Two of Numero's ``Buttons`` releases
Two double LPs in heavy gatefold covers.
Starter Kit: Here at Numero, our arousal over skinny ties, broad-winged melodic hooks, harmonizing young men, and monosyllabic bandnames is no new thing. What’s getting us going all over again is Buttons, our spiffed-up and rebooted series dedicated to a legion of crushed Raspberries and Opposite-of-Big Stars, the small-time power pop, punky glam, and regular-guy rock 45s last seen pre-Challenger disaster at the last of the truly local record stores. Starter Kit flips back to classic-era Power Pop’s page one, recasting the original 004 as a lean 22-track singalong past Tommy Rock and Randy Winburn Bomp!-comp gems lost by Kim Fowley’s L.A., the Colors’ stabbing at nerved-out Blondie, and the Bats’ oddly mature New Haven Beatle-isms as prelude to Hollywood contracts for a young Jon Brion. We then expand the frame out to Tommy “The Toms” Marolda’s mid-life pining for those lost teen years and the Treble Boys’ flirtations with “Julie-Ann” and The Boss. Connecticut’s Tweeds, New York’s Sponsors, San Antonio’s Kids, and Kennet, Missouri’s Trend also get in on the action, proving that garage bands weren’t dead, they just grew up and bought keyboards. This stripped-down, well-dressed 2LP set comes with a poly-bagged set of 11 inserts. Ladies, the handsome gentleman on the cover is taken.
From Champaign to Chicago:
An homage to the prairie state Numero calls home, From Champaign To Chicago is a 19-track survey of Illinois’ Cheapest Tricks. Reaching back to 1973’s Peoria outliers the Jets and winding up in 1987 with Romeoville’s Julian Leal and his Dick Clark-approved “Get Away,” From Champaign To Chicago connects, via map, pins, and string, the various scenes that pockmarked the face of the Land of Lincoln. Chicago’s Prettyboys, Tom Orsi, All-Night Newsboys, Kevin Lee & Heartbeat, Band Jocks, Northshore, Paul, the Kind, and Loose Lips are tethered to Rockford’s the Names; Champaign’s Vertebrats, Contra-Band, and the Nines; LaSalle’s the Jerks; Joliet’s Lay-Z; and Zion’s Shoes…through the clubs, booking agents, weekly newspapers, and regional radio stations they were all fighting for access to. Our CD edition has been given Numero’s signature treatment, complete with exhaustive histories of each band’s sonic contribution, whereas the double LP includes all of this, plus an attractive 7” plastic sleeve housing 19 individual glossy liner sheets featuring forgotten promo shots on their respective flipsides.
Excellent shape. No issues.