Thursday, November 24, 2005

On my turntable: Rick Springfield - Comic Book Heroes

I remember looking at this album at the Apache Plaza Musicland in the 70's, intrigued with the cover but not enough to buy it. Comic Book Heroes (1973) was released around the time that Springfield was starring in his own Saturday morning cartoon show, "Mission: Magic" (a spin-off from the "Brady Kids" show). Comic Book Heroes is a glossy pseudo-concept rock album, more Elton than Archies, and definitely worthy of more attention than it has garnered over the years. Another Saturday morning act of the 70's, The Hudson Brothers, made equally fantastic records that stiffed, perhaps proof that pretty-boy good looks can move teen magazines, but won't necessarily sell records.

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