The Power Station Power Station (Amazon)

That is a creative way to praise an album:

Few side projects have ever proven so disastrous. When Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor formed the Power Station in 1985, it not only toppled their other band’s domination over the pop world but cast a dark cocaine and slap-bass cloud over the entire decade that didn’t shake off until Miami Vice was cancelled and Nirvana arrived. But that wasn’t all. Superstitious types believe that resentful Durannies set a curse on singer Robert Palmer, Chic drummer Tony Thompson and producer Bernard Edwards that eventually sent them all to early graves. Two decades on, all that is swept aside and what remains is the music: Self-indulgent and superficial, yes – and, with just eight songs, in such small portions. But, in retrospect, the Power Station is also unexpectedly forceful and funky, particularly with “Some Like It Hot” and a cover of T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong.” –Aidin Vaziri

via The Power Station (CD & DVD): Power Station: Music.

A customer reviewer brings in a priceless piece of trivia:

As the band prepared for its first tour, Palmer backed out, forcing the remaining members to hire Michael Des Barres as a replacement singer (Des Barres can be heard on one of the bonus tracks, “Someday, Somehow, Someone’s Gotta Pay” from the movie “Commando”).

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