The Motelswere formed in Los Angeles and are known best for their song, Only the Lonely, Suddenly, and Last Summer, in 1982 and 1983. All three songs reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and , Total Control, reached number 7 on the Australian Charts in 1979. Total Control was the groups signature song. Martha Davis was the lead singer and also a guitar player, Lisa Brennels played bass, Dean Chamberlain played lead guitar, and Chuck Wada played rhythm guitar. The group was formed in 1971 in Berkeley, California, but wanted better exposure so they moved to Los Angeles in 1975. The group first known as The Warfield Foxes, was changed to Angels of Mercy then later changed to The Motels. They were offered a contract by Capitol Records after being turned down by Warner Brothers. However, the group declined the offer from Capitol Records and split up in 1977 claiming to have musical differences.
In 1978, Davis and Jeff Jourard decided to reform The Motels. Jourardís brother, Marty (sax and keyboard), joined the group as well as Michael Goodroe (bass), and Brian Glascock (drums). The group drew a crowd around the Los Angeles music scene and in May, 1979, they signed with Capitol Records and released their debut album, The Motels 4. Their first single, Closets and Bullets, was released but didnít draw much attention. Their second single however, Total Control, reached the Top 20 in France and the Top 10 in Australia. In 1980 Jougard was replaced by Tim McGovern and they recorded their second album, Careful. It was released in 1980 and reached number 45 on the United States Album Chart. Singles from the album also hit the charts in Australia, Europe, and the U. K.. These singles were Days Are OK, Whose Problem, and Danger. Album number three was, Apocalypso, with producer Val Garay. Capitol Records rejected it because they felt it was not commercial enough and also felt it was too weird. The group revised the album and renamed it, All For One, and released it in April, 1982.
In 1997 The Motels, featuring Martha Davis, was backed by a variety of members. By 2004, the group had done more than seventy concerts and toured the United States and Australia. The Motels released a CD , So the Story Goes, in 2005 and every copy sold out. Sony records has released a live album in Orange County at the Coach House. The group still tours and have plans to release another CD in mid 2007. They are also releasing another new album late in 2007 or 2008. They appeared on the U. S. Version of, Hit Me Baby One More Time, and is touring the U. S. and Australia in 2007.
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