By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio
During the second part of a doubleheader Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation broadcast on May 30, Danny Benair, from ’70s power pop band the Quick, joined me for a fun talk about Mondo Deco, the band’s 1976 classic long-player melding pop, rock and classical influences. Mondo Deco was just re-released with a bounty of bonus tracks by Real Gone Music.
The Quick, which featured Danny Wilde, later of the Rembrandts, as lead vocalist, were shepherded by the legendary Kim Fowley and producer and engineer Earle Mankey, who was a member of Halfnelson, which later became Sparks. The Quick’s one and only album featured clever arrangements and harmonies galore; it pops and rocks with abandon.
Danny and I talked about the origins of the Quick, recording Mondo Deco, and other timely topics, including how he came to get Rolling Stone Charlie Watts’ drum sticks (hint: Charlie gave them to Danny). Plus, we played three songs from Mondo Deco, including the Quick’s mondo-creative cover of the Beatles’ “It Won’t Be Long.”
Listen to my interview with the Quick’s Danny Benair from the May 30 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)
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