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The Flashcubes CD Bright Lights Best of Flashcubes - Bright Lights / Best of
CD $11.99 (1997, 71 min.) The Flashcubes - Bright Lights

Watch The Flashcubes - Wait Til Next Week live.

Watch The Flashcubes - Christi Girl live.

Watch The Flashcubes - No Promise live.

Tracks -
01 It's You Tonight 12 Misunderstanding
02 Christi Girl 13 Girl From Germany
03 Beverly 14 She's Not The Girl
04 She's Leaving 15 Muscle Beach
05 Angry Young Man 16 I Won't Wait Another Night
06 Wait til Next Week 17 I Wanna Stay All Nite
07 Sold Your Heart 18 Walking Through The Park
08 You're Not The Police 19 My Little Angel
09 Taking Inventory 20 Fourth Of July
10 No Promise 21 Got No Mind (live)
11 Gone Too Far  

The Flashcubes Biography

The Flashcubes may be the great lost power pop group of the 1970s. Formed in 1977 in the sleepy little city of Syracuse, NY, the Flashcubes combined their love for the timeless British Invasion rock 'n' roll of the Beatles, the Kinks, the Hollies and the Who with the high-energy sounds of the punk rockers just starting to make a big noise around that same time. Throw in a healthy reverence for classic power pop acts like Big Star and the Raspberries--and a healthy irreverence for everything else--and you've got a fair picture of what made the Flashcubes shine so brightly.

The Flashcubes are guitarists Paul Armstrong and Arty Lenin, bassist Gary Frenay and drummer Tommy Allen. During their initial life span of 1977-1980, the Flashcubes released only two singles, "Christi Girl" and "Wait Til Next Week," on their own Northside Records label. They always seemed on the brink of bigger things--everyone who knew them just presumed the Flashcubes would become stars - but the big things never materialized. Paul was replaced by Mick Walker in '79, and the 'Cubes were history by 1980.

The individual Flashcubes each pursued their own separate visions. Tommy moved to L.A., where he became involved in artist management and production; he worked with the Sighs on their great power pop debut album. Paul started his own band, the Richards, and moved to Boston; the Richards released a great CD, Over The Top, in 1995. Arty played with power pop icon Paul Collins, appearing on the Paul Collins Band's 1993 From Town To Town CD and later producing his own solo CD, A Life Of Ease in 2000. Gary became a solo acoustic act, with two SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music) Awards for best songwriter and two acclaimed CD's, Armory Square and Jigsaw People, distributed nationally by Tangible Music, and a Frenay & Lenin CD, Live At Pastabilities in 1999.

And all good things come to those who wait. In 1993, Paul, Arty, Gary and Tommy reunited to record four new tracks. One of those tracks, "It's You Tonight," appeared on the first volume of Yellow Pills, Big Deal Record's justly acclaimed series of power pop compilation CD's. Rhino also dug up "Christi Girl" for inclusion on Come Out And Play, a collection of 70's vintage power pop in the label's D.I.Y. series. The 'Cubes also recorded tracks for The Beat Or Not The Beat, a Paul Collins tribute disc recently issued in Australia, and for a Raspberries tribute disc, Preserved.

The Flashcubes' next project, Bright Lights, was the long-awaited first album from the greatest power pop group you'd never heard. Bright Lights offered all of the best of the Flashcubes, then and now. Fans of pure pop delighted in the Raspberries groove of "No Promise," unrepentant punks shook their fists to the angry clatter of "Got No Mind," while anyone who remembers ever being a teenager in love swooned along to "Christi Girl." And that was just for starters, as the old stuff had been remixed for maximum punch, and the new stuff simply proved that a great band was always a great band. Then and now, the Flashcubes are a great band.

The renewal of their recording career coincides with a renewed commitment to live performances. The past few years have brought appearances in Syracuse, Boston, New Jersey, New York City, Rochester and Los Angeles (where they were one of the featured acts at the International Pop Overthrow, a pop festival of over 100 bands from around the world).

In 2002, the band is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a tour of Japan (that yielded a live CD, Raw Power Pop) and with the release of an all-new CD, Brilliant (Dec 2002).

