The Complete Jetzons

The Complete Jetzons

Arizona’s Jetzons were one of those bands destined for international fame who had to settle for limited regional notoriety instead. In the early to mid-'80s, they were Arizona's biggest band and a major influence on hitmakers who later rose from the greater Phoenix area, such as The Gin Blossoms and The Refreshments. That influence is justified, and The Jetzons' songs are now, after all these years, gaining some traction. (They’re winning some new international fans via song placement in films.) The tunes, penned by the gifted and unsung songwriter Bruce Connole, transcend time and setting. (Though some of the production choices—and the unfortunate band moniker—have squared the band in an early-’80s time capsule.) Connole’s sound was his own, if sometimes shadowing Roxy Music and Talking Heads. “You,” “I Love You,” “Hard Times," and “4-3-1” all have deeper layers of personal questioning under not-so-restrained pop hooks. This collection is well worth owning, particularly for fans of smart ’80s pop. (Noteworthy: keyboardist Brad Buxer later became Michael Jackson’s musical director for 18 years.)

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