"The Motels" are a New Wave music band from the Los Angeles area best known for "Only the Lonely" and "Suddenly Last Summer", each of which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 and 1983, respectively. Their song "Total Control" reached #4 on the Australian charts in 1980.
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.
Capitol 2C 070 - 86.146 , 1980 , Made in France
"Careful" - The Motels' second studio album, a 12" Vinyl LP Album, showcases their New Wave brilliance. Released in 1980, it features Martha Davis's mesmerizing vocals and introspective lyrics, delivering hits like "Danger" and "Whose Problem?"Show Details
Capital 1C 064 7122881 , 1983 , Germany
"The Motels - Little Robbers" is a 12" LP vinyl album that showcases the unique sound of the band. Released in the 1980s, the album features a blend of new wave, pop, and rock elements. With its catchy hooks, atmospheric melodies, and Martha Davis' captivating vocals, this record captures the essence of The Motels' musical style and stands as a memorable contribution to the era's music scene.Show Details
Capitol 2S 068 - 85.999 , 1979 , Made in France
"The Motels" - Debut studio album by The Motels, released in September 1979. Recorded in May the same year, the album showcases Martha Davis's captivating vocals and the band's distinctive post-punk and New Wave sound. Hits like "Total Control" and "Closets and Bullets" established their signature style, making "The Motels" a standout in the late '70s music scene.Show Details
Capitol Records 1A 064-24 0394 DMM , 1985 , Made in EEC / Europe
"Shock" by The Motels - A dynamic New Wave Rock masterpiece on 12" LP Vinyl Album. Released in August 1985, the fifth studio album features Martha Davis's evocative vocals and the band's refined musicianship. Produced by Richie Zito, it delivers hits like "Shame" and "Cries and Whispers," exploring themes of love and vulnerability.Show Details