WALTER LURE was the co-frontman and songwriter for The Heartbreakers, responsible for songs such as One Track Mind, Get Off The Phone, All By Myself and Too Much Junkie Business. He formed The Waldos in the late 80’s, and their album ‘Rent Party’, produced by The Dictators’ Andy Shernoff, was released in 1994.
Rebounding from the punk maelstrom and bad habits, Walter famously survived by getting a job on Wall Street. However, many of his band-mates did not survive – in addition to Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan, The Waldos’ Tony Coiro and Charlie Sox and Walter’s brother Ritchie from his earlier outfit The Heroes, all passed on.
‘Rent Party’ features three songs known from The Heartbreakers era – their live favourite Seven Day Weekend, Jerry Nolan’s Countdown Love and the early Heartbreakers’ Walter Lure composition, Flight. In all there’s six Lure compositions along with a couple from the late Tony Coiro, together with sixties covers of Claudine Clark’s Party Lights and Ray Charles’ Busted.
The Waldos on 'Rent Party' are Joey Pinter (guitar), Tony Coiro (guitar & vocals), Jeff West (drums) and Walter Lure (guitar & vocals).
Extras on this CD and digital reissue are an early Waldos 7” from 1991 (with Charlie Sox on drums), and a rare 1978 single by NY punk teens The Blessed whom Walter joined inbetween Heartbreakers tours. The Blessed are Billy Stark (vocals), Howie Pyro (Bass), Brad 'BJ' Barnett (drums) and Walter Lure (guitar, piano, vocals).
Walter Lure and The Waldos had a short UK Tour in August 2013, playing the Blackpool Rebellion Festival as well as Bristol and London. Walter regularly takes time off his day-job to perform around the world.
Reviewed on Allmusic, ‘Rent Party’ was described as: -
“As much fun as a CD can have with its clothes on. This platter exceeds expectations. Rent Party has several ‘new’ Walter Lure tunes on it, all of which don't miss a beat from the old days. Produced by Andy Shernoff (Dictators), this is a fully realized piece of work. For lack of a simpler description, think of it as the follow-up (over 15 years later) to the Heartbreakers' LAMF album. Somehow Lure has maintained his spirit and vision through it all and he's managed to stay alive.”
Tracks: Cry Baby, Love That Kills, Sorry, Seven Day Weekend, Never Get Away, Golden Days, Flight, Countdown Love, Busted, Crazy Little Baby, Crazy Bout Your Love, Party Lights. Bonus tracks: Crazy Little Baby (7” vinyl version), Cry Baby (7” vinyl version), THE BLESSED: Deep Frenzy, American Bandstand.
Release date: Sept 16th 2013.
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