Monday, July 23, 2012

The Plimsouls - "A Million Miles Away"

A Million Miles Away - Everywhere at Once

(Debuted July 30, 1983, Peaked #82, 3 Weeks on the Chart)

"A Million Miles Away" was the only Hot 100 entry for The Plimsouls, a Los Angeles-based quartet who'd been recording since 1978. Despite the lack of national success, they were quite popular around their home city, appearing on the local powerhouse radio station KROQ at the same time it was at its peak. Headed by Peter Case, the band mixed its interest in 1960s-era garage band rock with a newer New Wave sound to fit in perfectly with the L.A. scene at that moment.

When "A Million Miles Away" was included in the soundtrack to the 1983 film Valley Girl, it broke the band nationally.  Originally recorded as a single only, its appearance in the movie during a party scene helped it immensely. Unfortunately, the momentum failed to propel the band forward and they broke up soon after their next LP Everywhere At Once, hastily recorded to benefit from the single. They've reformed on occasion, but their one "big" song is all they're really remembered for nationally. Case has gone on to achieve some solo success, and that has helped keep the band's material alive for their fans.

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