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Titan

 

IT'S ALL POP!

NUM024


 
4XLP
$45
 

 
4xLP + 10"
$50
 

 
MP3
$20
 

From 1978 to 1981, the Titan label issued just eight records, but over the years their tiny catalog has crawled to the top of power-pop want lists worldwide and appeared on scads of homemade tapes, building a legacy to rival L.A.’s Bomp! or New York’s Ork. Cut off in fly-over country, Titan fostered a scene of its own, imported its own skinny ties, and scoured the Missouri valley for its own talent. The label’s Midwest AM bubblegum roots are apparent in the likes of Gary Charlson, the Secrets*, Arlis!, Gems, Millionaire At Midnight, the Boys, J.P. McClain & the Intruders, Bobby Sky, and Scott McCarl, but Titan’s acts took cues from Stiff too, along with the glam-punk spit being hocked off the 100 Club stage.

Thirty years since it meekly flopped out its first 7” single, Kansas City’s Titan Records finally finds a home in record bins everywhere with this deluxe 42-song double CD or 51-song quadruple LP box. While the CD package runs like a kick-ass mix tape with a 40-page booklet, for vinyl we’ve dissected the bands and songs, giving the Boys their own LP, let the Secrets* and Arlis! split an LP, Gary Charlson and Gems split another, and created Teen Titans, a prequel to Just Another Pop Album, which gathers all the remaining loose ends. All four LPs and the perfect-bound 12” x 12” book slide into a sturdy slipcase, putting a bolded exclamation point at the end of Titan’s first-class run.

Click on the track to play a sample. If available for purchase, an MP3 is $1 or a FLAC is $1.50.

     
  1. 01 THE SECRETS* It's Your Heart Tonight
  2.  
  3. 02 THE BOYS Please Change Your Mind
  4.  
  5. 03 GARY CHARLSON Real Life Saver
  6.  
  7. 04 ARLIS! No Way Baby
  8.  
  9. 05 MILLIONAIRE AT MIDNIGHT Coit Tower
  10.  
  11. 06 THE BOYS We're Too Young
  12.  
  13. 07 SCOTT MCCARL I Hope
  14.  
  15. 08 GEMS Save Your Money
  16.  
  17. 09 GARY CHARLSON Not The Way It Seems
  18.  
  19. 10 THE BOYS On A Night Like This
  20.  
  21. 11 J.P. MCCLAIN & THE INTRUDERS Just Another Pop Song
  22.  
  23. 12 GARY CHARLSON Brown Eyes
  24.  
  25. 13 THE SECRETS* Daddy's Girl
  26.  
  27. 14 BOBBY SKY The Water
  28.  
  29. 15 THE BOYS Tell Me It's You
  30.  
  31. 16 ARLIS! I Can't Take It
  32.  
  33. 17 GEMS Cry
  34.  
  35. 18 THE SECRETS* Get Your Radio
  36.  
  37. 19 THE BOYS Bad Little Girl
  38.  
  39. 20 GARY CHARLSON Close Enough
  40.  
  41. 21 ARLIS! Good Friends
  42.  
  43. 22 THE BOYS We're Dancing Again
  44.  
  45. 23 J.P. MCCLAIN & THE INTRUDERS Baby Don't Laugh
  46.  
  47. 24 ARLIS! I Wanna Be
  48.  
  49. 25 THE SECRETS* Radio Heart
  50.  
  51. 26 THE BOYS (Baby) It's You
  52.  
  53. 27 MILLIONAIRE AT MIDNIGHT Drink A Toast
  54.  
  55. 28 BOBBY SKY Rock N' Roll Song
  56.  
  57. 29 THE SECRETS* Uniform
  58.  
  59. 30 THE BOYS Hold Me
  60.  
  61. 31 GARY CHARLSON Burning In You
  62.  
  63. 32 GEMS Some
  64.  
  65. 33 THE BOYS Yesterday's Circles
  66.  
  67. 34 THE SECRETS* Night School Girls
  68.  
  69. 35 GEMS Didn't Like It Anyway
  70.  
  71. 36 ARLIS! I'll Get You Back
  72.  
  73. 37 SCOTT MCCARL I Think About You
  74.  
  75. 38 BOBBY SKY Radio City
  76.  
  77. 39 THE BOYS You're Bad Too
  78.  
  79. 40 J.P. MCCLAIN & THE INTRUDERS The Last Song (Dry Your Eyes)
  80.  
  81. 41 THE IT'S ALL POP GOODTIMES CHIPMUNKS It's All Pop
  82.  
  83. 42 THE BOYS I'm Not Satisfied
  84.  
  85. 43 THE BOYS When They See You Smile
  86.  
  87. 44 THE BOYS (She's My Girl) She's All Mine
  88.  
  89. 45 THE BOYS You Make Me Shake
  90.  
  91. 46 GEMS Limitation
  92.  
  93. 47 THE SECRETS* Love For The Money
  94.  
  95. 48 ARLIS! Up, Down, Up
  96.  
  97. 49 ARLIS! Because Of You
  98.  
  99. 50 BOBBY SKY What's The Name Of That Song
  100.  
  101. 51 GARY CHARLSON Shark
  102.  
  103. 52 GARY CHARLSON Goodbye Goodtimes
  104.  
  105. 53 UNKNOWN ARTIST It's All Pop
  106.  
  107. 54 THE BOYS I'm Not Satisfied
  108.  
  109. 55 THE BOYS When They See You Smile
  110.  
  111. 56 THE BOYS (She's My Girl) She's All Mine
  112.  
  113. 57 THE BOYS You Make Me Shake
  114.  
  115. 58 GEMS Limitation
  116.  
  117. 59 THE SECRETS* Love For The Money
  118.  
  119. 60 ARLIS! Up, Down, Up
  120.  
  121. 61 ARLIS! Because Of You
  122.  
  123. 62 BOBBY SKY What's The Name Of That Song

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