Reviews -

Syracuse New Times
The 21 tracks on BRIGHT LIGHTS provide ample evidence that the Flashcubes were the great lost power pop band of the 70s. This stuff is the equal of virtually any power pop act of that era, surpassing the work of familiar names like the Romantics and the Knack. And the newer tracks - Frenays Its You Tonight and Beverly, Lenins Angry Young Man and Armstrongs savage Shes Leaving - prove that the Flashcubes can be as creative today as they were in the 70s.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Magazine
I am very pleased to report that the Flashcubes, and all their wonder, stand the test of time.....They were the Replacements long before Tommy Stinson spilled a beer on his amp....enough top notch material to go head to head with any major pop band... this is a beautiful captured moment.

Album Description
Long overdue Anthology of the much written about, but seldom heard Flashcubes. Combines 16 tracks recorded in their original 1977-1980 period with 4 songs recorded at a 1993 studio reunion, and one live 1978 track.

Flashcubes Best of CD Flashcubes discography

This Is Rock n' Roll Vol. 2 with Dana and Carl CD Various Artists - This Is Rock n' Roll Vol. 2 with Dana and Carl
CD $12.99 (2006) This Is Rock n' Roll Volume 2 CD
Tracks -
01 MEGHAN JEAN CAFARELLI: We're Back! 15 CLOUD ELEVEN: Tokyo Aquarium
02 CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: An Early Clue To The New Direction 16 JIM BASNIGHT: Look Inside
03 SCREEN TEST: Sound Of The Radio 17 RAQUEL'S BOYS: Orange Soda
04 JOHN WICKS and THE RECORDS: Edges Of A Dream 18 POP IS ART: Are You Listening? [TIRnRR ID]
05 THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me 19 BEAUTY SCENE OUTLAWS: Carl Cafarelli
06 RICHARD BARONE: 123...Infinity 20 THE BLONDES: Suzi Quatro
07 THE BAR [Babjak, Adlerman, Reil]: Katie's Shoes 21 THE RINGLES: Tiffany's Dimension
08 THE FIRE APES: Hey Kate 22 LO and THE MAGNETICS: Sooner Or Later
09 ASTROPUPPEES: Ride The Cowboy 23 THE SPONGETONES: Anyway Town
10 THE CONDORS: Don't Want A Girl Who's Been With Jack 24 POP IS ART: Baby He Loves You
11 THE CHARMS: Talk Is Cheap 25 MR. ENCRYPTO: The Last Time [a cappella]
12 TIM ANTHONY: Maryellen 26 THE LEMON CLOCKS: Brand New Day
13 EYTAN MIRSKY: I'm Losing You 27 THE GRIP WEEDS: Out Of Today
       Screen Test Anthology CD Screen Test - Anthology / Best of 1980-1986
       CD $24.99 (2006, Japanese import) Screen Test Anthology CD  more info  NEW WAVE / ROCK
       The Flashcubes CD Brilliant Flashcubes - Brilliant
      CD $11.99 (2003) The Flashcubes - Brilliant CD more info  POP ROCK
      805 Band End of Light Best of 1979 To 1989 MP3 320 VBR full length retail direct digital download remastered 2008 805 - End of Light: Best of 1979-1989
Direct Digital Download $9.99

      remastered 2008 Direct Digital Download more info PROGRESSIVE ROCK

      805 CD End of Light Best of 805 - End of Light: Best of 1979-1989
      CD $11.99 (2005, 72 min.)
805 End of Light Anthology CD  more info PROGRESSIVE ROCK
      Alecstar CD Full Circle Alecstar - Full Circle: Best of
      CD $10.99 (2005) Alecstar Full Circle CD 
more info HARD ROCK
      New York Flyers Vol. 1 CD New York Flyers - New York Flyers Vol. 1: Best of 1979-1985
      CD $11.99 (2004, 37 min.) New York Flyers - New York Flyers Vol. 1 CD  more info ROCK
      Todd Hobin Band CD Todd Hobin Band - Todd Hobin Band
CD $9.99 (1978, 42 min.) Todd Hobin Band - Todd Hobin Band
 more info ROCK

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