THE MOTELS IN THE NEWS! OCRegister – by Peter Larson

If Not Now Pic JpegWhen Martha Davis moved from Berkeley to Los Angeles in the mid-’70s it was a time of great change for rock ‘n’ roll. This provided her and her band mates both an opportunity – suddenly a whole lot of new music was getting played in the bars and clubs of the city – but also a challenge in that the record company guys didn’t know what to make of this band that called itself the Motels.

“I remember I was asked to be a model for this Warner Bros. in-house thing for their punk rock,” Davis says by phone from outside of Portland, Oregon, where she’s working on fencing for the four alpacas she’s adding to her 72-acre farm. “But we were too melodic for punk so they didn’t want to sign us.

“We were too punky for the California sound, Linda Rondstadt and that which came before,” she says. “It wasn’t until the New Wave thing came along that we fit in and got signed.”

Labels for the kind of edgy and melodic music she wrote never meant much to Davis, who with the current incarnation of the Motels has four Southern California shows over the next week. Once the record company figured out what it had with her and the band, MTV put the band’s well-produced music videos into heavy rotation, their career took off in the ’80s with singeles such as “Only The Lonely,” “Take The L”, and “Suddenly Last Summer.”

And then, right as it seemed the band could continue cranking out big melodramatic singles and slick videos for years to come, Davis walked away.

“I take full responsibility for this, but I had just let myself get further and further away from my original intent,” she says. “It’s easy to do in the business. Like I said, I think ‘Only The Lonely’ was very MOR, very middle of the road.

“It’s a beautiful-sounding record but it didn’t challenge me like I want to be challenged. But it was a hit. So you’re stuck with that double-edged sword: It’s a hit, but it was very safe.”

Add to that the usual singer-songwriter woes – a difficult time with her producer for the breakout album “All Four One,” a band that was drifting apart – and by the mid-’80s Davis wanted out.

“You get the kick in the teeth and pretty soon you get tired of that,” she says.

She didn’t write a song for a full year – “Which is unheard of for me,” Davis says – and spent her time nesting and resting after the hurly-burly of the preceding five years.

“I upholstered couches, I collected stoves, I spent a lot of time at the Goodwill,” she says, a nod to the Goodwill Gala she’ll play for Goodwill of Orange County on Friday, Oct. 27. “That’s where I found the couches.”

And then? “Because I’m crazy I actually started all over again,” Davis says. “I had my year vacation and the couches got done, and somebody came up and offered me a gig for 20 grand I went, ‘Shoot, maybe I should have a band.’”

That show never happened, but the spark took hold of her imagination and the old passion for music rose up again.

“When it first happened in the ’70s it took eight years for me to get signed, and when you do get signed everything is happening really quickly,” Davis says. “It goes kind of crazy. So this time I literally started over.

“I started with this garage band of young players, even though I’d already gone past that level,” she says. “I did the whole thing over again, and each level i was there for – before it’s like you’re kind of shell-shocked.

“It kept morphing and growing and getting more confident – I had no confidence the first time. This time it was, ‘Yeah, this is what I like.’ I went through all the different incarnations where it was more folky, it was more this, more that.

“Now I realize that I’m just a person that loves to write and it really doesn’t matter what kind of music, from jazz to country to rock,” Davis says. “I just love the creative process.”

Her 2008 solo album “Beautiful Life” was a concept album about the life and death of her mother. Since then she’s released a children’s album, a collection of outtakes and rarities, and has finished and will soon release “Last Few Beautiful Days,” another album of songs connected by a common theme.

“I’m 66 – it took me a while – but I’ve always been a slow learner,” Davis says. “So now there’s a ton to do — and alpacas! I don’t think I’ll be bored.”

Martha Davis and the Motels

Friday, Oct. 20: 9 p.m. at The Rose, 254 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $20-$34.

Saturday, Oct. 21: 8 p.m. at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are $20.

Sunday, Oct. 22: 9 p.m. at the Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills. Tickets are $24-$34.

Friday, Oct. 27: 6  p.m. at the Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point. Individual tickets are $550, while sponsorship packages run $5,500-$100,000. For details call Amy at 714-480-3355 or email gala@ocgoodwill.org.

InformationThemotels.com

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/19/for-martha-davis-of-the-motels-turning-her-back-on-her-early-success-helped-her-find-lasting-happiness-in-rock-n-roll/

Advertisements

The Motels To Guest On The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell Wednesday October 25th, 2017

The Motels will be a guest on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell live on Wednesday October 25th, 2017 from 3-5 pm ET | 12-2 pm PT at w4cy.com Radio | Visit http://www.jimmystarshow.com
The Motels on The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell
The Motels on The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell

 

NEW YORK – Oct. 19, 2017 – PRLog — The Motels will be a featured guest on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell live radio/tv show hosted by King of Cool Jimmy Star along with Cool Man About Town Ron Russell to discuss their new single “Lucky Stars,” their November 1st show at The Ridgefield Playhouse,  their career and the entertainment industries at large. The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell is tv/radio’s coolest hit show, featuring the coolest in music, entertainment, fashion and pop culture, all from a fun industry insider perspective in a completely live, unedited fast-paced two-hour conversational format.

