The Music Scout (Alternative)

The Music Scout (Alternative) - February 2024

Author: Jay Goldberg

I have a couple of different directions to take with this column. One is a follow-up to last month's write-up. I am in the process of obtaining more information so I will go straight to the music this month and pick up with one of the two directions next month. Let's get into the music.

“Where the Roses Grow” by The Trudy

This band was formed in 1979; broke up in 1994; but reformed in 2006.  The band currently consists of Melissa Jo Heathcote, and original members Del Tagg and Peter Tagg. Peter Tagg was in the band Cardiacs who charted in the U.K. with”Is This Life” in 1988.

“Ghosts” by The Moons of Jupiter

This song has a definite classic new wave feel to it (they are classified as dark wave or electro pop).  The Moons Of Jupiter's music has been likened to a hybrid of Depeche Mode, The Human League, Savage Garden and The Sisters Of Mercy with a contemporary feel.

“Get Out of My Dreams” by White Lane

White Lane are two musician friends from Baden-Württemberg, Germany.  On the strength of two songs they signed with a small record label.  However, the company went bankrupt before their songs were released.  Disappointed, they went their separate ways.  Years later they met at a class reunion and got back together.

“Waltzing Along” by James

James was a regular on new wave radio.  This post-new-wave song is from 1997.  The song reached #23 in the U.K. but didn't chart elsewhere. Lead singer Tim Booth left James in 2000 so the band became inactive.  In January, 2007 they reunited and have produced seven albums since.

“Goodbye” by Cannons

This is an album cut from a current band.  You may know them from “Fire for You”  #1 on the U.S. alternative chart in 2019 or from “Bad Dream” #3 on the U.S. alternative chart in 2021.  This song is off their 2022 album Fever Dream.

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