Here Are the Sidewalks
The Sidewalks were formed in the summer of 1979 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and performed their own blend of 1960s garage band rock and 1980s power pop around the region for the next three and a half years. The band released one single, 'Natalie' b/w 'Whoever Said That You Was Cool,' in June 1981. The single was well received on local college radio and has since become a highly sought-after collectible. The 10 tracks on this album represent the band's output at Q&R Studios in Evanston, Illinois, from 1980 to 1982. The first six songs were recorded on 8-track reel tape and the last four on 16-track. The three later recording sessions, including the single, were engineered by a young Justin Niebank, who has since found great success as a producer and engineer. The first two tracks, 'Natalie' and 'Whoever Said That You Was Cool,' were recorded in March 1981. The songs were released in mono instead of stereo to give them more of a 60s feel on vinyl. Tracks 3 and 4, 'Let Me Out' and 'The Beat,' were recorded in November 1981. Tracks 5 and 6, 'They'll Never Beat The Clock' and 'Nice Guys Are Always Number Two,' were the band's first session at the studio and recorded in March 1980. The last four tracks, 'Rhythm Kids,' 'Room Full Of Lies,' 'Just Need Yourself' and 'I'm Not A Rebel Anymore,' which the band had planned to release as an EP, were recorded in March 1982. Though the EP never materialized, the song 'Rhythm Kids,' a wry poke at the Catholic method of birth control, was included on a compilation album from Milwaukee mainstream radio station WKTI in December of that year. The Sidewalks disbanded in January 1983.