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Feb 24th, 2006 at 8:36am
 
Hey all, here is an article that appeared in todays San Diego Union paper. It is "the" paper in San Diego County.  The article is a bit sarcastic but at least its publicity for Saturday nights show.  It included a large current band photo:

"They like it, they really really like it! (Make them stop!)

February 23, 2006

To think, there was a time when “What I Like About You” was cool.

I believe I first heard the Romantics song (What I like about you, you hold me tight / Tell me I'm the only one, wanna come over tonight ...) rocking the airwaves from Pasadena in late 1979 when programmer Rick Carroll changed radio – at least for a while – with his “Rock of the '80s” format at KROQ. Punk and New Wave, mostly shunned by FM rock stations and (in the case of punk) feared by everybody else, suddenly had a sounding board.


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Despite hailing from Detroit, birthplace of such hardcore punk rockers as the MC5 and the Stooges, the Romantics were benign, semi-mod descendants of that raucous tradition. They'd even chosen their name because they'd officially formed on Valentine's Day. But they boasted something their fiercer forebears did not: a pop-friendly single.

Though “What I Like About You” (What I like about you, you keep me warm at night / Never wanna let you go, know you make me feel all right ...) couldn't be called an actual “hit” – it only reached No. 49 on the charts – it quickly became a perennial party anthem.

That we can forgive. Anything that made frat boys throw away their copies of “China Grove” merits manic applause.

It's the pervasive commercialism of “What I Like About You” (Hey! Uh huh huh ...) that's so annoying. When it comes to serving as a TV advertising jingle, this song is among the champs. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was written not by the Romantics but by the songwriting team of Procter & Gamble or Johnson & Johnson.

Ads apparently weren't enough. “What I Like About You” is also the title of an entire TV show – the Friday-night sitcom on the WB network starring the toothy Amanda Bynes and the come-hithery Jennie Garth as sibs in New York City. Garth was 5 years old when the Romantics got together. Bynes wasn't even born at the time.

You need not turn on your TV set at all. “What I Like About You” remains a staple of FM radio, and I've heard it, too, as teaser music on a sports-talk station to, you know, raise the testosterone levels of the sports-talk guys.

It gets played over the public address system at Petco Park as well, so brace yourself for peanuts, hot dogs, baseball and the Romantics.

The band's here Saturday night, at the Belly Up Tavern, by the way. Too late for Valentine's Day, but never too late to banish your own copies of “China Grove.”



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David L. Coddon: (619) 293-1348; david.coddon@uniontrib.com



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Re: Romantics in San Diego Union newspaper
Reply #1 - Feb 24th, 2006 at 9:00am
 
Wow...what a deaf moron.  Hey, get the "coddon" outa yer ears!   Angry
You're right Rob, he's just a wee bit sarcastic.
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Reply #2 - Feb 24th, 2006 at 4:29pm
 
Does he know if he is coming or going?  I would really like to know if he is actually going to the show and what he has to say afterwards!  Pirate, I say bring the article and let him eat it! Grin Angry
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Reply #3 - Feb 24th, 2006 at 5:27pm
 
i think we should "respond" to this guy!
(in a nice way of course)

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rob is going to the belly-up

vote "who's rockin' your weekend":
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/weblogs/music/archives/003290.html
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Reply #4 - Feb 24th, 2006 at 7:36pm
 
Hi, I'm David Coddon.  I think I'm really cool--I write for a big newspaper in SoCal.  I watch way too much TV.  If I ever got out of my crappy little apartment, I might know what the hell I'm talking about.  Did I mention that I think I'm really cool?
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Reply #5 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 12:50am
 
What an idiot to critisize the song because it is used in so many different situations and is so popular. I think it is to the Romantics credit that this song is so sought after and has endured the "test of time" so well. I am willing to bet that this celebrity wanna-be isn't even that familiar with the rest of the Romantics catalogue and has never heard the 61/49 album. We have had a couple of clueless wanna-be rock writers right here in the Detroit newspapers and still have a female at the Detroit news who thinks she knows it all but prints factual errors in almost every column she writes. I'll bet this guy is guilty of the same thing quite often.
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Reply #6 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 5:31am
 
He probably didn't like the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show either!
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Reply #7 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 5:41am
 
That's also why I was wondering if he was going to see The Romantics play.  I would want to see what he had to say after the fact! Angry
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Reply #8 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 11:31am
 
oldfriend wrote on Feb 25th, 2006 at 12:50am:
What an idiot to critisize the song because it is used in so many different situations and is so popular. I think it is to the Romantics credit that this song is so sought after and has endured the "test of time" so well. I am willing to bet that this celebrity wanna-be isn't even that familiar with the rest of the Romantics catalogue and has never heard the 61/49 album. We have had a couple of clueless wanna-be rock writers right here in the Detroit newspapers and still have a female at the Detroit news who thinks she knows it all but prints factual errors in almost every column she writes. I'll bet this guy is guilty of the same thing quite often.


Just curious, which reporter are you talking about at the News?

I'll make a bet this guy has never LISTENED to the Romantics... and you are probably right that he doesn't even know what 61/49 is....!
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Reply #9 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 11:35am
 
solodka wrote on Feb 25th, 2006 at 5:31am:
He probably didn't like the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show either!



I'm sure he's a Rocky Horror Virgin... Smiley 
That's one of my favorite shows because it's so campy!
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Reply #10 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 11:36am
 
bookies_original wrote on Feb 24th, 2006 at 5:27pm:
i think we should "respond" to this guy!
(in a nice way of course)

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solodka, pirate is going to the canyon club
rob is going to the belly-up

vote "who's rockin' your weekend":
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/weblogs/music/archives/003290.html



I did my part-- Voted  a lot of times. Smiley

I suggest we "spam" their vote and make our own "American Idol" Smiley


NOTE: just click the "Submit Vote" as many times as you can BEFORE closing the voting window, or it will know that you've already voted! Smiley
Or go into a different browser...(i.e. internet explorer, mozilla Firefox, safari, opera, etc.)
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Reply #11 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 1:08pm
 
Check out the results of the vote.  98% Romantics....0% for like everyone else.  That should teach Mr. miracle ear.  What a dick.
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Reply #12 - Feb 25th, 2006 at 10:02pm
 
Obviously, nobody reads or cares about the vote--outside of the "spamming" vote, there's only 14 votes for the other bands.
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Reply #13 - Feb 26th, 2006 at 12:09am
 
Pinkbubelz, I was talking about Susan Whitall. I find factual errors in here columns all the time. We went around and around on the Beatles when she wrote an article when McCartney was in town last October. She insisted that when she saw the Beatles in 1966 they performed "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" in their set. The Beatles never used that song in their set during the 66 tour. 65 yes. 66 no. You don't want to get into a debate with me when it comes to Beatles stuff. I even sent her some articles concerning the Beatles 66 tour set list but she still insisted she heard Dizzy Miss Lizzy that night in 66 at Olympia. Maybe she was into smoking dope at a young age. She simply doesn't do her homework because a lot of the mistakes she prints can be easily researched. She even printed that "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" were on the Revolver album. How hard is it to get a copy of Revolver and look at the song lineup?  Most of her errors usually concern 60's bands and music, but she has screwed up articles about a lot of 70s and 80s bands as well. Makes me wonder how she keeps her job.
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Reply #14 - Feb 26th, 2006 at 12:10am
 
That should be "her columns" not "here columns". Maybe I need a proof reader too.
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