THE PHOTOS – New Wave single from 1980 ‘IRENE’

THE PHOTOS were originally an excellent first wave ’77 UK punk band called SATAN’S RATS. After a few singles as Satan’s Rats, they expanded the group with the addition of new lead singer Wendy Wu, and The Photos had pop ambitions. The Photos debut album peaked at #4 on the UK pop charts in 1980 and “Irene” was it’s highest charting single. I would describe the sound as Blondie-core. They had a great follow up album that was withdrawn after some promotional copies had been released. Both albums were reissued by Cherry Red a few years back. Wendy Wu went on to release a few good-to-great synthy new wave singles in the early 80’s after The Photos split up.

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Courtney DelMar

Aside from writing about bands for 50THIRDAND3RD, CJDelMar runs the Girlsville Records imprint out of Portland, OR. Girlsville is home to bands like COACHWHIPS, HOOD RATS, TOWANDA, MR. AIRPLANE MAN, VIRVON VARVON, & THE PRISSTEENS.

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