Careful (album)

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Careful
The Motels-Careful.jpg
Studio album by The Motels
Released June 15, 1980 (1980-06-15)[1]
Recorded March–May 1980
Genre New wave
Length 35:01
Label Capitol
Producer John Carter
The Motels chronology
Motels
(1979)
Careful
(1980)
All Four One
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Smash Hits 5/10[3]

Careful is the second studio album by new wave band The Motels. It was recorded between March and May 1980, and released in June 1980. The album was produced by John Carter who produced the group's 1979 debut.

"Danger" was released as the disc's lead single and landed in the Top 20 in France. "Days Are O.K." and "Whose Problem?" became Top 50 songs (and their only chart hits) in the United Kingdom. None of the singles released from the album charted in the United States, but the disc reached #45 on the Billboard album chart in the summer of 1980. It eventually sold nearly 400,000 copies in America.

"Danger" was the second Motels single that was accompanied by a music video (following 1979's "Total Control").

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Danger" (Martha Davis, Tim McGovern) – 3:26
  2. "Envy" (McGovern) – 3:26
  3. "Careful" (Marty Jourard, Michael Goodroe) – 3:30
  4. "Bonjour Baby" (Jourard, Goodroe) – 3:25
  5. "Party Professionals" (Davis) – 3:15
  6. "Days Are O.K. (But The Nights Were Made For Love)" (McGovern) – 3:35
  7. "Cry Baby" (Jourard, Goodroe) – 3:28
  8. "Whose Problem?" (Davis) – 3:51
  9. "People, Places and Things" (Davis) – 2:46
  10. "Slow Town" (Davis) – 4:19

Singles[edit]

"Danger" (Capitol Records #4896) Released: 14 Jul 1980 Charts: Australia #88 / New Zealand #30 / France #15
"Whose Problem?" (Capitol Records #4937) Released: 29 Sep 1980 Charts: Australia #43 / UK #42
"Days Are O.K." (Capitol Records #10149) Released: Jan 1981 Charts: UK #41

Personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the CD's liner notes.[4]

The Motels[edit]

  • Martha Davis – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Tim McGovern – lead guitar
  • Marty Jourard – keyboards, saxophone
  • Michael Goodroe – bass
  • Brian Glascock – drums

Production[edit]

Credits are taken from the CD's liner notes.[4]

  • Produced & Engineered by John Carter
  • Recorded by Warren Dewey
  • Assistant Engineering by Richard McKernan
  • Cover Painting by Duggie Fields - "Acquired Mannerisms"


References[edit]

  1. ^ The Motels Information Site - Albums
  2. ^ Careful at AllMusic
  3. ^ Hepworth, David. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 10–23 1980): 31. 
  4. ^ a b Careful (CD liner). The Motels. Hollywood, California: Capitol Records. 1980. CDP 7 48444 2.