Her voice is unique, unmistakable and timeless – The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn called her “arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.”

The Hollywood Reporter wrote: Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like “Only The Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer” at the Hollywood Bowl.

For Martha Davis, the most important thing has always been the songs she writes. Martha began writing songs at the age of 15. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, she moved to Los Angeles in the early ’70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels. The band, Marty Jourard, Jeff Jourard, Michael Goodroe, and Brian Glascock signed to Capitol Records in 1979.

The Motels recorded six records for Capitol. Their self-titled debut was greeted with positive critical reviews in 1979 and exploded in Australia on the strength of the #2 Pop single, “Total Control” (which was later covered by Tina Turner for the We Are the World album. In 1982, the Motels released All Four One; the smash single “Only The Lonely” rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelled the album to gold status and truly broke The Motels in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for “Only The Lonely” at the 1982 American Music Awards. 1983’s Little Robbers album went gold on the Top 10 single “Suddenly Last Summer”.

Martha left center stage to work on various collaborations with artists including Ivan Neville, Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), Jeff Daniel, Kiki Dee, Richard Feldman, to write songs for a new musical for the Civic Light Opera. Capitol then reissued an expanded and remastered edition of the All Four One album, which contained previously unreleased bonus tracks.

In the Fall of 2000, The Motels Anthology was released, a first ever double disk of rarities, B-sides, soundtrack cuts, as well as live performances. Additionally, Martha Davis had several independent publishing deals, including one with DreamWorks SKG, wrote a children’s album and a jazz album. In 2005, Martha, recording and touring, brought on 3 of the current members of the Motels, Eric Gardner, Clint Walsh and Nicholas Johns. By 2012, original member Marty Jourard once again brought his saxophone to the band. Also joining the band at that time was bass player Brady Wills.

2013 proved to be an exciting year for the band, new recordings, a busy touring schedule in the US, and a return to Australia! In addition, the band was honored to perform at the NAMM convention. Later in the year, the band enjoyed a 4th of July headline show as the closing band for the final night of the San Diego/Del Mar County Fair.

The next 3 years brought national tours, with the greatest number of shows since 1985. In 2015, in addition to their touring, the band started working on their new album that will be released in the near future titled “The Last Few Beautiful Days.”

The Jimmy Star Show is pleased to showcase the expertise and talent of The Motels and all anticipate a fun and informative time talking with them about their career and the entertainment industries at large. Join King of Cool Jimmy Star, and Cool Man about Town Ron Russell as they have a playful and sometimes wild time with the talented featured guest!

To hear/see The Motels on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell tune in to W4CY Radio on Wednesday October 25th, 2017 from 3-5 pm ET and 12-2 pm PT online at http://www.w4cy.com  from anywhere in the world!

Get Tickets For The Motels November 1st, 2017 performance at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut here:

http://tickets.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/ordertickets.asp?p…

Follow the Jimmy Star Show on Twitter @jimmystarshow

Follow The Motels on Twitter @TheMotels

The Jimmy Star Show may be found at http://www.jimmystarshow.com

The official site for W4CY Radio may be found at http://www.w4cy.com

The Jimmy Star is syndicated and can be heard on the following radio stations:

http://www.W4CY.com in Wellington, Florida

http://www.HamiltonRadio.net in Trenton, New Jersey

http://www.K4HD.com Los Angeles, CA

http://www.iheart.com/show/The-Jimmy-Star-Show/

http://www.audioboom.com/jimmystarshow

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jimmy-star-show/id532912477?mt=2

https://www.jimmystarshow.podomatic.com

https://plus.google.com/105717043487953174915/posts

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jimmy-star-show/spookshowtv-the-jimmy-star-show

HEY PASADENA, CA – ARE YOU READY FOR SOME MUSIC AT THE ROSE?

The Rose jpegWe are wrapping up an amazing year of tours, with lots of excitement and we are ready to tempt you with some new surprises! Come see us at The Rose, the newest and most exciting entertainment venue in Pasadena. It’s the first of  our 3 stops in Southern California, this month.

Come make a night of it, have dinner and stay to play!  Custer Sims and Sayed Sabrina will open the night starting at 7pm and we will take the stage at 9pm. The set list is ready to go. Are you ready Pasadena?

Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 9:00PM – Doors at 6:00PM

The Rose – Pasadena – 254 E. Green Street – Pasadena, CA 91101

Tickets: $20/$24/$28/$34

OFFICIAL TICKETS CLICK HERE