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Streetwise

by Flamingo Road

Recapturing the melodic rock single, with jangling guitars, tight harmonies and catchy lyrics, while still sounding contemporary.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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1. Trouble in Paradise
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2. Streetwise
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3. This Old Car
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4. Straight Blue
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5. In My Shoes
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6. Yesterday's Dreams
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7. Midtown Girls
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8. Streetwise Too
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Flamingo Road - an American band founded during the late-1970s in Queens, New York who were popular in the New York pop/rock scene until the 1980s and have since reunited.

Founding members Glenn Mohr (vocals, guitar and piano) and Frank McDonald (bass, guitar and vocals) handled countless auditions and personnel changes until they found the right combination musically and personally with Rich Chiraz (drums), and Des Burke (guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals).

The band’s name was adopted from the 1949 movie “Flamingo Road”, starring Joan Crawford, which tell’s the tale of those who fight to retain their affluent position on this avenue and of those who will do anything to achieve this status.  Mohr says this theme was all too familiar to the "glittering world" of entertainment especially in the late '70s and early '80s. 

The group traced it's primary influences to the groups of the original British invasion. They all related to bands like The Kinks, The Beatles, The Stones, and Manfred Mann who created innovative music within a three minute song.  Most of the band’s material showed a strong desire to recapture the melodic rock single which was being overshadowed in the age of disco and coliseum rock and punk at the time.  Their songs were known to portray a variety of styles to communicate both humor and story telling.

One of their popular harder rockers, “Sister Mary Robespierre”, is a lighthearted look at the Catholic school system, an institution that each member knew intimately.  In an attempt to be more accepted by the underground rock community at the time, they humorously adopted "punk" names. On occasion, Glenn was Rex Havoc, Frank was Risk Fortune, Rich was Ricky Midnight and Des was Slash Homicide.  According to Chiraz, "Being able to parody the situation was not only fun but therapeutic too." 

During their first incarnation, the band frequented the New York scene and shared many stages   with up and coming marquee acts like “Blondie”, “Talking Heads”, “The Police”, “B 52s” and many others. Their effort almost paid off in 1981 when they were approached to sign with a major recording label. Since then the band underwent some personnel changes but was never able to maintain the needed artistic chemistry to continue.

In 2011, after 30 years of geographical distances and family evolutions, the members managed to reconnect and play a reunion concert.  Burke recalls, "Those thirty years just disappeared. The music felt and sounded so comfortable." McDonald  adds, "It was a lot of fun to remember how well written and arranged the songs really were".  Burke, Chiraz and McDonald all acknowledge the staying power of Glenn Mohr’s melodies and lyrics. 

Although the live performances were a critical component of their reunion, they also wanted to show that the band  was also a relevant unit that could still write and arrange new material. Later that year they recorded a CD entitled “This Changing Town” which featured a combination of their classics and some new songs.

In 2012, they released another CD entitled “Training Wheels” which was a tribute to the bands that continue to inspire and influence them even today.  It includes selections from bands like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers and others all done in a “uniquely Flamingo Road way”.   The last track in the album, “Tonight”, was the only original song in the collection and another popular Glenn Mohr composition from the old days. The lyrics were re-fitted to reflect the celebration of good music and good times that live on.

In 2013 and 2014, the band took a break from performing to attend to several issues in their personal lives but still managed to record and release a 2014 Christmas EP entitled “Christmas Must Be Tonight”. The title song was written and originally recorded by “the Band”.

Their latest album is entitled “Streetwise”.  This will be the first time that their repertoire will feature an original musical composition by both Burke and McDonald to compliment the wealth of music in the Flamingo Road library which has always been penned by Glenn Mohr.  The CD showcases their continued commitment to the Flamingo Road style as well as adapting to newer audiences.

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