MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled 12" LP Vinyl Album

- American New Wave French Release

The Motels' self-titled debut album, released in September 1979, marks an iconic moment in American New Wave music. Produced by John Carter and recorded at Sunset Sound, it showcases the band's unique sound. The LP's cover, designed by Roy Kohara and Henry Marquez with photography by Elliot Gilbert, captures the essence of the era. With its neon aesthetics and masterful production, Motels' contribution to the late '70s music scene remains enduring.


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"The Motels Self-Titled" Album Description:

In the vibrant landscape of American New Wave music, the self-titled 12" LP vinyl album by The Motels stands as a testament to the creative dynamism of the late 1970s. Released in France in 1979, this musical gem not only encapsulates the essence of the era but also exemplifies the convergence of talents that shaped its production. Under the meticulous guidance of producer John Carter and the adept hands of sound engineers Warren Dewey and Bo Torian, the album found its sonic identity at the iconic Sunset Sound, with the final touch of mastering taking place at Capitol Records.

Production and Sound Engineering:

The Motels' self-titled album is a sonic journey crafted with precision and innovation. John Carter, renowned for his work with various artists, played a pivotal role as the producer, steering the ship through the uncharted waters of the New Wave genre. The delicate balance of Martha Davis's vocals, Jeff Jourard's lead guitar, Marty Jourard's keyboards and saxophone, Michael Goodroe's bass, and Brian Glascock's drums required a deft touch, and Carter's expertise provided the necessary cohesion.

The album's sonic landscape was further shaped by the skilled hands of sound engineers Warren Dewey and Bo Torian. Dewey, known for his work with diverse musical acts, and Torian collaborated to capture the essence of The Motels' sound. The recording sessions at Sunset Sound, a legendary studio frequented by iconic artists, provided the ideal backdrop for the creation of a musical masterpiece. The choice of studio itself is a nod to the dedication to quality that permeated every aspect of the album's production.

Mastering, Design, and Photography:

The final polish on this auditory gem was applied during the mastering process at Capitol Records. Renowned for its commitment to audio excellence, Capitol Records added the finishing touches, ensuring that the album would resonate with listeners in the most refined manner possible.

Beyond the auditory experience, the album's visual identity is a work of art in itself. The album cover design, crafted by Roy Kohara and Henry Marquez, serves as a visual prelude to the sonic journey within. Elliot Gilbert's photography skillfully captures the essence of the band, while the neon artistry of John Uomoto adds a touch of avant-garde flair.

Music Genre:

New Wave American 

Album Production Information:

The album: "MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled" was produced by: John Carter

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Warren Dewey, Bo Torian

This album was recorded at: Sunset Sound, mastered at Capitol Records

Album cover design: Roy Kohara, Henry Marquez

Album cover photography: Elliot Gilbert. Neon: John Uomoto

Record Label Information:

Capitol 2S 068 - 85.999
Album Packaging:This album "MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1979 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Martha Davis: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Jeff Jourard: Lead Guitar
  • Marty Jourard: Keyboards, Saxophone
  • Michael Goodroe: Bass
  • Brian Glascock: Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled"

The detailed tracklist of this record "MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled" is:

  1. "Anticpating" - 3:51
  2. "Kix" - 2:15
  3. "Total Control" (Davis, Jeff Jourard) - 5:54
  4. "Love Don't Help" - 1:58
  5. "Closets and Bullets" - 4:25
  6. "Atomic Cafe" - 2:48
  7. "Celia" - 3:07
  8. "Porn Reggae" - 4:18
  9. "Dressing Up" (Davis, J. Jourard) - 5:04
  10. "Counting" - 4:33

MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled
Front Cover Photo Of MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled


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Photo Of The Back Cover MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled
Photo of album back cover MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled


Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled
Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled


Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled
Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve  MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled


Close up of record's label MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled Side One:
Close up of record's label MOTELS - S/T Self-Titled Side One


Index of THE MOTELS (Band) Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

Martha Davis Biography:

Martha Davis is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who gained prominence as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the band The Motels. Born on January 19, 1951, in Berkeley, California, Martha Davis has had a successful and influential career in the music industry, particularly during the 1980s New Wave Rock era.

Davis formed The Motels in 1971 in Berkeley, California. The band underwent various lineup changes before settling on a stable formation, with Davis as the frontwoman. The Motels achieved commercial success and critical acclaim with their unique blend of New Wave, post-punk, and pop rock sounds.

As the band's creative force, Davis was not only known for her distinct and emotive voice but also for her songwriting skills. She penned many of The Motels' hit songs, showcasing her ability to write thought-provoking and evocative lyrics that resonated with the audience. Davis's songwriting often delved into themes of love, relationships, and introspection, adding depth to the band's music.

The Motels' breakthrough came in 1979 with the release of their self-titled debut album, which included the hit single "Total Control." The success of their debut album laid the foundation for future achievements. In 1982, The Motels released "All Four One," which contained their most commercially successful song, "Only the Lonely," reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

With her distinctive style and charismatic stage presence, Martha Davis became an iconic figure in the New Wave Rock scene. Her fashion sense and unique vocal delivery contributed to The Motels' appeal and made her a role model for many aspiring female musicians.

Despite The Motels going through various lineup changes over the years, Davis remained a constant presence, ensuring the band's continued relevance. She led various incarnations of The Motels and released albums under different lineups while preserving the band's signature sound.

Beyond her work with The Motels, Martha Davis has also explored solo endeavors, showcasing her versatility as an artist. Her solo work allowed her to experiment with different musical styles and showcase her talents outside of the band's context.

Martha Davis's influence extends beyond her music career. She has been an inspiration to many female artists and musicians, breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry. Her legacy as a pioneering frontwoman in the New Wave Rock movement continues to inspire generations of musicians.

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