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April 13, 2019

A brand new blog in SMILER Retro By Dan Perreira

'WHEN WE WERE THE NEW BOYS' / 'BACK TO THE ROOTS'- Alternate copy

posted by Mike Walton



By the mid-nineties it was becoming quite obvious that Rod's writing well was running a bit dry - his output was slowing down after nearly thirty years... Unlike most of his previous albums - his last two releases had just four original tracks each. And also, to Rod's disappointment, none of his self-penned songs were selected as singles by the record company since 1984's top ten smash "Infatuation", with the one exception being the minor UK / German hit "Lady Luck". So what does an artist do when they are fresh out of new material to record? Well, at first you put out a live recording (UNPLUGGED... AND SEATED), and then you will resort to issuing some greatest hits / best of packages - we all know how much record companies love to release compilations (easy money there). Next move, the artist usually proceeds to work on an entire album of well-known songs to buy some time with the hopes that their knack for songwriting will eventually return... Although Rod had already tried out the full albums worth of remakes idea with 1993's LEAD VOCALIST - partially ruined by Warner Bros. Records in the UK with the inclusion of seven old Rod favorites (thankfully, this was rectified by Rhino with the release of ONCE IN A BLUE MOON). But by recording an album of well-chosen cover songs, it doesn't necessarily guarantee you're going to have a huge seller on your hands - but Rod was optimistic. Enter Rob Dickens, with the idea of having Rod record another "all-covers" type of album. However, this time, Dickens concept would be much different than the songs Rod would have usually tackled. Instead of recording long-time classics, the vision Dickens had in mind would be for Rod to record more up to date songs by current artists (with one exception the title track), especially the edgier British bands.

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