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Romantics

Such power pop founders as the Raspberries and Big Star may have been woefully underappreciated during their initial run in the early '70s, but by the end of the decade, several of their offspring had taken the style to the upper reaches of the charts -- including Cheap Trick, the Knack, and the Romantics. But what set the group apart from their similarly styled peers was their inheritance of the high-energy attack of their Detroit forefathers, as well as their affinity for bouffant hairstyles and matching retro outfits. Formed on the east side of Detroit during 1977, the Romantics' original lineup consisted of singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, singer/drummer Jimmy Marinos, guitarist Mike Skill, and bassist Richie Cole.

Building a local following with their live show, the Romantics issued a single on their own (via Spider Records) -- "Little White Lies" b/w "I Can't Tell You Anything" -- while a spirited performance in Toronto led to a brief union with the renowned punk/power pop indie label Bomp!, which issued another single shortly thereafter with "Tell It to Carrie" b/w "First in Line." Both singles helped bring the quartet to the attention of several other labels and the Romantics inked a deal with the Nemperor/Epic label in 1979. The band's self-titled full-length debut surfaced a year later (recorded in just three weeks) and is often considered to be the quartet's best due to the inclusion of such gems as "When I Look in Your Eyes," a cover of Ray Davies' "She's Got Everything," and one of the Romantics' best-known tracks: the power pop gem "That's What I Like About You." Although the latter track peaked at only number 49 when originally released as a single, it later became an early MTV favorite and classic rock radio standard and in the '90s, was used in several commercials.

A sophomore effort was issued the same year, National Breakout, which saw the band expand their sound to include such other styles as surf and classic Motown and was supported by an extensive world tour (including the Romantics' inaugural visits to both Europe and Australia). Also issued around this time via the Quark label (a subsidiary of Bomp!) was a compilation credited to Romantics & Friends, entitled Midwest Pop Explosion!, which featured several early tracks. Strictly Personal in 1981 signaled the Romantics' first lineup change with Coz Canler replacing Skill, and while the group's audience continued to grow, the album failed to break the band commercially, something that would be corrected on their next release.

In Heat (1983) would become the Romantics' best-selling album (going gold shortly after its release) on the strength of such Top Ten hit singles as "Talking in Your Sleep" and "One in a Million" and the quartet shed its early raw energy in favor of more streamlined songwriting. Although they had finally obtained breakthrough success, problems between the band and their management became an issue, leading to Marinos' departure. The Romantics decided to soldier on with a new drummer, Dave Petratos, resulting in 1985's Rhythm Romance, an album that saw the group move even further away from their power pop roots and embrace more mainstream rock (both musically and, judging from the album's cover, visually). Rhythm Romance would also prove to be the Romantics' last studio album issued via Nemperor/Epic as a complete falling out between the band and its management led to a lawsuit that prevented the group from touring or recording on a regular basis, leading many to assume that the group had split up. During this period of downtime, a ten-track best-of set was issued, 1990's What I Like About You (& Other Romantic Hits).

