Particularly effective amongst many recipes of post-punk alchemy: crossing the eviscerating intensity of Patti Smith with the coke-numb alienation of Debbie Harry, both in lyrical content and vocal delivery. A fine example of this heady elixir is on display on Romeo Void's debut, It’s A Condition, courtesy of previously art-schooling Native American Debora Iyall, a rhythm section intent on underplaying in deference to the beat, a guitarist who really liked Bush Tetras, and easily one of the most listenable (i.e. tolerable) saxophones in history.
Upon it’s favorable release in July 1981, the record caught the ear of someone on The Cars' tour bus, and then in turn the ear of Ric Ocasek, who seduced the band to Boston to produce the Never Say Never twelve-inch single, which was released in January 1982 and is undoubtedly how you first heard of Romeo Void.
It’s how Columbia Records first heard of Romeo Void too, so convinced they were they’d found the next Blondie (is that ever not a mistake when you think something is the next other something?) that they bought the band’s entire label (415 Records) in order to neuter and then re-release the smash hit.
Romeo Void had two more LP releases and one more hit single (1984’s “A Girl in Trouble”) before calling it a day.
Romeo Void - “Never Say Never” (original 12” version) via YouTube
Romeo Void - “Never Say Never” (official video of neutered version) via YouTube
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