• Elevators
  • Frontline (Arista) 1980 

This Massachusetts band may have suffered from inevitable (and self-induced) comparisons to the Cars, but their downfall was in getting caught up prematurely in the major-label search for marketable new wave bands. Like the Cars, the Elevators sparkle with slick, shiny surfaces, but there’s none of the emotional crunch under the hood.

[Jon Young]