Desperate Dreams: The Best of Barbarian Lovers 198
About the Artist: Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Rick Eppedio and lead singer C.R. Keyser-Posner first began playing together in Commonwealth, a well-known New York-area rock cover band, in the late 1970s, before putting aside their set lists to form Barbarian Lovers, an original studio project, in 1984. Independently producing demos on their newly-acquired four-track in Rick's basement, the very first song they wrote together, the catchy and tuneful 'Hip Hip Hop,' caught the ear of Blondie/Go-Gos producer Richard Gottehrer, who encouraged the two to continue their newly-formed collaboration. Shortly thereafter, the pair were offered a record deal with an indie label out of Texas, as well. The following year, the Barbs had their first European release on Italian label Cruisin', who put out a 12" vinyl of 'Where Have the Feelings Gone' b/w 'Round and Round.' Excited by the positive response to their music, the band formed their own independent label, Blue City Productions, in 1987, and began servicing college/alternative radio, garnering much positive press and radio response, including being named 'Spotlight Pick of the Month' by The Gavin Report. Still without a major record deal, despite much interest from several top labels, the pair released their first full-length LP, 'Fatal Embrace,' the same year, which was lauded by Billboard's Music & Media, as well as scoring substantial radio play and press throughout western Europe and Asia, particularly in France, Spain, Italy, and Scandinavia. In 1989, the band's first LP was re-released in Europe by London-based Aura Records, where labelmates included Alex Chilton, Steve Marriott, and Nico. Following this, the Barbs released two follow-up CDs, 'Faith in a Desperate Place' and 'Dancing in Dreams,' both of which were met with great enthusiasm on European radio, particularly in Denmark, where the group conducted a radio promotion tour in 1992. After winning a few awards in 2003, the band, who have been compared by critics to acts ranging from Tears for Fears to Eurythmics, went on extended hiatus, eventually resurfacing as the harder-edged Smoke Ring Days. CD Description: Culled from the 1980s and 1990s UK LP Fatal Embrace and the US releases Dancing in Dreams and Faith in a Desperate Place, Desperate Dreams is a retrospective of Barbarian Lovers, featuring a dozen of the band's original efforts, plus two unreleased demo tracks and additional bonus material, all capturing the spirit of the time and the essence of the band's best work.