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Mondo Deco, Underappreciated 1976 The Quick Release To Be Remastered and Expanded

Here’s a great piece of news for music obscurists!

When Kim Fowley introduced what would soon become a hit and legends in their own right, The Runaways, it was only a simplistic crossover to do the same with a young boy band. That’s when Fowley assembled The Quick.

The Quick were five talented LA-based lads with an ear to the ground, able to create catchy Pop/Rock tunes. Their only album, Mondo Deco, was released by Mercury Records back in 1976. And while it generated a fair excitement, it wasn’t enough to keep the band going past a three year existence. Nevertheless, through the years, Mondo Deco was an album easily revisited for its good music. And still is.

On June 1, Real Gone Music will release a newly remastered and expanded edition of Mondo Deco. This anticipated reissue represents several things. First and foremost, it is the FIRST time Mondo Deco is being released on CD. Secondly, this reissue of Mondo Deco will contain ten Mercury demos, as well as a bonus previously unreleased outtake from the Mondo Deco sessions.

The welcomed booklet will provide photos, an essay, new notes, and other grand things to cap off of one 2018’s exciting releases.

Thanks, Real Gone Music! I’m vastly excited!

Mondo Deco (Expanded and Remastered) – The Quick

Original Album
01. It Won’t Be Long
02. No No Girl
03. Playtime
04. Hillary
05. Anybody
06. Hi Lo
07. Rag Doll
08. Last In Line
09. My Purgatory Years
10. Don’t You Want It
Mercury Demos
11. No No Girl
12. Teacher’s Pet
13. Hi-Lo
14. Hillary
15. Rag Doll
16. My Purgatory Years
17. It Won’t Be Long
18. Heaven On Earth
19. Born Free
20. Don’t You Want It
Bonus Unreleased Track
21. Anybody (Outtake)

Remembering Kim Fowley

When I was younger, I was always fascinated by the LA music excitement. And while I loved the NYC music stage much better, the purest form of LA music came via the Sunset Strip crowd. With its daring flash, the abandon of Rock in a sunny clime, and an inside and outside mentality that caused a sun to shine 24/7 on that place, I was transfixed. In the middle of all of that was Kim Fowley.

Kim Fowley’s name was in the thick of just about anything that occurred in the Sunset Strip locales of Rock and Roll. Wherever a camera or film crew was, it just seemed to have Fowley involved somehow, somewhere.

When Kim Fowley struck gold with his jailbait all-girl Rock band, The Runaways, he rose to a sort of prominence despite the hints of decadence that surrounded him. Of course, some of The Runaways would later add testimony to these hints, but that’s Rock and Roll, I guess.

Fowley attempted a second success story with the all-boy band, The Quick. Of course, being the Rock and Roll fan I was, I immediately bought the Mercury debut of that band, Mondo Deco. It was filled with fun Rock. At that point, I paid close attention to what Fowley did. Even to that Helen Reddy album he produced, Ear Candy.

I still have his Capitol Records album issue, International Heroes. I even still listen to it from time to time. Just because. Kim Fowley, until recently, worked on a Sirius/XM broadcast, featured as a part of the Underground Garage empire created by Little Steven. I listened to it periodically in the hopes that he could point me to something I haven’t heard yet. Funny how a name can throw magic dust in the air, and have it settle over you like some kind of trance.

Fowley International Heroes

But all of this would have been a moot point if Fowley wasn’t there to glamorize it all. Somehow, his guerrilla marketing of Rock in LA made it seem more sexy, more important, and more dangerous than it actually was. And we know that Rock and Roll is all about departure from the societal norms, at least back then it was. This is where the legend of Kim Fowley originated, and where it still resides.

Eventually, as that initiated scene in LA became old news, or a bit of a memory, so did Kim Fowley’s prominence. He, like the rest of his troupe, including the once important Rodney Bingenheimer, became just words added to a history piece. Still, Kim Fowley was attached to the notion that Rock and Roll is a lifestyle, a place to cocoon in, to live in, and to celebrate yourself like a flashy badge. Never mind the sordid stories that rode under the radar of that period. They didn’t matter.

Rock and Roll was once a place you could retire to to be yourself. Kim Fowley did much to help propagate that illusion. And somehow that illusion still exists, especially when you hear his name mentioned. His name immediately brings up a time of unprecedented – and since not heard of – immersion in the purity of Rock and Roll. The mere mention of his name causes me to think of a point in Rock history where it was magical beyond belief. And for that, I still love him.

RIP, Kim Fowley!

Kim Fowley

Kim Fowley
1939-2015
RIP