Singles Going Single #153 - Phil Neal "Standard Questions" 7" (1980, Invicta)
Would you believe that this single racked up a roughly $200 final auction price on Ebay? Strangely enough, these two Phil Neal sides of deftly crafted, classicist power pop are almost worth the costly price of admission. Both "Standard Question," and "Crossfire" could have held their own against just about any given selection on those essential Yellow Pills or Rhino Records DIY power pop compilations from so many years ago. The Records and Joe Jackson are a couple of the more blatant influences here, but there are certainly others that are escaping me at the moment. Word on the net has it that a video exists for "Standard Question," and furthermore, the single was a radio hit in Phil Neal's native Kansas City. I'd love to hear more where this came from, but I'm not holding my breath. Phil currently participates in a rock troupe called The Rockhills.