FACE TO FACE

Country USA

Style New Wave/AOR

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Face to Face was a New Wave quintet from Boston, Massachusetts. Guitarist Stuart Kimball formed the band in New Hampshire during the late ’70s with a close group of friends. The band consisted of Laurie Sargent on vocals, Kimball on guitars & keyboards, Angelo Petraglia on guitars & keyboards (identified on their albums as simply ‘Angelo’), John Ryder on bass and Billy Beard on drums. They moved to Boston in 1980 and played there until signing with Epic Records in 1982. Their highest reaching single was “10-9-8” from their self-titled first album, which peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After performing as a band for less than 10 years they disbanded in 1988 approximately one year after switching labels to PolyGram Records. Sargent went on to record as a solo artist, and is currently lead singer for the band Twinemen with former members of Face to Face and Morphine. Beard is a music booker at Toad and Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he plays with Session Americana. Kimball plays guitar as a member of Bob Dylan’s band in the Never Ending Tour. Petraglia won a Grammy in 2010 for Record of the Year as the Kings of Leon’s producer, a band for which he also assists with songwriting duties. Ryder still plays in Boston, doing fundraisers as a founding member of the James Montgomery & Friends band, who were nominated for a Boston Music Award in 2003, and has been working for the Philips corporation for over 10 years.

In the 1984 movie Streets of Fire, the fictional band Ellen Aim and The Attackers consisted of the guys from Face to Face, with Laurie providing lead vocals on Ellen’s “Never Be You” and “Sorcerer” and harmony on the Jim Steinman-penned song “Nowhere Fast”.

Face to Face is the self-titled debut album of the Boston new wave band Face to Face, originally released in 1984 on LP  and Cassette by Epic Records. It peaked at #126 on the Billboard pop album charts in the summer of 1984. Epic Records never made this available on Compact Disc, though the single “10-9-8” can be found on various 1980s compilation CDs. However, in 2006, the independent label Wounded Bird Records (woundedbird.com) reissued the album on CD for the first time ever. “10-9-8” and “Under the Gun” were released as singles. Both had music videos, although the latter was apparently never commercially released.

Confrontation is the follow-up to the self-titled 1984 debut album.While the previous album had edgier elements, like the rap in “Under The Gun”, Confrontation was starting to move away from that style. Because of that, this release is seen as a bridge between the debut and their next (and final) album One Big Day. Like the 1984 debut, most of the songs were written by Angelo, with Laurie Sargent credited as co-writer on half. This record was not a success and would be the last release by the band on Epic Records. Many vinyl pressings in circulation can be found with a gold promo stamp on the back cover, making the non-promo copy more desirable to collectors due to its rarity. “Tell Me Why” was released as a single in The United States. The independent label woundedbird.com has reissued this on CD for the first time ever.

One Big Day is the third and final album . The album was somewhat of a departure for the band as it showcased the more country-rock material principal songwriter Angelo would later become known for. The group disbanded shortly after the album’s release in 1988.

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– Face To Face [1984]
– Confrontation [1985]
– One Big Day [1988]

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