope I spelled his name right!).

OJWay said...

I listened to this album just about every day as a teenager. The songs stick in my head to this day.

Robert said...

I was in a Chicago new wave band that used to cover some of their songs. I used to love The Proof. I stumbled across their album in the cut-out bin of record store around 1980 and got heavy into it for a while. At the time I thought they were highly original; when I listen to these songs today they sound clearly derivative of The Cars and Off Broadway. Don't know why I didn't hear it then.

randy now said...

I booked this band into City Gardens / Trenton NJ a few times back in 1980. They were always well received - back then - not too many bands could go to a club and only play original music, but you could at City Gardens. They were as good live as on the record. Someday, someone should re-release this as a cd or even on vinyl - add a few bonus live tracks if they exist, or just add that 4 song ep follow up !

cschulte said...

I learned of the Proof from a local band that covered them in Nebraska in the 80's. One of the top 80's albums in my book. Shame they didn't record more.

Bradnjerzee said...

My best friends were the Proof & later on as Private Sector. I have all their albums & Private Sector music on MP3, so if anyone would like to hear their follow up music, you will love Private Sector! Tom Cohen, Jeff Cohen & Michael Hommell were an amazing band. After the Proof, the went on to open for a Flock Of Seagulls, The Romantics amongst others..they also had a small 12" dance hit called "Like a Ton Of Bricks" Write to bjones@ads2goadvertising.com if you would like to hear more music from The Proof & Private Sector.

Catchmee said...

Hi, I was a huge proof fan and still am, I first seen them live opening up for Pat Benatar in Toronto. I would love to have any recordings /video you have of them. They were so tight and solid live and the bass player had such stage presence they were too cool. Are the members still active and playing? So much talent between them. Thanks, Alan.

lron said...

Could you re-up this one, please?

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

lron said...

Many thanks!!

undrgrndgirl813 said...

omg. thank you!
i've just started to re-assemble my stereo system - it's been in storage for the last decade. am looking forward to listening to some old vinyl...especially this lp!