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The cover photo of the Romantics' self-titled 1980 debut album, featuring the band in its notorious red leather suits. From left to right, the band's original lineup: Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Rich Cole, Jimmy Marinos
The cover photo of the Romantics' self-titled 1980 debut album, featuring the band in its notorious red leather suits. From left to right, the band's original lineup: Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Rich Cole, Jimmy Marinos

The Romantics is an American rock 'n roll band from Detroit, Michigan. The band adopted the name "The Romantics" because it was formed on Valentine's Day, 1977. The Romantics achieved moderate popularity in the United States and parts of Asia, Europe, Latin America, and non-U.S. North America during the first half of the 1980s on the strength of the band's catchy, energetic songs and stylish, memorable music videos. Influenced by 1960s British Invasion rock (most notably the music of the Kinks, the Who, the Beatles, the Hollies, and the Rolling Stones), 1970s Detroit garage rock and hard rock (as represented by such performers as Iggy Pop, the Stooges, the MC5, and the Rationals), and the punk rock of the Ramones, the Romantics plays a more pop-oriented variation of punk rock known as power pop. The band is also commonly classified into the category of "New Wave" (probably due more to the band's image and era than the sound of its music) by pop music historians. 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Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ... 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The Romantics' original lineup consisted of rhythm guitarist/harmonica player/singer Wally Palmar, lead guitarist Mike Skill, bassist Rich Cole, and drummer/singer Jimmy Marinos. All four band members made songwriting contributions to the group, but Palmar and Skill were considered the band's primary tunesmiths. After a few years of playing local and regional gigs in Detroit and the Midwest, this lineup of the Romantics recorded the band's self-titled debut album for Nemperor records in 1980. The album yielded the minor hit "What I Like About You" (the song would become much better known later in the 1980s, when its placement in television commercials and other high profile media made it an evergreen power pop anthem). The band became as well known (if not better known) for its flashy and audacious fashion sense as it did for its exciting music. The Romantics' signature look featured bouffant hairdos and skin-tight red leather suits, in which the band members were dressed on the cover photo of the band's debut album. 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... What I Like About You is the title of a well-known power pop song by the American rock n roll band The Romantics. ... From the earliest days of the medium, television has been used as a vehicle for advertising in some countries. ...

Mike Skill left the band after the release of its 1981 sophomore album, National Breakout. He was replaced by lead guitarist Coz Canler. This lineup of the band recorded the album Strictly Personal in 1982 before Rich Cole left the band that year and was replaced by a returning Skill, who then became the band's bassist. 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The Romantics achieved its greatest commercial success in 1983 with the release of the album In Heat. The first single taken from In Heat, "Talking In Your Sleep", rose to Number Three on the Billboard charts. A second single, "One In A Million", charted as high as Number Thirty-Seven during the following year. The Romantics' music videos were frequently shown on the cable television network MTV during this period, solidifying the band's popularity. Also during 1983, the Romantics played well received U.S. and international concert tours in support of In Heat, and appeared on such pop music-themed television shows as Solid Gold, American Bandstand, and Soul Train (the first non-black musicians to ever play on that program). 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... MTV (abbreviation for Music Television) is a cable television network which was originally devoted to music videos, especially popular rock music. ... Solid Gold was a syndicated television series which ran from 1980 to 1988. ... American Bandstand was a live dance music television show. ... Soul Train is a long-running American music-related syndicated television program. ...

