Retronaut Selects: Dear Mr. President - Dear Mr. President (1988)

Published on 12 July 2021 at 15:13

I got this album at a record store, sealed, and I had no idea what it was but something about it seemed interesting.

If you observe the front cover of my copy, you'll see that there's a white sticker with a barcode. This was done because this album is a promotional copy, which was meant to be played in order to increase exposure on Dear Mr. President. Instead, it was given that sticker and resealed so it could be sold as a stock copy...because apparently, money matters more than promotion does.

I actually found out something really interesting about this album when I was relistening to it on Saturday. Do you recognize the name, Julian Raymond? Well, if you don't, I'll tell you who he is. He's the guy who has produced the last few Cheap Trick albums. Specifically, "Rockford", "The Latest", "Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello", "We're All Alright", "Christmas Christmas", and "In Another World". 

Before he was known for producing, he was in this unique band. It made me realize that everyone comes from somewhere before they are widely known. Perseverance is  very important and it's a key component to be successful.

I'll never understand how there were so many great acts that were overlooked during this time period, while ordinary stuff was popular. It all happens for  a reason, and there's a reason why this underrated artists are what people want to discover, and it's because these artists were one of a kind. They weren't clones like most artists are. They wanted to stand out instead of fitting in. 

If you find a copy of this excellent album. Do not put it down. It is rare, and it is an amazing debut album by one of many criminally overlooked bands of the late 1980s. 


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