THRILLS- N.A.F.I.T.C - Original Boston Punk 1977-1981 (Blondie style pop/punk)CD

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The Thrills only released one single during their lifetime, 1979's "Hey! (Not Another Face in the Crowd)"/"I'll Be the Heartbreaker," both sides of which are included here. They've managed to conjure an entire album out of their legacy on this CD, though, by adding six songs recorded on a Boston radio station in October 1978, as well as live tracks from 1978 and 1981.

What's here is evidence of a good but not blinding punk-new wave band that certainly deserved to record at least one studio LP. Barb "Wire" Kitson's measured, resonant girl group-influenced lead vocals will generate inevitable (and reasonable) comparisons of the Thrills with Blondie.

Unlisted on the CD cover are a few surprise bonus tracks -- adding up to a full half hour, filling up almost half of the CD's running time! -- that play at the end, including "I'm a Danger Zone" (sung by lead guitarist Johnny Angel) and different versions of "I'll Be the Heartbreaker" and "Hey (Not Another Face in the Crowd)."

The recording date of this unlisted material is unidentified, but it's definitely a radio station performance on WBCN in Boston (including an interview segment), albeit with tinny sound quality. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi