The Nerves One Way Ticket on LP
Formed in 1975 by guitarist Jack Lee, bassist Peter Case, and drummer Paul Collins, the Nerves are one of the most influential garage/punk pop outfits to come out of the mid-70's LA scene, and certainly one of the least documented... until now. Mostly remembered for their classic "Hanging On The Telephone," a Jack Lee composition which has been covered over the years by a myriad of artists from Blondie to L7 to Cat Power, the Nerves were above all a high energy rock'n'roll band with all three members composing and singing.
Playing fast, ear-catching garage pop songs, sometimes wearing matching suits, the trio had more than a bit of the stripped down street energy of the Los Angeles early punk movement. They shared the stage with the Ramones and Mink Deville during their infamous US "Magical Blistering Tour," played the Punk Palace and the legendary Masque in Hollywood, and headlined shows with the Avengers, the Zeros, The Dils, The Screamers and Shock, to name just a few.
After the band's break-up in 1978, Peter Case and Paul Collins formed The Breakaways, and later went on to front the legendary Plimsouls and The Beat, respectively. Following the success of "Hanging On the Telephone," Jack Lee has mostly focused on his songwriting career, releasing an album in 1981. His song "Stand Back and Take a Good Look" was later recorded by Amy Winehouse. Peter Case's 2007 album Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John was nominated for a Grammy.
The Nerves' Ailve Records collection One Way Ticket features the band's 1976 EP (now regarded as a power pop classic), as well as demos and previously unreleased live recordings, complete with notes and photos.
"Their bare, skeletal sound made every lick seem memorable. They excelled in energy. People compared them to the early Beatles or the Dave Clark Five." - Kenneth Funsten
The Nerves One Way Ticket Track Listing:
1. One Way Ticket
2. Paper Dolls
3. Hanging On The Telephone
4. When You Find Out
5. Working Too Hard
6. Give Me Some Time
7. Walking Out On Love (Breakaways)
8. Thing Of The Past (Plimsouls)
9. It's Hot Outside (Jack Lee)
10. Many Roads To Follow (demo)
11. Are You Famous? (live)
12. Why Am I Lonely? (live)
13. You Won't Be Happy (live)
14. Any Day Now (live)
15. Letter To G. (live)
16. Come Back And Stay (live)
17. I Need Your Love (live)
18. Stand Back and Take a Good Look (demo) 19. Are You Famous (demo)
20. Letter To G. (demo)