For some reason unknown to me The Nerves are a band that have slipped under most peoples radar.
I don’t mean the radar of hardcore music fans, but more so the general populace who can sing you every word of ’hanging on the telephone’ but will argue blind that it’s a Blondie original.
These guys were power pop before the phrase was coined and once they had cemented the sound into the collective consciousness of the US they kicked down the doors that let other bands like The Knack and The Beat go on and enjoy the success that they never had.
Peter Case did however go on to form The Plimsouls, and although they did have a chart hit with ‘Million Miles Away’, similar to The Nerves their reputation far exceeded their success.
In hindsight when listening to any of the tracks recorded by either The Nerves or The Plimsouls I can’t help but hold my head in my hands and mutter ‘why?’
Why weren’t they huge?
Why aren’t they name-checked more often?
Why can you lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink?
So here we are in 2010 and nothing has changed.
The Nerves still have a solid fan base all these years after their demise and they are still the guys who never quite made it.
Listen to this and you can join me in asking why.