Face to Face (New Wave band)

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This article is about the Boston new wave band. For the California punk band, see Face to Face (punk band).
Face To Face
Origin New Hampshire, United States
Genres New wave
Years active 1979–1988
Labels Epic Records, PolyGram Records
Associated acts Twinemen
Members Laurie Sargent
Stuart Kimball
Angelo Petraglia
John Ryder
Billy Beard


Face to Face was a new wave quintet from Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Formation[edit]

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.

Breakup of the band[edit]

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.

Movie appearance[edit]

In the 1984 movie Streets of Fire, the fictional band Ellen Aim and The Attackers, supposedly headed by Diane Lane, actually consisted of the male members of Face to Face, with Laurie, billed as being a member of "Fire Incorporated," providing lead vocals on Ellen's "Never Be You" and "Sorcerer" and harmony on the Jim Steinman-penned song "Nowhere Fast."

Discography[edit]

Albums:

Singles:

  • "Under the Gun" (1984)
  • "10-9-8" (1984), US Hot 100 #38
  • "Tell Me Why" (1985)
  • "Window to the World" (from the Jumpin' Jack Flash soundtrack) (1986)

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