In 1984, drummer Marinos, dissatisfied with the artistic direction of the band (which was quickly abandoning its power pop roots in favor of more generic mainstream pop rock) and convinced that he could find success as a solo act, left the Romantics. He was replaced by David Petratos, who would serve as the band's drummer until 1990. This lineup recorded one album, Rhythm Romance, in 1985. On Rhythm Romance, the Romantics eschewed much of the energetic electric guitar- and drums-based modern rock 'n roll sound that had come to define the band's music in favor of the synthesizer pop that had won commercial success for such contemporary bands as Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Culture Club, and other similar New Wave bands during the early 1980s. By 1985, however, synthesizer pop was beginning to fall out of popular favor. Moreover, the style was not the Romantics' strength. As a result, Rhythm Romance was not a commercial success and was also regarded as an artistic nadir by the band's fans. 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An electric guitar is a type of guitar with a solid or semi-solid body that utilizes electromagnetic pickups to convert the vibration of the steel-cored strings into electrical current. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Synth pop is a style of popular music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... At the height of its fame, Duran Duran (The Fab Five) was featured on the cover of the February 1984 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. ... Depeche Mode was originally founded in 1980 as a synth pop band in the town of Basildon, England. ... Culture Club Culture Club were a pop and New Romantic band primarily active in the 1980s. ...

In the late 1980s, the Romantics discovered that its managers had been misappropriating the profits earned by the band from its hit records and live performances. Additionally, the Romantics' best known song (the aforementioned "What I Like About You") had been licensed for use in television commercials without the band's knowledge or approval. Consequently, the Romantics filed a lawsuit against its management in 1987, and the legalities involved prevented the band from recording new music until the mid-1990s. 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ...

Former Blondie drummer Clement (Clem) Burke replaced David Petratos as the Romantics' drummer in 1990. For much of the 1990s, the Romantics played obscure performances in small venues, largely forgotten and out of the public spotlight. Blondie is a rock band that first gained fame in the 1970s and early 1980s. ...

The Romantics' fortunes began to rise again in the middle of the 1990s, as the band's success in its lawsuit against its former management freed the band to record again (and ensured that future earnings from the licensing of Romantics songs would go to the band). The first fruit of the band's new recording activity was the 1993 EP Made In Detroit. Several Romantics greatest hits packages were issued during the 1990s, as was the live album The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: The Romantics Live In Concert, a 1996 release of an October, 1983 recording of a Romantics concert in San Antonio, Texas at the height of the band's popularity. 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Downtown San Antonio features the historic San Fernando Cathedral, the Tower Life Building and the Tower of the Americas. ...

Original Romantics drummer Jimmy Marinos temporarily returned to the band for a series of performances in 1996-1997 (with Clem Burke returning to the Romantics' drumstool after Marinos departed again), and late 1990s nostalgia for 1980s pop culture caused a minor resurgence of interest in the band. In 2003, twenty years after the release of its most commercially successful album, In Heat, the Romantics released 61/49 - a more roots rock and blues-oriented record than the band's previous efforts. The album was not a great commercial success, but won the Romantics a newfound critical respect that it had not enjoyed during its popular and commercial heyday in the early 1980s. 61/49 also offered proof that despite the band's years out of the public spotlight, the Romantics remains a potent musical unit. 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the emotional state, see Depression (mood). ...

A fourth drummer, Brad Elvis, replaced Clem Burke as the Romantics' regular drummer in 2004 after Burke returned full time to a reactivated Blondie. The Romantics continues to play live concerts today (with occassional guest appearances by original members Jimmy Marinos and Rich Cole). The band is said to currently be working on a follow up to 61/49. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Band Members

  • Wally Palmar: Rhythm Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals (1977-current)
  • Mike Skill: Lead Guitar (1977-1981); Bass (1982-current)
  • Rich Cole: Bass (1977-1982)
  • Jimmy Marinos: Drums/Vocals (1977-1984; 1996-1997)
  • Coz Canler: Lead Guitar (1982-current)
  • David Petratos: Drums/Vocals (1984-1990)
  • Clem Burke: Drums (1990-1996; 1997-2004)
  • Brad Elvis: Drums (2004-current)


  • The Romantics (1980)
  • National Breakout (1981)
  • Strictly Personal (1982)
  • In Heat (1983)
  • Rhythm Romance (1985)
  • Made In Detroit (1993)
  • The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: The Romantics Live In Concert (1996)
  • 61/49 (2003)

External Links

  • RomanticsDetroit.com, The Official Website of the Romantics

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