The Cichlids – South Florida’s Class of 1980 Rezillos-style New Wavers The Cichlids

Picked up The Cichlids ‘Be True to Your School’ LP in a dollar bin at Green Apple Books & Music on Clement in San Francisco. Never had heard of them, it was one of those records you take a chance on because of the cover art/aesthetic and the Nancy Sinatra cover (“Boots”) and tunes called “Bubblegum”. Looked like good trashy fun, and it most certainly is. The best stuff actually has more teeth and is more Rezillos in flavor. “Planned Obsolescence“, “Let’s Go Menial”, and the power popper “Did You Ever?” are standout tracks. The Cichlids were Dania, Florida’s great new wave hope and were local fanzine faves back in 79/80. They produced one single and one LP and then some of em morphed into another power pop group called Nouveau Reach. Cichlid’s Bobby Tak has a page where I boosted some of these great images and flyers so go check that out all the great original punk/new wave content on his archive: Bobby Tak’s Page.

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Courtney DelMar

Aside from writing about bands for 50THIRDAND3RD, CJDelMar runs the Girlsville Records imprint out of Chicago, IL. Girlsville is home to bands like Coachwhips, The Prissteens, Purple Wizard, and Mr. Airplane Man.
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