The Rave-Ups – Class Tramp (Fun Stuff Records, 1983)

raveupsSo, lets just get this out of the way. I am not a huge John Hughes fan. Sue me, I have a cold dead heart. When I scored this record at the Lawrence Public Library sale today for a dime, it was because I had a hunch that it might be some passable early 80’s pop.  I didn’t notice that Beth Ringwald is thanked in the liner notes. And I certainly didn’t know that this was the band that played the club scene in Sixteen Candles.

So, it turns out that Beth Ringwald is Molly Ringwald’s older sister. And the reason the Rave-Ups, an otherwise unknown L.A. pop-band, managed to audition personally for Mr. Hughes and appear in the film? Another classic case of sibling taste-making. Molly might have been the movie star, but Beth was still the older sister, and she was into the Rave-Ups. (So into them that she had a son, Chance, with lead singe Jimmer Podrasky in 1990.)

This is the Rave-Ups first album, a six song EP, guitar driven and hook laden the way pop was meant to be. Sounds like goofy REM or maybe a less spastic DBs. Its innocent, and funny and kind of sweet. In short, it sounds like a John Hughes flick. Enjoy.

They Do Talk – The Rave-Ups (download&stream)
That Mexico Song – The Rave-Ups (download&stream)
It’s You – The Rave-Ups (download&stream)

5 responses to “The Rave-Ups – Class Tramp (Fun Stuff Records, 1983)

  1. The Pontificator

    Used to own this on vinyl. Been looking for this online for almost TEN YEARS!


  2. Yay! I’m glad you found it. Check out the new post for more of The Rave-Ups.

  3. any chance in you posting the entire ep??? i’ve been wanting this since the 80’s! i have EVERYTHING they did except this EP! want to sell it???? thx for the tracks posted!!! : )

  4. I am with Jim. Any chance you could put up the other 3 tracks? this is a long out of print gem. Any help with the other 3 tracks would be most appreciated!! Thanks!

  5. And I am with both Jim and Chris:-)
    Please put up the other 3 tracks also.
    Great band, who never got what they deserved!

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