By 1990, the Romantics welcomed former Blondie drummer Clem Burke into the fold and the lineup was featured on a five-track EP three years later, Made in Detroit, which featured originals mixed with a few classic Funkadelic covers (additionally, the group played at the memorial service for the MC5's late singer Rob Tyner). In 1995, the Romantics finally settled their lawsuit against their former management and were granted control of both their publishing rights and music catalog once more. A year later, Marinos briefly rejoined the group, but by 1997, their original drummer was out once more and Burke was back in. During the late '90s, several additional best-of collections were issued (1996's Breakout and 1998's Super Hits), as well as several in-concert sets (1996's King Biscuit Flower Hour and 2000's Live, the latter of which was reissued a year later as Hits You Remember: Live). Despite not having issued a full-length studio album in two decades, the Romantics continue to tour. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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love the song what I like about u!
So down about the whole late 70's shallow disco sound and sick of many of the hits of that period. I longed for the return of a more basic rock and roll sound. Then, one day I heard What I Like About You come on the radio for the first time. BAAMM! What a groove! Thank you, Romantics! You, along with the Knack, Police, Cars, etc... helped turn it all around!
dancingkingw o l f 6 6
I love this song
guitarman_st e v e
Something interesting none spoken during day hours. Great tune.
Love it!
Awe the best of memories wth my daddy!!!! God I miss him!!!!! Love u poppy!!! Wish u wer here.
Michigan band......Mi c h i g a n girl........ T h e 80's had the best music
I hear the secrets that you keep when you are talking in your sleep.
and bobonnit likes who ? don't know real music, keep cranking your 90s and 20s, music who just make remakes of 80s music and don't even play real instruments
Wish pandora would not keep playing the same 3 of their songs all the time
They really stunk back then and sound worse with age.
What I like about the romantics? Jump around music, even if you can't dance it's all good cause it's just plain fun. My kids think I'm nuts! Ha ha if they only knew me when I wasn't creaky :-o
Love this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Talking in your sleep
The guy on the very right looks like Sylvester Stallone
johnmurphy21 5
This was a great band that was ruined their innocence and a greedy record company. I saw them llive while in college in a small venue which was fantastic. They were on top of the world to only get screwed by someone else.
Its 9:21 am in Sa Juan, Puerto Rico and I want to dance; still in home, so whoooooooooo o o o o o o o THAT WHAT I LIKE IT !!!!!!!!!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
david13324
LUV IT
The Romantics somehow made it through the disco explosion of the late 1970s.
Talking in Your Sleep. I talk in my sleep all the time, you better get used to it. Because I talk to God in my sleep, I talk to Angels in my sleep, I am a prophet and you're just going to have to get used to it. I can sit here in my apartment alone and see the whole world and I can know just exactly who you are and what you're doing right now. Just sitting here. How do you think I know things? I don't go anywhere do I? But, yet, I know things other people don't know.
casityl
I love this song.It makes me sing and dance to it that's what I like about it!!!!!:)
Cool
Power pop. The original garage rock revival.
HEY What I like about you. Tell someone what u like about them. B+
The Romantics yet another cool 80's band. It seems like a lifetime ago some of us were there. Time flies when you're having fun truth be told
What kind of name is this but you know it's catching on where can I buy a shirt hmm there shirts might be worth a lot my dad says its a old band
1185649676
Don't forget about the Late Karen Carpenter, of the Carpenters, she played drums and sang!
stayoutofmym a i l b o x
ah, that was 2012, at least i didnt just miss it. check out their site, they play ANYWHERE! good to know, maybe next year i'll get a shot to finally see them.
stayoutofmym a i l b o x
argh, just noticed they were at the dixon may fair. hell, i'd even go to dixon to see them ;)
best classic song ever
This is GREAT party song-Mike Skill was a killer kisser back in the 80s!!!
Old song but still one of my favorites
Great band though.
.....That's all I have to say.
I can play this on the BASS!!!
These guys were so cool back in the 80's. I met and partied with them. Had GREAT fun!
yeah 80's classic talkin in your sleep- loved it then- still dig it now!
I thought this was Duran Duran for a moment. :P (Please excuse me.) But this song is pretty good though.
The Romantics released a full length studio album in 2003 called 61/49. It is excellent!! Look for it.
torgo76
Love What I Like About You! Under-apprec i a t e d group.
Talking in your sleep is the catchiest song ever
If you like singing drummers Belkat, check out Cowboy Mouth and Fred LeBlanc; fun band!
Had a friend who kept telling me how great these guys were & how i needed to see them. Talking in your Sleep? No thnx. They came around, though & I got dragged to it. Man, glad I did - these guys were so good . They had everyone - and I mean everyone - up on their feet and groovin!! Go see them. Really.
this song never gets old. a true classic! wil live forever! yay!
What I like about you!!! You hold be tight!! Tell me i'm the only one wann come over tonight? Loves this song!! Singing along!!
I saw the Tubes and the Romantics also (in Detroit).... G r e a t show!
jackiemannin g 1 9 8 0
I like the mexican version of this song too!
mistycara13
Such a fun song!!
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