Urban Verbs / Urban Verbs
Artist Urban Verbs
Album Title: Urban Verbs
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Format Vinyl
Released 00/00/1980
Label Warner Bros. Records
Catalog No BSK 3418
Bar Code No 0 7599-23418-1
Packaging Cardboard Sleeve
A1. Subways (3:39)
A2. The Angry Young Men (4:13)
A3. Next Question (5:32)
A4. Frenzy (3:12)
A5. Ring-Ring (My Telephone's Talking) (3:46)
B1. The Only One Of You (4:50)
B2. Luca Brasi (5:40)
B3. Tina Grey (5:00)
B4. The Good Life (4:31)
Date Acquired 10/07/2017
Personal Rating
Acquired from Cheapo Records
Purchase Price 3.60

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Bass, Piano – Linda France
Drums, Percussion – Danny Frankel
Guitar – Robert Goldstein
Producer – Mike Thorne
Synthesizer – Robin Rose
Vocals – Roddy Frantz
Written-By – Goldstein, Frantz
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Mastered At – Sterling Sound

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Urban Verbs
Origin: Washington, D.C.
Genres: New wave music
Years active: 1977-1981, 1995, 2008
Labels:  Warner Bros. Records

Past members        
Robert Goldstein
Roddy Frantz
Robin Rose
Danny Frankel
Linda France
Billy Swann

The Urban Verbs was an American new wave band from Washington, D.C. The band was fronted by Roddy Frantz, brother of Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz.

In 1977, the Urban Verbs rehearsed in the Atlantic Building at 930 F Street in NW Washington, D.C. Robert Goldstein (December 6, 1949 – October 7, 2016) began to book bands in a derelict bar in the Atlantis Club, which was where the Urban Verbs played their first shows and became a nexus of the DC new wave and punk rock scene. In 1980, the Atlantis became the 9:30 Club.

The Urban Verbs played at the CBGB club in 1978 with the Cramps. Producer Brian Eno was in the audience. Eno offered to record several of the band’s songs ("The Next Question" and "Pensive Lives") which have never been officially released.

The band received numerous positive reviews in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the City Paper among others. Urban Verbs became the darlings of the DC avante garde art scene playing numerous shows at the Washington Project for the Arts, DC Space, the Pension Building and the Corcoran School of Art.

In late 1978, Urban Verbs returned to CBGB to perform with Cleveland band Pere Ubu. Urban Verbs played the Peppermint Lounge and various NY clubs as well as numerous DC shows. In early 1979, the Urban Verbs shared the stage with the B-52's at the Corcoran School of Art.

Warner Brothers executive Bob Krasnow signed the band to a two-record contract. The band's eponymous first album was recorded with Mike Thorne (producer of Wire, Soft Cell and Bronski Beat) in 1979 and released in early 1980. The cover of the album pictures single photos of each band member in plastic bags partially filled with a clear liquid, presumably water.

Urban Verbs were scheduled to tour with Joy Division in May 1980. Arriving in Toronto for the first show, the band found the tour was canceled due to the suicide of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

The Urban Verbs second album for Warner Bros., "Early Damage", was recorded in Atlanta with producers Jeff Glixman and Steve Lillywhite.

After touring in 1980, Robin Rose and Linda France left the band. France was replaced by bassist Billy Swann. The band toured the United States and Italy until 1981.

In 1995, Urban Verbs reunited to perform at the closing celebration for the 930 "F" street location of the 930 club.

Urban Verbs reformed in 2008 to play a show at the 930 Club which was featured on NPR’S All Songs Considered.

From NPR, 8 October 2016, "For 20 years, Robert Goldstein was NPR's music librarian. He went on to become a manager in our research and archives division, and shared his love of music with our audience in stories he wrote for broadcast and online. He was also an accomplished guitarist, whose work made an impression on a young Bob Boilen decades ago, sparking a friendship that continued when they began working together. We lost Robert on Friday night {7 October 2016} after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was just 66 years old." http://ktep.org/post/remembering-robert-goldstein-nprs-music-librarian-and-our-friend
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